The OTT platforms certainly understand the power of fantasy fiction. A sheer depiction of human misery through beyond-the-world animation and a beautiful narrative, these dramas take fans on adventures like no other. While Netflix recently blessed us with the live-action adaptation of Gaiman’s greatest production, The Sandman, HBO Max and Amazon Prime will soon premier the two expensive titles under the genre- House of the Dragons and The Rings of Power. Hence, prepare your armor, for this Fall comes with dramas filled with sorcery, sword fights, and fantastical beasts.
While The House of The Dragon chronicles House Targaryen at the pinnacle of its fiery might, the main events of the second age of the Middle-Earth, a period of calm that is upended by the ascent of the Dark Lord Sauron, is the subject of The Rings of Power. And well, we all know the grandness of Gaiman’s The Sandman. It takes us to the Dreamland and on a philosophical journey of the ideas of hopes, dreams, and fate. With all three series having a lot on their platter, the stakes are getting high and competition even higher. Perhaps, we already have a winner! Someone who gets to hop through all three universes and enjoy the victorious fruit. (No, it isn’t the dimension-hopping duo of Rick and Morty)
The Sandman foresees the unlikely winner
Although the three fantasy tropes serve very different purposes for their respective studios, they find common ground in delighting the fans. The Sandman sure has exceeded all the ridiculously high expectations; the other two series are yet to intrigue us with their efforts. Given they are prequels of two of the most successful Television of the century, they have a lot to prove. If the prequels are well received, the producers might witness the expansion of these young series into a more significant presence in popular culture.
Hence, the unlikely winner here is none other than the audience, who will also be the final metric. Not only do we get to delight our eyes with the adaptation of the pop culture zeitgeist but we also decide the future of the franchises. So dress up, and wear the medal of victory as you binge through history’s most beautiful and magical narratives on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max, respectively.
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