There’s a reason “House of the Dragon” chose this particular batch of Targaryens. The source material is Martin’s “Fire and Blood”, which documents the various rulers of Westeros – but the “House of the Dragon” skips right before the full-blown civil war era.
However, Martin suggests that Westeros may have had a good king in Viserys, who ascended the throne after the Old King’s death. Martin notes that he’s “not motivated by glory,” though he admits that in his later years, Viserys really wanted “a little bit of glory.” But above all, “he wants to be a good king, a wise king, and protect people. Those are the most important traits.”
But enough about the kings of Westeros. What about her queens? The series will promote Viserys’ first daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen as a potential successor. Of course, we’ve been on this road before. Whether or not the ending of “Game of Thrones” suits you personally, I think we can all agree that it turned out to be catastrophic for the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. Any chance that her predecessors will have better luck?
Judging how difficult it is to get a Queen installed on the Iron Throne in the distant future, it’s safe to assume the past won’t be much easier. But again this is a whole new era for Westeros. There are dragons – 17 of them, we hear – and the Targaryen rule is undisputed. Instead of a good king, perhaps Westeros will have his first great queen.
“House of the Dragon” will premiere on HBO and HBO Max on August 21, 2022.
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