HBO has finally announced the official release date for House of the Dragon. And apparently, the spin-off is putting an end to a long-standing Game of Thrones tradition. After the not-so-grand conclusion of Game of Thrones in 2019, HBO expressed its plans for creating more stories revolving around Westeros. The foremost of the many is House of the Dragon. The prequel series has been created by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, based on his own Fire & Blood book, alongside Colony’s Ryan Condal.
House of the Dragon is set around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The show is set to illustrate the story of House Targaryen during its glory years reigning over the Seven Kingdoms. Eventually, the series will advance towards the Civil War, which will tear the family and Westeros apart. HBO officially confirmed the development of House of the Dragon back in 2019. However, production only began in 2021.
Following the unpredictable delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Game of Thrones prequel is finally ready to premiere on the network. Ever since HBO revealed that the show will air sometime in 2022, fans have been anticipating a date. Now the wait is over, since HBO has launched the first poster for House of the Dragon. And with that, the network has revealed that the show’s release date is set for August 21, 2022.
Apparently, this latest update regarding the House of the Dragon release date breaks one of Game of Thrones’ biggest traditions. And that is its Spring release slot. The very first season of Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in April 2011. While it was not meant to be a thing, almost every season following that aired around the same time.
Most of the fantasy drama’s seasons aired in April, and Season 3 began on March 31, 2013. The only exception to this unplanned tradition was Game of Thrones Season 7, which was released in July 2017. However, the reason behind that was there was a period of extension in the production schedule as the episodes got bigger. But the release jumped back to April for Season 8.
With that said, House of the Dragon saw a series of undetermined lags during production. Thus, it is clear why the network picked a later release date. But in addition to that, the show also separates itself from the long followed tradition of its predecessor Game of Thrones.
HBO had previously announced that the network would set the release date for House of the Dragon sometime in 2022. And now the August date seems more likely. At first, production saw delays in scheduling. And with all the work that goes into the post-production processes of the show, it is apparent that the show couldn’t have been ready for a Spring release.
And if they tried to live up to Game of Thrones traidion, then they would have to postpone the dates even further to 2023. Which clearly was not a practical decision either. A very important idea behind scheduling Game of Thrones’ dates to align with a Spring release was that it put the show right in contention for the Emmys each year. However, it won’t be a big problem for House of the Dragon. As it will still be nominated for some of the biggest TV awards when the 2023 version comes around.
The distinct release date also allows an inclination in the TV landscape with streaming. Game of Thrones Season 8 was HBO’s last show that was made on a massive scale. And now that there are other successful streaming services and options, it really does not matter what time of the year a show releases.
It is nearly impossible to not draw comparisons between House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones. Mainly because doing so will make it easier to put the two apart in various aspects. While House of the Dragon has done only so much as announce its release date, the entire idea shows that the series is paving its own path and creating its own legacy beyond its connection to the internationally acclaimed Game of Thrones.
Eventually, the approach will be a turning point for the show’s future. It isn’t much, but an accurate release date for House of the Dragon has given fans something to look forward to. Thus, creating a bigger hype around the prequel, now that Summer is coming.