“Home of the Dragon” simply added a significant piece to “Sport of Thrones” lore. On the finish of episode one, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) formally names his daughter, Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), as his inheritor. She can be the primary queen within the historical past of Westeros. He additionally apologizes to her for being obsessive about having a son as an alternative of valuing her and coaching her for this second.
Then, Viserys shares together with her key details about Aegon the Conqueror, the primary Targaryen king who united the seven kingdoms of Westeros underneath his rule. He tells her that Aegon dreamed of what “Video games of Thrones” followers know because the Lengthy Evening, culminating within the Battle of Winterfell. Here is what he says:
“Ambition alone isn’t what drove him to conquest. It was a dream. And simply as Daenys foresaw the top of Valyria, Aegon foresaw the top of the world of males. It’s to start with a horrible winter, gusting out of the North. Aegon noticed absolute darkness driving on these winds, and no matter dwells inside will destroy the realm of the dwelling. When this nice winter comes, Rhaenyra, all of Westeros should stand towards it. And if the world of males is to outlive, a Targaryen have to be seated on the Iron Throne. A king or queen, sturdy sufficient to unite the realm towards the chilly and the darkish. Aegon known as his dream the track of ice and fireplace. This secret has been handed from king to inheritor since Aegon’s time. Now you will need to promise to hold it and shield it.”
Throughout his speech, Viserys additionally gestures to a Valyrian metal dagger on his belt — the identical one Arya, a whole lot of years later, makes use of to kill the Evening King. The forged and showrunners of “Home of the Dragon” share with POPSUGAR the importance of the prophecy and the place the thought got here from to incorporate it within the present.
Was the Tune of Ice and Hearth Prophecy in “Sport of Thrones” or the Books?
A Tune of Ice and Hearth is the title of the guide collection “Sport of Thrones” is predicated on. Aegon’s dream is not talked about in “Sport of Thrones” or George R.R. Martin’s books, but it surely was Martin’s thought. Co-showrunner Ryan Condal tells POPSUGAR, “That was the element that George truly gave us early within the story break, the concept that Aegon the Conqueror was himself a dreamer, and that is what motivated the conquest, which [George] talked about casually in dialog, as he usually does, with enormous items of knowledge like that.”
“It actually modified quite a bit our pondering of the best way we noticed the Targaryen reign and what it was all about,” Condal says. “[Aegon] pursued the conquest pondering that this was an imminent drawback. Now we have the dramatic irony . . . that it takes fairly a while for this prophecy to return true.”
The thought of passing down the dream and its prophecy from king to inheritor got here from the showrunners. “The way in which that we took George’s thought and spun it dramatically for ‘Home of the Dragon’ was this concept that, in some unspecified time in the future in Aegon’s life as he received older and matured, he will need to have realized that someday the White Walkers weren’t coming for dinner throughout his lifetime,” Condal says. “After which we determined that . . . [if] he believed on this sufficient to overcome Westeros, he certainly would’ve believed in it sufficient to cross the thought on. So we had this change into the legacy that the Targaryens have, and so they cross it from king to inheritor as . . . a reminder that the Iron Throne is a privilege and it is a responsibility and a duty, and you need to . . . enhance the dominion and make it stronger and extra united and never use it as a pursuit for egocentric achieve. And we’ll see how that hangs on as our story develops.”
How Do Rhaenyra and Viserys Really feel Concerning the Tune of Ice and Hearth Prophecy?
Considine tells POPSUGAR that Viserys is “a little bit of a dreamer, and he does consider in prophecies.” He explains that this can be a massive cause he thinks Rhaenyra ought to be inheritor. “Viserys may be very very similar to, ‘Who can I entrust with this prophecy? I can not entrust Daemon with it. I can not entrust Otto Hightower with it, or anyone,'” he says.
Alcock says, “Studying that scene, finally for me, was about how [Rhaenyra] was lastly seen by her father. And I believe that is what she desires. She does not need to sit on the throne. She desires change. And if the throne is used as an company for change, then she’s going to take it by the balls.”
Emma D’Arcy, who performs the older Rhaenrya, displays on how the “enormous second” stays together with her for the remainder of her life. “Receiving that from her father is one thing akin to feeling chosen and feeling seen by him,” they clarify. “It attaches her to the legacy of her household and of a ruling household, and that for Rhaenyra is totally certain up in her particular person identification.”
Why Does Viserys Have Arya’s Dagger?
The present does not go into element about the place precisely the Valyrian metal dagger got here from, however presumably it is a Targaryen household artifact from earlier than the household fled Valyria. Whether or not Aegon noticed particularly that the dagger can be the best way the darkness ended is unclear.
Considine tells POPSUGAR how he performed Viserys’s connection to it. He says, “The knife was an actual sacred object to me. Viserys wears it always, and even once I’m not carrying it, it is by no means quite a lot of ft away from me. It is a vital artifact for him.”
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