‘House of the Dragon’: All the nerdy things you need to know



Fans of “Game of Thrones”, it’s time to put your season 8 trust issues aside and return to Westeros for another emotionally taxing adventure! HBO’s new spin-off “House of the Dragon” promises to have all the rich lore of the original series, plus an expansive CGI dragon budget.

As with any good imaginative story, your “House of the Dragon” experience will probably benefit from a little geek homework. Here’s everything you need to know before watching so you can avoid common confusions like “Why are all these blonde people so sad?” or “Wait, they are” related?!”

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“House of the Dragon” is a prequel series that focuses on the Targaryen dynasty; she of myth, madness, incest and purple shampoo. In the original “Game of Thrones” show and in the “Song of Ice And Fire” book series, the mighty House of Targaryen is nearly extinct thanks to regicide and what appears to be a familial lack of impulse control from generations of inbreeding. Daenerys Targaryen is one of the few left in GoT times, and even she is sent prematurely to the Shadow Lands by her cousin-lover, Jon Snow. (The Targaryen family tree is very narrow, yet complicated. The Targaryen family Shillelagh, if you will.)

Anyway, HoD takes place 200 years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones’, when the Targaryens are at full power and about to engage in a very vicious, fiery succession war known as the ‘Dance of dragons’.

Keep in mind that during the height of their power, the Targaryens were a dragon-riding terror, hence their house motto, “Fire and Blood.” Their scaled steeds brought the family from their original home of Valyria and helped them conquer all of Westeros. In the original GoT series, all those dragons have been dead for a while. In HoD they are (presumably) alive and kicking.

Paddy Considine as a very tired king Viserys Targaryen in

Since this is just before the final demise of House Targaryen, there are many Targs in play. Too many Targs, you might say. A few name tags would be nice.

  • King Viserys I is the current king of Westeros. He’s actually quite a nice guy. To give you an idea of ​​the time frame here: Viserys I is Daenerys’ great-great-great-great-grandfather. His children and loved ones are the ones fighting to inherit power in case he finally goes against it.
  • Princess Rhaenyra is Viserys’ daughter by his first wife. Her father favors her as his successor, but there are several other contenders at play. It looks like most of the action will be on her. Think of her as Daenerys from this series. She wants to rule, she has the qualifications, but a bunch of guys keep getting in her way. Her dragon’s name is Syrax.
  • Prince Aegon II is Viserys’ firstborn son and half brother of Rhaenyra. He is another possible successor and a very big part of the war to come.
  • Prince Daemon is Viserys’ brother and Rhaenyra’s uncle. He’s your typical Hamlet-y “always a prince, never a king” kind of figure. He’s a bit of a rake and there’s a lot of sexual tension between him and Rhaenyra which, again, is normal when it comes to this fam.
  • Alicent Hightower is Viserys’ second wife and stepmother to Rhaenyra. She is the mother of Aegon II and has plans to become Westeros’ first queen, so she doesn’t get along with her stepdaughter. An angry stepmother? Groundbreaking. Now assume that everyone is corrupt and hungry for power. (Very big Margaery Tyrell vibes from her too. RIP, Queen.)
Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra and Emily Carey as the young version of her best friend Alicent in

There are plenty more Targaryens and Targaryen-adjacent humans to keep an eye on, but let’s keep up the pace.

Another good thing to remember is that many people in Westeros believe that the Targaryens have a genetic tendency towards insanity. (Ser Barristan Selmy put it best: “Every time a new Targaryen is born, the gods throw a coin in the air and the world holds its breath.) So even the good guys are, in theory, a minor inconvenience away from mass murder.

The Iron Throne is definitely here, built by the first Targaryen king, Aegon. You will recall that many GoT characters spoke in wonder of Aegon and his two sister wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, who were the first generation of Targaryens who came to Westeros to (literally) get things going. They became the first ruling house of the Seven Kingdoms in Westeros. So at this point in the game, when HoD takes place, the current political system has only seen Targaryen rulers.

The red castle Aegon did too, so it’s there too, as is the surrounding city of King’s Landing.

You probably recognize a few houses! The Hightowers have representation, of course. There are a few Baratheons scattered about. The Lannisters at this point in Westeros’ history are only minor, albeit very wealthy players. We learn more about House Velaryon, another house of Valyrian descent that was occasionally mentioned in ‘Game of Thrones’. However, don’t expect familiar faces from the original “Game of Thrones” series.

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen.

Are your wheels fully greased for a new era of “Game of Thrones?” Are you absolutely sure? Excellent! Here’s a sampling of the real Targaryen names from the “Game of Thrones” universe.

  • Aegon
  • Aegor
  • aemon
  • Aemond
  • Aenys
  • Rhaenys
  • Rhaena
  • Rhaella
  • Rhaegar
  • Rhaegel
  • raelle
  • jaehaera
  • Jaehaerys
  • viserys
  • Demon
  • daeron
  • baela
  • Baelor
  • Maelor

No wonder they all went crazy. Fortunately, only a small fraction of these names will appear in “House of the Dragon”, but it does make you long for the good old GoT days when the main character was just going through “Jon”.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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