House of the Dragon episode 1 easter eggs

The first episode of House of the Dragon just dropped this week and it’s currently living up to the hype. Even HBO’s streaming service crashed due to the large number of people trying to catch the latest entry in the Game of Thrones franchise started. But like its predecessor, almost every episode is filled with fun anecdotes and hidden details that fans shouldn’t miss. Below we take a look at the best House of the Dragon Episode 1 Easter Eggs and what they really mean.

House of the Dragon episode 1 easter eggs

7. The opening scene

Just before the start of the first episode, an opening scene shows Viserys being chosen over Rhaenys as heir to the Iron Throne. The following is an opening text that establishes the events of this series 172 years before Aerys’ death and Daenerys’ birth. What is curious is that the other words disappear, leaving only the sentence 172 years before Daenerys Targaryen.

The opening scene and the text that followed it serve to establish the world of House of the Dragon and its connection to Game of Thrones, primarily with Daenerys’ line. For that alone, fans of the franchise can make the connection between the two series.

6. Valyrian Steel Swords

During the Game of Thrones run, Valyrian steel swords were designed to be a big deal, thanks to their insane durability and effectiveness against the White Walkers. Here in House of the Dragon, viewers got to see two of the most important swords in the history of House Targaryen – Blackfyre and Dark Sister.

In the books, Blackfyre is the same Valyrian sword used by Aegon the Conqueror when he invaded Westeros and established the Seven Kingdoms. Dark Sister, meanwhile, is the blade wielded by his sister-wife, Visenya. But while these swords have carried so much history with them and will have more adventures to come in the official timeline, they were never seen in Game of Thrones at all. Nonetheless, seeing them both establish House Targaryen’s history with this type of blade and how they were used by its rulers.

5. Heir Tournament

As the episode progresses, we see Viserys eagerly awaiting the coming of his child and expecting it to be a boy to continue his line. In honor of the baby’s arrival, a tournament is held at King’s Landing, which Daemon Targaryen, the king’s brother, and other knights from Westeros join. And like any Seven Kingdoms tournament, this one features mostly knights from the franchise’s noble houses.

Fans can pause the video and see that these tournament competitors come from Houses Targaryen, Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Tarly, Hightower, Velaryon, Tully, Mallister, Lefford, Corbray, and Cole, among others. While most of these houses don’t matter as much in Game of Thrones, the first three play the most important roles in this series. Here in House of the Dragon, set over a hundred years ago Robert’s Rebellionthese Houses are merely vassals of the Iron Throne and the Targaryens on it.

4. Queen Aemma and Baelon’s funeral pyre

Although Viserys desperately hoped for a son to continue his line, he would lose him and his wife at the time of the tournament. Right after, a funeral was held outside King’s Landing for Queen Aemma and Prince Baelon, attended by Viserys, Rhaenyra, Daemon, the Little Council, and other members of the royal court.

With a signal, Rhaenyra tearfully orders her dragon, Syrax, to burn the queen and prince in a funeral pyre. The princess pronounces Dracarys, the Valyrian word for fire dragon. It is also the word used by a Targaryen to burn something or someone, as commonly used by Daenerys during several instances in Game of Thrones.

3. Balerion

Between the death of his wife and son and the appointment of his heir, Viserys meets Rhaenyra in a crypt. Above them is the skull of a huge dragon, one that plays a very important role in the story of the Seven Kingdoms – Balerion the Black Dread.

In the books, Aegon ascended Balerion and wielded his destructive power to unite the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Unlike other dragons of his time, Balerion lasted long enough to carry Viserys on his back until he died of old age. As seen in the first episode, the dragon’s massive skull was kept by Viserys, out of respect for him.

2. A Song of Ice and Fire

With Balerion’s skull in the background, Viserys revealed to Rhaenyra that she would be named heir to the Iron Throne. Along with this revelation, the King also told his daughter about Aegon’s dream of the future and why there must be a Targaryen on the Iron Throne.

Much like the Doom of Valyria, an event that decimated Old Valyria and from which the Targaryens escaped, Viserys predicts another disaster awaits from the North. This dream of Aegon involves a cold and terrible winter and called it A Song of Ice and Fire. As fans know, this is the title of George Martin’s novels and the Game of Thrones world unfolds. This reveal from Viserys ties into the House of the Dragon predecessor and ties the two shows together.

1. Arya’s Dagger

Another hidden secret that House of the Dragon fans would be happy to see is a curious Valyrian steel dagger guarded by Viserys. This is the same dagger owned by Tyrion Lannister and used by Petry Baelish to incite Houses Stark and Lannister to war with each other. Later, the dagger would end up in Arya Stark’s hands and be used to kill the Night King himself.

These are just some of the best House of the Dragon Easter Eggs found in the first episode. Of course, there will be many more in the coming weeks and ones that tie this series into the larger story of Westeros.

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Alicia R. Rucker