A Bad-Heir Day at the Première of "House of the Dragon

A new "Game of Thrones" show has arrived in the year of our anxieties 2022 to ferry us away from our long winter of " Thrones "-lessness. 

Can we go where it takes us? 'House of the Dragon', a lavish prequel series 

hundred and seventy-two years before the Mad King's death and Daenerys Targaryen's birth, it depicts the Targaryens in an era well before our old friends arrived

There are dusty cities and palaces in year 172 B.D.T., chandeliers that resemble bonfires, 

eerily towheaded ruling families, and the occasional orgie. The show's violence-to-debauchery ratio needs to be adjusted. (Too occasional, maybe.)

It's always driven by a succession crisis, so sit back and watch the infighting: we're in for hours of high-powered treachery.

There are some familiar pleasures found in "Dragon" that will bring back the old "Thrones" memorie

Instead of an ice-monster sequence, as "Thrones" did, Prince Viserys (Paddy Considine) is announced as the next king in a grand hall. 

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