“House of the Dragon” starts with a bang, while waiting for “The Rings of Power”

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<p><strong>As the first episode of the series “House of the Dragon”, prequel to the cult saga “Game of Thrones”, achieved the best launch of an HBO series, looms on the horizon another fantastic series no less expected: “The Rings of Power”, taken from the “Lord of the Rings”.</strong> </p>
<p>Fans of the “Game of Thrones” series, which ended three years earlier, were there for the launch of its prequel “House of the Dragon”, the story of which takes place almost 200 years before the initial series, telling the story of the bloodthirsty Targaryen dynasty and its seventeen dragons.</p>
<p>The first episode gathered 9.98 million viewers when it aired Sunday night in the United States on HBO channels (traditional channel and HBO Max streaming platform), achieving “the largest audience for a new original series in the world”. history of HBO”, detailed Monday evening in a press release the WarnerMedia group, parent company of HBO.</p>
<p>Some experts have qualified this assertion, however, stressing that the series, being derived from “Game of Thrones”, could hardly be called an “original series” and that the first episode of the last season of the cult saga had gathered some 17.4 million viewers.</p>
<p>“House of the Dragon”, which mixes fantasy and political intrigue, begins at the height of the Targaryen dynasty whose power, which rests essentially on its mastery of dragons, is weakened by succession struggles.</p>
<p> < p>The cast includes Emma D'Arcy (Wanderlust), Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), Rhys Ifans (The King's Man, Spiderman) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ready Player One) and Paddy Considine.< /p> </p>
<p><strong>“Streaming Wars”</strong></p>
<p>Warner Bros. Discovery, born of the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, can be proud of the success of the first episode as this new American entertainment giant tries to find its place in the midst of what is being dubbed the “streaming wars”.</p><!-- adman_adcode (middle, 1) --><script async=

< p>Already on the horizon is a strong competitor for “House of the Dragon”, with the upcoming release of the first episodes of the “Rings of Power” series, derived from the “Lord of the Rings” universe, fantastic literary saga created by J.R.R Tolkien.

Amazon Prime Video had acquired the rights to adapt the universe of hobbits and elves about five years before for 250 million dollars. 

The project, which should span five seasons with a budget of more than a billion dollars, has already been called the most expensive series in history. 

Each season should last approximately ten hours, and the first two episodes will be broadcast at from September 2.

“Great fantasy”

Both creators and producers of “House of the Dragon” and “Rings of Power” have been careful not to speak of rivalry.

While the new HBO series has received generally good reviews, those concerning the series from Amazon remain under embargo.

And the new media landscape actually makes any comparison of viewership more difficult than in the past: while HBO has welcomed good early viewership figures, Amazon will have no obligation to publish its own.

Indeed, some protagonists in the more “traditional” Hollywood universe have noted that Prime Video, which produces both films and series, does not seem interested in the same figures as its apparent rivals.

John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, told AFP earlier this year that the US organization was “very concerned” about Amazon, noting that the group was not seeking to “make a profit” from its films and series, but rather wanted its customers to “shop and use the e-commerce giant's delivery services”.

Fantasy fans have their side expressed their wish that both series will be a success.

Even George R.R. Martin, the author of the literary saga “Game of Thrones”, recently said in a blog post that he hopes the two series represent of “great television” and “great fantasy”, thus making more likely that the genre will be even more present in popular culture.