Caligula_K3 Posted September 5, 2022 Share Posted September 5, 2022 (edited) 1 hour ago, briantw said: This season appears to be all about setting the stage for the conflicts of the next few seasons. We're getting introduced to all the players, all their petty rivalries and grievances, and pieces are being put in motion to oppose each other down the line. Much like the first season of Game of Thrones set up the War of the Five Kings and everything else that followed. The difference being, imo, that the first season/book of Game of Thrones only appears as complete set up in retrospect. Martin and the show writers do a great job of getting you to care about the conflicts and characters of the first book/season, and you're tricked into viewing these conflicts as being the main plot in their own right. Once Ned Stark's head is off and Drogo has been neutralized and you start realizing that this series isn't going the way that you thought, you're already invested in the characters and want to see where they're going next. Tyrion is going to be Hand! Dany has dragons! Jon's going north of the wall! In jumping ahead from major plot beat to major plot beat, and skipping over years at a time, the set-up in House of Dragons has felt (to me and mostly everyone I know watching) much less organic. In this way, it's like Game of Thrones seasons 7-8, but even faster and with characters we don't know yet! The show hasn't taken the time to let you know the majority of the characters, aside from what their immediate political goals are. Now, we're still early days, but this is something that does worry me if each episode jumps ahead in time. Will we be invested in the characters before civil war comes? Will we understand who they are and what motivates them, aside from their political goals? Will we care who wins or loses? With Viserys and Rhaenyra and maybe Daemon, the answer will be yes (but, of course, Viserys will be dead, and I say this as someone who hasn't read this part of Fire and Blood). With everyone else, if they keep to their current approach, not so much. Edited September 5, 2022 by Caligula_K3 Jaehaerys Tyrell, Mithras, Winterfell is Burning and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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