It is perhaps too early to assume forward to what HBO’s Home of the Dragon may probably do past the story at hand and the occasion that it is constructing as much as, however the wealthy historical past of Home Targaryen is undoubtedly tempting numerous longtime followers of George RR Martin’s fantasy work to take a position in regards to the thrilling prospects forward. A few of that hypothesis is much more warranted, as co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik informed Leisure Weekly in July that Home of the Dragon may mess around throughout the timeline of Targaryen lore.
The buildup of the struggle of the succession the present is presently constructing to is named the Dance of the Dragons, however the collection’ identify is actually handy sufficient to go additional forwards or backward whereas staying underneath the identical umbrella. So, between the Targaryen histories documented and referenced in Martin’s Fireplace & Blood — its soon-to-be direct sequel — and past, there actually is not an absence of supply materials to make Home of the Dragon the distinctive long-running anthology collection.
It has been referenced in each recreation of Thrones and Home of the Dragon, as Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros is what paved the way in which for this legacy household’s dynasty. Often called the Conqueror, Aegon I is the world of A Music of Ice and Fireplace‘s legendary god-like determine to not directly arrange a lot of this darkish fantasy epic’s occasions, Targaryen or not.
In a shock twist, Home of the Dragon added a brand new layer of intrigue that — at the very least not but — has not been made clear within the supply materials. Episode 1 sees King Viserys inform his daughter Rhaenyra that the glory of conquest was n’t the only real motivator behind Aegon’s Conquest, however a Dragon Dream — visions that sure Targaryens can have — of the Lengthy Night time that will ultimately threaten the world in recreation of Thrones. This secret, generally known as Aegon’s Music of Ice and Fireplace, would solely be handed down from monarch to monarch.
For such a storied and vital determine in Martin’s supply materials when it got here to world-building, it could be laborious to not be excited on the prospect of seeing Home of the Dragon adapt his story ought to or not it’s changed into an anthology collection. It arguably might need been higher if the present was deliberate as an anthology from the beginning and had Aegon I serves as the focus of the primary season.
Conserving the character of Aegon’s Dragon Dream secret till Viserys tells his daughter would’ve made an amazing season 2 revelation. Nonetheless, since numerous essentially the most fantastical parts of Targaryen lore are previously, it could arguably nonetheless make for nice tv in a future season.
Past Aegon himself, although, is much more potential to transition into the lives of him, Visenya, and Rhaenys I’s kids. Maegor the Merciless — as referenced in Home of the Dragon — would make for an additional compelling villain.
Actually, on the fantasy entrance, this might even be a wonderful approach to give glimpses of Outdated Valyria’s splendor and provides excuses to see extra of the dragons that make the Targaryens so particular within the first place. Particularly, it could be fairly the sight to lastly get to see a CG-animated Balerion the Black Dread on display screen after each thrones exhibits teased the magical beast’s imposing cranium within the Crimson Preserve.
The one attainable detriment to this, although, would arguably be revealing an excessive amount of of Aegon and spoiling among the inherent mysticism round his character by being proven off an excessive amount of. However, like with most issues, tastefulness in adapting components of the supply materials and deft inventive fingers may do his story justice.
An alternative choice can be to go additional again nonetheless, even earlier than the times of Aegon the Conqueror. Like with so many engaging items of recreation of Thrones lore, the times of royal decadence in Outdated Valyria have additionally been teased however have by no means been realized on display screen.
And as King Viserys himself stated in Home of the Dragon, the times of Valyria when it was at its peak won’t ever be replicated once more. Even so, going again to it for at the very least one era of Home Targaryen lineage can be an exciting approach to inject as a lot fantasy into this fantasy collection as attainable.
This age in Targaryen historical past may additionally justify multiple season in an analogous vein as the present buildup to the Dance, solely on this case, it could culminate within the fated Doom of Valyria and the way Daenys Targaryen envisioned it herself. The Doom is what noticed Valyria turn out to be engulfed in hearth that even dragons could not survive, and Daenys’ imaginative and prescient is what saved Home Targaryen from going extinct with the opposite Dragonlord homes of their homeland.
It will be much more of an “origin story” than what Home of the Dragon is being introduced as, as earlier than Aegon constructed a dynasty when colonizing Westeros, the Targaryens have been simply certainly one of many comparable households — and never even the strongest of them.
Going ahead after the Dance additionally has greater than sufficient materials to probably pull from and adapt, from the eventual struggle in opposition to Dorne, the corruptive rule of Aegon IV, and extra. Maybe much more poetically, Home of the Dragon may conclude with Robert’s Insurrection simply 17 years earlier than the occasions of recreation of Thrones begins. No matter the place showrunner Ryan Condal chooses to take the collection, pivoting it into an anthology collection poses a tantalizing prospect of being extra grandiose and inventive than it’s already.
The primary six episodes of HBO’s Home of the Dragon can be found on each HBO and HBO Max, with new episodes premiering on Sundays.