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“The Targaryen Saga Unveiled: “House of the Dragon” Timeline Explained”

Introduction: The World of Thrones

Whether you’re excited about the upcoming season of HBO’s “House of the Dragon,” waiting for George R.R. Martin’s next “A Song of Ice and Fire” book, or rewatching “Game of Thrones” to relive the drama, there’s always more to learn about this epic series.

Breaking It Down: Understanding the Timeline

But it can get a bit confusing, so let’s break it down in simpler terms:

House of the DragonThe World of “Game of Thrones”

The world of “Game of Thrones” is filled with drama, family conflicts, betrayals, and yes, dragons. It spans over 12,000 years, but don’t worry too much about the exact time measurement in this fantasy world.

Eras in “A Song of Ice and Fire”

The time in “A Song of Ice and Fire” is divided into two eras: BC (Before Conquest) and AC (After Conquest). The Conquest in question is when the Targaryen family, known for their platinum hair and powerful dragons, became important in Westeros, the land where most of the “Game of Thrones” story happens.

The Main Events: A Simplified Timeline

The Targaryens Return: Aegon’s Conquest (1 AC)

This is when the Targaryens came to power in Westeros, setting up King’s Landing as their capital city. The series begins with the completion of Aegon’s Conquest, a significant event in Westeros’s history. House Targaryen, led by Aegon Targaryen and his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys, invades Westeros with their dragons and establishes themselves as the ruling family. They set up King’s Landing as their capital city, which becomes a central location in both “House of the Dragon” and “Game of Thrones.”

The Early Years (112 AC) “House of the Dragon,” Season 1

As we delve deeper into the story, we witness the Targaryens still in power, continuing their controversial practice of marrying close relatives. King Viserys names his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir, but he also marries Alicent, her childhood friend. These decisions set the stage for dramatic conflicts that shape the future of Westeros.

In this season, the Targaryens are still in charge, and they’re known for marrying their close relatives.

The Dance of the Dragons (132 AC)

“The Dance of the Dragons” is a civil war within House Targaryen, a pivotal event in the series. It’s a power struggle over who should rightfully rule, and it leaves a lasting impact on the history of Westeros. This conflict is set to be a central focus in “House of the Dragon” Season 2, promising thrilling twists and turns. This is where “House of the Dragon” Season 1 ends. It’s a civil war within House Targaryen about who should rule, and it’s a big part of Westeros’s history.

A Changing Landscape The Reign of Aerys II, the Mad King (261 AC)

Even though we haven’t reached the main events of “Game of Thrones” yet, over a century after the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryens are still in power. Major players are emerging, and events that will influence the entire series begin to unfold. Aerys II, the “Mad King,” comes to the throne, marking the end of centuries of Targaryen rule. This is still before the main “Game of Thrones” events, but it’s when major players are born, and events that shape the whole series begin to unfold.

The Rebellion and Secrets (281 AC)

“Robert’s Rebellion” is another pivotal moment in Westerosi history. Robert Baratheon leads a rebellion to overthrow the Targaryens and take the Iron Throne. During this time, secrets about Jon Snow’s parentage and the Targaryen lineage come to light, adding depth to the story. This is a crucial moment when Robert Baratheon took power from the Targaryens. It’s also when some big secrets start to surface.

The Main Events: “Game of Thrones” Season 1 (and Book 1) Begins (298 AC)

Finally, after 186 years, we arrive at the heart of the story. “Game of Thrones” Season 1 kicks off with Robert Baratheon’s death, the Lannisters’ power struggles, Bran Stark’s fall, and Ned Stark’s execution, which sets off a chain of events that shape the series.

Finally, we get to the heart of the story, 186 years after “House of the Dragon” Season 1.

“Game of Thrones” Season 2 (and Book 2) (299 AC)

This season is about the War of the Five Kings and many bad decisions.

“Game of Thrones” Season 3 (and Book 3) (300 AC)

This season includes the Red Wedding and Daenerys’ rise to power.

“Game of Thrones” Season 4 (and Book 3) (301 AC)

This season brings more conflicts and a lot of surprises.

“Game of Thrones” Season 5 (and Books 4 and 5) (302 AC)

Arya trains to be an assassin, and things get even more complicated.

“Game of Thrones” Season 6 (303 AC)

This season somewhat aligns with the sixth book, “The Winds of Winter,” but we’re still waiting for that book.

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 (304 AC)

Daenerys and Jon Snow meet, and big battles ensue.

“Game of Thrones” Season 8 (305 AC)

The final season sees epic battles, major character deaths, and a surprising end.

Beyond the TV Series (306 AC)

After the events of “Game of Thrones,” the story continues in the world of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” While we don’t have the full details yet, it’s a reminder that the world of Westeros is vast and its history continues to unfold.

Conclusion: A Complex Fantasy World

In the world of “Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the history spans thousands of years and is filled with complex characters, political intrigue, and epic battles. While it may seem overwhelming at times, it’s this rich history that makes the series so captivating for fans. Whether you’re a seasoned viewer or just starting your journey in Westeros, understanding the key events in this timeline can enhance your appreciation of this intricate fantasy world. So, whether you’re eagerly awaiting the next season or book, or simply revisiting the series for the umpteenth time, you can never have too much knowledge about “Game of Thrones.”