“The House of the Dragon”: from Lannister to Stark, what are the other kingdoms doing in the prequel series?

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The level of fan anticipation is truly on another level since the biggest multi-star historical war drama prequel “House of the Dragon” drops worldwide for fans and viewers on HBO and HBO Max on August 21, 2022. The series is set almost three hundred years before the events that unfold in Game of Thrones. It is a harrowing tale that chronicles the rise and dramatic fall of House Targaryen which is ignited due to a bloody civil war between the entire Targaryen family opposing each other. This is due to King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) proclaiming to name his only daughter Rhaenyra as the potential next queen/ruler of Westeros. This angers the patriarchal society of Westeros. This triggers the “dragon dance” among all family members in which even dragons fight humans.

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Talking about the other kingdoms and their role in House of the Dragon, the most important ones are House Lannister, House Stark, House Baratheon and House Tyrell. These Houses in the “Game of Thrones” universe have also had their own contribution throughout the House Targaryen dynasty timeline.

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Where was House Lannister in “House of the Dragon” and who were they supporting?

House Lannister had an important role to play during the House of the Dragon timeline. Meanwhile, the Lannister family was led by Jason Lannister (Jefferson Hall). Jason had competed tirelessly against his twin brother for the hand of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen years before. Interestingly, House Lannister will also see Jason’s twin brother Ser Tyland serve as a captain of ships for King Viserys I Targaryen before his death. Later, he is seen as the coin master of crowned King Aegon II Targaryen during the very crucial and wicked civil war known as the “Dance of the Dragons”. This was the biggest fight between Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and King Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) over wanting to become the next ruler of Westeros. It’s true that according to Martin’s “Fire & Blood” lore, Jason and Tyland had unconditionally supported Aegon II against Rhaenyra’s claim. Jason had been located at Casterly Rock while Tyland had a major location at King’s Landing. On the evening of King Viserys I’s death, it will be Tyland Lannister who will convene the small council to discuss the succession plan. He wants to claim Aegon II as the rightful king of Westeros, which greatly irritates Rhaenyra.

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Jason and Tyland of House Lannister had supported King Aegon II Targaryen during the “Dragon Dance” Civil War (House Lannister sign/HBO website)

Where was House Stark in “House of the Dragon”?

During the ugliest civil war related to the succession of King Viserys I in the prequel, we would see how House Stark will be located in Winterfell. Lord Cregan Stark led the family. Few might know this, but prior to “Dance of the Dragons,” House Stark had largely refrained from engaging in royal politics or court strife. Then, in AD 129, when Queen Rhaenyra sent her eldest son to Winterfell to gain support for her claim, Lord Stark and Jacaerys of the House of Dragon officially created the “Pact of Ice and Fire”. Cregan would eventually march to King’s Landing in 131 AC after the death of Queen Rhaenyra. This is also known as ‘hour of the wolf’. Cregan Stark’s arrival at King’s Landing would show viewers how he would hold court at the Red Keep for six days. After that, he was named the official “Hand of the King” by Rhaenyra’s son, “Prince Aegon the Younger”. However, he would instantly resign as Main. By the time King Aegon III Targaryen would be officially crowned, Cregan would finally begin his journey back to Winterfell from Game of Thrones.

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House Stark from ‘Game of Thrones’ had supported Queen Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) in ‘House of the Dragon’ (House Stark sigil – HBO)

Where was House Baratheon in the prequel series “House of the Dragon”?

The leader of House Baratheon in the House of the Dragon Civil War is Borros Baratheon. He was lord of Storm’s End during the reigns of King Viserys I and Aegon II. Since Rhaenyra and Borros were cousins ​​in the Targaryen dynasty, it was assumed that he would support her claim to the throne. But, out of the blue, he unexpectedly decided to side with the Greens (King Aegon II) when they visited him at Storm’s End. Lord Baratheon would mainly stay at Storm’s End in addition to leading a few marches during the Dance of the Dragons. But he would only be seen going to the King’s Landing after the death of his cousin Queen Rhaenyra. Borros’ daughter, Ellyn Baratheon, will also be featured as a character in House of the Dragon. Although her role in the first season is still unclear, she will eventually come into play in Storm’s End when various kingdoms attempt to enter into marriage pacts with her father in hopes of asking for her hand.

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House Baratheon from ‘Game of Thrones’ had supported King Aegon II during ‘House of the Dragon’ (House Baratheon sigil/HBO)

Where was House Tyrell in the ‘House of the Dragon’ series?

The Tyrell family wants to stay out of the conflict during House of the Dragon. The noble house rather takes care of the extended division already in the Reach. When the Targaryen Civil War of House of the Dragon begins, the Lord of Highgarden is just a newborn in which his mother has been seen as regent. Although it was predicted how Lyonel Tyrell’s mother would support the Hightower and Aegon II, she ultimately refused to participate in the war. It’s a big change from Game of Thrones, where House Tyrell was a much more greedy and power-hungry institution. Instead, House Tyrell here will likely play a similar role to House Stark who absolutely didn’t want to go to war before the Dance of the Dragons.

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Contrary to claims that Lyonell Tyrell’s mother would support Alicent Hightower and King Aegon II, House Tyrell fully backed out of this war at the last moment in ‘House of the Dragon’ (House Tyrell sigil/HBO)

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