House of the Dragon episode 9 is a disappointment — and I’m worried about the finale

By design, House of the Dragon feels like a very similar show to its predecessor, Game of Thrones. The opening theme song, the location of King’s Landing, the bleached Targaryen wigs, the medieval costumes, the “prince that was promised” prophecy, and the sex, gore and politics of it all — all hallmarks of Game of Thrones. The prequel’s plot is literally a game of the Iron Throne, just a couple centuries earlier.

It’s not surprising, considering Game of Thrones was a massive hit and possibly the last example of monoculture. In this case, familiarity breeds contended viewers. 

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