It's obvious what the writers wanted in the first episode, a death, sex scenes, betrayal by a close relative, a joust with violence, and a girl who is a tom boy and a mind of her own but from a powerful family.. sound familiar? The cast is not great but the worst choice is the kings daughter. Her acting is beyond terrible! Alcocks accent changes all of the time and the last scene of ep 1 says it all.. she has just been named the successor to the king which she wanted, takes a deep breath and what, I have absolutely no idea what's she's feeling or thinking. Is she happy, relieved, vindicated as a strong intelligent woman.. I don't know because her acting absolutely sucks! So far I'm not taken with the main characters, the King is so so.. I don't hate him but I don't like him either. Nobody really stands out, even the kings brother is boring and he is supposed to be the biggest threat to the crown so far!
I'm afraid the writers think by adding popular scenes and scenarios of GOT they will have a hit but it's far too obvious.. The joust is a copy of the joust in GOT where the mountain cuts his horses head off and wants to kill Tyrell.. but this joust scene was absolutely ridiculous having the protagonist killing random people who beat him in the joust. Honestly, it was stupid! Is this the crazy Targaryen trait we heard about so often.. are we to expect random craziness because the Targaryen's are insane!
I was so disappointed with so much.. We briefly saw Ned Starks great grandfather who should have been cast much better and been a powerful unforgettable man who looks honourable, instead we saw a fat pathetic older man with no personality!
The stories we heard of the Targaryen's in GOT especially by Shereen Baratheon and briefly by Arya talking to Tywin, described the female Targaryen's as influential powerful women but apparently they had to add woke garbage in The House of the Dragon and infer women are not respected blah blah blah.. and the last scene where she is named the successor, because the king has no sons, is supposed to make feminists happy but it just annoyed me because the story is wrong and disjointed. I honestly don't want to see causes being rammed down our throats and just want to watch dragons.
I'm hoping we see dragons, dragons being born, raised and trained!
Oh, when the kings wife was being cremated the daughter used the term 'dracaris' which Danaerys used! Danaerys didn't know anything about dragons, absolutely nothing.. so it makes no sense she used the same term as her ancestors used to make the dragons burn things, a term which supposedly means dragon fire. I wish they used a different term, maybe just 'fire' so Danaerys was close but not the exact word. That would have given the show more credibility and I would have thought 'wow'!
It's so obvious they are desperately trying to emulate GOT and failing miserably especially with the poor cast choices! They did change some things from GOT, no handsome characters like Jaimie, no sensational actors who are dynamic and too many to mention in GOT, no likeable characters yet, but we do have annoying characters like the daughter who can't act!
We will see but I'm not holding my breath! I wish viewers weren't so distracted with dragons and so desperate for another GOT and actually watched the show so their reviews were more considered because how can shows improve if we are blind to the faults!
I just hope we don't see more GOT scenarios which attempt to conjure up our memory and love of GOT and we do get creative new storyline's!
Ok, I'm up to ep 5 and it's getting worse! The blatant attempt to fool GOT fans and add obvious scenarios that were in GOT so we get reminded of our love for GOT is insulting! Having the princess dress as a boy and rebel is akin to Arya Stark dressing as a boy.. even the guard calling her 'boy' was annoying because it was an obvious attempt to remind us of GOT. The pre wedding dinner had to have a brutal death of course but the writers knew they could never out do the Red WEDDING because that was perfection. The backstabbing Kings HAND and the lacklustre storyline is all over the place.
The princess has the audience of possible suitors and she is so useless she can't even control the suitors and leaves when they fight. A true heir to any throne would never accept such disrespect but she does! Her character is all over the place going from a nasty, self reliant young woman to one that makes excuses when confronted by her step mother when questioned about her virtue. She is neither strong nor likeable!
Damon is pathetic and can apparently control horses because he gestures for his wife's horse to rear up and it does and crushes her. Then Damon gets a rock and we assume bashes her head in and again, we don't see what happens exactly the same as the crab king, who we assume he killed but didn't see!
I could pick this show to bits because it's so bad and I am disappointed GOT fans are so gullible they can't see the obvious attempts to copy GOT with the same type of scenarios which proves they can't come up with anything original yet.
I can't believe people are warming to any character because none of them are likeable and at this stage they could all get murdered and I wouldn't care! In fact, I wish they all did die and they started again with a better storyline and more dragons which we don't see much, the occasional dragon flying around and that's it.
For a family that love dragons they certainly don't do anything with them, they don't even feed or train them, or use them.. Damon didn't even fly to the Vale to kill his wife.. so what's up with that.. who would walk or ride a horse when they had dragons.. apparently people in this show, that's who!
Ok, I will be back when more episodes drop!
We will see, we will see!
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