It’s rare that a television series comes out of the ether and captures mass global attention, but that’s exactly what Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has done. The Matt Smith-led epic takes viewers back to Westeros for an all-out bloody battle of wills, pitting family against family in a tale as old as time and viewers are audibly frothing it. Each Monday, when a new episode drops, households across the world are glued to their TV screens, eager to tune in and gawk at the series of steamy sex scenes, incestuous encounters, power struggles, incestuous escapades, ferocious fights and (did we mention?) incestuous exploits. Naturally, the dark subject matter, coupled with the universal patronage of the show, has birthed an abundance of great House of the Dragon memes. Since the show’s premiere, topics such as #HOTDMemes and Memes of the Dragon have been trending online, showing just how fiendish we all are. Well played, internet.
house of the dragon fandom in like 9 hours: pic.twitter.com/G4Bl6tTzWZ
— Vasilisa (@vasilisonka) September 11, 2022
The Rise of ‘House of the Dragon’
For those who haven’t yet heard of House of the Dragon, or who have been living under a rock, the Game of Thrones prequel has exploded in popularity since it was released in Australia on August 22. Banking on the success of the hit series from the early 2010s, the show revisits the seven kingdoms of Westeros as first penned by master author George R.R. Martin. Set two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones, the new prequel follows House Targaryen, exploring a vicious battle for power that foreshadows an all-out war known as the ‘Dance of the Dragons’.
The latest series is based on Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, however, showrunners Miguel Sapochnik (who has since stepped away) and Ryan Condal previously indicated there will be quite a bit of creative licence taken this time around. While that statement had some fans worried about the quality of the show, the first episode blew expectations out of the water. House of the Dragon‘s debut was the highest premiere ratings ever for an HBO series, netting around 10 million viewers. Perhaps even more impressively, viewership for Episode 2 actually increased by two per cent, tallying 10.2 million viewers domestically across US HBO Max and linear telecasts, according to IndieWire. The incredible result saw HBO make the (obvious) decision to renew House of the Dragon for a second season, just two episodes into the first instalment.
“It was wonderful to see millions of Game of Thrones fans return with us to Westeros last night. House of the Dragon features an incredibly talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into the production, and we’re ecstatic with viewers’ positive response,” HBO & HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys said following the massive Episode 2 numbers. “We look forward to sharing with audiences what else George, Ryan, and Miguel have in store for them this season.”
It wasn’t simply a case of people tuning in, either. The initial House of the Dragon reviews revealed a growing appetite for more Game of Thrones content, with viewers cautiously optimistic about the new series. At the time of writing, House of the Dragon holds a seriously impressive 85 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 305 of 356 critics deeming it “fresh” (i.e. worthy of a score of 60 per cent or higher).
House of the Dragon is co-created and executive produced by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. The star-studded ensemble cast includes Paddy Considine (The Third Day), Matt Smith (The Crown), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers), Steve Toussaint (Doctor Who), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina), Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).
Best ‘House of the Dragon’ Memes
With each episode of House of the Dragon, viewers learn a little more about the beleaguered lives of the characters trapped in the battle for Westeros. More recently, a somewhat uncomfortable encounter between Rhaenyra, a royal with a never-ending lineup of potential suitors knocking on her door, and her uncle Daemon, who is seemingly not perturbed by his relation to her. They venture out on a sort-of cursed tour, where they visit a brothel and subsequently make out in a manner that can only be described as ‘deeply unsettling. Sure, we all came to House of the Dragon to watch steamy sex scenes, but this writer certainly wasn’t expecting them to be between uncles and nieces.
Needless to say, when a show experiences success on this level, meme-lords emerge from the shadows and Game of Thrones is no exception. Twitter has been flooded with House of the Dragon memes, covering everything from incest to childbirth, Matt Smith’s glorious hair and whatever else is happening in Westeros. In fact, such is the strength of the meme community that an unofficial House of the Dragon Memes page has even been set up on Facebook.
Now, we should preface this by saying that this list of memes probably contains a bunch of spoilers, so read on with caution. If you haven’t yet caught up with what’s happening on-screen, you’re in for an education of the nastiest kind. Here is a list of the best House of the Dragon memes on the internet.
