Review: Sorry, but HBO's 'House of the Dragon' can't touch 'Game of Thrones' greatness

HBO is betting big that more than three years after airing the final (and poorly received) episode of mega-hit "Game of Thrones," Westerossi still has an appetite for drama.

It's betting it with the prequel series "House of the Dragon" (HBO and HBO Max, Sunday, 9 EDT/PDT, ★★ out of four), a gilded new drama that aims to recreate the event. is to be achieved.

Unfortunately, events are singular, and exceptionally difficult to achieve.

For fans who love world author George R.R. Martin with his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels, it's a deep disappointment.

Created by Ryan Condall and Martin, "Dragon" is a very different beast than "Throne" was intended to be.

Princess Renera Targaryen (Emma d'Arcy) has a good claim on the Iron Throne as the daughter of King Viserys Targaryen, though the only thing in the way of her inheritance is her gender.

Paddy Considine plays King Viserys, a mostly decent man who makes some questionable decisions as King of Westeros.

Prince Damon Targaryen (Matt Smith), preparing to exit, is the King's difficult little brother in HBO's "Game of Thrones" prequel series, "House of the Dragon."

Actress Olivia Cooke attends the "House of the Dragon" world premiere on July 27, 2022. Cook is playing the role of Alicent Hightower in the action drama series.