House of the Dragon – season 1

Most of the personalities in House of the Dragon are horrible people.

There’s no Arya nor Jon Snow to cheer.

Closest to someone I might like in the first episodes is Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong.

My favourite character is Milly Alcock as the young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

I found her very believable.

Emma D’Arcy is perhaps equally believable as the adult Rhaenyra. But life has gone to crap by this point.

It’s difficult to end entertainments. I’d say the ending of season 1 was about as good as any TV series or film I can recall. The highlight moment.

Film students will be studying that scene.

At times I liked Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen even more. But that role confuses me.

Similar to his turn as Prince Philip in ‘The Crown’, he’s got the look. Charismatic? Evil? Both?

Perhaps the most impressive performance is Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen.

What a complex and nuanced role.

Produced for a fraction of the cost / episode of Games of Thrones or Rings of Power, this TV series is pushing limits for television. Sex. Violence. The dangers of childbirth before modern medicine.

Not always easy to watch, but #respect for the creators.

Also — the dragons are cool.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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