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Stephen L. Carter

HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ and the Return of Monoculture

The term didn’t always have a good connotation, but HBO’s blockbuster series has changed that. 

Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra.

Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra.

Source: HBO Max

Monoculture is back. I refer not to the concept but to the word — specifically, in anything related to HBO’s new series “House of the Dragon.” The wordsmith in me can’t help noticing that in stories about the “Game of Thrones” prequel, the term is everywhere.

The Observer reports that fans were taking to social media to celebrate “the seeming (and amazing!) return of monoculture.” Here’s the Independent: “It’s taken exactly one episode — one scene, really — for ‘House of the Dragon’ to prove it’s as adept as ‘Game of Thrones’ was at dominating the monoculture.”