Review of House of the Dragon Episode 1: The eagerly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series has finally arrived. It doesn't quite have the shine of the original programme, despite some promising moments.

Once more, there are contenders for the Iron Throne, but this time they are significantly less intriguing.

According to the first episode, The House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel series that dominated television conversation for almost a decade, had a rough ride.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), the self-made queen and mother of dragons in Game of Thrones, is casually mentioned at the beginning of the eagerly anticipated prequel series

 She mysteriously succumbed to the infamous Targaryen madness and destroyed King's Landing, a mistake the audience has never quite forgiven the much-criticized Season 8 for, and for good reason.

Stop expecting anyone from Game of Thrones to appear, please, because House of the Dragon emphasises that the show is set 172 years before her birth.

We concentrate on the Targaryens and their lengthy dominance, before they were deposed, before the events of Game of Thrones, in contrast to the conflicting families that filled Game of Thrones to the full.

The main characters of the dysfunctional family are introduced in the series premiere, including father and daughter Otto and Alicent Hightower (Rhys Ifans) (Emily Carey).

Alicent doesn't seem to be a reliable person, yet at the moment she is close friends with Rhaenyra, the king Viserys I's daughter.

There is Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith, who exudes nothing but evil energy. You can always predict when someone is going to cause problems after 8 seasons of Game of Thrones.