HBO’s “Home of the Dragon” sequence follows the story of Home Targaryen centuries earlier than the occasions of “Recreation of Thrones.” The George R.R. Martin e book the sequence is predicated on, “Fireplace and Blood,” is definitely the primary in a deliberate two-volume set chronicling centuries of Targaryen rule in Westeros. Whereas “Home of the Dragon” follows “Fireplace and Blood,” it’s extremely a lot potential that the sequence will make some main departures from the supply materials — simply as “Recreation of Thrones” did. Nevertheless, in the event you’re seeking to get a whole overview of Martin’s unique model of the story, find out how the historic textual content differs from that heartbreaking ending of the season one finale, and what may occur subsequent in season two, you’ve got come to the appropriate place. Learn on, however beware: the evening is darkish and filled with spoilers.
“Fireplace and Blood” begins with Aegon I’s conquest of Westeros after he leads his household out of Essos. After a prolonged civil conflict in his homeland is settled, Aegon turns his consideration west to unify the Seven Kingdoms below his personal rule. The conflict rages for roughly three years, with a few of the nice Homes of Westeros surrendering rapidly, whereas others resist.
Among the many Homes conquered in Aegon’s invasion are a number of names that “Recreation of Thrones” followers will acknowledge. Home Baratheon comes into play, when Orys Baratheon, a Targaryen commander, overruns the Stormlands and marries the daughter of the Storm King to determine his personal noble home. Within the west, Homes Gardener and Lannister ally towards Aegon and combat an excellent battle. Home Lannister is conquered, Home Gardener is extinguished, and the Gardeners’ stewards, Home Tyrell, give up and ally with Aegon.
Within the North, Torrhen Stark chooses to bend the knee to Aegon moderately than trigger extra bloodshed. Solely Dorne actually holds out, with a promise of a higher battle to come back. Aegon turns the swords of his former enemies into the Iron Throne and chooses to rule from a brand new metropolis, King’s Touchdown.
The e book chronicles the next years of Aegon’s reign, as properly. One of the vital notable occasions throughout his reign is his ongoing try to overcome Dorne. After a sequence of prolonged battles by which neither facet achieved decisive victory, Aegon and Home Martell conform to be at peace. Within the years following Aegon’s demise, his sons, Aerys I and Maegor I, take care of their very own issues, together with rebellions that they should suppress.
The Reign of Jaehaerys I
A big part of “Fireplace and Blood” is devoted to the reign of Jaehaerys I, the longest-ruling Targaryen king. Often called the “Smart” king and the “Conciliator,” his reign begins out with battle, when he chooses to marry his sister, Alysanne. Jaehaerys resists the makes an attempt of many — together with his personal mom and advisors — to cease the wedding or take away him from energy.
Jaehaerys’s reign entails many ups and downs. He institutes many reforms in Westeros, from modifications in taxes, to making a complete set of legal guidelines. He additionally offers with each man-made and pure disasters, together with a famine and subsequent plague that kills indiscriminately, together with considered one of Jaehaerys and Alysanne’s personal kids. The couple have 13 kids, with 9 making it to maturity. Notable amongst them are their eldest son and inheritor, Aemon, who marries a Baratheon girl, and Baelon, who marries his sister Alyssa and has three kids: Viserys, Daemon, and Aerys.
The demise of Prince Aemon throws Jaehaerys’s later reign into uncertainty. Aemon has no son, solely a daughter, Princess Rhaenys. Jaehaerys (to the disapproval of many, together with his spouse) as an alternative declares his second son Baelon to be the brand new inheritor. This determination proves to be a pivotal level, as Baelon additionally doesn’t outlive his father, leaving the succession much more sophisticated.
The Dance of the Dragons
Following Jaehaerys’s demise, after a 55-year reign, his grandson Viserys turns into King Viserys I. The query of Viserys’s successor winds up being the reason for a significant rift inside the Targaryen clan with everlasting penalties. Viserys’s first marriage, which ends when his queen Aemma dies in childbirth, solely produces one inheritor: Princess Rhaenyra.
Viserys chooses to make her his inheritor, and raises her from childhood to be ruler. Later, nonetheless, he remarries, and this time, he and his queen, Alicent, have sons. Rhaenyra is also married twice, with kids from each marriages. Her second marriage is to Prince Daemon, her father’s youthful brother.
When Viserys dies, he nonetheless intends Rhaenyra to succeed him, however Alicent and their eldest son Aegon produce other plans. Aegon is topped Aegon II, whereas Rhaenyra is not even instructed of her father’s demise till after Aegon’s takeover. When she learns the reality, she vows revenge and establishes her personal, rival council to take again what she believes is her rightful inheritance.
Whereas there are preliminary efforts at diplomacy, Aemond Targaryen kills Rhaenyra’s son, Lucerys Velaryon, after crossing paths at Storm’s Finish whereas each had been looking for out Borros Baratheon’s allyship. Aemond pursues Lucerys on dragonback amid a rainstorm, and whereas historians do not know precisely what transpires within the air, Lucerys’s dragon Arrax’s head washes up on the shore days later, and Lucerys is presumed lifeless. In retaliation for the killing of Lucerys, Daemon has Prince Jaehaerys, King Aegon II’s 6-year-old son and his inheritor, assasinated, resulting in all out conflict.
The conflict drags on for a number of years, with the rival Targaryen factions gaining and dropping floor whereas additionally coping with the consistently shifting allegiances of these round them. A number of heirs from each claimants to the throne are killed. A battle between dragonriders — Rhaenyra’s half-brother Aemond and her husband Daemon — ends with each of them crashing to the bottom. Daemon’s physique is rarely discovered.
Ultimately, each Aegon II and Rhaenyra are solely in a position to rule briefly. Ultimately, each are killed, together with lots of their relations and dragons. Rhaenyra and Daemon’s son ultimately is topped Aegon III, and he marries Aegon II’s daughter Jaehaera to unite the warring branches.
Following the Dance of the Dragons, Targaryen succession turns into extra sophisticated, male-dominated, and controversial. The civil conflict additionally practically wipes out dragons altogether. “Fireplace and Blood” chronicles solely the start of Aegon III’s reign, whereas he’s nonetheless a boy below a regency. The presently unpublished sequel is probably going supposed to hold on the Targaryen historical past till it catches up with the occasions of “Recreation of Thrones.”
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