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House Of The Dragon: Writer Explains Change In The Targaryen Sigil


House of the Dragon, the much-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, is having a little makeover as explained by one of its writers, Ryan Condal. The change in the Targaryen Sigil denotes a deeper meaning in the show.

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HBO Max’s House of the Dragon

The prequel is set three centuries before the events in the original series, and it will eventually show the rise and fall of the House Targaryen, leading to the Dance of the Dragons civil war. The first season will consist of ten episodes.

House of the Dragon has been initially announced as a faithful adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood. However, the showrunners will be introducing some changes in the franchise.

Here’s Why They Changed The Targaryen Sigil In House Of The Dragon

In his interview with EW, Condal explained the changes they made in the show, especially the sigil.

I will say every choice we made on this show, down to even smaller minutia than that [sigil], was made with a reason. I would say stay tuned. But I also say that the sigil that you’re seeing in this show you did see in the original show, as well.”

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The Targaryen Sigil with the new four-legged dragon design

In Game of Thrones, the Targaryen Sigil had a three-headed dragon with two limbs. In House of the Dragon, it was changed into four legs. He explained that it was not a new design, as fans have already seen it in seasons 6 and 7.

The truth of the matter is you think you’ve seen the Targaryen sigil a lot in the original Game of Thrones, but actually it’s not in Game of Thrones that much. You’ve seen it on books and Funko Pops and things like that. That was how far and high the Targaryen dynasty had fallen, that the sigil did not exist really anymore until Daenerys brought it back about. So we chose to go down a road that I think honored where Daenerys left us off versus where people think it all started.”

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

This change in the Targaryen Sigil seems logical as the series will eventually show the fall of the powerful house. By then, fans will have to wait until House of the Dragon premieres on HBO Max this August 21.

Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.