The Game of Thrones finale was never going to please everyone, but the final season was riddled with flaws. As a result, it’s understandable if you’re hesitant to sign up for HBO Max just to watch House of the Dragon.
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You won’t have to pay anything to get a good taste of the series and see if it’s for you, as HBO has made the first episode available for free on YouTube.
The premiere lays the groundwork for a story set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones (which is now streaming in 4K HDR on HBO Max). House of the Dragon is centered on House Targaryen, so there are a lot of people with white hair. And dragons, of course.
While we are unable to embed the video due to an age restriction setting (this is not a family-friendly show), you can watch the episode on YouTube. It’s worth noting that it appears to be geo-restricted to the United States.
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Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a different flavor of high-budget fantasy, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has just debuted on Amazon Prime.