HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ vs Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ – Can Both Series Win? | Analysis

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Insiders explain the strategy behind scheduling the runs for “House of the Dragon” and “Rings of Power” at the same time

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HBO's "House of the Dragon" will overlap with Amazon's "Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power" for eight weeks. (Ollie Upton/HBO; Ben Rothstein/Prime Video)

Two of the most popular properties in entertainment history, both epic fantasy tales with swords, dragons and heroic blonde warriors in the lead, will go head to head as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” debuts on Sunday only to be followed by Amazon Prime Video’s “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” on Friday, Sept. 2.

The two massive series, costing Amazon nearly a half billion dollars for the first season, dwarfing (no pun intended) the approximately $200 million investment by HBO, will overlap for seven weeks this fall, after many years of planning and production.