With the Game Of Thrones prequel series in the works at HBO, fans are wondering what parts of George R.R. Martin’s vast lore will be adapted to the screen. We know that the major focus will be on House Targaryen. The author has written an insane amount of backstory in meticulous detail about the history of House Targaryen in Fire And Blood and the Game Of Thrones companion book The World Of Ice And Fire. Here’s some things from those books we’d like to see when the series finally drops.
Where Dany’s dragon eggs came from
Fans of the original series know that Daenerys received her dragon eggs from Pentoshi noble Illyrio Mopatis, who said they were from the shadow lands beyond Asshai. According to Fire and Blood, they were probably the three eggs that Lady Elissa Farman stole from her former lover, Rhaena Targaryen during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, about 70 years before the events of Game Of Thrones. Farman sold the eggs to a Braavosi sealord to pay for a sailing trip into uncharted parts of the world. The eggs never hatched because for that to happen, they needed Targaryen blood. They became valuable and sought-after artifacts that changed hands many times before coming into Dany’s possession.
What’s the deal with Targaryen blood?
One of the many interesting revelations in Fire and Blood is that members of House Baratheon are actually descendants of a Targaryen bastard, Orys Baratheon. He was not only the most trusted advisor of the first king of Westeros, Aegon Targaryen the Conqueror, but also his half-brother. It seems the Baratheons also have the blood of old Valyria in their veins. This blood is linked to dragons and old magic, which is why Mellisandre wanted Gendry’s blood for her spells in Game Of Thrones. From Fire and Blood we also know that Targaryens are able to weather illness better than non-Targaryens. However, while their blood is strong, it’s not immune to disease and infection. We’d like to see more of how Valyrian lineage connects the Targaryens to dragons and magic.
So many battles…
Fire and Blood and The World Of Ice And Fire have so many skirmishes between houses just waiting to be adapted to the screen. A good example of this would be the Blackfyre Rebellions, a civil war, between Daeron Targaryen and his half-brother Daemon Blackfyre. Another worthy candidate for adaptation if HBO wants to make a battle-focused prequel would be The Dance of Dragons, a Targaryen civil war of succession that took place when the throne was in dispute about 130 years after Aegon’s conquest.
The war that resulted in Aegon Targaryen uniting the Seven Kingdoms under his Iron Throne, which he won through the might of his dragons (and his sister-wives), would be familiar to fans and an obvious inclusion in the prequel series. It would be quite a sight to see the Aegon’s massive Targaryen dragons lay waste to the Seven Kingdoms. The only issue with adapting this part of the lore would be that all the fans know exactly how the story ends: with Aegon on the throne and everyone else either kneeling or burnt to a crisp.