House Of The Dragon Showrunners Comment On LOTR: The Rings Of Power Competition

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HBO’s House of the Dragon showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal voice out their sentiments regarding the show’s competition with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Both fantasy series will premiere in the next few weeks, and these highly anticipated shows are competing for viewership.

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Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, showrunners of House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon is the prequel for Game of Thrones, the hit HBO series that concluded in 2019. It will delve into the origins of the House Targaryen and their apparent fall from grace that would lead to the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

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The Rings of Power, on the other hand, is based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The TV series will be different from the version of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Both upcoming shows will introduce new plots and characters.


House Of The Dragon Showrunners On LOTR Comparisons

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sapochnik and Condal commented on the non-stop comparison of people between House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power.

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Condal said, “My hope is that both series work and find a huge fanbase and that there’s a huge overlap in the fanbase. I think the more big, expensive – really expensive – fantasies that work on television, the better for us fans because they’ll make more of them. I desperately want Rings of Power to work. I’m going to be there watching it the first night it’s available, I will watch all of them.”


Sapochnik added, “Lord of the Rings is great IP and great material. I have no idea what they’ve done – I didn’t make it past The Hobbit 1 – but fantastic. The more, the merrier, really.”

While both series tread on the same fantasy genre, and each with solid fan bases, it looks like there is only friendly competition going on. Surely many fans will watch both series, so there is really nothing to worry about.


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