House of the Dragon timeline and Time Jumps Discussed by Martin
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House of the Dragon timeline and Time Jumps Discussed by Martin

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BY October 12, 2022

George R.R. Martin discussed the several time leaps in House of the Dragon timeline. The events of Martin’s novel Fire and Blood precede the Game of Thrones series, which takes place nearly two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones. Martin is an executive producer on the sitcom, in which showrunners, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, came on board for season 1 (though Sapochnik left the series). Martin actively involved himself with the program. This is in stark contrast to his rumored lack of involvement in the last several seasons of Game of Thrones. The Dance of Dragons, often known as the Targaryen Civil War, happens meticulously in the series.

House of the Dragon timeline Source: DW

The House of the Dragon timeline confused some people due to the time jumps

Since its August launch, House of the Dragon has left an impression on viewers. The show’s ten-episode first season concludes on Sunday with the penultimate installment. Being so incredibly successful, the show enjoyed renewal for a second season after just one episode. The numerous time leaps season 1 included, starting with a six-month time shift in episode 2, moving on to a three-year time jump in episode 3, a significant ten-year time jump in episode 6, and a six-year time jump in episode 8, are some of the less-applauded features of the series. Since there was so much time travel, Alicent, Rhaenyra, and their kids had to be recast. Despite the fact that the series has largely had a successful run, some viewers have expressed dissatisfaction with the numerous alterations the program has seen.

George R.R. Martin shared some of his opinions regarding the season on his website. The fantasy author defended the show right away, claiming it “helped brighten Sundays” and that the most recent episode was “everything hoped it should be.” Martin talked on the controversial time jumps in the episode and defended the decision to move forward in time multiple times after some musings about Paddy Considine’s portrayal of King Viserys I. He extensively explained the House of the Dragon timeline too.

House of the Dragon timeline Source: The Hollywood Reporter

What did George R. R. Martin say?

See the writer’s full statement below:

“Very briefly, however, I think Ryan has handled the “jumps” very well, and I love love love both the younger Alicent and Rhaenyra and the adult versions, and the actresses who play them. (Truth be told, we have an incredible cast, and I love all of them). Do I wish we’d had more time to explore the relationship between Rhaenyra and Ser Harwin, the marriage of Daemon and Laena and their time in Pentos, the birth of various and sundry children (and YES, Alicent gave Viserys four children, three sons and a daughter, their youngest son Daeron is down in Oldtown, we just did not have the time to work him in this season), and everything else we had to skip? Sure.”

But there are only so many minutes in an episode (more on HBO than on the network shows I once wrote for), and only so many episodes in a season. Fewer and fewer as time goes by, it seems…If HOUSE OF THE DRAGON had 13 episodes per season, maybe we could have shown all the things we had to “time jump” over… though that would have risked having some viewers complain that the show was too “slow,” that “nothing happened.” As it is, I am thrilled that we still have 10 hours every season to tell our tale….I hope that will continue to be true. It is going to take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish.

The potentially complex plot becomes simpler and easier for viewers to follow and analyze once a week by focusing on the thread of who replaces Viserys and the eventual battle that follows That means only including the pertinent elements from the decades of build-up.

What do you think about the House of the Dragon timeline? How about the show overall? I love it and most people seem to as well? Share your thoughts below.

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