Watching House of The Dragon episode 4 like: pic.twitter.com/LXrBVrhKFa
— Dan LeGere (@Dan_LeGere) September 12, 2022
Watched the first few House of Dragon episodes, and yeah… they got me pic.twitter.com/PsNxmK8UTt
— Jennifer (@TraderJenns) September 12, 2022
daemon in hell watching daenerys burn down king’s landing pic.twitter.com/T5cgvL9Jrz
— taenerys 🗯 (@falkring) September 9, 2022
Just realized The Queen will never get to see Episode 4 of House Of The Dragon. Absolutely gutted rn pic.twitter.com/K3x70jnC4T
— Max (@maxmonth) September 8, 2022
When I'm enjoying House of the Dragon and then have flashbacks to the Game of Thrones finale pic.twitter.com/VAebQdWjRm
— Duaine Carma Roberts (@CarmaChords) September 6, 2022
— ` (@etrnelz) September 12, 2022
POV: you’re watching house of the dragon pic.twitter.com/o8hYm42uOZ
— M (@glocca_moron) September 12, 2022
— THEE Queen Visenya Targaryen (@visenya_aegon) September 12, 2022
Me watching "House of the Dragon" after remembering how horribly "Game of Thrones" ended. pic.twitter.com/DxZJ7jR2SG
— °Asal° (@ucancallmeAsal) September 9, 2022
That wild little fucker at rhaenyra’s tour before he gutted that dude on house of the dragon pic.twitter.com/suvldDoEwK
— berlin (@berfersure) September 12, 2022
the anti-monarchy leftist leaving my body as soon as house of the dragon starts pic.twitter.com/O0t2UnHqCN
— Harry Haller (@harrryhaller) September 10, 2022
— 🏴☠️ Lenalee 🍀 – Fan de Akane 👘 (@funderichkathr1) September 12, 2022
This fucking episode of House of the Dragon. pic.twitter.com/HCH9xK8nOU
— Illuminatus Brah (@illuminatusbro1) September 12, 2022
Mood watching House of the Dragon right now pic.twitter.com/JHb4cY70qt
— Thelonious P (@ThisIsHaven) September 12, 2022
— out of context house of the dragon (@oochotd) September 9, 2022
House of the Dragon every week pic.twitter.com/6jVJHJhy47
— Call me Miguelito (@CAdreamboy) September 12, 2022
RIP Queen Elizabeth II you would have loved that House of the Dragon incest scene
— Hunter (@Wolffe104) September 12, 2022
see i watched the first episode of house of dragon w my mom and then stopped watching it w her because of the sex and then there was barely any sex for the next 2 episodes so i was like hey let’s watch episode 4 together and now i wanna kill myself
— yas (@yasmeentsi) September 12, 2022
Me and the boys watching last night’s House of the Dragon pic.twitter.com/t2roGdUCrr
— Tommy (@tommyjoycetho) September 12, 2022
Me: House of the Dragon can’t possibly get more disturbing this week
HoD writers: pic.twitter.com/bHuF6No7gA
— RANK KANSAS (@jspencebaker) September 12, 2022
Did you guys know that House of the Dragon actually takes place 172 years before the invention of brooms? That's why every castle looks dirty as hell pic.twitter.com/b2eK4sFza8
— MadreMonstere (@monstere_madre) September 11, 2022
“give me rhaenyra to take to wife and we’ll return the house of the dragon to its proper glory.” pic.twitter.com/E8iRyGWa3G
— taenerys 🗯 (@falkring) September 12, 2022
house of the dragon pic.twitter.com/USD0gcgKWH
— m a r y (@mariadoraziov) September 12, 2022
Me watching House of the Dragon rn: pic.twitter.com/FvayJ65EXz
— Alejandra Hernández (@Alejandra_Vos) September 12, 2022
Loving “House Of The Dragon” pic.twitter.com/MUIq9j5JZ7
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) September 12, 2022
House of the Dragon, ep 4 (2022) pic.twitter.com/PHa8qiFMQm
— the thicc husband & father (@lukeisamazing) September 12, 2022
me after laughing at all memes in hashtag of house of the dragon and then see how many people rooting for the incest pic.twitter.com/oFgXsvwcal
— kyo (@dumplingdimp) September 12, 2022
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Where will I be able to watch House of the Dragon?
In the United States, Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon is available to watch on HBO and HBO MAx. New episodes of the prequel series premiere on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT. In Australia, the Game of Thrones prequel is available to watch on Binge and Foxtel at 11am each Monday. According to the networks, only Binge and Foxtel subscribers will be able to stream the series, however, both options offer a free trial option.
How many episodes will House of the Dragon have?
Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has a 10-episode first season, however, HBO has already confirmed the series will return for season two. It is expected the second instalment will also have 10 episodes.