Review: Sorry, but HBO's 'House of the Dragon' can't touch 'Game of Thrones' greatness

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When you play the game of TV spinoffs, you win or you die. Well, maybe die is a bit too strong, but there's a lot at stake here for a certain streaming service.

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HBO is betting big that more than three years after mega-hit "Game of Thrones" aired its final (and poorly received) episode, there is still an appetite for Westerosi drama.

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It's making that bet with prequel series "House of the Dragon" (HBO and HBO Max, Sundays, 9 EDT/PDT, ★★ out of four), a gilded new drama that aims to recapture the phenomenon.

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Unfortunately, phenomena are singular, and extraordinary difficult to achieve. Trying to recreate one leads to dull Dragon something that smells and sounds and looks like "Thrones

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but lacks the substance of  original. For fans who love world author George R.R. Martin created with his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels, it's a deep disappointment.

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Created by Ryan Condal and Martin himself, "Dragon" is a very different beast than "Thrones," pun intended.

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Based on Martin's encyclopedia-like book "Fire and Blood," it's a prequel that tells story of one episode among ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke in Thrones

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The creators have likened it to Shakespeare's "King Lear": Not a world-spanning epic featuring 20-plus characters and locations, but rather a smaller family drama

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It's making that bet with prequel series "House of the Dragon" (HBO and HBO Max, Sundays, 9 EDT/PDT, ★★ out of four), a gilded new drama that aims to recapture the phenomenon.

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