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“I’m Competitive Enough”: George RR Martin Hopes HBO’s House of the Dragon Obliterates Amazon’s Rings of Power

George RR Martin will bring back Westeros in House of the Dragon, a prequel series set several hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones, on August 21. It depicts the narrative of the Targaryens, whose royal dynasty was created on their power as dragonlords until a civil war tore the family apart — so there should be enough fire-breathing and aerial combat to satisfy even the most adamant fan.

George RR Martin comments on the what he wishes for House of Dragons
George RR Martin comments on the what he wishes for House of Dragons

Martin has been left unexpectedly perplexed by his first-hand experience of the viciousness of a certain sort of hyper-online fan, despite the show’s spectacular popularity making him wealthy beyond even the wildest fantasy of a longtime science-fiction writer. On the other hand, the author is clever enough not to take any of the online hate he receives personally. After all, many of the world’s most popular stories seem to be plagued with the same toxicity. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power hasn’t even aired yet, yet the internet debate around it is comparable to World War Two.

House of the Dragon – The Game of Thrones Prequel

House of Dragon - George RR Martin Hopes HBO's House of the Dragon Obliterates Amazon's Rings of Power
House of Dragon

The events of House Of The Dragon are set 200 years before those shown in Game Of Thrones and are based on Martin’s novel Fire & Blood. Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, and Rhys Ifans will feature in the show, which will center on the House Targaryen. On August 21, HBO and HBO Max will debut House of the Dragon. The first season will consist of ten episodes, each lasting around 60 minutes.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power upcoming tv show
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The Rings of Power, which spans over 3000 years, isn’t a “straightforward” adaptation like Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. In this instance, there is no One Book To Rule Them All. The Rings of Power, on the other hand, is based on Tolkien’s written works. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion will be the most important source of inspiration for The Rings of Power. The first episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on September 2, 2022.

George RR Martin wishes House of the Dragon to succeed over Rings of Power

Martin believes that death should be a difficult experience. It is tough to write and read. Martin feels that death is frequently demeaned by being turned into a story element or instigating occurrence. In any event, he claims, his image as a gleeful mass murderer and character assassin has been greatly exaggerated. To put it another way, don’t count on anyone from the House of the Dragon cast to make it to the conclusion of the season. The new drama premieres on HBO two weeks before Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, as an ardent Tolkien disciple.

George RR Martin - George RR Martin Hopes HBO's House of the Dragon Obliterates Amazon's Rings of Power
George RR Martin – House of the Dragon

George RR Martin points out that the TV schedules were crowded with Westerns when he was a youngster, so there’s definitely a place for more than one epic fantasy. “I know a lot of articles, the minute the dates were announced, it’s: ‘Oh, the battle for fantasy supremacy. It’s Rings of Power versus House of the Dragon, who will win?’ I don’t know why they always have to do that,” he says. “I hope both shows succeed. I’m competitive enough. I hope we succeed more. If they win six Emmys – and I hope they do – I hope we win seven. But nonetheless, it’s good for fantasy. I love fantasy. I love science fiction. I want more shows on television.” It’s unclear if the show’s fans would respond as warmly to House of the Dragon, but Martin is willing to take a chance.

Written by Varshit Sharma

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