Design: Kazi Akib Bin Asad
Design: Kazi Akib Bin Asad
The problem with sweeping things under the rug is that it leaves lumps.
Such was the nature of my feelings for the world of A song of ice and fireduring its television adaptation on HBO, game of thrones, ended in 2019. I loved that show, but more than that, I loved the books they were based on. After reading the books multiple times, consuming nearly all available material on the lore that predates the fantasy, and realizing that relying on George R.R. Martin to end the series before its time was up was a sanity choice. reckless, the end of the famous adaptation of HBO. was all I had left. I pinned all my hopes on these past three seasons, and hope turned to ashes in my mouth as I watched in horror as this once revered TV show ended.
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I hadn’t really thought about dragons, werewolves, Georges, R’s or Martins since then. I had chased those thoughts from my mind and pretended that I hadn’t wasted entire days of my life immersed in this sprawling world of fantasy, not until last week when HBO released the official trailer for their new emission, Dragon House.
Since then, I’ve officially been horny once again.
The show is based on the second half of Fire & Blood (2018), a history book that exists in the tradition of A song of ice and fire, which tells the story of House Targaryen. The Targaryens were the silver-haired, dragon-riding overlords of Westeros for about three centuries before the First Book timeline. Fire & Blood is the historical account of the reign of the Targaryens as told by the fictional Archmaster Gyldayn, and it’s a compressed version of everything that makes A song of ice and fire so funny. Epic wars, heroic battles, tales of chivalrous bravery and heartwarming/heartbreaking romance, intrigue, planning and betrayal – it’s all there, stripped of the sprawl and complexity that comes with the narrative in the books that are part of the main series. The focus on a house and its rise over the centuries scratches the very specific itch of a history nerd who is often disappointed by the lack of dragons and drama in real history.
The new show Dragon Housewill focus on the buildup and climax to the bloody civil war that tore House Targaryen apart, Dance of the Dragons. Fire & Blood covers this war in great detail, so the show will have tons of source material to dig into. Like all good tales in history, Fire & Blood establishes that the causes and catalysts of all major events exist deep in the past, and it’s up to the showrunners to choose how far they want to delve into the past and how much detail they want to include. If anyone wanted to ask me, I’d say the more the merrier.
Within tradition, Fire & Blood reportedly written a decade and a half after the fall of the Targaryen dynasty. Most of the events covered in the book took place centuries ago, so the “author”, Archmaester Gyldayn, used secondary sources. This is where it gets fun and why I had such a great time reading Fire & Blood. While most of the story is taken from reliable sources like other Citadel Maesters (academics) and Septons (priests), Gyldayn also uses unreliable sources to tell his story. These unreliable sources, like Mushroom the court jester and Coryanne Wylde, a noble girl who continues to live a life of “sin, suffering and slavery”, are often the source of the most salacious rumors and most shocking court intrigues. In Fire & Blood, these rumors are mentioned and then immediately dismissed. I can’t wait to find out if the showrunners of Dragon House decide to include any of these stories, or even address these stories in any way.
Much of the race game of thrones covered the continent of Westeros in times of war and/or impending disaster. While it created intense drama and top-notch television (for a while), the first season(s) of Dragon House should take place during a time of relative peace and prosperity in Westeros. It’s going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before, and the chance to visually experience George RR Martin’s non-war-ravaged world fills me with a lot of excitement. We may visit the castles and seats of many of the noble houses of Westeros, hopefully ones we haven’t seen in the original show yet. As the prequels are wont to do, I’m sure there will be plenty of references to names and places that played a significant role in the original series, and observant fans will find themselves spotting details that , will hopefully remind them of all the reasons. game of thrones was such a phenomenon.
A main reason why I allow myself to be enthusiastic Dragon House is that it will be based on a story that is already complete. The debacle of the game of thrones the ending still haunts me, but a well-done prequel can do wonders to heal the wounds left by the lack of werewolves in the past two seasons of game of thrones. In theory, rushing the ending of a story that is complete should be more difficult. I hope I didn’t speak too soon.
Azmin Azran is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at SHOUT.