HBO is at the moment onerous at work on Home of the Dragon, a prequel to Sport of Thrones set practically two centuries earlier than the unique sequence. It tells the story of the Dance of the Dragons, a brutal civil that pit completely different factions of the ruling Targaryen household in opposition to one another. Brother will struggle sister, mom will struggle step-daughter, and dragon will struggle dragon till Westeros runs purple with blood.
It’s an excellent story, and like Sport of Thrones earlier than it, it entails loads of characters. We already know who’s taking part in a number of of them. Paddy Considine is King Viserys I Targaryen, who guidelines at the beginning of the story. Matt Smith is his hot-blooded brother Daemon and Emma D’Arcy is his first-born little one Rhaenyra, who he introduced up from an early age to inherit the throne. In the meantime, Olivia Cooke performs his second spouse Alicent Hightower, who feels it ought to be her son Aegon who inherits the throne as a substitute. That’s the crux of the battle: when King Viserys dies, who takes the throne: the older daughter who was promised the respect since childhood, or the youthful son? And……struggle!
However there’s a query: whereas we’ve met the actors gamers loads of these main figures — and even some taking part in extra minor ones — we haven’t heard something about Aegon. And that’s bizarre, as a result of Aegon isn’t just a few small character who can have a walk-on function; he’s a serious participant. So why has HBO launched us to so many different vital characters however not Aegon?
Actually, we don’t know, nevertheless it’s a large enough gap that locations like Los Siete Reinos have questioned about it, and we’re curious too.
Is Aegon II Targaryen in Home of the Dragon?
We all know that Home of the Dragon will happen over a interval of a number of years. There’s loads of backstory: the enmity between Crew Rhaenyra and Crew Aegon (who come to be often known as the blacks and the greens respectively) takes a very long time to develop. The actual fact that King Viserys is a foremost forged member within the first season tells us that the present isn’t going to leap proper into the warfare; clearly it desires Viserys to stay round for some time as we be taught who these persons are and the way they relate to one another, earlier than he dies and all hell breaks free.
King Viserys dies within the 12 months 129 AC (129 years after the invasion of Aegon the Conqueror). We’ve seen glimpses scenes that appear to be set as early as 120 AC, on the funeral of Daemon Targaryen’s spouse and Rhaenyra’s buddy Laena Velaryon, who dies in childbirth. That’s what we predict these seashore pictures are from:
In 120 AC, Aegon Targaryen is 14 years outdated. His half-sister Rhaenyra is 23. Whereas Aegon does go on to have an enormous function within the warfare, at first, he’s not as outstanding; his mom Alicent Hightower does the majority of the scheming right now.
So possibly we haven’t heard about Aegon as a result of the primary season of the present doesn’t cowl the time frame when he’s be vital. I’ve a tough time believing he hasn’t been forged in any respect given how vital he’ll turn out to be, nevertheless it’s attainable he’s not within the first season sufficient for HBO to suppose it value formally making an announcement, particularly in the event that they intend to interchange him with one other actor because the in-universe years march on and the characters become old. When the warfare breaks out in 129 Aegon is 24, now with a spouse and several other kids. If I have been scripting this sequence, I feel ending the primary season with the loss of life of King Viserys would make loads of sense.
However we don’t know when the present will begin, or finish. We don’t even know if it’ll comply with a linear timeline. One wrinkle is that HBO has employed two actors — Milly Alcock and Emily Carey — to play youthful variations of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower respectively. Does that imply we’re going to get flashbacks? Will it begin very early on, with Alcock and Carey taking part in Rhaenyra and Alicent for the primary few episodes till time advances sufficient for D’Arcy and Cooke to take over? If that’s the case, possibly time gained’t advance fairly sufficient for whoever’s taking part in a youthful, much less vital model of Aegon to age out of no matter actor is taking part in him. Or possibly Home of the Dragon is doing a little sort of a number of timeline factor, with the youthful and older actors stepping in as wanted. We simply don’t know!
Personally, I feel Aegon Targaryen might be within the first season of the present — he’s too vital to not be — however he’ll be performed by a youthful actor (for now) and HBO has determined he merely doesn’t have sufficient screentime (but) to formally announce.
No matter is occurring, HBO can’t clear it up quickly sufficient. Home of the Dragon premieres on HBO someday in 2022.
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