After more than three years have gone since the explosive conclusion of Game of Thrones, we can now say the following: House of the Dragon, the widely awaited prequel series, finally marks the return of the franchise after what seems like an eternity.
Even though each book in this series is adapted from a novel written by George R.R. House of the Dragon is a Song of Fire and Ice title, and its co-creation by the book’s author and Ryan J. Condal breathes new life into the series following a fall in quality in the later seasons of Game of Thrones.
But exactly what is it about this story that makes it so significant that it needed to be written before the long-awaited sixth book, The Winds of Winter, was completed?
Think back to a long time ago, when the first episode of Game of Thrones aired on television in 2011. Even though this series takes place approximately 200 years earlier than Game of Thrones, it is essential to keep in mind that Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, was the protagonist of the original Targaryen series, and that she was the one who began to connect House of the Dragon to herself and the larger political state of Westeros.
When we first see Daenerys, she has just been forced into a marriage against her will with the evil warlord Khal Drogo by her brother, Viserys (Harry Lloyd) (Jason Momoa).
She and her brother are the only Targaryens left alive at this time because they managed to flee Westeros after their father was murdered by Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) during Robert’s Rebellion. At this point in time, she and her brother are the only Targaryens left alive.
If we disregard her cousin Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), who is also a Stark, then Rhaenys, Viserys’ sister, will be the only legitimate Targaryen that survives after the death of Viserys. Consequently, he is also the last of their entire ethnic and cultural group, the Valyrians, as the rest of them were killed in a natural disaster a bit more than a decade after the Targaryens fled the continent to Westeros, the event having been prophesied. In addition, he is also the last of their entire ethnic and cultural group, the Andals.
The history of the Targaryen dynasty helps to establish the world stage for Game of Thrones by explaining why the family is so feared and why the other prominent families in Westeros similarly look down on outsiders in the same way.
After all, the family was responsible for basically invading and occupying a significant portion of the territory. Incest, as you are well aware. On the other hand, much of Daenerys’ character may be further evaluated through the prism of the conflict that is explored in House of the Dragon, and perhaps we can forgive her for some of the final decisions and actions she takes during her final arc on the show as a result of this.
The show House of the Dragon will investigate what led to the destruction of the house that is the source of such dread and contempt. From a house that was powerful enough to unite practically all of the great houses under the rule of a single king to a house that only consists of a brother and sister who are on the run.
As expected from a show called “Game of Thrones,” the fundamental question that needs to be answered is whether or whether their society is capable of tolerating a woman sitting on the throne, and if so, under what circumstances this would be acceptable. It caused a great deal of contention for the crown when King Viserys I (played by Paddy Considine) persisted in grooming his eldest daughter to succeed him in spite of the fact that he had a son from a previous marriage.
This eventual struggle for the crown leads to an all-out Targaryen civil war known as the “Dance of Dragons.” This war would eventually lead to the thinning of the already thin Targaryen bloodline and the near-extinction of the world’s dragons, with another one not seen for approximately 150 years. In addition, the bloodline of the Targaryens would be broken.
A few short centuries later, the one remaining Targaryen of known bloodline would turn out to be a scumbag who was exiled to the North after being responsible for the death of the other sole surviving Targaryen, with whom he was in love.