‘House of the Dragon’: All the nerdy issues it’s essential know


“Game of Thrones” followers, it’s time to place your season 8 belief points apart and return to Westeros for an additional emotionally taxing journey! HBO’s new spinoff “House of the Dragon” guarantees to have the entire wealthy lore of the unique collection, plus an prolonged CGI dragon price range.

As it’s with any good excessive fantasy story, your “House of the Dragon” expertise will possible profit from a bit of nerd homework. Right here is every thing it’s essential know earlier than you watch so you possibly can keep away from frequent confusions like “Why are all of these blonde people so sad?” or “Wait, they’re related?!”

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“House of the Dragon” is a prequel collection that focuses on the Targaryen dynasty; they of delusion, insanity, incest and purple shampoo. Within the unique “Game of Thrones” present and within the “Song of Ice And Fire” e book collection, the highly effective House Targaryen has all however died off because of regicide and what appears to be a familial lack of impulse management from generations of inbreeding. Daenerys Targaryen is without doubt one of the few that stay in GoT-times, and even she will get prematurely despatched off to the Shadow Lands by her nephew-lover, Jon Snow. (The Targaryen household tree could be very slender, but difficult. The Targaryen Household Shillelagh, if you’ll.)

Anyway, HoD takes place 200 years earlier than the occasions of “Game of Thrones,” when the Targaryens are in full energy and about to enter a really nasty, fiery battle of succession referred to as the “Dance of Dragons.”

Remember the fact that, throughout the peak of their energy, the Targaryens had been a dragon-riding terror, therefore their home motto: “Fire and Blood.” Their scaled steeds introduced the household from their unique dwelling of Valyria and helped them conquer all of Westeros. Within the unique GoT collection, all of these dragons have been lifeless for some time. In HoD, they’re (presumably) alive and properly.

Paddy Considine as a very tired King Viserys Targaryen in

Since that is proper earlier than the eventual downfall of House Targaryen, there are lots of Targs at play. Too many Targs, one might argue. Some title tags can be good.

  • King Viserys I is the present king of Westeros. He’s truly a reasonably cool man. To offer an thought of the timeframe right here, Viserys I is Daenerys’ great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather. His youngsters and family members are those preventing to inherit energy for when he finally kicks it.
  • Princess Rhaenyra is Viserys’ daughter by his first spouse. Her father favors her as his successor, however there are a number of different contenders at play. It seems a lot of the motion will middle on her. Consider her as this collection’ Daenerys. She needs to rule, she has the {qualifications}, however a bunch of dudes hold getting in her manner. Her dragon’s title is Syrax.
  • Prince Aegon II is Viserys’ first-born son and half-brother to Rhaenyra. He’s one other potential successor and a really huge a part of the battle to come back.
  • Prince Daemon is Viserys’ brother and Rhaenyra’s uncle. He’s your typical Hamlet-y “always a prince, never a king” type of determine. He’s a little bit of a rake and there’s lots of sexual rigidity between him and Rhaenyra which is, once more, par for the course in relation to this fam.
  • Alicent Hightower is Viserys’ second spouse and stepmother to Rhaenyra. She is Aegon II’s mom and has designs to be Westeros’ first queen regnant, so she doesn’t get alongside along with her stepdaughter. An evil stepmother? Groundbreaking. At this level, simply assume everyone seems to be corrupt and power-hungry. (Very huge Margaery Tyrell vibes from her as properly. RIP, queen.)
Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra and Emily Carey as the young version of her best bud Alicent in

There are lots of extra Targaryens and Targaryen-adjacent individuals to maintain monitor of, however let’s tempo ourselves.

One other good factor to recollect is that many individuals in Westeros imagine the Targaryens have a genetic tendency in direction of madness. (Ser Barristan Selmy put it greatest: “Each time a brand new Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin within the air and the world holds its breath.) So even the great ones are, theoretically, one minor inconvenience away from mass homicide.

The Iron Throne is certainly round, having been constructed by the primary Targaryen king, Aegon. You’ll recall many GoT characters spoke wonderingly about Aegon and his two sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, who had been the primary era of Targaryens to come back to Westeros to (actually) set issues off. They turned the primary ruling home of the Seven Kingdoms in Westeros. So at this level within the recreation, when HoD takes place, the present political system has solely seen Targaryen rulers.

The Pink Maintain was additionally Aegon’s doing, so it’s there too, as is the encircling city of King’s Touchdown.

You’ll acknowledge a number of homes! The Hightowers have illustration, in fact. There are a number of Baratheons scattered about. The Lannisters at this level in Westeros historical past are simply minor, if very wealthy, gamers. We’ll be taught extra about House Velaryon, one other home of Valyrian descent that was often talked about in “Game of Thrones.” Nonetheless, don’t anticipate to see any acquainted faces from the unique “Game of Thrones” collection.

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen.

Are your wheels utterly greased for a brand new period of “Game of Thrones?” Are you completely certain? Nice! Right here’s a sampling of precise Targaryen names from the “Game of Thrones” universe.

  • Aegon
  • Aegor
  • Aemon
  • Aemond
  • Aenys
  • Rhaenys
  • Rhaena
  • Rhaella
  • Rhaegar
  • Rhaegel
  • Rhaelle
  • Jaehaera
  • Jaehaerys
  • Viserys
  • Daemon
  • Daeron
  • Baela
  • Baelor
  • Maelor

No surprise all of them went mad. Fortunately, solely a small portion of those names will seem in “House of the Dragon,” but it surely does make one lengthy for the great previous GoT days when the primary character simply glided by “Jon.”