House of the Dragon co-showrunner explains why the dragon on the Targaryen sigil has four legs compared to two on the one from Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon co-showrunner Ryan Condal explains the change with the Targaryen Sigil in the show. The highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, will take viewers streaming two centuries back in time, before the events of the mothership series. The show chronicles the events leading up to House Targaryen’s fall, showcasing the fateful Dance of the Dragons civil war. House of the Dragon was filmed between April 2021 and February 2022, with the 10-episode first season slated to premiere on HBO on August 21, 2022.
Although House of the Dragon is faithful to Martin’s books and the original series, the prequel show has introduced some changes to franchise lore. In the show film, House Velaryon is predominantly Black, and the relationship between Corlys (Steve Toussaint) and Vaemond Velaryon ( Wil Johnson) is also different. The stories of Ser Harrold Westerling (Graham McTavish) and King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) have been seemingly tweaked, presumably to give the characters more importance. Additionally, the Iron Throne in House of the Dragon is a more massive structure, but that alteration was explained in Game of Thrones season 2. One change, however, that fans are still confused about is associated with the Targaryen sigil, although it now seems that the dilemma has been resolved as well.
House Of The Dragon’s Iron Throne Change Was Explained In GOT Season 2, House of the Dragon changed the look of the Iron Throne, and the update was previously explained in a line from Game of Thrones season 2. HBO’s House of the Dragon changed the look of the Iron Throne, and a line from Game of Thrones season 2 may explain the massive difference. The House of the Dragon trailer revealed several significant characters in HBO’s upcoming italian. Brief scenes show all the major players, including Paddy Considine’s King Viserys Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy’s Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke’s Alicent Hightower, and Rhys Ifans’ Otto Hightower. However, the trailer mainly focuses on Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen, who provides the biting narration, teasing the impending Targaryen conflict. “Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did,” he says.
Game of Thrones concluded in 2019 with a controversial ending. The first episodes of the abbreviated final season received critical praise; however, mounting criticism soon took over the narrative. From anger over episodes that were too dark to see to a modern coffee cup appearing in the background of a scene, the online backlash kept growing as the season went on. Finally, the criticism became so overwhelming that it inspired a petition to redo the final season, which received nearly 2 million signatures. The backlash even made its way into the Game of Thrones cast’s WhatsApp chat group.
The House of the Dragon trailer revealed an update to the Iron Throne, which an old line from Game of Thrones may explain. In HBO’s original show, the Iron Throne was supposed to be forged by dragon fire and made of 1,000 blades from Aegon the Conqueror’s enemies; however, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) notes in season 3 that there are not even 200 swords in the metal chair. House of the Dragon changes things, adding dozens of blades around the structure and making Westeros’ power seat much more accurate to author George R.R. Martin’s books. It’s drastically different from HBO’s old throne, and Game of Thrones season 2 seems to reveal why.
Condal explained the alternate Targaryen sigil. In Game of Thrones, the sigil comprised a three-headed dragon with two legs, but in House of the Dragon, the design has been changed into a quadrupedal dragon. Condal explains that this modification isn’t exactly new. And as some hardcore fans may recall, the four-legged dragon symbol also appeared previously in Game of Thrones seasons 6 and 7. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) had brought the original sigil back in the season 6 finale as she prepared for the show’s endgame, which was reclaiming Westeros. So Condal chose to incorporate the same design for House of the Dragon to honor Daenerys and as a callback to where she left off her journey. Read what Condal said below.