Aegon Targaryen’s misunderstood prophecy “Song of Ice and Fire” explained

game of Thrones fans are learning a lot more about the Targaryens thanks to House of the Dragon.

The new HBO spin-off series concluded its first season on Sunday (October 24), taking viewers back to the world of Westeros, albeit set more than 150 years before the events of game of Thrones.

However, the series isn’t just aimed at viewers of the original series. There have already been several times when it has become clear that the prequel will reward George RR Martin readers Fire & Bloodas well as his A song of ice and fire series of books.

In the new series, viewers were reminded of a time long before the start of this series, a time when Aegon the Conqueror was the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

A key scene in episode one, which was requested by Martin himself, sees King Viserys (Paddy Considine) telling his daughter and heir Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) about a vision that prompted Aegon to conquer Westeros. She tells Rhaenyra that Aegon foresaw “the end of the world of men”, which will begin “a terrible winter, with gusts from the far north”.

“Aegon has seen absolute darkness ride over those winds, and whatever dwells within will destroy the world of the living,” he says. “When this great winter comes, Rhaenyra, all of Western Continent will have to resist it. And if the world of men is to survive, then a Targaryen must be seated on the Iron Throne. A king or queen, strong enough to unite the kingdom against the cold and the dark.

“Aegon called his dream ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ This secret has been passed down from king to heir since the time of Aegon. And now you have to promise to keep it. And to bring it “.

What makes this scene particularly exciting is that we know, thanks to game of Thrones, that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) will one day attempt (unsuccessfully) to claim her place on the Iron Throne. We also know of the arrival of the Long Night and the battle against the White Walkers. Fans will also remember that a Targaryen named Aegon – more commonly known as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) – is instrumental in saving Westeros.

Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) learns of Aegon’s dream (HBO)

Viserys’ speech also provides context behind the name A song of ice and firewhich many believed was simply a reference to Jon’s true legacy.

In a huge twist, however, Viserys shares the deathbed prophecy with Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), believing it to be Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy). This is why Alicent now believes her last husband’s wishes were for her to make sure their son, Aegon, and not Rhaenyra’s family line, came to the Iron Throne. It is this misunderstanding that will lead to the wars to come.

In the Season 1 finale, Rhaenyra incorrectly assumes that Dameon (Matt Smith) is aware of her father’s prophecy. His response – to stifle Rhaenyra and reproach his brother’s belief in such “clueless” beliefs – suggests that Rhaenyra is truly alone in the knowledge of what Viserys meant.

Why didn’t Viserys tell Daemon about the dream? That’s a good question, and most likely because he thought his brother would never believe him.

Speaking of the decision to reference the prophecy on the show, co-showrunner Ryan J Condal said Polygon: “Martin told us very early in the room – just like he does, he casually mentioned the fact that Aegon the Conqueror was a dreamer who saw a vision of the White Walkers walk through the wall and sweep the earth with cold and darkness.

“So, with his permission, of course, we put it into the story because it was a great way to create resonance with the original show.”

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