It may be too early to assume forward to what HBO’s Home of the Dragon might probably do past the story at hand and the occasion that it’s constructing as much as, however the wealthy historical past of Home Targaryen is undoubtedly tempting numerous longtime followers of George R. R. 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 might mess around throughout the timeline of Targaryen lore.
The buildup of the conflict of succession the present is at the moment constructing to is called the Dance of the Dragons, however the sequence’ title 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 Hearth & Blood — its soon-to-be direct sequel — and past, there actually isn’t an absence of supply materials to make Home of the Dragon a novel long-running anthology sequence.
It’s been referenced in each Sport of Thrones and Home of the Dragon, as Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros is what paved the best way for this legacy household’s dynasty. Generally known as the Conqueror, Aegon I is the world of A Tune of Ice and Hearth‘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 — no less than not but — hasn’t been made clear within the supply materials. Episode 1 sees King Viserys inform his daughter Rhaenyra that the glory of conquest wasn’t the only real motivator behind Aegon’s Conquest, however a Dragon Dream — visions that sure Targaryens can have — of the Lengthy Evening that will finally threaten the world in Sport of Thrones. This secret, often known as Aegon’s Tune of Ice and Hearth, would solely be handed down from monarch to monarch.
For such a storied and necessary determine in Martin’s supply materials when it got here to world-building, it will be exhausting to not be excited on the prospect of seeing Home of the Dragon adapt his story ought to it’s changed into an anthology sequence. It arguably may need been higher if the present was deliberate as an anthology from the beginning and had Aegon I function the focus of the primary season.
Maintaining the character of Aegon’s Dragon Dream secret till Viserys tells his daughter would’ve made an important season 2 revelation. Nonetheless, since lots of probably the most fantastical parts of Targaryen lore are up to now, it will 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 youngsters. Maegor the Merciless — as referenced in Home of the Dragon — would make for one more compelling villain.
Actually, on the fantasy entrance, this is able to even be a wonderful technique to give glimpses of Previous Valyria’s splendor and provides excuses to see extra of the dragons that make the Targaryens so particular within the first place. Particularly, it will be fairly the sight to lastly get to see a CG-animated Balerion the Black Dread on display screen after each Thrones reveals 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 a number of 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 might do his story justice.
The place all of it started — the rise and fall of Previous Valyria
An alternative choice could be to go additional again nonetheless, even earlier than the times of Aegon the Conqueror. Like with so many engaging items of Sport of Thrones lore, the times of royal decadence in Previous Valyria have additionally been teased however have by no means been realized on display screen.
And as King Viserys himself mentioned 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 no less than one technology of Home Targaryen lineage could be an exhilarating technique to inject as a lot fantasy into this fantasy sequence as attainable.
This age in Targaryen historical past might additionally justify multiple season in an identical vein as the present buildup to the Dance, solely on this case, it will culminate within the fated Doom of Valyria and the way Daenys Targaryen envisioned it herself. The Doom is what noticed Valyria develop into engulfed in fireplace that even dragons couldn’t survive, and Daenys’ imaginative and prescient is what saved Home Targaryen from going extinct with the opposite Dragonlord homes of their homeland.
It might be much more of an “origin story” than what Home of the Dragon is being offered as, as earlier than Aegon constructed a dynasty when colonizing Westeros, the Targaryens have been simply one in every 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 conflict towards Dorne, the corruptive rule of Aegon IV, and extra. Maybe much more poetically, Home of the Dragon might conclude with Robert’s Rebel simply 17 years earlier than the occasions of Sport of Thrones begins. No matter the place showrunner Ryan Condal chooses to take the sequence, pivoting it into an anthology sequence poses a tantalizing prospect of being extra grandiose and artistic 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.