There’s a moment in the first episode of House Of The Dragon that will make die-hard fans of the franchise sit up and take notice: Viserys I (Paddy Considine) explains to his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) that the Targaryens have been preparing for the White Walkers and the Night King since Aegon the Conqueror. Because he had a vision of the coming threat, which he called “The Song of Ice and Fire”. but isn’t that a huge contradiction to “Game Of Thrones”?
After all, “A Song of Ice and Fire” in “Game Of Thrones” is actually the title of the book that Sam Tarly (John Bradley) is writing. Also, much of the parent series revolves around the fact that the various houses and factions of Westeros do not believe in White Walkers and Ice Zombies – and even the Night’s Watch, originally founded to protect against this threat, is only a shadow of itself.
And now “House Of The Dragon” wants us to know that Aegon conquered the Seven Kingdoms because he knew, thanks to his vision, that only a united country under Targaryen rule would stand a chance against the White Walkers?
But before the fans go on the barricades and accuse the “House Of The Dragon” creators Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik of high treason: The idea for this came straight from Game Of Thrones guru George RR Martin, who was closely involved in the making of House Of The Dragon. And even if that is not enough to wait and see what additional explanations are to come, there are already enough possible explanations. Our YouTube moderator Sebastian also addresses this in the video above.
The most important is: House Of The Dragon is set roughly 200 years before the threat of the White Walkers in Game Of Thrones becomes acute – and some knowledge may be lost in the time between series or forgotten. Especially since we will see in “House Of The Dragon” how the Targaryen dynasty slowly but surely heads towards the abyss.
Also, showrunners Ryan J. Condal and George RR Martin explained in an interview with the magazine Vanity Fair, that there have already been other hints in this direction in the various “The Song of Ice and Fire” works.
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Martin mentions the name Rhaegar Targaryen, the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys (played by Wilf Scolding in Game Of Thrones). In the books of Martin we learn that at some point Rhaegar suddenly decided to become a warrior, although until then he had been more interested in reading – perhaps because he discovered his ancestor Aegon’s prophecy?
He’s still two books away from the end, so he hasn’t fully explained all of that, Martin says in the interview. A Targaryen prophecy may also play an important role in the upcoming “A Song of Ice and Fire” volumes and “House Of The Dragon” is only alluding to this coming development.
In this context, the dagger of Viserys I is also of great importance, because this is actually the same dagger made of Valyrian steel that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) uses 200 years later to slay the Night King.
But if it really is supposed to be the same dagger, why does it look so different? Here too there is a simple explanation: Like it at Entertainment Weekly That said, the dagger was redesigned to better fit the House Of The Dragon aesthetic. At the same time, there is also a logical explanation within the series, because while Valyrian steel is virtually immortal, the handle of the weapon will eventually break.
“Even at the height of their power, the Targaryens are unable to produce Valyrian steel. So they take good care of it,” Condal said on the subject EW. “So it seems believable that an item from the original series existed back then, just in a slightly different packaging.”
There will be more revelations about the Targaryens and the Prophecy of Aegon in upcoming episodes of House Of The Dragon. The trailer for the next episodes already shows another scene with Viserys and Rhaenyra:
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