It may be too early to assume forward to what HBO’s Home of the Dragon may doubtlessly 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 concerning the thrilling prospects forward. A few of that hypothesis is much more warranted, as co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik advised Leisure Weekly in July that Home of the Dragon may mess around throughout the timeline of Targaryen lore.
The buildup of the battle of succession the present is presently constructing to is called the Dance of the Dragons, however the collection’ identify is definitely handy sufficient to go additional forwards or backward whereas staying below 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 definitely isn’t an absence of supply materials to make Home of the Dragon a singular long-running anthology collection.
It’s 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. Referred to as 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 — 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 motivator behind Aegon’s Conquest, however a Dragon Dream — visions that sure Targaryens can have — of the Lengthy Evening that may ultimately threaten the world in Recreation of Thrones. This secret, often known as Aegon’s Music of Ice and Fireplace, 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 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 become an anthology collection. It arguably might need been higher if the present was deliberate as an anthology from the beginning and had Aegon I function the point of interest of the primary season.
Holding the character of Aegon’s Dragon Dream secret till Viserys tells his daughter would’ve made a terrific season 2 revelation. Nonetheless, since a number of essentially the most fantastical parts of Targaryen lore are prior to now, it could arguably nonetheless make for excellent 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 an additional compelling villain.
Actually, on the fantasy entrance, this might even be a wonderful option 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 reveals teased the magical beast’s imposing cranium within the Crimson Hold.
The one doable 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 parts of the supply materials and deft artistic palms may do his story justice.
Another 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 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 at the very least one technology of Home Targaryen lineage can be an exhilarating option to inject as a lot fantasy into this fantasy collection as doable.
This age in Targaryen historical past may additionally justify a couple of 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 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 had been simply one in all many comparable households — and never even the strongest of them.
Going ahead after the Dance additionally has greater than sufficient materials to doubtlessly pull from and adapt, from the eventual battle 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 Rise up 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.