House of the Dragon has far exceeded everyone’s expectations as a TV show. There was enormous pressure on showrunner Ryan Condal and his crew to make sure that HotD performs well, or at least well enough to make everyone forget about the controversial season eight of Game of Thrones.
But as the first season of the TV series came to a close with the release of the season finale yesterday, it can be concluded that House of the Dragon has been able to match the intensity and drama that surrounded Game of Thrones for 8 long years. There’s still one lingering question, what’s Condal planning to do with the time skips?
House of the Dragon’s Time Skip Problem That No One Likes
Back when the sixth episode of House of the Dragon was released late last month, we had to bid farewell to two amazing actors in Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, both of whom played central roles in the characters of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower respectively.
It’s a bummer that they had to be shown the door, but it was only bound to happen as the show conveniently skipped ten years into the future after the events of episode five.
It only made sense that a change in staff was required- Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke replaced Alcock and Carey in their respective roles (although it’s a mystery that Ser Criston Cole didn’t age at all).
These time skips occurred several times throughout the show, catching some viewers off guard as they couldn’t comprehend who was who at times due to a sudden change in timelines.
The time skip concept didn’t find any kind of liking from fans of the TV show who instead were pretty annoyed that two fan-favorite actors had to be let go, with some even saying that D’Arcy didn’t do as good of a job as Alcock did with Rhaenyra Targaryen!
House of the Dragon’s Time Skips To Be No More, Says Ryan Condal
It’s already hard keeping up with all the names in the Targaryen family (as well as several other families with contradicting names in the Westeros), let alone be able to identify them in a ten-year span.
House of the Dragon is more like a political drama, at least the first season tells us that. But these time skips are the last thing that the show needs to frequent when explaining political drama over a throne.
Much to the relief of fans, Ryan Condal has some fresh & good news regarding the general dislike of the time skips in the TV show. During an interview with Deadline, the Colony showrunner explained how the next season will start, and also added-
“To be revealed. I will say, as a reward to our wonderful audience for following us through all the time jumps and recasts, they are done. We tell the story in real time from here forward. The actors are playing these characters until the end. We’re not recasting anybody. We’re not making any huge jumps forward in time. We are now in the Dance of the Dragons, and we’re gonna tell that story.”
House of the Dragon has outdone itself as an amazing TV series, with critics and fans applauding after every new episode. The question is, will it be able to hold up for 8 long seasons in terms of quality like Game of Thrones? Or at least be able to spawn out a final season that won’t be panned by fans and critics alike?
House of the Dragons is streaming on HBO Max.