That’s right, streamers! I said it… and now I’m going to prove it.
Every Gen Xers knows that the Star Wars franchise kicked off with Episode IV. That told us soon-to-be sci-fi geeks that there were more things that happened BEFORE our introduction to the series. With House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones enters prequel territory. The good news is that we didn’t have to wait two decades for this to happen. But will it be good enough to make GoT the G.O.A.T., aka “greatest of all time?” In a word, yes.
Before I crush the (new) hopes and dreams of Star Wars fans everywhere, check out the House of Dragons trailer:
What is This GoT Prequel About?
Basically, it chronicles the fall of the Targaryen Dynasty. We heard references to it and its eventual downfall throughout every season of Game of Thrones. I’m guessing that House of the Dragons will show us the madness and eventual downfall of the Dragon King we heard so much about in Game of Thrones. My research indicates that the series will end with the Targaryen civil war, known as the “Dance of the Dragons.” All of that seems more exciting than lightsabers and X-wing fighters.
As to GoT Being the G.O.A.T.
The success or failure of House of the Dragons will largely determine that. Look, the first three Star Wars movies – episodes IV, V, and VI – were classics. The franchise took a huge nosedive in 1999 with the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Hardcore fans waited 22 years for something that was tantamount to a computer-generated version of The Muppets. Literally, Jar Jar Binks and the Gungans ruined that movie!
Here are five solid reasons why House of the Dragons is better than Star Wars and its prequels:
The characters in Game of Thrones offered more moral ambiguity than Star Wars characters, who tend to be either good or evil.
The plot of Game of Thrones is more intricate than anything Star Wars had to offer.
The various sub-plots featured in Game of Thrones are more interesting than those in Star Wars. Arya’s development into a strong warrior was a harrowing adventure throughout the Seven Kingdoms while Luke trained in a swamp with a puppet.
Game of Thrones has dragons while Star Wars had Ewoks, Wookies, and Gungans. They’re not the same.
And most importantly, House of the Dragons premieres three years after Game of Thrones ended. Lucas made us wait 22 years for The Phantom Menace.
So, There You Have it, Thrones Fans…
We were watching the superior show all along. And soon, we’re going to enjoy another installment of tales from the Seven Kingdoms. And remember, House of the Dragons isn’t just a prequel, it’s likely going to be the superior prequel… as long as George R.R. Martin didn’t invent some ridiculously annoying species to provide comic relief in an otherwise serious tale.