- Michael Shields
This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal dissects the first season of House of the Dragon, the fantasy drama television series that persists as a prequel to Game of Thrones. It is the second show in the franchise created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. Both series are based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by Martin with Condal and Miguel Sapochnik serving as the showrunners. Based on parts of the novel Fire & Blood, the series is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, descendant of the eponymous royal house, and 100 years after the Seven Kingdoms is united by the Targaryen Conquest. It portrays the beginning of the end of House Targaryen, the events leading up to and covering the Targaryen civil war of succession, known as the “Dance of the Dragons.” In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Ryan O’ Connell expound on the most exciting moments of this first season of The House of the Dragon while celebrating some of the most nuanced and cutthroat characters that can be found on television today. They explore the challenges presented by the time-jumps that take place throughout the season, the events that occurred in the season that couldn’t be found in the novel Fire & Blood, what the finale means for the series moving forward, and much, much more.
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