House of the Dragon’s Iron Throne was constructed with some prop swords from other fantasy projects, according to showrunner Miguel Sapochnik.
Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik explains how House of the Dragon’s Iron Throne got its swords. Sapcochnik and co-showrunner Ryan Condal’s Game of Thrones prequel series will debut on HBO Max next month. Where the flagship series was based on George R.R. Martin’s series of (unfinished) fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, House of the Dragon will take inspiration from Fire & Blood and novellas like The Princess and the Queen, which detail the history of the Targaryen dynasty.
House of the Dragon is set in Westeros nearly 200 years before Daenerys laid siege to King’s Landing, and follows House Targaryen at the height of its fiery power. It chronicles the events leading up to and during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, which was sparked by King Viserys breaking from tradition and naming his daughter heir to the Iron Throne. The prequel will look to right some of the wrongs of the original series, including Game of Thrones’ Iron Throne, which proved divisive among viewers. Not only were roughly 2,5000 swords used in the Game of Thrones spinoff show to build the seat of King’s Landing, but some of the prop swords are from other genre-similar releases.
In a recent interview with EW, Sapochnik discussed the incredible number of swords, up to 2,500, used to build House of the Dragon’s Iron Throne. According to the showrunner, a shortage of swords actually halted the construction of the iconic chair. Therefore, House of the Dragon’s team had to take prop swords from the 2016 live-action video game movie Warcraft, as well as Netflix’s The Witcher show.
House of the Dragon‘s surprising connection to these shows is interesting, since titles like Warcraft and The Witcher have attempted to replicate (and capitalize on) the success of Game of Thrones. However, many of the fantasy shows to follow HBO’s behemoth have largely failed, or been criticized for struggling to stay true to their source material. Following Game of Thrones’ incredibly divisive final season 8, House of the Dragon will do its best to remain faithful to Martin, who is heavily involved with the series. This begins with the Iron Throne — the seat made of thousands of blades taken from the Aegon the Conqueror’s slain enemies — which is finally being granted a stature similar to its description in A Song of Ice and Fire.
House of the Dragon’s success will likely determine the future of Westeros on HBO Max. Following the almost universally adverse reaction to Game of Thrones season 8, a large chunk of the fandom has lost much of its enthusiasm. Thankfully, House of the Dragon has Martin’s approval, as the author has seen all 10 episodes, alongside an Iron Throne worthy of its source material. Furthermore, the fact that swords from a competing series like The Witcher helped create it is poetic, not to mention in line with how the Targaryens’ enemies helped to forge the Iron Throne in the universe.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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