Netflix's New Animated Series is Avatar Meets Game of Thrones

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Time is going to be key in assessing what The Dragon Prince is in the realm of children’s television. At just nine 25-minute episodes, the show’s first season feels like a taste of whatever former Avatar: The Last Airbender head writer Aaron Ehasz has cooked up for this new world he’s created. But where Airbender felt like Nickelodeon’s response to the extreme popularity of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter back in 2005 (and then became its own thing through masterful storytelling and aesthetic creativity), The Dragon Prince too feels like a response, this time to Game of Thrones. Similarly, HBO’s massive hit fantasy series’ first season also felt like a taste of a world destined to expand in its subsequent seasons.

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