HBO Max has presented the new teaser trailer for The House of the Dragon, the expected one spin-off of Game of Thrones. Hundreds of years before the events narrated in the main series, the Targaryen house was already beginning to move the game pieces to place the royal crown on their heads, the one that would make them kings of the Andals, of the First Men and the Lords of the Seven Kingdoms and other noble paraphernalia. Based on the book Blood and Fire by George RR Martin, this production will tell the rise of the ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen.
House of the Dragon will debut next August 21 on HBO Max, so there are still a few months to enjoy it. It is not that the platforms are going to give us a break: long-awaited series such as Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Stranger Things are scheduled for May. Even so, if what you want is to enjoy epic fantasy products, here are some of the most interesting proposals.
Game of Thrones
- Available on HBO Max.
If The House of the Dragon is a prequel to the Game of Thrones series, it is impossible not to recommend viewing the fiction that started it all. By now, many will have gobbled up the original eight seasons, but it is a propitious moment to remember the stories of characters who did everything imaginable to get a seat on the Iron Throne. And at what price! George RR Martin, the author of the novels, was actively involved in the development of the series, whose early seasons were based on the A Song of Ice and Fire books.
After the fifth season, which adapted A Dance with Dragons, those responsible for Game of Thrones ran out of literary material, since the sixth and seventh books had not yet been published. Several years later, Winds of Winter is still missing, while its author continues to work on adapting his universe to television.
- Available on Netflix.
Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels were well known among the fantasy novel readership. The Polish studio CD Projekt RED helped broaden those horizons with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, while Netflix has been in charge of adapting these novels into a television series, which currently has two seasons, although the third has already been confirmed. officially. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) is a Warlock who travels the world in search of evil monsters. Contract in hand, he is in charge of ending them once and for all.
During his journey he meets well-known characters such as Ciri, the sorceress Yennefer or the bard Jaskier. Netflix also works on un spin-off which will serve as a prequel, The Witcher: Blood Origin. In addition to the two seasons, platform subscribers can enjoy the animated film The Witcher: The Nightmare of the Wolf, starring Geralt’s mentor. Read the review of the second season here.
The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
- Available on HBO Max (The Hobbit also on Netflix)
Fans of fantasy are in luck. Throughout the year 2022 you will be able to see La Casa del Dragon and The Witcher: Blood Origin, but also the series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which will premiere on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video. The series is not set in the Peter Jackson universe and takes place years before the events of the novels, during the Second Age. The New Zealand director was in charge of adapting both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, two intertwined trilogies thanks to their main characters.
Although The Hobbit received a lukewarm reception from critics, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King They have gone down in history as great epic fantasy movies. Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn and the rest of the heroes are on their way to an almost impossible mission: destroy the One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron.
The Wheel of Time
- Available on Amazon Prime Video
Perhaps as an experiment for the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Studios has previously released the series based on The Wheel of Time, a fantasy fiction that presents us with a world in which only women have the ability to use magic at will. Moiraine is part of an arcane organization made up of sorceresses and known as the Aes Sedai. Accompanied by five young men, the salvation or destruction of humanity now depends on the Dragon Reborn.
“The lives of five young townspeople change forever when a strange and powerful woman appears,” reads the official synopsis. “She claims that one of them is the child of an ancient prophecy with the power of change the balance between Light and Dark forever. They must choose between trusting this stranger”, all in an increasingly palpable dark context. The Wheel of Time will return with a second season, although at the moment there is no announced date.
Saga Harry Potter
- Available on HBO Max
The boy who survived. Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard of all time, was inexplicably defeated by a baby, little Harry Potter. Eleven years later, after being mistreated by his adoptive family, he receives the letter from Hogwarts and discovers that he is actually a wizard. The film saga began in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.but the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione continued until a decade later, when The Deathly Hallows Part 2 hit theaters.
The main story may already be wrapped, but Warner Bros. Pictures and JK Rowling have worked on a prequel saga, Fantastic Beasts. The most recent film, The Secrets of Dumbledore, has gone unnoticed by international critics. Not surprisingly, its continuity is not 100% confirmed. You can read the review of MeriStation in this link. Perhaps you are also interested in what is the origin of Harry Potter.