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Can 'House of the Dragon' Be HBO's Next 'Game of Thrones'?

By John Koblin

10 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this feature to know how critical it is for HBO Max to hit gold with the 'House of Dragon' series to ensure the other Game of Thrones spinoffs see the light of day.

LOS ANGELES — George R.R. Martin has seen the comments, and he’s read the emails.

Ever since “Game of Thrones,” the groundbreaking HBO fantasy series, went off the air in May 2019, he has been well aware of the backlash against the show’s final season. Martin, the man who painstakingly created the “Thrones” universe over the past three decades through his many books, and who was mostly on the sidelines during the final seasons of the TV series, does wonder if there will be some viewers who skip “House of the Dragon,” the first “Thrones” spinoff. The series will make its much-anticipated debut on HBO and HBO Max on Aug. 21.

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