The trailer for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, gave us several hints on what to expect. The show is based on George R. R. Martin’s novel Fire and Blood. It will portray the story of the Targaryen civil war dating back 300 years before the Game of Thrones.
Two years after the last season aired, the dark fantasy series will introduce new characters and cast members. The trailer showed quite a few of the important characters and insignias so here is a rundown of the best teasers from the trailer and their significance:
A spoken line from the trailer will give us a hint on the history of the reign of the Targaryens. “Dreams didn’t make us kings; dragons did,” is quite the powerful premonition of Prince Daemon Targaryen (played by Matt Smith). In the old Targaryen days, certain members of the family living in Old Valyria were believed to have what they call the Dragon Dreams. These prophetic visions saved the family from the destruction of Valyria when they moved to Dragonstone in Westeros.
Vhagar The Dragon
The trailer hinted subtly at one of the dragons that will somehow show up during the middle of the season. This scene showed what fans thought to be a deceased dragon and is believed to be Balerion the Dread. This is highly suggestive of the soon-to-be appearance of Vhagar, the dragon rode by Visenya Targaryen during the downfall of Westeros. Fans also assumed that Vhagar could be as huge as Balerion.
The Blackfyre Sword
Fans witnessed the old Valyrian steel word called Blackfyre, a longsword owned by Aegon the Conqueror. The sword was the inspiration behind the name of House Blackfyre, an extinct noble house from the crowlands that rebelled against the Targaryens. This episode will be a highly anticipated one seeing the Blackfyre sword being passed on to King Viserys I.
The Targaryen Civil War
The trailer has already premised the forthcoming war between different houses. Their hunger for power and the throne pushed them to kill family members and even dragons. In this civil war, the audience could see fragments of what occurred in the main show. In one of the scenes, Alicent Hightower was holding a catspaw dagger that is the same dagger used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King.
The Dark Sisters Sword
Another significant Valyrian steel shown in the trailer is the Dark Sister longsword. A Targaryen warrior is seen wielding it in a quick fight scene. This sword was used by Visenya Targaryen during the conquest. It is believed that the sword is now passed on to Daemon Targaryen. With this brief glimpse of the sword and the man in dragon-themed armor, fans can only suspect that it is someone worthy of the steel.
The trailer undeniably ignited a lot of questions and speculations with regards to how the show will play out and how far they will go with the history of the Targaryens. The House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO Max in 2022.