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Home of the Dragon season 1 occasions and timeline, defined




Home of the Dragon season 1 did a lot: It set the scene for a Targaryen civil coNFLict, adopted the waning glory days of a peacetime king, match within the story of a fast coNFLict earlier than it acquired to the principle occasion, and even traced the dissolution of a number of relationships (all whereas forging new ones). It jumped in time with calculated abandon, with a 10-year bounce between episode 5 and 6. Given all that was packed into the primary season, it will be simple to overlook particulars right here and there. Bear in mind how vital that inexperienced costume was to the shifting allegiances? Bear in mind the Crabfeeder?!

It’s attainable you’re saying, “Oh shit, I actually don’t.” Fret not; that is sensible! Home of the Dragon’s time jumps make George R.R. Martin’s “historical past” of Westeros from the guide Hearth & Blood come alive with equal significance. Figuring out that each week, viewers would catapult forward by just a few months, and even years, meant episodes might simply ship the great things. Recreation of Thrones discovered epic scale within the map (which it typically needed to minimize corners to completely chart); Home of the Dragon finds that very same scope in time. Plus, HBO anticipated this. It ready an easy-to-digest recap video you possibly can watch to recollect the finer factors of season 1 forward of the second-season premiere (as you possibly can see above).

However in case you want just a little extra of a timeline about the place — and, extra importantly, when — all that is going down, we’ve acquired a helpful information for you. With Rhaenyra (now EMMA D’Arcy) and her story charting just a few many years’ value of Westeros historical past, it may be helpful to recollect how lengthy all these Gamers have been circling one another, and even simply how a lot youthful her brother/rival Aegon (now performed by Tom Glynn-Carney) is than her.

Episode 1, ‘The Heirs of the Dragon’ chilly open

Viserys straight-up chillin’ with a crown on his head and regal threads, watching a tournament off screen on House of the Dragon

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

Martin paperwork time in his A Track of Ice and Hearth texts utilizing a B.C./A.D. equal known as “AC,” an abbreviation for “After the Conquest.” In 1 AC, Aegon I Targaryen was topped king after conquesting his means by way of Westeros.

Home of the Dragon opens in 101 AC, 197 years earlier than the occasions of Recreation of Thrones’ first season. We get one main scene on this time interval: King Jaehaerys I Targaryen saying that, after his son Baelon kicked the bucket, his new inheritor wouldn’t be the genealogical selection of his eldest grandchild, Princess Rhaenys, however his eldest grandson, Prince Viserys. What we don’t see is Jaehaerys die — in 103 AC, in line with Hearth & Blood — and move the crown to Viserys.

Later in episode 1, aka most of ‘The Heirs of the Dragon’

It’s robust to say precisely when Home of the Dragon will get going, however a title card explains that the present picks up 9 years into King Viserys’ reign. Do the maths, and we’re at round 112 AC.

That is when Rhaenyra loses her mom (and Viserys his spouse and queen), and — principally as a method to spurn Daemon — Viserys declares Rhaenyra his inheritor.

Episode 2, ‘The Rogue Prince’

The present’s first time bounce leaps forward by six months, as tensions with Daemon Targaryen — to not point out the factions within the Stepstones — start to escalate. Daemon is squatting in Dragonstone with Mysaria, who he claims (learn: lies) is carrying his inheritor as he makes a play for the throne. Rhaenyra sees by way of him and collects some dragon eggs he has. Additionally everyone seems to be making an attempt to marry their daughters to Viserys, however in the end Otto Hightower succeeds in getting his daughter (and Rhaenyra’s greatest buddy!) Alicent betrothed to him.

Episode 3, ‘Second of His Identify’

Three years later — so, round 115 AC — shit is getting actual within the Stepstones. No matter speak of conflict there was again in episode 2 has exploded into true violence, with Prince Daemon wiping out the Crabfeeder with the assistance of Lord Corlys Velaryon. That is additionally when Alicent Hightower is kind of pregnant together with her and Viserys’ first child, who we’ll finally see as extra of a worthy inheritor to the throne after the subsequent time bounce.

