Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for House of the Dragon Episodes 1-9.Of ramin djawadithe unforgettable theme of this beautiful Weirwood tree in bloom, the opening sequence of game of thrones was definitely a thing to see. Even in Season 8, when the show was far from its peak, the intro was still a sight for soon to be sore-eyed. However, it took some fans a while to realize that the series opener not only looked pretty, it also told its own story. Good kind of. The footage featured a model of Westeros and its main houses, taking us on a journey through King’s Landing, the Wall, Winterfell, and other significant locations in miniature size. But in each episode, the opening changed a bit depending on what was happening in the plot. Sometimes we flew over the Wall, to the far north. When Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was on its release tour, each intro showed us a bit more of the neighboring continent of Essos. A particularly observant viewer could even guess what was going on just by looking at which parts of this three-dimensional map appeared on screen.
On a smaller scale, Dragon HouseThe opening sequence also has a thing or two to tell us about the dramas and wars of Westeros. Djawadi’s epic tune is brought back to make our hearts and ears flutter as we journey through the Targaryen family tree. The show’s intro can also reveal a lot about what’s going on and what other things might come into play in the Dance of the Dragons. Let’s break down what exactly everything means in the Dragon House opening sequence, from the first, in episode 2, to the very last – at least, so far. Every once in a while, there’s a small change suggesting a big turn of events in the show’s plot, not to mention a tiny little surprise…
The first version of the credits
First things first – or, rather, last things first. The opening sequence of game of thrones finished with a close-up of one of the many mirrored globes in the Citadel library. In line with its parent show, Dragon House also presents an element of the universe of the series in its intro: King Viserys’ (Paddy Considine) detailed model of ancient Valyria. When the opening sequence reaches its final seconds, the camera cuts to show us a structure identical to the one the king likes to play with in his royal apartments.
Located in Essos, Old Valyria is a now-ruined city that is the ancestral home of House Targaryen, as well as House Velaryon. So, after giving us a good look at the towering buildings of old Valyria, the camera zooms in on Targaryen Ridge, complete with the fire-breathing three-headed dragon.
Dragons can also be seen in the very foreground of the opening, which depicts a whole slaying of flying lizards around the Red Keep. The image is engraved in a cog that sets the entire structure of the model in motion. The seal represents the conquest of Westeros by Aegon I which initiated the Targaryen dynasty and ultimately resulted in the Dance of the Dragons.
Shortly after being activated, Aegon the Conqueror’s cog is drenched in blood, representing the end of his reign. Whenever a seal is covered in blood, it means the person it represents is dead. If the seal remains visible above the blood, it means the character is still alive.
After flooding the cog, Aegon’s blood flows through the pattern, reaching and covering other seals in a depiction of the Targaryen lineage leading to Rhaenyra (Emma d’Arcy). The fact that blood runs through the streets of a model of ancient House Targaryen also serves as a metaphor for the blood of old Valyria running through their veins.
The blood that comes out of Aegon’s cog runs through the seal of his two wives, his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys. Both are also flooded and we follow the line of Rhaenys to a sigil that represents her son with Aegon, King Aenys.
The line of King Aenys splits into two. One of them continues ahead, while the other runs behind a wall.
As we follow the line of King Aenys, we can briefly see a dried seal possibly representing the reign of Maegor the Cruel, barely visible behind the costume designer. Jany Temime‘The name of. Aenys’ half-brother claimed the throne after his death but was eventually overthrown due to his tyranny. Maegor was succeeded by Aenys’ last living son, Jaehaerys (Michael Carter), which we meet in the very first scene of Dragon House.
Jaehaerys’ seal is the one eventually attained by the mainline, as well as that of his wife and sister, Queen Alysanne. Their line splits into nine thinner streams representing their nine children.
At the start, we follow two of the lines of the children of Jaehaerys and Alysanne: that of Aemon and that of Baelon. Both died before their father. Jaehahery’s eldest son Aemon was the father of Princess Rhaenys (Eve Best), who faced Viserys at the High Council of Harrenhal for a seat in the Iron Throne. Since Rhaenys lost the vote and Viserys is Baelon’s son, it’s Baelon’s bloodline that we end up following through.
