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House of the Dragon production designer talks building up on Game of Thrones’ sets



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Some even said that the first season of the prequel to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, was superior to the first season of the main series. Numerous allusions to the original series were made, and the production worked to give it a more Game of Thrones-like feel. The information was also confirmed by Jim Clay, the production designer for House of the Dragon.

Jim Clay on rebuilding Game of Thrones sets for House of the Dragon

Clay, who has worked both on the original and the prequel, recently had a chat with Gold Derby, and said, “Our approach was embrace and expand. There’s a huge fan base there and there would be an expectation from that fun base to continue the feel and be familiar with the world.”

Jim Clay ('House of the Dragon' production designer) on 'stepping into some pretty big shoes'

“We wanted to recreate that familiarity and then expand it into our own extended world. We had leeway as ‘House of the Dragon’ is two centuries before ‘Game of Thrones,’ so there’s a little bit of flexibility there. But we wanted the audience to feel they were in the same show, whilst establishing our own show.”

Recreating Westeros was “exciting and daunting in equal measures”

Clay further reiterated, “It was exciting and in pretty equal measure daunting, obviously, because we were stepping into some pretty big shoes of one of the most successful shows in television history. The world had been set up beautifully by Gemma Jackson originally, and then Deborah Riley, so it was very high standard.”

“You want to fulfill that and embrace that and take it forward. So that was what we embarked upon. With Miguel and Ryan, our approach was, let’s embrace and expand where we can into our own world.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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