Showrunner believes House of the Dragon is like Succession but with Dragons

Ryan Condal liked House of the Dragon to the satirical black comedy-drama television series.


A few days from now, the world will start talking about Game of Thrones again, or, if you want to get technical, House of the Dragon.

Succession is one of the most critically acclaimed shows to come out in recent years.

Years after its initial confirmation, the story of House Targaryen is finally coming to the small screen. In the weeks leading up to its premiere, HBO has done an excellent job setting the stage with an extended teaser trailer and the latest official trailer.

But, while fans have kept themselves busy discussing how House of the Dragon will compare to Game of Thrones - by the way, the prequel reportedly has a much higher budget compared to the main series - the showrunners just gave us some food for thought.

According to a Q&A by SFX Magazine, co-showrunner, Ryan Condal, compared House of the Dragon with fellow HBO show, Succession, as well as Netflix's The Crown.

Here is what Condal had to say about the shows the HOTD writers used for inspiration.

Yeah, I think that's actually a great metaphor, and the things we referenced in the [writers'] room the most were The Crown and Succession, just as tonal analogs and as shows that we, the writers, were really enjoying and immersed in. The original Game of Thrones is really the War of the Roses, so it's the Yorks and the Lancasters [played out] with the Starks and the Lannisters - two separate families that never liked each other in the first place going at it. This, however, is the Dance of the Dragons. It's a civil war that happens within a singular family, which in a way makes it much more engrossing and tragic, because you see people who are blood relatives turning against each other and going to war.

Fewer families might be involved in House of the Dragon, but this more "intimate" warfare setting should only add more tension and drama to the atmosphere.

Succession is a satirical dark comedy that chronicles the power struggle resulting from the fight between three siblings vying for the position of their aging father, the CEO of a media giant. On the other hand, The Crown is a historical drama TV series detailing the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Succession and The Crown are in their third and fourth seasons, respectively, with orders for more.

Going back to what Condal said, Wars of the Roses is a real-life 15th-century war from 1455 to 1487 between rivaling contenders that ultimately exhausted the male successors of the Lancaster and York dynasties. Condal is right to compare Game of Thrones to the War of the Roses. But, we're curious that Condal describes House of the Dragon as something that is also "much more engrossing and tragic," which definitely is getting our hopes up higher if that's at all even possible.

Ultimately, House of the Dragon might take queues from Succession but there's one thing that the more grounded show won't have that it will - dragons. According to estimates, House of the Dragon will have well over 17 dragons featured on the show. Even if a handful of them won't pop up for more than a few seconds, that's still several times more than what Game of Thrones had. But, we're hoping that the Succession comparisons don't ring hollow. There was a point in time that Succession became dubbed the "new Game of Thrones" after winning nine Emmys through three seasons. It's a tall ask for House of the Dragon. Then again, since we're already making comparisons, we might as well aim high.

The first episode of House of the Dragon will come out on Sunday, August 12.

Speaking of House of the Dragon, reports suggest that a second season is already in the works with a Jon Snow-centric spinoff already in development.

Ray Ampoloquio
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