House of the Dragon is almost here and people are expecting a lot in the Game of Thrones spin-off show. However, it's hard not to wonder whether the HBO series will be competing for viewership against Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
So how will the competition work for both shows? House of the Dragons showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik have spoken about possibly competing with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for viewership when they both premiere in the next two months.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Condal and Sapochnik discussed the possible competition and both stated that they are hoping it will be a friendly one.
"My hope is that both series work and find a huge fanbase and that there’s a huge overlap in the fanbase. I think the more big, expensive – really expensive – fantasies that work on television, the better for us fans because they’ll make more of them," Condal said. "I desperately want Rings of Power to work. I’m going to be there watching it the first night it’s available, I will watch all of them."
“Lord of the Rings is great IP and great material,” Sapochnik agreed. "I have no idea what they’ve done — I didn’t make it past The Hobbit 1 — but fantastic. The more the merrier really.”
The showrunners' comments certainly echo what Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin had previously said, stating that he hopes both shows win a number of awards, although Martin did say that he wants House of the Dragon to win more awards. Either way, we are all looking forward to these amazing shows.
House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO on August 21, 2022. Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be released on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.