The first one game of thrones spin-off is finally months away from premiering on HBO, after Dragon House has been announced since 2019. After the release of a new image, there’s a big question about the timeline to consider as the weeks leading up to the premiere come to an end.
Just like the situation with game of thronesreaders of George RR Martin’s books get a general idea of what might happen in the prequel series, but readers and non-readers alike will have to wait for the episodes to find out exactly what HBO is up to with the Targaryen dynasty centuries before the war . of the Five Kings.
Take a look at the image of Emmy D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen which has me – as game of thrones fan and book reader – given what the first season has in store for us, and keep reading for what we should be wondering at this point (without book spoilers unless otherwise specified):
Who is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and why is the image important?
Emma D’Arcy (formerly known for Truth seekers, Hanaand spirit of adventure) landed the role of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, and HBO actually posted a lot about the Dragon House adaptation of his character from George R. R. Martin Fire & Blood.
Rhaenyra is the firstborn of King Viserys Targaryen (played by Paddy Considine), who is a prized position in Westeros when the series picks up, two centuries before the events of game of thrones. Unfortunately for her, having pure Valyrian blood and the ability to ride a dragon doesn’t necessarily compensate for her status in the line of succession as a woman.
According to early character descriptions, this is Prince Daemon Targaryen (performed by Matt Smithlisten)) who is considered heir to the throne as the younger brother of King Viserys. It’s her status as the eldest of Viserys but with Daemon as heir to the throne that makes the image particularly interesting. She is positioned in front of melted swords like the Iron Throne, with a dragon on her back and looking terribly like a queen.
This suggests that she might be destined for the throne after all, but raises the important question regarding the timeline: how long will Viserys Targaryen live before chaos inevitably erupts?
How long will King Viserys live and hold the Iron Throne?
Paddy Considine is the star of Dragon Housebut every game of thrones the fan knows that the top of the bill does not mean a long life in the world of Westeros. King Viserys is a good and decent man, but those aren’t necessarily qualities that make great kings. And Rhaenyra’s new image shows her looking a lot like a queen!
With character descriptions naming Daemon as heir to the throne, Rhaenyra as the king’s firstborn, Aegon Targaryen (played by Tom Glynn-Carney) as Viserys’ firstborn son, and Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell) as Viserys’ second son and Rhaenyra’s half-brother, it seems like a battle for the throne is inevitable as the show’s major conflict. If so, then it looks like Viserys’ time on Dragon House may not last too long.
All told, the answer to the question of how long Viserys will live could be the show’s turning point (much like Ned Stark’s death in game of thrones Season 1), and prove how far the first season will go in setting up future conflict.
What the fire and blood tell us
Whereas game of thrones is based on the A song of ice and fire saga of novels (which remains incomplete with The Winds of Winter still unpublished), Dragon HouseThe source material for is from a fictional historical account of the Targaryen dynasty, written by George RR Martin (who has good things to say about the next show). it doesn’t quite give insight into the minds of the characters like the novels do, but delivers a lot of facts. Spoilers ahead for the Fire & Blood basic material for Dragon House.
It’s probably safe to say that the mentions of Viserys’ heir and various children (with birth order) are meant to set up the biggest event in Targaryen history: the Civil War of the Dance of the Dragons, which began with the conflict over the throne after the death of Viserys.
In the book, the main claimants are Princess Rhaenyra (as the late king’s firstborn with his deceased first wife) and Princess Aegon (as the surviving firstborn son with the king’s second wife, Alicent Hightower) . Daemon is in the mix as Viserys’ younger brother, and as you’d expect with a series about the Targaryens, there’s incest involved and plenty of death. Basically, the biggest source of action and intrigue in this era of the Targaryen Dynasty is the Civil War of the Dance of the Dragons, and it seems likely that Dragon House won’t work for several seasons without launching it.
In fact, if the prequel follows the approximate format of game of thrones – which was obviously very successful – so fans might want to expect Paddy Considine to follow Sean Bean’s path, with his character killed off before the end of the first season, and early episodes sowing the seeds of civil war and then chaos beginning after death.
What the character descriptions tell us
The main roster of stars playing Targaryens includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys, Matt Smith as Daemon, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, and Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra. Milly Alcock as young Princess Rhaenyra, Emily Carey as young Alicent, Harry Collett as Rhaenyra’s eldest son, Jacaerys, Tom Glynn-Carney as Aegon, Ewan Mitchell as Aemond, and Phia Saban as Helaena Targaryen.
With the appearance of “young” versions of Rhaeyra and Alicent, as well as their children, it seems quite safe to say that Dragon House is set closer to the end of Viserys’ life than to the middle or beginning. Of course, there are also Velaryons, Lannisters, other Hightowers, and others on the way, so there will be plenty of players in what looks like the Targaryen Game of Thrones.
Spoilers end for Fire & Blood.
All things considered, the new image of Emma D’Arcy combined with information released by HBO leads one to wonder how long King Viserys will survive in the Dragon House chronology, even without information from Fire & Blood. Only time and the first season will tell. The very good news is that waiting for Dragon House is almost finished. The first episode will air on HBO on Sunday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET, in what was previously the timeslot of game of thrones.
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