Dance of Dragons, Targaryen History And Everything Else You Need To Know Before Watching ‘House Of The Dragon’

Game of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon is set to hit Disney+Hotstar in less than a week. The show follows House Targaryen’s quest to crown a successor in Westeros hundreds of years before GOT took place. The prequel follows a civil war that also took place for the Iron Throne and ended up with the end of the dragon reign.

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While you gear up for the anticipated show of the year here is everything you need to know before it airs on August 21, 2022.

House Targaryen Is Part Of Valyrian Bloodline
The Targaryens are known descended from an ancient city called Old Valyria. The inhabitants of the extinct city were once called “the blood of the dragon” because they could tame and ride dragons naturally. The lore revealed that Valyrians had silver hair and lived in high towers in the sky. GOT saw House Targaryen’s one of the only major surviving families with Valyrian blood, Queen of the Dragons.

How Targaryens Came To Westeros
Valyria’s end came with an incident referred to as The Doom in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Before the volcanic eruption that left the city in ashes, the Targaryens migrated to Dragonstone and settled on the island. Their migration is the only reason any members of the Valyrian clan survived at all. Dragonstone was also featured in GOT as the fortress where Daenerys Targaryen lived when she first arrived in Westeros in Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

The dragons that didn’t get killed in ‘The Doom’ had traveled with House Targaryen, which allowed the family to rise to power. The books noted that Targaryens has 17 dragons at the time, however it is unclear how many will be shown in the series.

Dance Of Dragon
‘The Dance Of Dragon’ was mentioned in GOT series by Shireen Baratheon while reading a book about it in Season 5. According to the series, and books by George RR Martin, ‘The Dance Of The Dragons’ was the name of a civil war that took place between members of the Targaryen household. It also led to the end of their reign in Westeros and soon after the dragons went missing.

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Lore in Game Of Thrones About The Targaryens
Game Of Thrones had very few Targaryens including Daenerys Targaryen, Aemon from the Night’s Watch and eventually we find out Jon Snow’s father is Rhaegar Targaryen, but the show reveals a lot about the leading house of the prequel series. According to the show, the family had a reputation for being unhinged with practices like inter-marrying with siblings to keep their bloodline pure. It was also known that Targaryen Kings were driven crazy by the power of the throne.

The lore also stated prophecies of the past like “every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath.” House Of The Dragon is sure to lead to some confusing relationships and shocking twists in the upcoming season.

Timeline Of House Of The Dragon
According to the trailer, the show begins with a young Princess Rhaneyra, through her first marriage and when she finally marries her uncle and Prince Daemon. The series is expected to uncover the story of three generations from King Viserys’ search for a successor to the end of the civil war which went on for decades.

According to the lore and the trailer, King Viserys who didn’t have a son isn’t sure if he wants to hand his throne over to his daughter Rhaneyra or his brother Daemon. However, Rhaneyra’s best friend Alicent Hightower ends up marrying King Viserys and birthing a rightful air to the throne by blood, gender, and rank. The war then continues within the family as all three candidates try to hold power over the Iron Throne.

The show is based on Song of Ice And Fire, however, the book only mentions historical events of the war, and details of what actually went down will be uncovered for the first time by the show. George R R Martin is part of the writers’ team and is also an executive producer on the show. Rest assured, until some parts of GOT, Martin is completely on board with House Of The Dragon.

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John Colin

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