Thursday, April 18, 2024

House of the Dragon Opening Credits Have “Thrones” Theme Music, Look: Branding or Laziness?


The opening of HBO’s “House of the Dragon” has the same opening music and similar look to “Game of Thrones.”

Is this branding or laziness?

It’s all very odd because our press screener didn’t include the opening, which didn’t appear in the first episode even in the on air version. It’s like they couldn’t figure out what to do, so they threw this together.

Fans on line were outraged. For all this money, HBO couldn’t come up with something new and exciting?

The similarities are a mistake, I feel. The new opening does nothing to differentiate this show from the original one. Is that the point? Shouldn’t “HOD” have its own identity? Yes!

I remember in the past, you always looked forward to the spin off shows’ themes, whether it’s a “Star Trek” series, or “Rhoda,” or, for those of us old enough, “The Girl from UNCLE.”

I hope by season 2, HBO can come up with something more creative.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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