House of the Dragon: Aegon Tagrayen’s ‘Song of Ice ad Fire’ dream, explained

Game of Thrones fans are learning a lot more about the Targaryens thanks to House of the Dragon.

HBO’s new spin-off series continued on Sunday (October 9), transporting viewers back to the world of Westeros — albeit one set more than 150 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

However, the series is not only aimed at viewers of the original series. There have already been several moments when it became clear that the prequel will reward readers of George RR Martin Fire & Bloodas well as his A song of ice and fire book series.

In the latest edition, the series returned to a time long before this series even began – a time when Aegon the Conqueror was ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

A key scene, which Martin himself had requested, sees King Viserys (Paddy Considine) telling his daughter and heiress Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) about a vision that led Aegon to conquer Westeros. He tells Rhaenyra that Aegon foresaw “the end of the world of men”, which will begin “a terrible winter blowing out of the far north”.

“Aegon absolutely saw darkness ride these winds, and whatever dwells within will destroy the world of the living,” he says. “When this great winter comes, Rhaenyra, all of Westeros must stand against it. And if the world of men is to survive, a Targaryen must sit on the Iron Throne. A king or queen, strong enough to unite the realm against cold and darkness.

“Aegon called his dream ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This secret, it has passed from king to heir since Aegon’s time. And now you must promise to keep it. And to carry it.”

What makes this scene particularly exciting is that we know, thanks to Game of Thrones, that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) will one day (in vain) try to claim her place on the Iron Throne. We also know about the arrival of the long night and the battle against the white walkers. Fans will also remember that a Targaryen named Aegon – more commonly known as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) – is instrumental in saving Westeros.

Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) learns about Aegon’s dream

(HBO)

Viserys’ speech also gives some context behind the name A song of ice and firewhich many believed had merely been a reference to Jon’s true heritage.

But in a major twist, Viserys shares the prophecy on his deathbed with Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), believing her to be Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy). It is because of this that Alicent now believes that her husband’s last wishes were for her to ensure that their son, Aegon, and not Rhaenyra’s family line, came to the Iron Throne. It is this misunderstanding that will lead to the wars to come.

Speaking about the decision to reference the prophecy in the show, co-showrunner Ryan J. Condal shared Polygon: “Martin told us very early on in the room—as he does, he just casually mentioned the fact that Aegon the Conqueror was a dreamer who saw a vision of the White Walkers coming over the Wall and sweeping the land with cold and darkness.

“So, with his permission, of course we infused it into the story because it was a great way to resonate with the original show.”

House of the Dragon airs weekly on Sundays in the US, with the UK premiere arriving at 02.00 the following morning on Sky. The episode will then be repeated at 9pm on Mondays and will be available to stream on Sky and NOW after its first broadcast.

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