Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon concluded its first season last Sunday, and according to HBO’s official report, the season finale was the most-watched episode on HBO since the Game of Thrones series finale which aired in May 2019.
House of the Dragon finished its season with 9.3 million viewers on Sunday night across all platforms in the US. HBO reported that all episodes on streaming platforms are now averaging 29 million viewers in the US. For comparison, Game of Thrones Season 7 averaged around 32 million viewers per episode in the US.
“We’re so thrilled to see House of the Dragon catch fire with Game of Thrones fans around the world, as well as new viewers who are discovering the world of Westeros for the first time. Congrats to George, Ryan, Miguel, and the whole House of the Dragon team on an incredible first season.” — Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO and HBO Max
House of the Dragon is based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, and it tells the history of House Targaryen 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Both the book and the series are following the events that led to the civil war known as The Dance of the Dragons which resulted in a crumble of once the most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms and almost the extinction of dragons.
The first season starred Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. All ten episodes of the first season are now streaming on HBOMax.
The Rise of the Dragon, an illustrated book that also describes the history of House Targaryen, but unlike Fire & Blood, written in an encyclopedic style, is set to be published on October 25, 2022. For readers who are already familiar with Fire & Blood, The Rise of the Dragon will serve primarily as an art book, but the book will feature more than 180 new illustrations.