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‘House of the Dragon’ EPs Explain why the premiere didn’t have a main title sequence

The showrunners promise to feature a new opening credits in episode 2.

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After much buildup, the much-anticipated premiere of the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, based on George R. R. Martin’s books, occurred on Sunday, August 21.

However, unlike the original series, the pilot episode did not have an elaborate opening credits or title sequence like the one fans grew to love over the course of the eight seasons from executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

Instead, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, the show’s creators, say that they were holding that information back for Episode 2. They told ET, “It was a creative choice.” The title sequence felt like a luxury once the curtain had opened, so to speak. Because we were eager to get to the story itself.

However, going forward, the series will have its own opening, the details of which are still being kept under wraps from eager viewers. They also have no idea if it will be similar to the opening that earned creative director Angus Wall, art director Robert Feng, animator Kirk Shintani, and designer Hameed Shaukat a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design.

Meanwhile, ET has learned that Ramin Djawadi, composer for Game of Thrones, has returned to write original music for House of the Dragon. Here’s hoping he writes another unforgettable theme song.

Meanwhile, Condal and Sapochnik discussed with ET which elements of the original series would make it into their spinoff. Condal emphasized the importance of “its tone and voice.” “In my opinion, those are the two defining characteristics of that show.”

I think those two things are the ones that most orient people into that world,” he continued. For our plan to work, those were the components we had to fix first.

House of the Dragon can be seen on HBO and HBO Max on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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