HBO’s Home of the Dragon confirms A Track of Ice and Fireplace fan principle



Spread the love

Residence of the Dragon, HBO’s new successor demonstrate to Game of Thrones, is all about the Targaryen loved ones, so it is no shock that it digs into their past. But in its 1st year, the collection currently jumps outside of its supply material, Fire & Blood, to expose previously unfamiliar aspects about a single of A Tune of Ice and Fire’s most vital people. And in accordance to the showrunners, the expose comes straight from George R.R. Martin himself.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for all eight seasons of Game of Thrones and the first eight episodes of House of the Dragon.]

Property of the Dragon’s 1st episode revolves all-around King Viserys’ eventual choice to name his daughter Rhaenyra as his successor for the Iron Throne of Westeros. This goes versus the precedents of the realm, specifically the Good Council of 101 AC’s decision that solidified in the minds of most that male heirs took precedence for the crown previously mentioned woman heirs. None of this is news to viewers acquainted with the prequel series’ story, but what King Viserys tells his teenage daughter should be a welcome shock to hardcore A Music of Ice and Fireplace supporters.

Rhaenyra Targaryen from HBO’s House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones spinoff series

Image: HBO

Inside the Pink Preserve, Viserys tells Rhaenyra a tiny little bit about Aegon the Conqueror, the very first Targaryen king in Westeros and the person that united the seven warring kingdoms of the continent into a single that he could rule. Most importantly, Viserys reveals that Aegon to start with sought to conquer Westeros simply because he experienced a vision of the close of the environment:

And just as Daenys noticed the conclusion of Valyria, Aegon foresaw the stop of the entire world of adult men. It is to commence with a horrible wintertime, gusting out of the distant north. Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on all those winds, and whatever dwells inside will destroy the world of the residing. When this fantastic wintertime arrives, Rhaenyra, all of Westeros have to stand in opposition to it. And if the earth of adult males is to endure then a Targaryen will have to be seated on the Iron Throne. A king or queen, powerful sufficient to unite the realm towards the cold and the darkish. Aegon referred to as his dream ‘A Tune of Ice and Hearth.’ This secret, it is been handed from king to heir considering that Aegon’s time. And now you will have to promise to maintain it. And to have it.

This prophecy is the two exceptional and significant for its position in the sequence. Although prophecies in contemporary fantasy stories, in particular A Song of Ice and Hearth, are usually used ironically or as a misdirect, this one is handed to us as almost unambiguously accurate.

By being positioned future to Daenys’ accurate prophecy of the conclusion of Valyria, which saved the Targaryen dynasty from the Doom that wrecked Valyria and initially sent them to Dragonstone and Westeros, Aegon’s desire is given a bit of added credibility. We also know that it is (mostly) genuine mainly because… we’ve currently observed the ending. We know that a Targaryen’s return to Westeros, and her dragons, are vital in the struggle towards the White Walkers and saving males from the Long Night time. We even know that it is a Targaryen named Aegon that does the conserving — because that’s Jon Snow’s authentic identify. (As a pleasurable tidbit, this also offers us our 2nd rationalization of the A Track of Ice and Hearth series identify, which most fans usually believe refers to Jon as the child of a Stark and Targaryen — symbolizing ice and fireplace.)

Although all of this appears like it could be handy backfilling from showrunners Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, that is not the circumstance. In an interview with Polygon in advance of House of the Dragon’s premiere, Condal verified that this specific desire came straight from Martin.

Caraxes, a dragon from House of the Dragon

Picture: HBO

“That actually came from [Martin], at the very least the origin of that stage,” mentioned Condal. “He informed us pretty early on in the area — just as he does, just casually outlined the actuality that Aegon the Conqueror was a dreamer who saw a eyesight of the White Walkers coming throughout the wall and sweeping about the land with cold and darkness. […] So with his permission, of course, we infused that into the story simply because it was these kinds of a excellent way to create resonance with the authentic exhibit.”

This is currently a massive expose about one of the most essential people in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe, but with a very little speculation, it’s also effortless to see how this could give us a clue about means that Martin’s e book ending for the sequence could deviate from the one particular we saw in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

In accordance to Viserys, to help save the planet all of Westeros will have to be united in opposition to the threat from the north and a Targaryen have to be seated on the Iron Throne. Both of those people are form of vaguely gestured at by the HBO series, but aren’t really true. Neither Dany nor Jon is essentially on the throne by the time the Extensive Night arrives, and the final fight at Winterfell truly only entails a smaller pressure relatively than all of Westeros.

Daenerys and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones stand in a large stone room facing each other

Picture: Helen Sloan/HBO

Though this prophecy performed a large purpose in House of the Dragon’s earliest times, it turned out to be important later on on much too. In the to start with season’s eighth episode, we see that as Viserys’ reign comes to a near, the query of the prophecy and uniting Westeros towards an enemy to the north is a person that has been weighed on Rhaenyra’s brain all through her daily life.

Meanwhile, and substantially more importantly, we also find out that Alicent’s son Aegon has had a recurring dream, not solely dissimilar to Aegon the Conqueror’s. This would seem to imply that possibly far more Targaryen have had these visions than we may well have imagined. It also drives Viserys towards a previous minute alter of heart to seemingly choose Alicent’s Aegon for the throne than his only remaining daughter, Rhaenyra (although we’ll have to see what the display eventually does with that).

If Aegon’s prophecy is suitable — and proves to be in the publications — then it’s possible that we could see Jon or Dany (see Viserys suggests king or queen) just take King’s Landing and the Iron Throne extensive right before the Lengthy Night comes. It also means that we could see the military of the useless march much even further south, threatening considerably far more of Westeros than they do in the series.

Another lingering A Track of Ice and Fire dilemma that episode 8 would seem to drop new mild on is the reason driving the insanity of King Aerys, the “last” of the Targaryen dynasty really was. On the one hand, it’s distinct that he certainly was a cruel particular person with no authentic take care of on reality, particularly in the vicinity of the conclude of his life. On the other, it appears to be that the voices he heard are now substantially much more most likely to have been genuinely prophetic and a solution of his Targaryen heritage, perhaps even a warning of the coming risk. But either way, it seems that Aerys was inadequately geared up to receive this warnings as the voices drove him to torture and struggling in its place of the union and planning of the 7 Kingdoms.

For now, while, like most A Tune of Ice and Hearth inquiries, we’ll just have to wait for the guides to uncover out if any of this pans out. But at the pretty least, this small little bit of dialogue proves that Home of the Dragon has a lot more new information to share with viewers and hardcore followers than its status as a prequel and a Fireplace & Blood adaptation may possibly propose.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *