Disclaimer: This text comprises plot spoilers from Home of the Dragon episode 1 – The Heirs of the Dragon. Home of the Dragon is decidedly not Sport of Thrones. Set virtually 200 years earlier than the occasions of the fantasy TV collection that had our collective consideration for eight sprawling seasons, the brand new present is a prequel. The Westeros we see on this present which is predicated on George R.R. Martin’s Fireplace and Blood is not the identical because the one we’re aware of. Dominated by Home Targaryen, the dominion has a special set of characters and naturally, dragons. Whereas there are not any acquainted faces, it has a manner of getting Sport of Thrones followers hooked proper again into the universe. There are a number of hyperlinks that can have followers drawing parallels.
The present’s first episode units up the historical past of the Targaryens with King Viserys on the Iron Throne poised to call his inheritor. The premiere is crammed with fireplace and blood however extra importantly, it has a bunch of Easter eggs with direct ties to the earlier present. Here is each Sport of Thrones Easter egg featured in Home of the Dragon episode 1:
Queen Aemma foreshadows Daenerys Targaryen hatching dragon eggs in Sport of Thrones season 1
Talking of eggs, within the premiere Queen Aemma has a tough being pregnant main as much as the bloody birthing scene that ends in her and her new child’s demise. Within the days main as much as her labours, King Viserys and Aemma share a second whereas she’s seen in a tub. She tells him, “I would not be stunned if I hatch an precise dragon.” The scene has a recall of Daenerys Targaryen hatching dragon eggs at Khal Drogo’s funeral fireplace within the finale episode of Sport of Thrones season 1.
Valyrian metal swords Blackhyre and Darkish Sister are owned by Viserys and Daemon Targaryen
We’re aware of Valerian metal and its features from Sport of Thrones. In Home of the Dragon, two Valyrian metal swords make an look – Blackfyre and Darkish Sister owned by Viserys and Daemon Targaryen respectively. Blackfyre was beforehand owned by Aegon the Conqueror. Darkish Sister’s former proprietor was Visenya Targaryen who was the sister and spouse of Aegon the Conqueror. In GoT, Arya Stark (performed by Maisie Willaims) talks concerning the sword with Tywin Lannister (performed by Charles Dance). Within the first episode, Daemon is seen giving Rhaenyra, his niece, a necklace created from Darkish Sister.
Rhaenyra and Alicent Hightower speak about Princess Nymeria
A well-recognized title comes up when Rhaenyra and Alicent are going over their research and so they talk about Princess Nymeria. She was a warrior and pioneer feminine of Home Martell. Sport of Thrones followers will recognise the title as Arya Stark’s pet dire wolf. Aside from a enjoyable throwback, Nymeria’s point out may also allude to one of many spin-offs deliberate across the character – 10,000 Ships. Whereas it is not affirmation, it is maybe a nod in the direction of what’s in retailer among the many many spin-offs.
Rhaenyra makes use of the phrase “Dracarys” to command dragons
The Excessive Valyrian phrase “Dracarys” has echoed by way of Sport of Thrones. We now have seen Daenerys use it as a command name in battle. We expectedly hear the phrase once more in Home of the Dragon provided that it’s a present about Targaryens however in a barely totally different context. Through the funeral of Queen Aemma and her son, we hear Rhaenyra command the dragon with “Dracarys” to mild the funeral pyre. It touches upon the dynamic between the Targaryens and their dragons that goes past flying and combating.
Aegon’s prophetic dream warns that “Winter is Coming” and so are the White Walkers
Whereas there aren’t many shockers within the premiere of Home of the Dragon, a heart-to-heart between Viserys and Rhaenyra has a serious unveiling. He tells her about Aegon Targaryen’s prophetic dream that foretells the approaching of the Winter and the Night time King with Whitewalkers in tow. He known as it “A Music of Ice and Fireplace”. This can be a direct reference to the approaching of Winter as seen in Sport of Thrones. Based on Aegon, a Targaryen should be on the throne to guard the Seven Kingdoms from the White Walkers.
Viserys has the dagger that Arya Stark ultimately makes use of to kill the Night time King
Talking of White Walkers, one other weapon from Sport of Thrones that seems within the prequel present’s premiere is a Valyrian metal dagger. We see Viserys holding the dagger that followers will recognise as the identical one Arya Stark used to kill the Night time King in a sneak assault.
Home of the Dragon is at the moment accessible to stream with new episodes dropping weekly on Mondays.