HBO has made the primary episode of its Sport of Thrones prequel collection Home of the Dragon available to watch for free on YouTube, a advertising transfer that amusingly coincides with the discharge of Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Friday final week.
Life is sweet for followers of epic fantasy proper now, with House of the Dragon drawing within the largest audience ever for a new HBO series (and seemingly bricking the streaming service within the course of). On the similar time, The Rings of Energy attracted 25 million global viewers the day it premiered, which additionally occurs to be Amazon Prime’s largest debut.
The success of Amazon’s Tolkien adaptation is probably going no less than partially why HBO is giving everybody a style of its newest journey into Westeros, tempting you into signing up for yet one more streaming service — although, there are different affordable explanations for the freebie in addition to its, ah, lucky timing. The Sport of Thrones collection finale acquired catastrophic opinions from critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes, so whereas 10 million individuals tuned in for the Home of the Dragon premiere, it’s comprehensible that some scorned followers of the franchise may want just a little extra convincing earlier than leaping again onto the George R.R. Martin hype practice.
Home of the Dragon is about virtually 200 years previous to the occasions of the Sport of Thrones collection, detailing the downfall of Home Targaryen and their rule over the Iron Throne. As anticipated, there’s an abundance of dragons, household squabbles, and lengthy, flowing wigs for many who are upset by the extra up to date hairstyles featured in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy.
The watch hyperlink is, sadly, area locked and subsequently unavailable exterior of the US, nonetheless, UK followers also can watch the primary episode free of charge because of an upload from Sky TV. Be cautious that, as anticipated for a Sport of Thrones spinoff, the collection comes with a mature content material warning.