Warning! Spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon season 1.
The acclaimed first season of House of the Dragon has expanded the familiar universe of Game of Thrones with such fan-favorite newcomers as King Viserys I Targaryen, Lady Alicent Hightower, and Ser Criston Cole. Every character in the new spin-off series has a counterpart in the archetypal world of the Star Wars saga.
Rhaenyra is a feisty princess like Leia Organa, Prince Daemon is a dark warrior like Anakin Skywalker, and Ser Otto is a Machiavellian political influencer in the mold of Grand Moff Tarkin.
10/10 Queen Aemma Arryn – Padmé Amidala
Queen Aemma Arryn only appeared in the pilot episode of House of the Dragon, as she was killed off before the end credits. But she was killed off in such a disturbing way that audiences won’t be forgetting about this character any time soon.
Like Star Wars’ Padmé Amidala, Aemma is a monarch who died in childbirth. Of course, Aemma’s childbirth death in the flagrantly NSFW House of the Dragon was much more gruesome than Padmé’s childbirth death in the PG-13 prequels.
9/10 Ser Otto Hightower – Grand Moff Tarkin
The Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower, is the power-hungry political influencer who constantly uses his access to the king’s ear for his own personal gain. His relationship with King Viserys is similar to Grand Moff Tarkin’s relationship with Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movie.
Otto’s political machinations are nowhere near as clever as Game of Thrones characters like Petyr Baelish. Within a couple of episodes, Viserys figured out what Otto was up to.
8/10 Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen – Leia Organa
At the beginning of House of the Dragon’s run, King Viserys sparked controversy in the realm when he announced his daughter Rhaenyra as the first female heir to House Targaryen. In spite of her detractors, Rhaenyra has accepted her new royal responsibilities with pride.
As a strong leader and a princess who commands respect, Rhaenyra is House of the Dragon’s answer to Leia Organa. Much like Leia, Rhaenyra has a feisty attitude and biting sense of humor.
7/10 Ser Criston Cole – Han Solo
Ser Criston Cole, one of House Targaryen’s most reliable knights, is a straightforward action hero (prone to the occasional impulsive murder). He effortlessly defeated Prince Daemon in a jousting match and still had energy to spare.
As a charming renegade who flirts with princesses with ease and has no connections to a special bloodline, Ser Criston is a lot like Han Solo from the Star Wars saga.
6/10 Lady Alicent Hightower – Barriss Offee
Lady Alicent Hightower was initially introduced as a good-hearted, well-meaning suitor for the king as he searched for a new queen. But, since marrying Viserys and acquiring some regal power, Alicent has taken a dark turn and shown her sinister true colors.
In that regard, she’s reminiscent of Barriss Offee, a wayward Jedi who turned to the dark side and betrayed her closest friends (much like Alicent has done with Rhaenyra since marrying her dad).
5/10 Prince Daemon Targaryen – Anakin Skywalker
In the first few episodes of House of the Dragon, Prince Daemon Targaryen has quickly morphed from a character that fans love to hate into a character that they hate to love. As a badass warrior with a dark side, he’s a lot like Anakin Skywalker.
Like Anakin, Daemon feels entitled to a lot more than he’s worth – but, also like Anakin, he’s an unstoppable force of badassery on the battlefield.
4/10 Lord Corlys Velaryon – Senator Bail Organa
For the most part, House of the Dragon has focused on infighting within the Targaryens. But there are a couple of other families in the show’s ensemble, including House Velaryon, the wealthiest and most powerful clan in the realm.
The head of this house, Lord Corlys Velaryon, is comparable to Senator Bail Organa, one of the wealthiest and most powerful politicians in a galaxy far, far away.
3/10 The Crabfeeder – Emperor Palpatine
The first few episodes of House of the Dragon seemed to introduce Craghas Drahar, better known as “the Crabfeeder,” to be the Night King-style big bad of the series. But, shortly thereafter, he was killed off-screen by Daemon.
As the terrifying villain who was teased early on for a formidable appearance later in the story, the Crabfeeder is essentially the Emperor Palpatine of House of the Dragon.
2/10 Ser Harrold Westerling – Mace Windu
Ser Harrold Westerling is a seasoned knight who has been serving House Targaryen since the reign of King Jaehaerys. Ser Harrold has a few things in common with Star Wars’ Mace Windu, a similarly seasoned warrior.
After watching over Rhaenyra for a while, Ser Harrold was promoted to the title of “Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.” This new job title is comparable to Windu’s title as the “Grand Master of the Jedi High Council.”
1/10 King Viserys I Targaryen – Obi-Wan Kenobi
In stark contrast to the ruthless tyrants who ruled the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon’s King Viserys I Targaryen is too nice for his own good. Like Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi, Viserys offers kindness and mentorship to anyone who wants it.
But, like Obi-Wan, the talons come out whenever he’s threatened, either by a manipulative sycophant like Otto or a deceitful brother like Daemon.
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