The first episode of the long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, premiered on August 21 on HBO and it’s currently streaming on HBOMax. Only one episode in, and the newest HBO hit series is already setting up the records.
According to Samba TV, the premiere episode was watched by 2.6 million households in the US only, which makes it the most-watched premiere cable or streaming premiere in 2022. House of the Dragon has easily beaten the premiere episode of Stranger Things 4, which was watched by 1.2 million US households.
After the premiere episode dropped on HBOMax, the streamer faced a crash because of millions of viewers who wanted to experience what the newest Game of Thrones has to offer firsthand. So far, the series received very positive reviews and reactions, and it seems like HBO has another global hit on its hands. Let’s just hope they have learned something from Game of Thrones’ last season and they won’t make the same mistake again.
Set 172 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon is following the beginning of the end of House Targaryen, whose head King Viserys I Targaryen, the current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, named his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir instead of his brother Daemon, who was the heir presumptive to the Iron Throne.
The series is starring Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. Additional cast includes Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, Savannah Steyn.
The author of A Song of Ice and Fire George R.R. Martin serves as the co-creator and the executive producer of the series. The premiere episode of House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBOMax.