We can already see more than half of the episodes of the first season of The House of the Dragon.
This HBO series, a prequel to Game of Thronesit is based on fire and blood by George R. R. Martin.
This book is about a Chronicles about the history of house targaryens. The series does not adapt the entire book, but rather begins in the book chapter 12about halfway through this Martin play.
Even though the series is pretty faithful to the bookas always happens in adaptations, there are some changes in dragon house, usually for the benefit of the plot. We tell you all the variations of the book with respect to the first 5 chapters of the series. Watch out: Spoiler alert!
Harrenhall Grand Council
The first thing we see in the series is the Harrenhall Grand Council, where the heir to Jaehaerys, better known as the old king, would be chosen.
According to the house of the dragon the candidates were Prince Viserys Targarean and the Princess Rhaenys Targarean. The council voted and prevailed the tradition of having male kings.
In the book it happens differently, since Rhaenys was directly discarded since all women were eliminated from the vote.
The candidate who faces Viserys during the Great Council of Harrenhall in fire and blood it is Laenor Velaryon, Rhaeny’s son.
The ages of the characters change
The ages of the characters are one of the biggest changes of the series compared to the books, because they have been adapted to better fit the story.
The most notable change is the Rhaenyra. When the series begins it is mentioned that he has 14 yearsbut in the book fire and blood have Eight years.
Alicent Hightower when she marries Viserys in the second chapter of the series she is of a similar age to Rhaenyra, that is, about 15 years. However, in the book he is a bit older. Have 18 years when she marries the king.
As for the king Viserys, in fire and blood is crowned at 26 yearsWhat’s more, they called it “the young king. When Queen Aemma dies in the first chapter of the series she should be 28 years old and when she marries Alicent, 29.
However, in the series they have aged the character. Although the age of Viserys in House of the Dragon is not mentioned, the actor who plays him, Paddy Cosidine, commented on Business Insider that his character was “middle-aged”that is, it should have between 40 and 50 years old.
Ages are not mentioned. Daemon Targaryens nor of Christopher Cole in the series. The producer of the series commented in the aforementioned medium: “We really did not want the actors to focus too much on specific days or ages.” In the book their ages in what would be the equivalent of episode 1 should be 24 and 21 respectively.
Viserys doesn’t order Daemon to leave.
In the first chapter of the series, King Viserys orders Daemon to go to Dragonstone He meets his wife and removes him from the city guard because of Daemon’s celebration after the queen’s death.
In the book this scene happens slightly differently. Viserys names heir to Rhaenyra. When Daemon finds out, resigns from the city watch and goes to Dragonstone.
Mysaria was pregnant
In the second episode of the series, Daemon steals a dragon egg to Mysaria, her lover, saying that she is pregnant. But it turns out to be a lie. Mysaria gets mad at Daemon for lying and leaves him.
In fire and blood, Mysaria is pregnant but Daemon returns the egg and disowns her on Viserys’s orders. He sends Mysaria to Lys and on the way she suddenly miscarries.
The Battle on the Steps of Stone
Daemon Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon join forces to expel the triarchy led by Craghas Drahar at the Stone Steps.
In the house of the dragonCorlys, Daemon and their allies embark on a near suicide mission just so as not to accept the help of the king.
In the book it says Viserys supported this war campaign with constant contributions of gold.
Craghas Drahar at all times he is mentioned in the book as a normal humanin the series however, is kind of half crab.
The firing of Otto Hightower
The reasons for Viserys to remove Otto Hightower the post of Hand of the King they are essentially the same in the series as in the book: Viserys realizes that Otto cares more about his personal interests than those of the kingdom. However, in fire and bloodthe king fired him long before for Daemon to return to King’s Landing.
The brothel scene
In one of the most commented scenes of chapter 4, Daemon takes Rhaenyra to a brothel. In it, they begin to touch, however, Daemon seems to reconsider and walks away from the princess. Finally Rhaenyra ends up in Criston Cole’s bed.
In fire and blood different versions are given and it is not clear what happened so it could have been what is shown in the series. However, in one version of the book, Rhaenyra ends up losing her virginity to Daemon and in another, Criston Cole rejects her.
The death of Joffrey Longmouth
In the fifth chapter of The House of the Dragona scene appears that many consider unnecessary: Criston Cole beats Laenor Velareon’s lover, Joffrey Lonmouth, to death.
In fire and bloodDuring the celebrations of Rhaenyra’s wedding to Laenor, various fairs and jousts were held. In one of the jousts Joffrey Lonmouth and Criston Cole faced each other.
Accidentally or not, it is not specified, Criston Cole ends up killing Joffrey Lonmouth in the jousting match.
Throughout the series, we have seen a sick king by a strange disease that is deteriorating his body little by little and that we assume will end his life.
Paddy Considine, actor who plays Viserys, commented on Entertainment Weekly what was this disease: “In reality, he suffers from a form of leprosy. His body is deteriorating, his bones are deteriorating. Actually, he is not old, he is still a young man in the series. Unfortunately, he has this disease that has taken over his body.
At no time is this disease mentioned in the book.
Towards the end of his life it is mentioned that he suffered from some respiratory diseases, back problems and suffered from gout, which made it difficult for him to climb the steps to the iron throne.
His death in fire and blood It has nothing to do with any of these diseases, since he died while taking a nap.