Game of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Reveals Why He Won’t Watch House of the Dragon (At Least Not Yet)

Another Game of Thrones star, this time former Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, has revealed they haven’t watched House of the Dragon, and the reasoning is a little different from what others have offered. House of the Dragon takes place about two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and follows the tumultuous reign of House Targaryen over the Seven Kingdoms.

The show is based off of the first volume of Fire & Blood, a novel by George R.R. Martin that is written in the style of a historical record recounting the reigns of the Targaryen kings. The first volume of Fire & Blood was released in 2018; there has been no confirmation thus far regarding the second volume’s release and few updates on its progress have been released.


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As the two shows take place in the same world, it’s not surprising that Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon have some similarities – and it’s those similarities that have put off Coster-Waldau from watching the new show. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor explained his hesitation, saying, “I have not [seen House of the Dragon]. One day it came on and I saw the opening credits. And it was a little strange because it was the same music and the title sequence was kind of similar. I was like, ‘Ah, this is too soon. Too soon.'” While Coster-Waldau is the latest Game of Thrones star to offer his thoughts on House of the Dragon, he’s not the first.

Jaime Lannister pushing Bran

Previously, Emilia Clarke revealed she also hadn’t watched the show, though her stance seemed more concrete that Coster-Waldau’s. Speaking with Variety, Clarke said, “It’s too weird. I’m so happy it’s happening. I’m over the moon about all the awards… I just can’t do it.” She clarified her reasons for avoiding the show altogether, adding, “It’s so weird. It’s so strange. It’s kind of like someone saying, ‘You want to go to this school reunion that’s not your year? Want to go to that school reunion?’ That’s how it feels. I’m avoiding it.” Seeing as Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen is directly related to the characters House of the Dragon is centered around, it’s not surprising that the show feels strange for her to watch. Kit Harrington also discussed his hesitation to watch the show, but unlike his co-stars he did decide to watch it and has voiced his appreciation for the series. Harrington is potentially returning to the world of Game of Thrones in a sequel series centered around his character Jon Snow, so he may feel more pressure to keep up with the franchise than his other co-stars.

The apprehension from Game of Thrones stars hasn’t stood in the way of House of the Dragon‘s success. The first episode alone garnered 741 million minutes of viewing time on HBO Max during its first week of release, and the series as a whole has enjoyed praise from both critics and audiences. With season 2 already in development, fans won’t have long to wait for more Targaryen drama. Perhaps an even more successful second season will convince even the most adamant Game of Thrones stars to give the prequel show a shot.

Season 1 of House of the Dragon is available to stream now on HBO Max.

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Source: Variety

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