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    Why Does ‘House Of The Dragon’ Have Long Time Jumps? The Showrunner Explains

    House of the Dragon‘ has slowly become one of the most popular HBO shows of 2022. Based on George R. R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood‘, the series is set 200 years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones‘. The popularity and good reception of the show have led HBO to renew it for a second season.

    The show recently went through a time jump which led to casting changes. Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, its showrunners, have talked about the time jump from episode six. Let’s find out what they said in a recent interview.

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    ‘House Of The Dragon’ Time Jumps, Explained

    Miguel Sapochnik
    Miguel Sapochnik

    The six-episode of ‘House of the Dragon‘ titled ‘The Princess and the Queen‘ saw a time jump and a change in the cast as a result. Since the viewers were used to watching the previous actors, it might take a while to adjust to this change.

    In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik talked about the time jump in the prequel show. “I’m excited about the pace and the structure of the story that we’re telling in the first season,” Condal said.

    He continued, “It’s very complex. It happens over a long period of time because children need to get married off and then grow up themselves and then have children of their own who grow up in order to tell the story of this generational war that is fought.”

    Condal said that HBO gave the creative freedom to him and Sapochnik to tell the long and complex story in a “really patient and character-driven way that sets up a first season so that it launches you into one of the most famous and bloody conflicts in the history of Westeros — if not the most.”

    The Patience Needed To Tell Such A Vast Story

    Ryan Condal
    Ryan Condal

    The sixth episode of the show saw the season’s biggest time jump. Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke will be playing Rhaenyra and Alicent respectively. These roles were played by Milly Alcock and Emily Carey respectively.

    Condal said that HBO has the patience that most studios or channels don’t. “It’s what makes this premium HBO content versus the thing we would have been forced to make at a different outlet,” he said.

    He further added, “Most other places would not have had the patience and boldness to allow us to tell the story we’re telling. But this is how you tell this story correctly. We’re telling a story of a generational war.”

    Miguel added that there was no pressure to speed up things and called the first season a “slow burn“. “No one ever said to us, ‘When’s the drama going to start?’” he said. “There’s a real advantage to taking the time to get to know the characters because the investment is worthwhile.”

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