House of the Dragon,” HBO’s lavish prequel series based on George R. R. Martin’s “Fire and Blood,” tells the story of House Targaryen in an era well

Dragon” swiftly provides some of the old “Thrones” pleasures. The

The show opens not with a grim ice-monster sequence, as “Thrones” did—hat tip to that—but with the announcement, in a grand hall, of Prince Viserys (Paddy Considine) as the next king.

The action skips ahead, nine years into Viserys’s reign, when, after a charmingly familiar credit sequence—no maps, just an amulet, and the comforting pounding of drums in classic Ramin Djawadi style—an aerial symphony of clouds and the flap of leathery wings bring us swooping over the Red Keep, in King’s Landing.

The king’s teen daughter, the sharp-featured and extremely Daenerys-like Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock), has just borrowed the family car, a dragon named Syrax

she dismounts with plucky nonchalance. “Try not to look so relieved,” she tells a grizzled old knight, tossing her blond braid and removing her driving gloves.

The “House of the Dragon” Première Recap