Home of the Dragon, HBO’s Sport of Thrones prequel, will inform an epic story a few Targaryen civil warfare. However is it eight seasons epic?
Subsequent yr, HBO will try to recreate the magic of Sport of Thrones with Home of the Dragon, which can inform the story of a brutal civil warfare often known as the Dace of the Dragons that tore Westeros aside over 100 years earlier than the unique present. The present is predicated on George R. R. Martin’s Fireplace and Blood, a historical past of the Targaryen dynasty.
We nonetheless don’t know a ton concerning the collection, however we’re studying rapidly. HBO has already solid a number of actors in key elements.
SPOILERS for Fireplace & Blood observe…
Together with Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Physician Who veteran Matt Smith will play Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke is Alicent Hightower, and Emma D’Arcy is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. In the event you’re not accustomed to these characters, right here’s what we be taught from Fireplace and Blood.
King Viserys Targaryen had three kids by his first queen, however just one, Princess Rhaenyra, survived to maturity. Missing a son to succeed him, Viserys declared Rhaenyra his inheritor. When the King’s spouse died, he remarried Alicent Hightower and had many kids, together with Aegon II Targaryen; we’re undecided who’s enjoying him but. In the meantime, Rhaenyra married her uncle — sure, her uncle — Daemon Targaryen.
Though they get alongside at first, finally Alicent and Rhaenyra turn out to be rivals, each eager to be the woman of the realm. After the loss of life of King Viserys, Queen Alicent betrays Rhaenyra, crowing her personal son Aegon II as king. In response, Rhaenyra crowns herself. It’s a juicy piece of Targaryen historical past, full with drama, romance and many dragon-on-dragon battles.
What number of seasons will Home of the Dragons final?
Quite a bit occurs within the Dance of the Dragons, and there’s no clear place to start out. Rhaenyra, Alicent, Daemon and others develop a variety of historical past earlier than the warfare formally will get underway, and if it wished to, HBO may spend a very long time constructing to the massive battle, maybe as a lot as a complete season. Likewise, after the primary motion has quieted down, there are occasions afterwards that as simply as essential to the historical past of the realm. There’s an extended tail on this story that might really feel rushed if it had been crammed into one finale.
That mentioned, there isn’t almost as a lot right here as there’s in A Music of Ice and Fireplace, and we don’t see a collection based mostly on the Dance lasting eight entire seasons like Sport of Thrones did. Even half that feels prefer it’d be in peril of bloat, though the characters are quite a few and wealthy sufficient, and the story full sufficient to make it work.
Earlier than we knew the present would give attention to the Dance, we speculated that it may be an anthology collection that coated different elements of Targaryen historical past drawn from Fireplace & Blood, like Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros, Aegon I’s sons Aenys and Maegor battling for the throne, the Blackfyre rebellions, and even Robert’s Insurrection. If the present took that strategy, it may final very lengthy certainly because the previous solid makes means for newcomers, however until we be taught in any other case, we’ll assume the brand new present will confine itself to the Dance.
We’ll discover out for certain when the primary season airs in 2022, and fairly presumably earlier than then, as filming begins quickly.
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