Episode 4, ‘King of the Slim Sea’

Daemon Targaryen, greased, wearing a red shirt and grey robe, glaring at someone as he clutches his wine in House of the Dragon

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

The time bounce in episode 4 is a bit murky, however we all know that Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen has been urged to discover a husband, and has spent a minimum of a few months since Daemon’s triumph in search of somebody value her whereas. That is additionally when Daemon and Rhaenyra have a little bit of a fling. Right here, the present diverges from Martin’s Hearth & Blood timeline, which noticed Daemon saying himself King of the Slim Sea round 109 AC.

Episode 5, ‘We Mild the Method’

Home of the Dragon and its supply materials proceed to separate in episode 5. Most of Daemon’s exploits in Hearth & Blood are going down round 115 AC, however after we decide up with the troubled fella, probably round 114 AC on the present, he’s already staging his new-ish spouse Girl Rhea Royce’s premature loss of life. We additionally see Rhaenyra’s wedding ceremony to Ser Laenor Velaryon, which has been barely shifted up in time from when it happens within the books. However Condal has lined all of it as much as make historical past extra digestible for when the massive bounce occurs…

Episode 6, ‘The Princess and the Queen’

The midway level of Home of the Dragon’s first season makes a 10-year time bounce (confirmed when Laenor says, “And I’ve performed my half right here, faithfully… for 10 years”) to round 124 AC. As anybody who has flipped by way of Martin’s Hearth & Blood will let you know: That is when shit will get ugly. And it’s already been fairly ugly. However a minimum of we all know when the ugly shit is going on.

Episode 7, ‘Driftmark’

Alicent, Viserys, Helaena, Corlys, Rhaenys, and Baela standing in a row and looking somber

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

This episode picks up kind of precisely the place the final episode left off, on condition that it’s time for Laena Velaryon’s funeral. (She’s Corlys and Rhaenys’ daughter, and spouse and mom to Aemond.) The household! is! combating! Not as badly as they will be, in fact, however after Aemond will get a dragon and loses an eye fixed, the Targaryen household is tense to make sure. Viserys does his greatest to maintain folks from combating, however Alicent and Rhaenyra are nonetheless smarting.

Episode 8, ‘The Lord of the Tides’

Paddy Considine as Viserys Targaryen wearing a gold mask, waving a dagger, and standing in front of the Iron Throne on House of the Dragon

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

The calm earlier than the storm, “The Lord of the Tides” picks up six years after “Driftmark,” so round 130 AC. Each Rhaenyra’s and Alicent’s kids are grown, and Viserys is close to absolutely grown — in actual fact, that is the episode he dies. Sadly, his loss of life comes mere moments after Alicent and Rhaenyra had been about to bury the hatchet, and seconds after Alicent misunderstands Viserys’ final phrases, and mistakenly believes he known as for Aegon to be king in any case.

Episode 9, ‘The Inexperienced Council’

Alicent seated at the Small Council table with her hands folded on the table in front of her. To her right her father stands with his hands slightly clasped; on her left, Ser Criston stands at the ready

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

This takes place within the single day after the final episode, so there’s actually not a time bounce. However lots occurs right here: The Hightowers, Criston Cole, et al. conspire to get Aegon on the throne earlier than anybody exterior the titular insurrectionist council is aware of what’s what. Rhaenys is taken prisoner however escapes, due to the assistance of a twin within the Kingsguard, and declines to burn Workforce Inexperienced alive together with her dragon however does head out to Dragonstone to let Rhaenyra know what occurred right here.

Episode 10, ‘The Black Queen’

Rhaenyra stands in front of a roaring fire, looking directly at camera in House of the Dragon

Picture: HBO

As soon as once more, Home of the Dragon does away with the time jumps in favor of fast response. Whereas it’s been a little bit of time for the reason that occasions of “The Inexperienced Council” in comparison with the leap between the final episodes, “The Black Queen” picks up kind of instantly after episode 9, with Groups Inexperienced and Black every making an attempt to shore up help (and spherical up extra dragons) across the Seven Kingdoms.

This results in Aemond inadvertently killing Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys, and mainly kicking off a full-blown conflict that can develop into the principle occasion of the sequence — and brings us in control in season 2!