Will ‘House of the Dragon’ Win Back ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans?

Game of Thrones season 8 is very controversial among fans. Despite that, spinoffs for the show are still going forward. Though one was canceled, House of the Dragon, a show following House Targaryen, is still happening.

There is a question that many people are probably wondering. Will Game of Thrones fans watch House of the Dragon? At the moment, it’s hard to tell. Most likely, many fans are excited, while others are viewing it warily.

Given the ending of the original show, it makes sense for some fans to be wary. Yet it’s also possible that the show, since it is a prequel and not a sequel, will have a better ending, or at least one that makes sense to fans. House of the Dragon may be just what Game of Thrones fans are looking for.

Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke at the Game of Thrones premiere | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO/Getty Images

What are ‘Game of Thrones’ fans’ reactions to ‘House of the Dragon’ so far?

Fans seem happy so far. One fan tweeted “Daenerys is smiling down on us,” showing their love for one of the last Targaryens. Unfortunately, her ending was a very confusing and unsatisfying one for many fans. Yet perhaps House of the Dragon will in some small way make up for that.

Another fan said that “House of the Dragon sure has [them] excited.” And it certainly seems that other fans share that sentiment. According to Decider, there is a lot to be excited about. The series is going to be based on Fire and Blood, a book that George R.R. Martin wrote about Targaryen history.

One fan even said that it is “the only prequel [they] trust.” This is because it is based on the book by George R. R. Martin and therefore the ending has probably already been written somewhat.

Why might ‘Game of Thrones’ fans want to watch ‘House of the Dragon’?

Based on Decider’s report, the show is going to be good. It will feature everything that fans loved about Game of Thrones: battles, intrigue, and drama. It’s also possible that House of the Dragon will fix some of the original show’s problems. Dorne might feature prominently, an area of Westeros that was not treated well by the Game of Thrones writers.

There are also many well-written and well-developed female characters in House Targaryen, including Aegon The Conqueror’s sisters Visenya and Rhaenys. It is possible that these characters, though they may not get a happy ending exactly, will be treated differently than Daenerys was by the original show. It is also definitely possible that those behind House of the Dragon have learned from the mistakes of Game of Thrones and therefore will not make the same ones.

Why might fans not want to watch ‘House of the Dragon’?

While there are many reasons that fans might want to watch the show, there are also many reasons why fans would not want to watch. One of the main reasons would be that fans already know how the story of House Targaryen ends. It ends with Daenerys being killed and Jon, also known as Aegon Targaryen, being exiled to the Wall.

Another reason is that the show is not really offering anything truly unique. Yes, House Targaryen is interesting. And many fans might not mind having the same kind of story told again. Yet some fans might feel their time would be better spent on newer, different stories.

Whether or not House of the Dragon will win back Game of Thrones fans remains to be seen. It could definitely go either way. Or, the fan base will continue as it is now, divided. Some will watch House of the Dragon while others will refuse.