has started , and it already looks like all doubts have been cleared that it will be another high fantasy winner. Aside from breaking viewing records, the prequel series has also wisely made connections to including an explanation of why Westeros ended up like this.
After deciding to name Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) his heir, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) passes on a Targaryen family secret to her.
“Our history tells us that Aegon looked across the Blackwater from Dragonstone and saw a rich land ripe for conquest,” says Viserys, referring to Aegon the Conqueror, the first Targaryen ruler of Westeros. “But ambition alone is not what drove him to conquest. It was a dream.”
Viserys explains why Aegon set out to conquer the Seven Kingdoms in the first place.
“Aegon foresaw the end of the world of men. It will begin with a terrible winter coming from the far north. Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on those winds and whatever dwells in the house will destroy the world of the living. “
He continues: “When this great winter comes, Rhaenyra, all of Westeros must be against it. And if the world of the people is to survive, there must be a Targaryen on the Iron Throne. A king or queen strong enough to hold the empire.” unite against the cold and the dark.”
In a nutshell, Aegon wanted the Targaryens to conquer the Seven Kingdoms and Westeros, believing that only his descendants would be able to unite the empire and thwart the rise of the White Walkers. These offspring turn out to be Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, who defeat the White Walkers with the help of Daenerys’ powerful dragons.
For anyone still heartbroken at Daenerys’ fate, there is at least a little bit of comfort to know that she has succeeded in fulfilling her family’s worthy mission.
Aegon’s vision of a great winter, the White Walkers and their threat to Westeros, is named almost exactly like the title of George RR Martin’s novel series: A Song of Ice and Fire.
“Aegon called his dream The Song of Ice and Fire,” says Viserys. “This secret has been passed from king to heir since the time of Aegon. Now you must promise to wear it.’
Whether Princess Rhaenyra manages to pass on the family secret remains to be seen.
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