Game of Thrones star John Bradley explains why he hasn't watched House of the Dragon

John Bradley (Sam Tarly) is right that there's "less scope" to House of the Dragon than Game of Thrones, although he's sure he'll watch it one of these days.
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO /

John Bradley is one of the many cast members from Game of Thrones whose career was given a boost thanks to starring on the ground-breaking HBO fantasy drama. Right now, you can see him in the new sci-fi drama 3 Body Problem on Netflix, which is produced by David Benioff and Dan Weiss, his old bosses on Thrones.

So Bradley has maintained some ties to the world of Game of Thrones. But he hasn't yet sat down to watch HBO's new prequel series House of the Dragon, which has a second season airing this summer. "Game of Thrones feels like it ended a bit too recently for me to watch, but I’ve seen bits of it,” Bradley told the New York Post.

The main reason Bradley gives for not watching House of the Dragon is that Game of Thrones is still too fresh in his mind; and fair enough; he basically spent the entirety of his '20s performing on that show, and he may want to get a little distance from Westeros. But he also talked about how the two series are different.

Game of Thrones had so many characters in it spanning all across the Seven Kingdoms. There was much more scope for all of humanity to exist there,” Bradley said. "There were these very broken characters. There were vulnerable characters. There were characters that had a bit of comedy about them. There were strong characters, and wounded characters, and evil characters. And House of the Dragon feels more focused on one particular area of the narrative, and one particular area of humanity. So, it just feels like there’s slightly less scope to it."

It's true that House of the Dragon, which is about an inter-family war between rival factions of the Targaryen dynasty, has a narrower focus than Game of Thrones. That said, things will expand in House of the Dragon season 2. And in any case, we didn't just want a repeat of the original show, did we?

“[E]verybody that I’ve spoken to loves it,” Bradley said of House of the Dragon. “I will get around to it one day. It feels a bit like the comparisons [to ‘GoT’] are slightly too easily made now for me to be able to really invest in it properly.”

Again we say: fair enough. You can watch Bradley in 3 Body Problem on Netflix right now, and House of the Dragon will return on HBO and Max on June 16.

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