In the ‘House of the Dragon’ series premiere, the blood of the dragon runs thick

In the ‘House of the Dragon’ series premiere, the blood of the dragon runs thick

Published August 22, 2022
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I’ve written a couple handy primers to help us all get in the right headspace, but essentially: Forget what you know, you won’t need it much. House of the Dragon opens about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The now 100-year-old Targaryen Dynasty is at its height, as the royal family holds the reins to 10 full-grown dragons.

We open at Harrenhal, the vast ruined castle that got famously dracarysed by Aegon the Conqueror, founder of the Targaryen Dynasty, a century before. We’re witnessing the Great Council of 101 AC, where the inheritor of the Iron Throne will be decided.

In that corner: the king’s grandson Viserys Targaryen, standing beside his wife Aemma Arryn, who is pregnant with their daughter, Rhaenyra Targaryen. (I know, I know — we’re not even two minutes in and already there’s a Rhaenys and a Rhaenyra to contend with. Not to mention the fact that most of the characters are sporting the same long, plantinum-blonde wig. Welcome to the Targaryen Dynasty. Edgar Winter is coming.)

Opening credits! Which expressly do not send us swooping over a map of Westeros to visit clockwork versions of the various locales that will figure in this week’s episode. Instead, we just zoom into the three-headed dragon sigil of House Targaryen.