Baelon’s blood also fills the cog representing his sister-wife Alyssa. Much like Aenys, his lineage splits into two: one stream for Viserys and one for Daemon (Matt Smith).
On the back, a bloodstream can be seen flowing through a sigil placed on a blue background. Right next to it is a blue cog representing House Velaryon. Although they are not part of the Targaryen family, the Velaryon play an important role in the Dance of the Dragons and therefore deserve their own cog in the machine. The smaller cog represents one of the Velaryon children, either Laena or Laenor. If you look closely, you can see another one a little further to the left.
But let’s move on with Baelon’s bloodline, shall we? The Red River flows through the cog of King Viserys. As he was still alive at the start of the show, his sigil – a simple crown – remains visible. It’s a first, and it’s also the first time we’ve seen a new bloodstream emerge and enter the Targaryen family tree. Viserys’ blood mingles with that of Aemma Arryn (Sian Brooke), the origin of the line that leads to Princess Rhaenyra. Unlike her husband’s, Aemma’s seal is quickly covered in blood.
The camera moves away from the main lineage to show us two more cogs that, just like the Velaryon, have a huge impact on Dragon Housefight for the throne: Otto (Rhys Ifan) and Alice Hightower (Olivia Cooke). Lord Otto sits on top of a high tower (get it?) and his blood flows in an L-shape towards his daughter, a little lower on the model.
The Targaryen blood continues to flow a long way until it reaches the seal of Rhaenyra, easily identified by the symbol that also hangs from the young princess’s necklace (Milly Alcock) obtained from his Uncle Daemon in Episode 1. In the first opening, this is where the Targaryen bloodline ends, and we move on to the overview of Old Valyria and Dragon Crest. But, as we all know, things don’t stay the same for very long in Dragon House.
Major changes during the season in the credits
In Episode 3, “Second of His Name”, House Hightower’s line lengthens, crossing Alicent and mixing with another stream. This symbolizes Queen Alicent having her first son with King Viserys.
In “We Light the Way”, the new stream splits in two after the birth of Princess Helaena.
But these small changes are nothing compared to the difference in appearance of the model in the opening before the big timeskip and those after it. In Episode 6, “The Princess and the Queen,” instead of following the line of King Viserys right away, we take a detour through the Daemon cog. The prince is represented by his warrior helmet.
Two blood streams issue from the Daemon cog, representing the Baela ladies (Shani Smethurst) and Rhena (Eva Ossei Gerning). The girls’ respective streams are also fed with the blood coming out of Lady Laena’s (Nana Blondell) cog. In episode 6, Laena’s seal remains dry, but, in episode 7, it is quickly drowned in blood.
Resembling dragon eggs, the girls’ cogs appear just before Rhaenyra’s.
Something interesting is happening with the bloodstream that should connect Rhaenyra to the father of her children. Instead of mixing with Laenor’s (John Macmilan) or Ser Harwin (Ryan Corr) blood, the line passes under a box, indicating the doubts surrounding the true parentage of the young Jace (Leo Hart) and Luke (Harvey Sadler).
The seals of the two boys appear just after the box.
In Episode 9, “The Green Council,” we return to the side of the Viserys family tree so the opening can reflect the king’s long-awaited death.
After watching Viserys’ cog fill with blood, we follow a stream to Alicent and her three children. Or is it four?
In the blink of an eye and you’ll miss it, a small cog appears just below Alice’s, indicating that the show hasn’t completely forgotten about Daeron Targaryen, Alicent and Viserys’ fourth child, who is currently expected to to be in the old town. .
While Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) is represented by a blue stone, her sister Helaena (Phia Saban) has a spider seal, while Aegon’s (Tom Glynn-Carney) cog seems to feature a tied up naked woman.
Helaena and Aegon’s bloodstreams intersect, forming a line that leads to their three children, Jahaerys, Jahaera, and Maelor.
Finally, the camera gives a good look at the inner workings of Princess (or Queen) Rhaenyra’s two sons.
So far this is what Dragon House opening sequence – or rather, sequences – must tell us. However, I’d bet a dragon and an eye that the upcoming finale has even more changes on the way.