The House of the Dragon timeline, to this point

House of the Dragon episode 6 takes a serious 10-year time leap within the motion — and nevertheless it performs out in the long term, it’s precisely the form of transfer the present must be making.

One of the most effective components of House of the Dragon, HBO’s so-far-so-good Game of Thrones prequel collection, is how co-creator George R.R. Martin and showrunner Ryan Condal reaped storytelling philosophy from Netflix’s The Crown. Peter Morgan, creator of that collection, knew it was not possible to linearly chart each beat of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign (RIP), so from the primary season, the drama bounced from vital second to vital second, with every hour taking part in like a stand-alone movie.

House of the Dragon’s time jumps make Martin’s “history” of Westeros from the guide Fire & Blood come alive with equal significance. Knowing that each week, viewers will catapult forward by just a few months, and even years, signifies that episodes can simply ship the good things. Game of Thrones discovered epic scale within the map (which it typically needed to minimize corners to completely chart); House of the Dragon finds that very same scope in time.

One of the worst components of House of the Dragon is that I’m however a feeble man who typically must be informed precisely the place and when issues are taking place in a narrative of this scale, and but there’s no hand-holding. Consider me an enormous fan of when David Fincher used screen-filling WordArt to scream issues like “FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA,” in Mindhunter. While the areas within the contained drama of House of the Dragon are pretty straightforward to comply with (though who doesn’t love a map?), I’ll admit that I’ve by no means been 5 minutes into an episode and felt assured that I knew when issues have been taking part in out. The Crown has the benefit of being primarily based on, you recognize, actual historical past, with Morgan typically winding his approach to “aha!” realizations of what every episode will deal with. House of the Dragon drops you headfirst into Targaryen historical past, and whereas the present’s backstabbing pleasures require no actual context, I can’t assist however need that basis.

So for anybody else thrilled by the journey who might additionally use a little bit of historic footing, right here is how far our characters have already come for the reason that premiere:

Episode 1, ‘The Heirs of the Dragon’ chilly open

Viserys straight-up chillin’ with a crown on his head and regal threads, watching a tournament off screen on House of the Dragon

Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO

Martin paperwork time in his A Song of Ice and Fire texts utilizing a B.C./A.D. equal known as “AC,” an abbreviation for “After the Conquest.” In 1 AC, Aegon I Targaryen was topped king after conquesting his method by way of Westeros.

House of the Dragon opens in 101 AC, 197 years earlier than the occasions of Game of Thrones’ first season. We get one main scene on this time interval: King Jaehaerys I Targaryen saying that, after his son Baelon kicked the bucket, his new inheritor wouldn’t be the genealogical alternative of his eldest grandchild, Princess Rhaenys, however his eldest grandson, Prince Viserys. What we don’t see is Jaehaerys die — in 103 AC, in keeping with Fire & Blood — and go the crown to Viserys.

Later in episode 1, aka most of ‘The Heirs of the Dragon’

It’s powerful to say precisely when House of the Dragon will get going, however a title card explains that the present picks up 9 years into King Viserys’ reign. Do the maths, and we’re at round 112 AC.

Episode 2, ‘The Rogue Prince’

The present’s first time leap leaps forward by six months, as tensions with Daemon Targaryen — to not point out the factions within the Stepstones — start to escalate.

Episode 3, ‘Second of His Name’

Three years later — so, round 115 AC — shit is getting actual within the Stepstones. Whatever discuss of warfare there was again in episode 2 has exploded into true violence, with Prince Daemon wiping out the Crabfeeder with the assistance of Lord Corlys Velaryon. This can be when Alicent Hightower is sort of pregnant along with her and Viserys’ first child, who we’ll finally see as extra of a worthy inheritor to the throne after the subsequent time leap.

Episode 4, ‘King of the Narrow Sea’

Daemon Targaryen, greased, wearing a red shirt and grey robe, glaring at someone as he clutches his wine in House of the Dragon

Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO

The time leap in episode 4 is a bit murky, however we all know that Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen has been urged to discover a husband, and has spent not less than a few months since Daemon’s triumph on the lookout for somebody value her whereas. This can be when Daemon and Rhaenyra have a little bit of a fling. Here, the present diverges from Martin’s Fire & Blood timeline, which noticed Daemon announcing himself King of the Narrow Sea round 109 AC.

Episode 5, ‘We Light the Way’

House of the Dragon and its supply materials proceed to separate in episode 5. Most of Daemon’s exploits in Fire & Blood are happening round 115 AC, however after we decide up with the troubled fella, seemingly round 114 AC on the present, he’s already staging his new-ish spouse Lady Rhea Royce’s premature demise. We additionally see Rhaenyra’s marriage ceremony to Ser Laenor Velaryon, which has been barely shifted up in time from when it happens within the books. But Condal has lined all of it as much as make historical past extra digestible for when the massive leap occurs…

Episode 6, ‘The Princess and the Queen’

The midway level of House of the Dragon’s first season makes a 10- to 15-year time leap (in keeping with Olivia Cooke, who now performs Alicent) to round 124-129 AC. As anybody who has flipped by way of Martin’s Fire & Blood will let you know: This is when shit will get ugly. And it’s already been fairly ugly. But not less than we all know when the ugly shit is occurring.

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