House of the Dragon Creators Defend That Bloody Birth Scene

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This time we won't be leaving again. We're all in this together; that's HBO, the Seven Kingdoms, you, and me, the guy who summarised Game of Thrones for NPR back in the day.

To help us all get our heads in the game, I've prepared a couple of primers, but the gist of them is this: forget what you know; you won't be using it very often.

The events of House of the Dragon begin roughly 200 years before those of Game of Thrones. Having ruled for a century, the Targaryen dynasty is at its zenith now that they are in charge.

Harrenhal, the massive ruined stronghold that Aegon the Conqueror, founder of the Targaryen Dynasty

is infamous for dracarysing, is where we begin. Here at the Great Council of 101 AC, the fate of the Iron Throne lies in the hands of the delegates.

Rhaenys Targaryen, the king's granddaughter, is over here (she's with her husband Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake; he'll be a recurring character).

Viserys Targaryen, grandson of the king, stands there with his pregnant wife, Aemma Arryn, and their unborn daughter, Rhaenyra Targaryen.

And most of them are wearing the same long, plantinum-blonde wig. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Targaryen dynasty. Here comes Edgar Winter.)

Despite Rhaenys's seniority, the Great Council opts for Viserys because to the predictability of the patriarchy.

Presenting the opening credits! Which specifically do not take us on a swooping tour of Westeros, stopping at miniature representations of the locations

that will be featured in this week's episode. Instead, we focus on the House Targaryen insignia, a three-headed dragon.

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