House of the Dragon takes place about 200 years before Game of Thrones and focuses on the “Age of Dragons,” a time when the Targaryen family ruled over Westeros. According to the opening of the series, the story starts before the death of the crazy king, Aerys, and the birth of his daughter, Princess Daenerys Targaryen. Some fans, though, think that the reference wasn’t intended to link the new show to Game of Thrones, but rather to George R.R. Martin’s first book, A Song of Ice and Fire.
King Viserys Targaryen speaks with Princess Rhaenyra at the conclusion of the first episode. She learns from Viserys that he intends to make her the successor to the kingdom, and he also shares with her an end-of-the-world prophecy that has been passed down through five Targaryen kings. Viserys claims that the fabled Aegon “the Conqueror” Targaryen saw a vision predicting a harsh winter and an adversary that could only be vanquished by a Targaryen uniting the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
According to canon, Aegon gave the prophetic dream the name “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Questions were only raised by this allusion, which may have only served to further link House of the Dragon and the Game of Thrones events. Viewers may recall that Samwell Tarly gave his written account of the events in the title A Song of Ice and Fire at the conclusion of Game of Thrones, neatly wrapping off the saga.
Later, Tarly claimed that the moniker was his own invention. But Aegon’s prophecy is never brought up in Game of Thrones, and Daenerys doesn’t seem to be aware of it either. The theory might be supported by evidence. Showrunner Ryan Condal said that the idea for Aegon’s prophecy originated from the author in an interview with Vanity Fair.
In the books, Aegon’s dream is mentioned in a vision that Daenerys gets in the House of the Undying. In retrospect, the assertion almost certainly refers to Jon Snow. House of Dragon lovers is in for a treat. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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