Riding high with the release of its first 4 episodes, many believe House of the Dragon has lived up to the legacy of Game of Thrones. It follows the political conflict of House Targaryen, around 200 years before the events of the original show.
It stars Paddy Considine as the kind King Viserys Targaryen and Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Throughout the season, many references to the events of Game of Thrones have been made, much to the scorn of fans who found seasons 7 and 8 unbearable.
House of the Dragon’s Aegon’s dream and the Azor Ahai prophecy
One reference that caught the attention of many fans was a conversation between Viserys and Rhaenyra, where he revealed the secret of Aegon the Conqueror’s dream. This dream has only been passed through Targaryen kings and their heirs, giving the secret high value.
The vision foresaw the threat of White Walkers and the only way to stop it was for a Targaryen king or queen to sit on the Iron Throne and unite the realm to defeat the undead. This vision is similar to the prophecy of Azor Ahai from the Game of Thrones.
Furthermore, Viserys also decrypted inscriptions for the Targaryens’ Valyrian steel dagger, which was used in Game of Thrones to kill the Night King, to show Rhaenyra the dream of Aegon inscribed, it said:
“From my blood come the prince that was promised, and his will be the song of ice and fire.”
Does it mean Jon or Danny was the Prophetic hero?
Both Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen did fulfill many terms of the prophecy of Azor Ahai preached by Melisandre in Game of Thrones. They also united most of the realm as leaders to fight against the White Walkers.
Despite some similarities, the prophecy and Aegon’s dream do get muddled on further inspection as neither of the two sat on the Iron Throne and it was Arya Stark who killed the Night King. Though Targaryens have been known to misunderstand these dreams so Game of Thrones still might be right.
House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBO Max