George R.R. Martin reveals the House of the Dragon scene he is most excited to see on screen. Martin is the author of the ongoing fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the basis for Game of Thrones, and the 2018 Westeros history book, Fire & Blood, on which House of the Dragon is based. The series premiered on HBO this past August, the prequel series is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the Targaryen civil war of succession known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Over a period of roughly 30 years, House of the Dragon season 1 mostly provided the necessary backstory for the civil war to come, starting with the Great Council to select King Jaehaerys I Targaryen’s heir and ending with Aemond Targaryen and his dragon, Vhagar, accidentally killing Lucerys Velaryon and his dragon, Arrax. The latter event was the first royal casualty of the conflict which signifies the point of no return for the opposing greens and blacks, as Rhaenyra, infuriated by the death of her son, begins to wage all-out war. This sets the stage for the full-scale conflict to kick off in earnest in House of the Dragon season 2 and beyond.
During a recent interview with Penguin Random House promoting his new illustrated history book, The Rise of the Dragon, Martin took some time to answer some burning fan questions, including what scene from Fire & Blood he is most excited to see brought to the screen in House of the Dragon. With little hesitation, the fantasy scribe answered the Battle Above the Gods Eye. Martin also said the battle between Aemond and Lucerys on their dragons during the season 1 finale was « pretty amazing, too. » Read his full response below:
« Well yeah… the Battle Over the Gods Eye. Although that battle that they did in the season finale was pretty amazing, too. »
The Battle Above the Gods Eye Explained
For those who have read Fire & Blood or are familiar with the Targaryen history it presents, Martin’s answer should come as little to no surprise. Similar to the battle from the season 1 finale between Aemond and Luke, the Battle Above the Gods Eye is also an aerial duel involving Aemond and Vhagar. However, Martin’s most anticipated scene finds the monstrous Vhagar taking on an equally imposing dragon in Caraxes, ridden by Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith).
Of all the dragon battles depicted in Fire & Blood, the Battle Above the Gods Eye definitely has the potential to be the most impressive on screen. The book describes the dragons’ roars as loud enough that they could be heard a dozen miles away and the dragonfire as so bright the smallfolk feared the sky was on fire. Unfortunately, audiences will have to wait a long time to see this incredible battle in House of the Dragon, as it was one of the climactic events of the Dance of the Dragons, and likely won’t be brought to life until the show’s final season.
Source: Penguin Random House