Adapting key chapters from George RR Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, released in 2018, HBO’s House of the Dragon tells the story of the bloody civil war that raged within the reigning Targaryen dynasty.
The show is a prequel to the HBO series Game of Thrones, just as its source material is a prequel to George RR Martin’s ongoing magnum work, the book series A Song of Ice and Fire. Therefore, they discuss lore, magical practices, and imaginative ideas among themselves. The concept of dragon dreams is an example of this. This trait does not appear in anyone who does not have Dragonborn; those with dragon blood are the only ones who can have it.
However, this is not always the case, and there are times when dreams do not contain dragons. In Episode 6, it is heavily referenced that Helaena Targaryen, portrayed as an adult by Phia Saban and as a little girl by Evie Allen, is a dragon dreamer. Helaena is the daughter of Viserys 1 and Alicent. What follows is our take on it. SPOILERS AHEAD
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Is it true that Haelaena dreams of dragons?
Daenys Targaryen, daughter of Aenar Targaryen, is widely regarded as the most famous dragon dreamer in world history. According to the texts, when she was a young girl, Daenys had a vision of the destruction of Valyria. Her father listened to the prophecy and in 114 B.C. the family and all their belongings from the Valyrian Freehold to Dragonstone. He did this because he took the warning seriously.
Since Daenys, both House Targaryen and its cadet branch, House Blackfyre, have been home to several individuals who have dreamed of dragons. In the book House of the Dragon, it is revealed that Aegon the Conqueror was himself a dragon dreamer. Aegon had a dream of a dragon that became the central prophecy of this universe called the Song of Ice and Fire. It wasn’t just ambition that drove him to conquer Westeros; He also understood that a great darkness was coming from the far north and that it had the potential to wipe out everyone in the world.
Westeros must be united under a powerful Targaryen monarch for humanity to have any chance of survival. Even Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, is into dragons. Before the three baby dragons arrive, Daenerys has a dream about a black dragon. After the baby is born, he starts having dreams and visions about other things.
Mystery of Helaena Targaryen
Regarding Helaena, the fact that she is a dragon dreamer is not mentioned in any of the books. On the other hand, the book “Fire and Blood” contains the testimonies of a number of mostly credible witnesses. So it’s very likely that none of them had a solid understanding of who or what Helaena was. In episode 6 we learn that Helaena is fascinated by creepy crawlies and insects. Her younger brother Aemond enters the room just as she is demonstrating one of the centipedes she has collected to her mother.
Aemond is not yet in a relationship with a dragon, unlike his siblings and his relatives who are Velaryons. That’s why he had gone to the dragon pit all by himself to catch a dragon. This time he is unsuccessful and his mother reprimands him for it.
Helaena will say to herself, “The last ring has no legs at all” when both her mother and brother are busy with other things. While this could be a simple observation about the centipede, given the complex narrative the series creators are trying to convey, it’s most likely a reference to Bran Stark.
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Story of Helaena Targaryen in the series
The following statement by Helaena is even more intriguing. As her mother and brother discuss the mishap Aemond had with the dragon, she remarks, “He needs to close one eye.” This is demonstrated in the seventh episode. Aemond lays claim to her dragon, Vhagar, on the eve of Laena Velaryon’s funeral. Vhagar is the largest of today’s dragons and the only one to survive from the days of conquest.
After an exciting journey, he is met upon arrival by Rhaenyra’s sons, Jacaerys and Lucerys, and Laena’s daughters, Baela and Rhaena. They accuse Aemond of kidnapping Vhagar while insulting Rhaenyra’s boys by calling them b*****ds. As a result of the ensuing brawl, Aemond suffers the loss of one of his eyes. Later, while his mother has a disagreement with Rhaenyra, he repeats what his sister said earlier to calm his mother down. Though missing an eye, he now has a dragon to call his own.
It will be interesting to see how the writers go about developing this element of the story. Helaena has a good chance of becoming an analogy to Cassandra within the Greens; She’ll be doomed to know what’s going to happen, but she’ll never be believed. It is also possible that she has already seen what will happen in the future and that the trauma she experienced is the source of her current behavior.
The fact that Viserys I is a dragon dreamer himself is perhaps the cruellest irony of all. If he pays attention to his descendants other than Rhaenyra, he might learn a thing or two about them, including the fact that Helaena is a dragon dreamer and possibly a powerful one. Rhaenyra is the only one of his children he pays any attention to. If he succeeds in doing this, he can prevent the future from happening as predicted. Unfortunately, this isn’t the show we’re watching on TV right now.
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