“House of the Dragon” Review by Efe Teksoy


Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the fantastic, adventure and drama series “HOUSE OF THE DRAGON” for America’s Los Angeles based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.



House of The Dragon, the spin-off of Game of Thrones, was watched by 10 million viewers in the USA on its first day, breaking HBO‘s opening premiere record. Warner Bros. The Discovery (WBD) production series didn’t stop there, reaching 29 million viewers per episode and was approved for season two. George R.R. Martin‘s Adapted from Fire & Blood book, the series takes place 172 years before the birth of the character Daenerys Targaryen and deals with the history of House Targaryen. With a total production budget of nearly $200 million, the series is a Warner Bros. film and the first production to be shot in “new virtual production” at Leavesden Studios, a renowned media complex. For this huge budget production; Game of Thrones’ iconic The Iron Throne, author George R.R. Martin’s It was redesigned to be larger and asymmetrical, closer to the description in his novels. At the center of the story, where dragons are presented as key characters, is the fierce strife and ruhtless competition between Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower. Thus, this epic narrative, in which we see the power wars and power centers divided into two for the Iron Throne, presents the epic-fantasy genre with an extraordinary visual atmosphere within the framework of a fictional-historical perspective.



The series, which takes place 172 years before Daenerys Targaryen‘s birth, depicts a war of succession and a struggle for the throne within the Targaryen House at the height of its power.

Creators; Ryan J. Condal and George R.R. Martin.

Stars; Rhys Ifans, Fabien Frankel, Matt Smith, Graham McTavish, Paddy Considine, Bill Paterson, Eve Best, Jefferson Hall, Steve Toussaint, Sonoya Mizuno, Matthew Needham, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Gavin Spokes, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, David Horovitch and Kurt Egyiawan.



It is shown that power and authority in the kingdom was ruthlessly maintained through Prince Daemon Targaryen, the evil brother of King Viserys I Targaryen. Because of this form of power exercised by Daemon, he falls out with his older brother, Viserys I, who is King, and a series of complications arise. In this sense; Alongside the French philosopher Michel Foucault‘s concepts of bio-politics and self-techniques, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche‘s concept of the Will to Power and the German political philosopher and social theorist Hannah Arendt‘s concepts of the will to violence and obedience appear. For this form of government,  Foucault states that in Western societies at the end of the 17th century, it was a form of power aimed at disciplining the human body and integrating economic control systems by making it docile. Another remarkable detail in the series is the appearance of feminine figures through two main characters, Rhaenyra and Alicent. Unlike the men in the story, the female characters; We see that they are more mature, strong and settled. This also makes them more active and powerful than men in the political arena and political environment of the show.



Shooting of the action, fantasy and adventure series House of The Dragon; It took place in England, Portugal and Spain. It released  on the HBO Max platform and on the HBO channel in the USA. Not to be missed by Game of Thrones fans and epic-fantasy fans, this epic narrative, unforgettable soundtrack and impressive cinematography is a masterpiece that will not be forgotten for a long time.





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