I know we have a lot of Game of Thrones lovers out there, but House of the Dragon is quickly becoming a household name, with many people saying that it’s even better than GTO. Now, we know the series is still ongoing, but we have high hopes for it as well. In this article, we list down 20 reasons why House of The Dragon is better than GTO!
House of the Dragon intends to stick to its original source material
From what we’ve seen thus far, House of the Dragon is sticking to its source material (that is already all written), while we know that Game of Thrones eventually deviated from George R. R. Martin’s stories.
This is a good thing, because the only reason why there’s such a large existing fanbase is because the source material was so good. Game of Thrones was arguably at its best when it stayed aligned to its lore, and we believe House of the Dragon will be able to stay the path this way.
House of the Dragon gives Game of Thrones fans the feeling of a reset
The ending of Game of Thrones was very controversial, and a lot of fans outright hated how things turned out. House of the Dragon then serves as a palette cleanser of sorts, with a new cast, new perspectives, and a deeper look into the universe.
House of the Dragon serves us more politics than GTO
Game of Thrones became famous partly because of the tactics and politics, but mostly because of the brutality and thrill. While set during a civil war, the House of the Dragon seems to lean into its political themes even more heavily than GTO, with the tension building up in each episode.
House of the Dragon builds up in terms of perspective
From the get go, Game of Thrones offered a wide range of protagonists to follow. It was fun and addictive, especially when binge-watching, but it also meant having to process a lot of details and information each time.
In contrast, House of the Dragon only followed one protagonist during the first episode, with the cast expanding over the season and spilling on over to season two. In this sense, we can expect a tighter narrative from House of the Dragon.
House of the Dragon is a slow burn while GTO was cataclysmic
This isn’t to say that GTO’s intense adventure throughout is a bad thing. But we also know from k-dramas that a lot of people actually prefer a slow burn instead. This type of pacing will then allow fans a steady build up, supposedly capping off with a torch aflame, ready to be passed on to the next generation.
House of the Dragon has a more focused story than GTO
House of the Dragon already has a solid beginning, middle, and end to follow because of the bones that were already laid out in Fire and Blood. In contrast, Game of Thrones eventually proved to have trouble with the fact that they ended up outpacing the source material.
Because of this, we can expect House of the Dragon to have a great flow of narrative.
House of the Dragon has already shown how great its visuals can be
Don’t get us wrong, GTO has amazing visuals and set designs as well. But the CGI in House of the Dragon just seems to be done better. Even more than that, the overall set is more vibrant and detailed. It definitely feels like we can expect even better graphics as the story progresses and becomes more intense.
House of the Dragon is able to capture George R. R. Martin’s vision whereas GTO has a couple of fumbles
There were times during GTO that George R. R. Martin had a different vision for certain scenes as opposed to the ones that were actually put out. House of the Dragon provides him the avenue to fulfill his vision, starting with how royal hunting parties are supposed to look like.
It is then possible that we will see even more details being worked out as the series goes on.
House of the Dragon will potentially be shorter than GTO – that’s a good thing
GTO really strong and solid, only to fumble up the bag from seasons five onwards. Because the House of the Dragon already has a plot to follow, the series will likely end up being shorter. This means less chances of messing things up later.
The setting of House of the Dragon more fresh and has more personality
Yes, House of the Dragon and GTO have similar overall aesthetics. But, GTO was infinitely more harsh and bleak, given that it was meant to reflect that timeline. In contrast, House of the Dragon sets the stage for these intense times. This means that it’s still more lively in a lot of ways.
The House of the Dragon has subtle nods to the GTO
The advantage of the House of the Dragon is that it is meant to serve as a prequel. This means that a lot of dedicated fans have memorized every detail of GTO. Then, they get to experience bursts of nostalgia every time they see such references in the House of the Dragon.
The House of the Dragon gives fans more depth into families that they already know and love
Every GTO fan knows about the Lannisters and Targaryens. But, the House of the Dragon is able to dig deeper into their history, dynamics, and struggles.
House of the Dragon will likely answer questions fans have from GTO
GTO was already well done, but the House of the Dragon is set up to answer any lingering legends that fans may nitpick from the original series. The House of the Dragon is truly set up to build the world that GTO lives in.
House of the Dragon is so well written that it’s hard to find wrongs in its universe
George R. R. Martin put so much time and effort into meticulously laying out the world of House of the Dragon, that if the show runners truly stick to the story, they won’t have any issues on plot holes and lack of lore.
The House of Dragon legitimately shows off dragons
Yes, we had Daenreys’ three dragons in GTO, but they were largely used as tools and means to an end. In contrast, in the House of Dragon, we get to see dragons thriving and truly being ferocious and magnificent.
The House of Dragon adds easter eggs that are reserved for eagle-eyed fans
If you rewatch the episodes that are already available, you may notice some subtle symbolic progressions that are not blatantly highlighted. For example, Viserys actually lost two of his fingers between episodes two and three, as his injuries spread and turned his hand black.
The House of Dragon musical score follows the theme set by GTO
This is a great thing for the show, as it maintains the overall score of the franchise. This also means that fans who fell in love with the GTO soundtrack can look forward to what the composer has in store for us with the House of the Dragon.
The House of the Dragon overall storyline is centered on one family
Some GTO fans are upset that it’s not more of an ensemble. But, this is actually good for the House of the Dragon as it allows the show to maintain one direction. As mentioned earlier, there will still be other perspectives of other characters, but they won’t be as diverse as GTO.
The House of the Dragon goes straight to the point on what the end goal is
From the very first episode, viewers know that Targaryens are desiring for the Iron Throne. This then allows them to view the rest of the story through these lenses, without having to second-guess what the character motivations are overall.
The House of the Dragon is set out for 18+
This means we can expect more action from the House of the Dragon. In contrast, many of GTO’s scenes were actually filtered for 13+. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing will depend on what you want from the show. But, considering the story, this is good for the artistic direction and visual storytelling of the House of the Dragon.
In fact, for some people, they don’t need 20 reasons why House of the Dragon is better than GTO. This one point sells it all for them.
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