At Comic-Con, “Lord of the Rings” versus “Game of Thrones”, an epic fantasy duel

CULTURE – Everyone puts their pawns. With series with XXL budgets, the start of the new school year promises to be exciting on the small screen for fantasy lovers.

This Saturday, July 23, the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), high mass of pop-culture, is not stingy with promotional content. On this occasion, the two streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and HBO fought a first remote battle, before the upcoming launch of their respective series. And this is the series from Lord of the Rings who first unveiled the unseen first images of Sauron (complete with Balrog growls), from the famous Hall H at SDCC.

In the right corner, House of the Dragonthe first spin-off of Game of Thrones inspired by the universe of George RR Martin. This Saturday, the HBO show responded to its rival from San Diego with new images and important information: the series has no less than 17 dragons. Set for a worldwide release on August 21, this highly anticipated series will lift the veil on House Targaryen’s past, almost 200 years before the events chronicled in “GoT”.

Common synergy…

These two series will be released just two weeks apart: August 21 for House of the DragonSeptember 2 for Rings of Power. A real battle from a distance against a fantasy backdrop for the general public who knows that the weekly broadcast of the two series should be possible to measure the magnitude of the event that caused by two giants of the small screen, as the weeks go by. .

Two similar works to be released almost simultaneously, but whose common synergy can create a specific emulsion around the fantasy genre. An opinion shared by writer George RR Martin, when asked about the potential competition between the two series in the coming weeks.

“The more success we have in strange universes, the more likely we are to have more strange works”, he wrote in his blog, especially happy with the idea of ​​seeing these two universes together.

… or fierce competition?

But the two broadcasters seem to be playing a competitive game according to the release rate announced by Amazon Prime. The latter is used to airing several episodes at once before returning to the rhythm of one episode per week for these flagship series (such as season 3 of The Boys early June).

So, with these eight episodes, the series Lord of the Rings, will reveal its finale on Friday, October 21, 2022, two days before the end of the series of Daenerys Targaryen’s family past, with ten episodes. What an eclipse (small) is the conclusion of the spin-off of Game of Thrones.

Fantasy fans who are still hungry have another month to wait to find out about the series Willow on Disney + (which does not intend to be left out in this way), series adaptation of a classic fantasy, adapted from the 1988 film by Ron Howard.

The cinema cannot be left behind

(Re)popularized by the series Stranger Thingsincluding role-playing Dungeons and Dragons is the center of the initial plot of the Netflix series, the board game franchise offers itself a new film with an all-star cast (Hugh Grant, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Pine and Justice Smith), which surf in the same fantasy fashion.

title Dungeons & Dragons: Honor the Thieves (Dungeons & Dragons: Honor the Thieves), this film, which was also presented during SDCC revealed its first trailer and seems to fully embrace the legacy of Stranger Things through its pop aspect, against the background of epic fantasy.

If necessary Game of Thrones passed through it in the 2010 decade, Stranger Things and by extension Netflix now seems to be a non-negligible vector to return the grace of this genre to our screens. Recent examples, the film Thor Love and Thunder which flirts with fantasy pop inspired by the 80s, or the series project Dark Crystal: The Time of Resistance in 2019, the story of the film was expanded eponymous by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, released in 1982.

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