House of the Dragon - Season 1

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House of the Dragon
Season 1
Rhaenyra Syrax HOTD Season 1.png
No. of episodes 10
Country of origin United States
Network HBO
Release
Original run August 21 – October 23, 2022[1]
Season chronology
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Season 1 of House of the Dragon is the first season of the series.

Plot

House of the Dragon takes place two centuries before the War of the Five Kings, focusing on the Dance of the Dragons. The show is based on George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood, along with the novella The Princess and the Queen and the novelette The Rogue Prince.[2]

Cast

Starring

Additional cast

Dragons

The dragons have different personalities and physical appearances.[3] The following table lists the appearances (A) and mentions (M) of the dragons episode by episode throughout the first season.

  • 1 Not mentioned by name but alluded to.
  • 2 Appears as a skull only.
  • 3 By process of elimination, the dragon that Aemond encounters in the Dragonpit is Dreamfyre, as "The Black Queen" establishes that the greens have three adult dragons out of four total. While the dragon is similar in appearance to Seasmoke who would also be in the Dragonpit at this time, its horns are different and it does not have Seasmoke's beard. There are no other adult dragons in the Dragonpit at this time.
Dragons Riders Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
Arrax Lucerys Velaryon M1 M1 A†
Balerion
the Black Dread
None; deceased2 A† A† A† A†
The Cannibal None M1
Caraxes
the Blood Wyrm
Daemon Targaryen A A A A A A A
Dreamfyre Helaena Targaryen M A3 A M1
Grey Ghost None M1
Meleys
the Red Queen
Rhaenys Targaryen A A A A
Moondancer Baela Targaryen M1 M
Seasmoke Laenor Velaryon A A M
Sheepstealer None M1
Silverwing None M
Sunfyre
the Golden
Aegon II Targaryen M1 A M1
Syrax Rhaenyra Targaryen A A M1 A
Tessarion
the Blue Queen
Daeron Targaryen M1
Tyraxes Joffrey Velaryon M
Vermax Jacaerys Velaryon A A
Vermithor
the Bronze Fury
None A
Vhagar
the Queen of All Dragons
Laena Velaryon;
Aemond Targaryen
M A A A

Episodes

No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Duration U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "The Heirs of the Dragon" Miguel Sapochnik Ryan Condal August 21, 2022 66 min 9.986[4]
2 "The Rogue Prince" Greg Yaitanes Ryan Condal August 28, 2022 54 min 10.2[5]
3 "Second of His Name" Greg Yaitanes Gabe Fonseca & Ryan Condal September 4, 2022 58 min ~9.2[N 1][6]
4 "King of the Narrow Sea" Clare Kilner Ira Parker September 11, 2022 63 min ~9.66[6]
5 "We Light the Way" Claire Kilner Charmaine DeGraté September 18, 2022 60 min ~9.95[6]
6 "The Princess and the Queen" Miguel Sapochnik Sara Hess September 25, 2022 67 min ~10.25[7]
7 "Driftmark" Miguel Sapochnik Kevin Lau October 2, 2022 59 min Unknown[N 2]
8 "The Lord of the Tides" Geeta Patel Eileen Shim October 9, 2022 68 min Unknown[N 2]
9 "The Green Council" Clare Kilner Sara Hess October 16, 2022 58 min Unknown[N 2]
10 "The Black Queen" Greg Yaitanes Ryan Condal October 23, 2022 59 min 9.3[8]

Reception

The first season was well received with the acting, the VFX, and writting being praised. Critics and the general audience have pointed out the pacing and the different time jumps throughout the season as the most jarring aspect of the show. These sentiments were reflected somewhat by George R. R. Martin who is very happy with the final product. He singled out Paddy Considine's portrayal of King Viserys I Targaryen as a being "much more powerful and tragic and fully-fleshed than my own version in Fire & Blood". He wished this first season was 13-episode-long to slow down the narrative a bit and take more time to flesh out some of the characters. That being said, he also said that to make the story of the Dance of the Dragons justice, House of the Dragon should run for four seasons of 10 episodes each.[9]

Notes

  1. The ratings of episode 3 have not been officially released. The viewership was down about 1 million for the premiere on Sunday night due in part to airing in the U.S. during Labor Day weekend. The number of people watching the episode on HBO's platforms the following days was greater than for the first two episodes, however.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Warner Bros. Discovery did not disclose the viewership numbers for these episodes.

References