Fantasy lovers are going to have a very intriguing fall this year, as two major shows are finally arriving for the public to enjoy. Rarely did a television season have so much powerful titles as Fall 2022 is going to have, and that is absolutely a great thing, and if we add all the other amazing shows that have come out recently and are going to come out soon, we’re in for one of the best television seasons ever. But, let us get back to the shows we are actually going to talk about here.
The first one is the long-awaited expensive Lord of the Rings prequel series – The Rings of Power – produced by Amazon, while the other one is the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, produced by HBO. And while Amazon’s show has been scheduled for a September 2022 release for a while now, the news that HBO’s show is going to premiere less than two weeks before surprised most insiders as it seemingly doesn’t make much sense. Why would they do such a thing? Why would they intentionally compete aginst each other when both of them could’ve had a calm(er) run, without many issues? In this article, we are going to give our opinion on this topic.
Having two big-caliber shows from the same genre premiere at practically the same time seems like a wrong decision for both shows, especially since both of them pushed up their release dates, whereas other streaming services – like Disney+, who pushed back Andor because of She-Hulk and these two shows – did the opposite. The latter seems like a rational decision – if people watch the Game of Thrones prequel, they might not have the time for the Lord of the Rings prequel and vice versa, which might result in one of the works flopping. Now, this is definitely a risk both HBO and Amazon are taking, as it is very difficult to predict how popular a show is going to be with such hight standards when modern-day television production is concerned, but it seems they are ready.
But, this decision might not be that grim and there is a different point of view that might change your opinion on the topic. While giving thought about these developmens, we have found several possible reasons why this decision was far more produdent than your average Joe might say, and why both HBO and Amazon could strongly profit from such a decision and why both House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power might end up being extremely successful.
Namely, as we have said, we don’t really think that having these two shows is a bad thing; on the contrary, it might actually be beneficial for both shows. Our arguments are based on years of experience with the television industry and some insider knowledge on how these things work. Now, this is, in the end, just an opinion and you might end up disagreeing with us, but we had hoped to bring an opinion from a different point of view and to show that the situation doesn’t necessarily have to be bad, although we might end up being proven wrong in several months time. But, let us get to the point.
It is a known fact that movie distributors carefully tailor their release schedules so that they get the most out of the box office. This is a very logical move since it earns the studios more money and determines one aspect of the films overall success. Now, television and streaming shows don’t have to follow the same logic, but they do want more viewers, especially streaming services who live off their subscribers. The more subscribers you have, the more money you get, and that means that you can make better shows. This would, of course, mean that two competing services wouldn’t really want their shows streaming at the same time as to not lose subscribers, since one show might end up “eating” the other up. So, why are The Rings of Power and the House of the Dragon being released at the same time, and why is that not necessarily a bad thing?
Well, for one, instead of cancelling each other out, these shows might actually increase the demand one for the other. Namely, fans of one show – considering how zealous fandoms are these days – will fight for their show, while the others will do the same for theirs, because both groups of fans will want their show to be more popular and that is why the demand will be even bigger. Both shows will be extremely popular and the influx of fan competition will, thus, benefit both shows.
Also, the fact that they are two very similar shows set within two similar universes will be beneficial for the genre itself. Namely, with two high-profile fantasy series fighting for the viewers globally, the fantasy genre will become the talking point of the media community. People will want more and not just new shows, they might also revisit some old shows, bringing fantasy to its deserved throne among the different genres.
Another factor that might benefit both shows is the fact that they’re both prequels that already have an established universe to back them up. Both the Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones universes are extremely popular, and there is no doubt that both of these shows will try to build on that success while creating a concept of their own, and the fact that they already have an established universe will certainly help both shows.
In our opinion, all of these facts might actually add up to a very successful formula that might end up being beneficial for both shows. The competition might work in a positive way and give both shows the necessary boost to make them popular and successful, which is what we are hoping is going to happen. Both these shows are promising and seeing all the hype about them online makes us hopeful that our predictions are goint to prove – correct.