Entertainment'House of the Dragon': All the nerdy things you need to know

‘House of the Dragon’: All the nerdy things you need to know

As it’s with any good excessive fantasy story, your “Home of the Dragon” expertise will seemingly profit from slightly nerd homework. Right here is the whole lot it’s good to know earlier than you watch so you possibly can keep away from frequent confusions like “Why are all of those blonde individuals so unhappy?” or “Wait, they’re associated?!”

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“Home of the Dragon” is a prequel collection that focuses on the Targaryen dynasty; they of fantasy, insanity, incest and purple shampoo. Within the authentic “Recreation of Thrones” present and within the “Music of Ice And Hearth” ebook collection, the highly effective Home 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 among 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 sophisticated. The Targaryen Household Shillelagh, if you’ll.)

Anyway, HoD takes place 200 years earlier than the occasions of “Recreation 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.”

Needless to say, in the course of the peak of their energy, the Targaryens had been a dragon-riding terror, therefore their home motto: “Hearth and Blood.” Their scaled steeds introduced the household from their authentic house of Valyria and helped them conquer all of Westeros. Within the authentic GoT collection, all of these dragons have been lifeless for some time. In HoD, they’re (presumably) alive and effectively.

It is a Full Home (Targaryen)

Paddy Considine as a very tired King Viserys Targaryen in "House of the Dragon."

Since that is proper earlier than the eventual downfall of Home Targaryen, there are a number of Targs at play. Too many Targs, one may argue. Some title tags could be good.

  • King Viserys I is the present king of Westeros. He is truly a reasonably cool man. To offer an thought of the time-frame 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 ultimately 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 many of the motion will middle on her. Consider her as this collection’ Daenerys. She desires to rule, she has the {qualifications}, however a bunch of dudes preserve 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 attainable successor and a really huge a part of the battle to come back.
  • Prince Daemon is Viserys’ brother and Rhaenyra’s uncle. He is your typical Hamlet-y “at all times a prince, by no means a king” type of determine. He’s a little bit of a rake and there is a number of sexual pressure between him and Rhaenyra which is, once more, par for the course relating 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 would not 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 effectively. RIP, queen.)
Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra and Emily Carey as the young version of her best bud Alicent in "House of the Dragon."

There are various extra Targaryens and Targaryen-adjacent individuals to maintain observe 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 finest: “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 nice ones are, theoretically, one minor inconvenience away from mass homicide.

A whole lot of Westeros will look acquainted to you

The Iron Throne is certainly round, having been constructed by the primary Targaryen king, Aegon. You will recall many GoT characters spoke wonderingly about Aegon and his two sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, who had been the primary technology 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 Crimson Hold was additionally Aegon’s doing, so it is there too, as is the encircling city of King’s Touchdown.

You will 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 study extra about Home Velaryon, one other home of Valyrian descent that was often talked about in “Recreation of Thrones.” Nevertheless, do not count on to see any acquainted faces from the unique “Recreation of Thrones” collection.

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

And lastly, you’ll spend half of your time maintaining everybody’s names straight

Are your wheels utterly greased for a brand new period of “Recreation of Thrones?” Are you completely certain? Nice! This is a sampling of precise Targaryen names from the “Recreation of Thrones” universe.

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

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

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