The opening credits for “Game Of Thrones” with the iconic theme music by Ramin Djawadi are legendary – and now the spin-off “House Of The Dragon” also has its intro, but only from episode 2 of the first season. When the new episode was released on Sky Atlantic, Sky Q and WOW (formerly Sky Ticket) in the early morning hours of August 29th, so many must have rubbed their eyes in amazement and switched back to episode 1: Was the intro actually missing from the pilot episode? Yes, it has, and the series creators explain why themselves.
Opposite to ET Both Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik confirmed that they wanted to save the new intro for the second episode and that it was a very conscious creative decision: “We felt that once the curtain finally goes up. We wanted to go ahead and tell the story.”
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Indeed, the opening episode of House Of The Dragon opens very strongly – you are thrown right into the narrative as young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) recounts how her father Viserys (Paddy Considine ) became King on the Iron Throne. After that flashback, there’s just a brief flash of the Targaryen crest – at this point it felt like the show might just have that “intro” going forward – and then it’s over to the fade-in that it’s now in its ninth year Viserys’ reign, and a spectacular dragon flight sequence right on.
In episode 2 with the title “The Prince Rebel” then the surprise: Immediately after the HBO logo has flickered across the screen, the well-known “Game Of Thrones” melody by Ramin Djawadi sounds and a long opening sequence begins very strongly reminiscent of “Game Of Thrones” – in the same way important places for the Targaryens are checked out here and central symbols and sigils are shown, which form the family tree of the Targaryens, connected by a stream of blood. This fits the title of the book “Fire and Blood” by George RR Martin.
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As nice as it is to hear the Game Of Thrones theme song again, it’s a shame Ramin Djawadi didn’t write his own House Of The Dragon tune for the prequel series. In the episodes themselves, on the other hand, there is newly written music by Djawadi, in which he of course also uses many well-known motifs from “Game Of Thrones”.
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