Psssstt…you can watch House of the Dragon for free on YouTube right now

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HBO is tempting new subscribers to its streaming service with a free sample of House of the Dragon. | Image: HBO Max

HBO has made the first episode of its Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon available to watch for free on YouTube, a marketing move that amusingly coincides with the release of Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Friday last week.

Life is good for fans of epic fantasy right now, with House of the Dragon drawing in the largest audience ever for a new HBO series (and seemingly bricking the streaming service in the process). At the same time, The Rings of Power attracted 25 million global viewers the day it premiered, which also happens to be Amazon Prime’s biggest debut.

The success of Amazon’s Tolkien adaptation is likely at least…

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