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House of the Dragon is Also Trying Really Hard

We got a full trailer for the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off called House of Dragons. It’s a big, epic adventure trailer full of dragons and knights and all sorts of madness. And I think this trailer and this entire show is trying too hard.

Honestly, I consider House of the Dragon the same way I consider The Rings of Power: some TV studio is clinging to a popular franchise too hard and is hoping desperately they can somehow make a successful prequel spin-off show by throwing money at it. But neither trailer has provided much of a look at the actual story or what we’re supposed to care about. Why are they prequels? How is that going to be a good idea?

Can money make a show? Look. I am one of the few people in the world who liked and is content with the Game of Thrones finale. Come at me. But as much as we all enjoyed that show, do any of us really care about this prequel series? About the ancient history of the Targaryen family and their dragons?

I think both House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power are both going to equally and simultaneously crash and burn.

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TV Trailers Out the Wazoo!

I’ve been sitting on a bunch of TV show trailers for no particular reason other than to take up time on a Monday. And guess what? It’s a Monday! So on the off chance you haven’t seen any of these yet, enjoy some trailers for some upcoming big ticket TV shows.

First up is the trailer for the third season of the Umbrella Academy.

Love this show, love how season 3 looks. I never read the comics so I don’t know if we’re still following existing stories or if the TV show is off on its own road. Doesn’t matter to me. It’s all good, and season 3 should be just as good as the rest. Everybody on the team seems to be on the same page, so at least they won’t be butting heads the whole season.

Umbrella Academy returns to Netflix on June 22.

Next, how about we take a peak at the upcoming fourth season of Westworld!

I will probably watch Westworld, but I can’t be sure. I barely remember what happened in season 3, and I definitely barely remember what the larger, ongoing narrative has been. I’m pretty sure I liked season 3, but again, I honestly don’t remember. Did I even finish the season?

Whatever the case may be, Westworld season 4 comes to HBO Max on June 26.

Finally, the first trailer for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.

Honestly, I have no interest in this show. I loved Game of Thrones as much as the next person. Heck, I’m even one of those rare weirdos who was perfectly content with the final seasons and the finale. It all ended perfectly fine by me. But a prequel? Set thousands of years in the past? And is basically a story we already know from Game of Thrones? No thank you.

I just don’t know what this show can possibly offer. A bunch of Targaryen in-fighting? And some less-memorable CGI dragons? It feels so desperate.

But what do I know? I’ll probably watch it eventually.

House of the Dragon comes to HBO Max on Aug. 21.

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The Game of Thrones Spin-Off is Real!

I still find it hard to believe HBO is moving ahead with their Game of Thrones spin-off. But here is the first teaser trailer for House of the Dragon! It looks…fine. It looks like Game of Thrones, only with more Matt Smith, and fewer actual dragons.

I loved Game of Thrones as much as the next person. Heck, I probably liked it more, because I am perfectly content with the final two seasons and the finale of the show. I got no problem with it. Are there complaints to be made? Sure, probably! But I have plugged my ears and closed my eyes to those complaints, and I get to continue living with a perfectly contented finale.

(Seriously, King Bran makes perfect sense to me. As does Arya killing the Night King. And Dany going crazy on King’s Landing. It all works just fine for me, thank you very much.)

But I have no idea what House of the Dragon hopes to accomplish. It’s a prequel, and George R.R. Martin has been very clear about what happens in the past. So…like…what is this show going to be about? Just how the Targaryen family conquers Westeros with their dragons? We already know how that plays out, and we already know what becomes of their dynasty in the future. So why is this show a prequel?

Whatever. I’ll watch it! House of the Dragon comes to HBO sometime next year!

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