The Meaning of the “House of the Dragon’s” Opening Credits

The world-building opening titles for “House of the Dragon” made their premiere and once again included the well-known theme song from Game of Thrones. While the opening credits and music were missing from the prequel series’ premiere, a story-specific intro that continued to hint at future tensions was unveiled in episode 2. Additionally, because the opening titles for each episode of Game of Thrones changed, it is likely that the credits for “House of the Dragon” will change whenever a new Targaryen is born or married.

The locales of Westeros and Essos were shown in the Game of Thrones title sequence, which changed for each episode depending on where the action would occur. The opening titles of House of the Dragon will be comparatively more static because the main changes won’t happen until Rhaenyra, Daemon, and Alicent’s offspring are born. The amount of blood gushing from “House of the Dragon” is probably going to rise as the Dance of the Dragons gets underway, much as how the tiles in Game of Thrones season 8’s opening titles changed in the early episodes to reflect how far the White Walkers had advanced into the North.

The family tree and history of House Targaryen are shown in the opening credits of “House of the Dragon,” with the many streams of blood representing the unions and offspring of those who have sat on the Iron Throne or will do so in the future. Additionally, there are pictures of significant Targaryen events on the walls, and symbols designating Targaryens may be seen on the rotating gears. The opening titles of “House of the Dragon” are divided by Targaryen bloodlines as they pertain to the Iron Throne, in contrast to the opening credits sequence of Game of Thrones, which was divided by location.

Game of Thrones’ Opening Theme is Recreated by “House of the Dragon”

The series shockingly reuses the recognizable theme song from its predecessor, contrary to speculation that “House of the Dragon” will introduce its own unique, original opening score to contrast Game of Thrones’ music. Because “House of the Dragon” is a continuation of the television series Westeros, this ties together the universe and history of Game of Thrones. The theme tune also unites the various timelines and conflicts into a single, overarching story. “House of the Dragon’s” theme informs viewers that they are in the same world as Game of Thrones even though it is set 200 years earlier than Game of Thrones, much as how every Star Wars movie utilizes the same music over the opening title crawl to unite them under the banner of one overarching tale.

The Targaryen Family Tree Appearing During “House of the Dragon’s” Opening Credits

The opening credits of “House of the Dragon” begin in Oly Valyria with Aegon the Conqueror’s emblem, which depicts three dragons to represent how he conquered Westeros. The next two gears that his blood pours down to represent are his sister-wives Visenya and Rhaenys. The bloodline of Rhaenys is only afterward followed by “House of the Dragon,” though, as her son with Aegon was King Aenys I Targaryen. King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, whose crown is displayed in his insignia and who is directly related to his sister-wife Alysanne, was Aeynys’ son. Nine lines emanate from the coupling of Jaehaerys and Alysanne, representing the numerous children they bore and lost throughout his lengthy rule as king. At the base of the structure, where Baelon and Alyssa, their offspring who got married, are waiting for them, their lines reassemble. Viserys, the son of Baelon, would succeed to the throne while Baelon would never do so.

Following the flow of blood to King Viserys I Targaryen, the “House of the Dragon” credits briefly reveal Daemon Targaryen to the side. After that, King Viserys marries his cousin Aemma Arryn, and Rhaenya Targaryen, the current heir to the Iron Throne, is born from their union. Viserys’ clothing from “House of the Dragon,” however, also discreetly spins with another line of blood dripping off the screen to represent his marriage to Alicent Hightower and the offspring they eventually bear. However, because Rhaenyra is the heir to the Iron Throne, the opening credits of “House of the Dragon” season 1, episode 2 end with her spinning gear and emblem, which can be seen on the necklace that Daemon gives her.

