A dragon from House of the Dragon
HBO is tempting new subscribers to its streaming service with a free sample of House of the Dragon.
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It's good for fans of epic fantasy, with House of the Dragon drawing in the largest audience ever for a new show, and bricking the streaming service in the process. The Rings of Power attracted 25 million viewers on its premiere day, making it the biggest debut of Amazon Prime.

10 million people tuned in for the House of the Dragon premiere.

The success of Amazon's adaptation of J.R.L.L. is likely to be at least partially why HBO is giving everyone a taste of its latest adventure into Westeros, tempting you into signing up for yet another streaming service. While 10 million people watched the House of the Dragon premiere, it is understandable that some fans of the franchise might need a bit more convincing before they return to the show.

The downfall of House Targaryen and their rule over the Iron Throne is detailed in House of the Dragon. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has dragons, family squabbles, and long, flowing wigs for those who are disappointed by the more contemporary hairstyle.

The first episode of the show can be watched for free on Sky TV in the UK because of the lock on the watch link. The series comes with a mature content warning so be careful.