The initials of House of the Dragon, meaning and easter egg [VIDEO]

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The premiere of the new TV series House of the Dragon was undoubtedly one of the most watched shows of the moment. Despite some criticism for certain content, set a new record with mind-boggling ratings that they even sent HBO's streaming service into a tailspin. As if that were not enough, a few hours after this broadcast, the confirmation of the renewal of the series for a second season. A success on all fronts, therefore, even if a small detail was absent in the first episode of House of the Dragon. Something that cannot be missed, in a content that is the spin-off / prequel of The Throne of Swords. 

This "lack" clearly intended on purpose, was immediately filled in the second episode of the series where the most nostalgic fans of Game of Thrones have made a real plunge of emotions into the past: we refer to the opening theme of House of the Dragon. Which, in addition to having the same wonderful music as Game of Thrones composed by Ramin Djawadi, it also shows images with the same type of pattern. A 3D structure which takes shape along the way, as it passes from one place to another on the map of the Seven Kingdoms and makes the viewer immerse completely in that environment, through a virtual journey into the imaginary world of the series.

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There is someone who, however, has not limited himself only to watching and listening to this theme, but has also tried to interpret it. This is because just like it was for Game of Thrones, the pictures shown are not random but they tell us the story of the series in question, sometimes even with some previews or easter eggs; a story that as it goes on in the course of the episodes, is also updated in the same initials with the appropriate modifications of the case.

The history of the Targaryen family

But what does the title of House of the Dragon mean in detail? The acronym in question tells us the story of the Targaryen family, in whose veins the so-called Dragon's blood, typical of the people of Valyria; and in this case, it serves to show the blood ties between all members of the family. The head Mental Floss gave a detailed account of this, as can be read below.

It starts from Aegon I Targaryen the Conqueror, where you can see a seal with four dragons around a destroyed volcano: this represents the fall of Valyria, from which, however, the Targaryen family had been saved in time thanks to a premonition by Daenys the dreamer. Continuing with the vision, in fact, the blood covers the whole seal but not the crown of Aegon, which among other things was made of Valyrian steel.

From Aegon the blood splits into two seals which represent Visenya e Rhaenys, sisters and wives of Aegon: the flow continues on the side of Rhaenys because it was mainly she along with Aegon, who ruled the West for most of the Targaryen kingdom. From here the blood comes towards Aenys, the son of Rhaenys and Aegon: another external line comes to Aenys to represent his wife Alyssa Velaryon.

The story continues with the King's seal Jaehaerys, son of Aenys and Alyssa, who is married to the Queen Alysanne: the couple had thirteen children, but some did not survive after giving birth and therefore only remain nine; just like the smaller lines of blood that are generated by the union of those of the two rulers. Among these minor streams, a couple of other seals strike that they are Baelon I e Alyssa, two of the children of Jaehaerys and Alysanne who marry each other as is also shown by the union of their two lines.

Then we continue with two other seals, which are those of Viserys I e Daemon, sons of Baelon I and Alyssa: Daemon is the younger brother and at the moment he has no family, so the most marked and continuing line is that of Viserys. In the passage of him the seals of Corlys Velaryon and his wife Rhaenys Targaryen; in this regard, the blood of the latter proves to be more dense, being Dragon's blood like that of all Targaryens. The lines of the two spouses converge in another seal, that of the daughter Laena, although the couple also has a son, Laenor, which however strangely does not appear yet in this first version of the acronym.

Going forward you will notice two other seals on the bottom, which represent Otto Hightower and his deceased wife, whose name is unknown because she is never even mentioned in the books from which the series is derived. Although in this case it is not Targaryen or Valyrians, as shown in the first two episodes of House of the Dragon. Alicent, Otto's daughter, was chosen to become the new queen. Previously, Viserys's seal is seen linking to that of his newly deceased wife Aemma Arryn; and paying close attention before the shot turns elsewhere, you can see a small flow in the lower left of the seal of Viserys passing through that of Alicent. 

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In the final part there is the seal Rhaenyra Targaryen. Her line connects with that of her parents and her seal bears the same symbol from the steel necklace of Valyria received as a gift from Daemon. Returning to the starting point you can better see where it all began: an overview of the civilization of Valyria and curiously, the blood that had departed from Aegon reaches Rhaenyra, almost closing a circle.

The changes in the theme song of House of the Dragon from the third episode onwards

As specified at the beginning of the article, with the continuation of the episodes, the opening theme of House of the Dragon is changed from time to time with the evolution of the plot, especially for what concerns the new unions and the births of other children. These changes are postponed, as they are implemented starting from the episode following the one in which the events in question occurred. The list below is updated every week with changes occurring from one episode to another and as a result may contain spoilers for those not on par with the series.

The seal of Alicent and Viserys 

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House of the Dragon Initials - Viserys Seal

In the second episode of the series Viserys asks Alicent to marry. For this reason, the theme song of the third episode shows the union between the two characters, through their intersecting bloodlines. In the third episode through a time jump, it is revealed that Alicent gave a firstborn to Viserys: in the theme song of the fourth episode, the line of Alicent and Viserys continues into another joint line representing their son Aegon.

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House of the Dragon Initials - Seal of Viserys and Alicent

In the fourth episode of the series via another time jump, it is revealed that Alicent and Viserys have had a second child. In the opening theme of the fifth episode, the line of the two spouses that previously continued through that of Aegon, has a new line that represents the daughter Helaena. In the sixth episode another time jump of ten years takes place during which Alicent and Viserys had a third child, Aemond. However, even if the above image referring to episode 6 is not very clear, looking carefully at the lines of the children we can count four.

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In George RR Martin's books, the couple actually had four children in total, but at least up to the sixth episode only three were shown. This is the first time in which the acronym is changed directly in the same episode in which there are the news to be included and this therefore suggests that the fourth child is already part of the current story, although it has not yet appeared.

The seal of Daemon 

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House of the Dragon Initials - Daemon's Seal

In the sixth episode of the series in which the ten-year time jump takes place, the seal of Daemon is highlighted, which was initially in the background, as unlike his brother Viserys, he did not yet have a family.

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House of the Dragon Initials - Laena's Seal

The blood that passes in Daemon's seal continues in that of his wife Laena, who, starting from the sixth episode, is highlighted more like his.

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House of the Dragon Initials - Seal of Rhaena and Baela

The blood of Daemon and Laena's seals converts to that of their two daughters, Rhaena and Baela, represented with two dragon eggs as they are twins.

The seal of Rhaenyra

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House of the Dragon Initials - Seals of the children of Rhaenyra

In the fifth episode of House of the Dragon Rhaenyra marries Laenor Velaryon and in the ten-year time jump that occurs in the sixth episode, it appears that the couple had three children: Jacaerys, Lucerys and Joffrey. Also in the same episode it is discovered that in reality the real father of the three children is Ser Harwin Strong: consequently in the initials the seal of Laenor is not seen together with that of Rhaenyra, but neither is that of Harwin; most likely because, in addition to having died during the episode, the man was not married to Rhaenyra.

The initials of House of the Dragon, meaning and easter egg: continuously updated article. 

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