Development of the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, is well underway with the casting of Viserys I Targaryen, but like, is anyone really excited about it? After the decidedly mixed response to the final season of Game of Thrones, they really need something spectacular, and the reign of Viserys I, as the kids say, ain't it. It was fairly uneventful, at most, setting up the conflict that would become the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, but even that is just more jockeying for the throne that we've always known is just a distraction from the real problems of this world.
Game of Thrones hinted at so many stories that would be so much cooler to see onscreen than some dragon-bangers we've never heard of swiping at each other for some iron chair. What about the arrival of the First Men and their conflict with the Children of the Forest? We barely got to know those li'l homies, and they are shady as shit.
What about the Age of Heroes and the Long Night that marks the first invasion of the White Walkers? Let's get to the bottom of this Azor Ahai business! What about the Dunk and Egg stories that are, you know, actual stories that Martin actually deemed worthy of writing?
What about Robert's goddamn Rebellion? It's so ripe for fleshing out! What was Rhaegar and Lyanna's romance like? How did Elia react to that whole mess? Who doesn't want to see the young and not-yet-scary Hound? Or the Mad King in all his glory? Or young, hot Robert Baratheon? Give us some Brandon Stark.
Give it, goddammit. If nothing else, it's a perfect excuse to give us some closure on that whole Tysha thing.
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