Targaryen Power

Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)

Be as mad as you want at Game of Thrones but you have to admit this moment was awesome. Pictured: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and friend.

One of the most pivotal moments in Game of Thrones took place in its Season 1 finale, “Fire and Blood,” when Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) famously gave birth to three dragons. The world had believed dragons to be extinct after the war of succession known as the Dance of Dragons. In the beginning of Game of Thrones, House Targaryen is weak and fragmented, no longer the feared dynasty it once was.

In fact, during Game of Thrones, we only actually saw four true Targaryens on-screen: Daenerys, Viserys, Master Aemond, and Aegon (better known as Jon Snow). Over the course of the show’s eight seasons, we watched Daenerys rebuild Targaryen power — just to watch it all come crashing down in series finale.

In House of the Dragon, we see House Targaryen at its most united (at the beginning, at least), with an abundance of dragons flying about and a relatively beloved Targaryen atop the Iron Throne. However, at the end of episode one, Rhaenyra shares a blunt truth with her father: “Everyone says Targaryens are closer to gods than to men, but they say that because of our dragons. Without them, we’re just like everyone else.”

House of the Dragon is called that for a reason — House Targaryen has dragons galore. But the Targaryens have more comfort and less resolve than someone like Daenerys. Where House of the Dragon will truly deviate from its predecessor — or is it successor? — is that in its war, both sides will have dragons, not just one.

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