Why There Are No Targaryens In The Opening Credits

A few important people in the family’s history are omitted from the “House of the Dragon” opening credits because they only illustrate the Targaryens’ direct path to the Iron Throne in the show’s present timeframe. King Maegor Targaryen, who assumed the throne following the demise of Aegon the Conqueror, is one of the most important lost persons. The son of King Aenys I Targaryen’s sister-wife Visenya, Maegor assumed the throne after his half-brother died. However, following a particularly brutal reign, Maegor was believed to have been slain by the Iron Throne itself. The Iron Throne eventually passed to Aenys’s oldest living son Jaehaerys I Targaryen because Maegor had no legitimate heirs, which is why the credits for “House of the Dragon” skip over Maegor and go right to the Old King. Aemon Targaryen, the father of Rhaenys Targaryen, was the eldest son of King Jaehaerys, and there are many other Targaryens who are absent from the “House of the Dragon” throughout the history of the Seven Kingdoms.

The opening credits briefly display The Hightowers & Velaryons.

The other houses that marry into the dragonriding family line are only briefly depicted on the model’s periphery since House Targaryen serves as the novel’s main family. The lineages further to the side of the city model are immediately shown in “House of the Dragon’s” credits after Baelon and Alyssa’s line runs down to Daemon. These gears in the background represent Rhaenys Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon, whose union results in Lady Laena Velaryon, and are located on the wall of another structure. The opening titles of “House of the Dragon” then cut back to Viserys I Targaryen, the main Targaryen line, with Otto and Alicent Hightower’s insignias clearly visible on the other side of the city. “House of the Dragon” more clearly depicts Otto’s bloodline connecting to Alicent, which will eventually be tied to Viserys, as Viserys and Aemma’s blood runs down to Rhaenyra.

The Dance of the Dragons’ major houses is hinted at in the credits.

The opening credits sequence of “House of the Dragon” includes glimpses of the significant occasions in which the dragonriders took part in addition to a Targaryen family tree. The Doom of Valyria, which can be seen on Aegon’s logo and depicts the Targaryens’ migration to Dragonstone with their dragons, is the earliest of them. Images of troops engaged in combat are displayed in “House of the Dragon” as Aegon’s blood cascades down the building’s side, a reference to the conflicts that raged in Westeros as the Targaryens seized control of the region.

The wall above the bloodline depicts two dragons engaged in combat and surrounded by the sigils of significant houses, which appear to include the Lannisters, Baratheons, Dustins, Hightowers, Starks, and Freys. This is when Rhaenyra’s blood starts to flow. This occurrence following Rhaenyra’s bloodline suggests that whenever she appoints herself queen, this will occur. Given that Rhaenyra is still the main character, “House of the Dragon” credits hint that Rhaenyra will be the direct ancestor of the throne in the Game of Thrones chronology following the Dance of the Dragons.

On King Viserys’ Model of Old Valyria, the Blood Flows

The model Viserys was pictured constructing in the first two episodes serves as the backdrop for the opening credits of “House of the Dragon.” The blood of this land continues to flow through House Targaryen in “House of the Dragon,” which now delves into the specifics of the structures and locales in Old Valyria. After Old Valyria’s is finished, King Viserys might construct another model of Westeros, which might serve as the inspiration for Game of Thrones’ opening credits.

The Targaryen is dead, as evidenced by the blood filling the gears.

Most of the gears fill up with blood as “House of the Dragon’s” credits go from Targaryen to Targaryen. The fact that Viserys’ Targaryen is still standing but Queen Aemma Arryn’s has collapsed makes it clear that the Targaryen in issue is dead. The gears will gradually disappear beneath puddles of blood as “House of the Dragon’s” conflict gets underway and more Targaryen characters die.

In HOTD, Rhaenyra Targaryen Will Wed And Have Children

No more blood would have flowed from Rhaenyra’s equipment, and certainly not a river of it, if she had no direct heirs, unlike Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. In the “House of the Dragon” series, Rhaenyra will soon get married as another line of blood can be seen joining hers as the opening credits sequence starts to move away from her equipment. There will be more bloodlines and gear after Rhaenyra’s wedding is portrayed. This implies that, depending on whichever bloodline is followed more carefully, “House of the Dragon’s” credits will eventually hint at the result of the Dance of the Dragons.

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