House Of The Dragon: 10 Fire And Blood Book Scenes That Have To Be In Season 1

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With HBO’s highly anticipated prequel series House of the Dragon flying toward its August 21st, 2022 debut, all eyes turn to see how much of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed novel Fire & Blood will be featured in the new series. Even for a 10-episode TV show, it would be difficult to translate every major event in the 700-page book to the screen. With that said, there are several key sequences in the novel that must be retained in the TV show in order to live up to the Game of Thrones legacy of Westeros.

From the origins of eggs to council meetings to a slew of blood-soaked battles, the most memorable scenes from the book that should be included in House of the Dragon tend to provide backstory, advance the plot, deliver visceral thrills, and more.

One of the biggest questions fans of Fire & Blood fans want to be answered relates to the origin of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragon eggs. Daenerys was gifted the eggs from Illyrio Mopatis, but where he obtained the priceless items remained a mystery until subtle clues were dropped at the end of Fire & Blood.

The book mentions a woman named Lady Elissa Farman as someone who took the three dragon eggs from Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and used them to fund a pilgrimage to Essos 200 hundred years before Danaerys’ birth. Including this in the series would not only give fans satisfying closure as to where the eggs originated from and how they end up in Pentos but would also fill in the blanks as to the Targaryen’s cryptic family past, setting up more juicy drama for the season to come.

The real plot of Fire & Blood kicks up following the death of King Viserys I Targaryen. The King was to bequeath the throne to his daughter Rhaenrya, only to remarry and have a son named Aegon. According to Westeros law, the King’s eldest son inherits the throne, putting Rhaenyra at odds. To reconcile this, Aegon’s mother, Alicent, arranges a secret Green Meeting Council to ensure Aegon becomes king.

As the first major incident of The Dance following Viserys’ death, the Green Council Meeting needs to be included in the series to establish the Machiavellian betrayals and cutthroat family backstabbing which serves as the main conflict of the book. To skip the duplicitous coup plotted by Alicent would be a major disservice to the story.

Following Viserys’ death, the kingdom is divided into the Greens (Alicent and Aegon supporters) and the Blacks (Rhaenyra supporters), both of which attempt to appoint their king onto the Iron Throne. One of the first major skirmishes in the book to decide such a fate is Battle at Rook’s Rest, a sprawlingly visceral event that needs to be in the TV show.

When the Greens trap the Blacks at Rook’s Rest, a fiery dragon battle between Princess Rhaenya’s Meleys (Red Queen) and King Aegon’s dragons Sunfyre and Vhagar ensues, which ends with the Greens defeating the Blacks in a fairly even fight. Game of Thrones is nothing without its epic battle sequences, and the Battle at Rook’s Rest sets the stakes for things to come for King Aegon’s reign and the Blacks’ retaliation.

Once the war between the Greens and Blacks begins in earnest, the battle at Storm’s End intensifies the conflict between both sides. Alicent sends her second son with Viserys, Aemond, on a diplomatic journey to House Baratheon on behalf of the Greens. Once there, Aemond has an intense showdown with Rhaenrys’ second son, Lucerys, who promised his mother he wouldn’t be violent.

Alas, a heated dragon battle between the young men with a lot to prove takes place above Storm’s End during a torrential thunderstorm, marking one of the first times in the book that a fight between the Greens and Blacks was taken to physical lengths rather than spoken and written threats. A key event that reinforces the tragic nature of the war, it would be a real shame to nix this scene from the TV show.

Many GoT fans know that the Red Wedding was one of the bloodiest chapters in Westerosi history, marking an unforgettable TV moment for the ages. If Martin wants to outdo himself and give the fans a gory encore, the wicked wedding fate of Lord Oakheart ought to be included in the show.

Proving a precedent for such a tragic union 200 years before the Red Wedding, a precursor takes place in Fire & Blood when widower Wyl of Wyl infiltrates the wedding of Jon Caffren and Alys Oakheart, and according to the text (per Ranker), “Wyl attackers slew Lord Oakheart and most of the wedding guests, then made the bride look on as they maimed her husband.” A cycle of violence repeated indeed.

Described as the goriest battle in the Dance of the Dragons civil war, the skirmish at The Lakeshore is a no-brainer to be included on the show. With the Greens backed by House Lannister and Blacks by House Stark, the sheer scope and scale of the battle will rivet fans to no end, while also narratively dovetailing the backstories of Westeros into the essential GoT timeline.

Moreover, the Blacks finally get the upper hand when 2,000 Winter Wolves, 200 Knights, 600 Infantrymen, and 300 Archers join the skirmish at God’s Eye, thanks to Lords Dustin and Frey. While the Blacks win the battle, it doesn’t come without any repercussions or consequences, ultimately affecting the civil war as it raged on.

Many GoT fans tune in for the epic dragon battles. In Fire & Blood, every character owns a dragon during the civil war, providing ample opportunity for the show to feature even more dazzling aerial skirmishes. However, the one that needs to be included comes when Aemond Targaryen (Aegon’s brother) fights his own uncle Daemon, pitting two of the mightiest dragons in the kingdom against each other.

As Aemond assaults the Riverland on behalf of the Greens by riding Vhagar, arguably the scariest creature in Westeros, he is resisted by his uncle Daemon, who rides the ultra-powerful dragon, Caraxes The Blood Wyrm. The stunning aerial battle is as visceral as any in the novel and needs to be included in the show to complete Aemond’s highly compelling character arc as one of the most treacherous Westeros characters.

Another awesome scene from the book includes the battle at Butcher’s Ball, which ends favorably for the Blacks and weakens the Greens, thereby rendering the civil war a fairly even match up to this point. The Blacks disguise themselves as putrid corpses and ambush Criston’s forces at God’s Eye in a macabre sequence ripped right out of a horror movie.

Starkly reminiscent of how Jon Snow faced Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of Bastards scenes on GoT, Martin has a ton of fun with the inventive attack sequence that temporarily evens the score between the warring factions. Aside from the narrative advancement, the visual tableau of the zombified soldiers attacking would enthrall fans to no end.

Every Fire & Blood fan will agree that the Riots at King’s Landing must be included in the show. Notable for its absence of dragon battles, the riots are led by Shepherd, a cryptic one-armed elderly man who condemns dragons and the vile Targaryen lifestyle, inciting thousands of rioters to slay the dragons at once.

Aside from the impact of Rhaenyra losing her dragon and her stronghold in Westeros’ major GoT location, her youngest son is also forced to flee a chaotic King’s Landing, leaving the power in the hands of the commoners as the fate of Westeros remains unknown.

In Fire & Blood, Ulf White and Hugh Hard Hammer are tasked with guarding the market town of Tumbleton by Rhaenyra to maintain her stronghold on the kingdom. However, for reasons unexplained in the novel, Ulf and Hugh treacherously torch Tumbleton to the ground in one of the biggest city sacks in Westeros history.

Two epic battles ensue as a result, both of which would make for scintillating television. However, it’s the reason why Ulf and Hugh acted so treasonously that should be addressed on the show, giving fans much-needed answers to why the deadly rebellion occurred.

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Author: Jake Dee