House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon is about the Targaryen family, who ruled Westeros for 300 years. House of the Dragon begins around 100 years into House Targaryen's reign.


Viewers of Game of Thrones know the Targaryen dynasty was effectively ended by Robert's Rebellion, a civil war that saw Robert Baratheon succeed the "Mad King," Aerys Targaryen, as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. By the time Game of Thrones begins, 17 years after the rebellion, there are only two known Targaryens: Daenerys and Viserys. In Game of Thrones, the Targaryens were a formerly great house. In House of the Dragons, we get to see them as the great House. 

At least for a while. 


House of the Dragon depicts the beginning of the end for the Targaryens. It follows what in A Song of Ice and Fire lore is called the Dance of the Dragons -- a civil war that erupts after two Targaryens voice countering claims to the Iron Throne. King Viserys raised his daughter, Rhaenyra Targaryen, to succeed him, but after Viserys' death, it's Viserys' eldest son to his second wife, Aegon, who gets crowned the new ruler.


That kicks off a war that sees many a dragon slain, and many a Targaryen killed.  

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