USA.- House of the Dragon of HBO has wrapped up its first season by finishing in record numbers, and more information about the creative work on the series is coming out. the creator of history, George R.R. Martin, whose fantasy novel, Fire&Blood is the foundation of the show, he recently spoke about the decision on where the show should start and the conversations that took place.
The House of the Dragon began with the Great Council of 101, in which the king Jaehaerys Targaryens (Michael Carter) he had to decide who would succeed him as ruler. His choices were between the princess Rhaenys (Eve Best), the daughter of his eldest son, Aemon, and the prince Viserys (Paddy Considine), the son of his second son, Baelon.
Ultimately, he chooses Viserys, and we take off from there. Since this occurs almost halfway through the source material, there was plenty of room for suggestions as to a starting point.
One of the writers wanted to start later, with Aemma dying. Skip the Grand Council, skip the tournament, a scream sounds, Aemma is dead, that’s where you start. That was a possibility,” Martin says in a new interview. “Another of the writers wanted to start even later than that, with Viserys’s death. But what happens there? Then you have to present all that material in flashbacks or dialogue, that also becomes challenging. But we discussed all these possibilities
Martin, for his part, had a different plan in mind. The author’s preferred starting point would have been “40 years earlier”, although he admits that it is a plan “nobody liked except me”. His thoughts were:
I would have started it like 40 years earlier, with an episode I would have called ‘The Heir and the Spare’. Both of Jaehaerys’ sons, Aemon and Baelon, are alive, and we see the friendship but also the rivalry between the two sides of the great house. Then Aemon is accidentally killed when he is accidentally shot by a Myrish crossbowman on Tarth, then Jaehaerys has to decide who becomes the new heir. Is she the daughter of the son who just died, or the second son who has children of his own and is a man where she is a teenager? She could have featured all of those things, but then you would have been 40 years older, and even more time jumps and recasts. I was the only one who was really excited about it
In the end, the series picked up where it did and turned out pretty well. “There are many ways to approach these things,” Martin says, “and if you do it right, it can work.” So it was. The time jumps that Martin alluded to were part of the production that worried HBO, however, they succeeded masterfully. As fans await the return of House of the Dragon, you can also anticipate Martin’s new book, The Winds of Winter, which is still in process.
House of the Dragon is available to stream in its entirety on HBO Max. Watch the interview below: