Published On: Fri, Sep 16th, 2022

Let’s Talk About the Targaryens’ (And in This Case, Aegon’s) Prophetic Dreams

Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO Paddy Considine, Milly Alcock HBO House of the Dragon Season 1

House of the Dragon has made several intriguing references and callbacks to both its source material and its original series. Its most interesting one so far (or annoying one, depending on how you look at it) is the connection established by the end of its premiere, which directly addresses Game of Thrones’ final conflict: the war with the Others. 

If you may recall, towards the end of the first episode, King Viserys calls upon Rhaenyra, and the two have a little chat before the shrine of Balerion the Black Dread, House Targaryen’s great dragon that was mounted by Aegon the Conqueror (and last ridden by Viserys himself). The scene is intercut with the various lords of Westeros coming to swear fealty before the Iron Throne, recognizing Rhaenyra as heir (Lord Stark must have hated having to travel all the way to King’s Landing for just that) as Viserys explains to his daughter a prophecy that has been passed from sovereign to heir for generations:

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