A few days ago, HBO dropped the first teaser trailer for House of the Dragon, the first in a series of planned Game of Thrones spinoff shows. And just like that, millions of fans who had sworn off GoT after the objectively terrible season 8 were losing their minds, back in the fandom.
It's me, I am 'millions of fans'.
The series is a prequel about the House of Targaryen and Daenerys' ancestors, the ones whose tales viewers who haven't read the books only know from unflattering folklore which was shared throughout the seasons of GoT.
So, what's it about? Set 200 years before the events in GoT took place, it's based on the George R.R. Martin book Fire & Blood, and it's basically our chance to know the Targaryen story firsthand, rather than through the lens of other people.
The showrunners are Battle of the Bastards (one of the best GoT episodes ever) director Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, and the score will be composed by Ramin Djawadi, who composed the GoT theme song. The cast includes Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno.
As a massive GoT fan and a Daenerys fan girl (even when she was problematic and weird and for some unknown reason fell in love with her nephew), I disliked seasons 6 and 7 of the series, and downright hated season 8 (even if one of the best episodes in the show's history was s08e02, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms).
It was hurtful to see such a brilliant show devolve into whatever the hell that was. I still don't have the words for it.
The planned spinoffs aren't news – we have known about them for a while. None of their announcements moved me. I was pretty sure I wasn't going to give GoT another minute of my attention, because any show that disrespects its fiercely loyal fandom by rewarding our love with a final season like that doesn't deserve me.
And then the House of the Dragon teaser dropped and I unpacked my bags and moved back into the main bedroom. I'm in love again, and it's just from a minute-long teaser. I'm ready to find my House of Targaryen socks and wake up in time for a 3am premiere, like the good old days.
HBO wants me dead and I'm fine with it.
- House of the Dragon is due in January 2022. Catch up on all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones on Showmax.