Everything You Need to Know Before ‘House of the Dragon’ | GAME OF THRONES Recap

Game of Thrones is back! 200 years before the war of the 5 Kings, we now get to see the fall of House Targaryan in House of the Dragon. But even if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones, this show is a great way to visit the world of Westeros for the first time. In this video we give the history of the continent, the Targaryan family, and explain how this series connects to the original show.

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Written by Adam Lloyd
Hosted by Ryan Arey ()
Edited by Ian Dugan

#houseofthedragon #GameOfThrones #Recap

This is a prequel series that takes place about 200 years before Game of Thrones. It shows us how the Targaryen dynasty went from this invincible ruling class, to this,

So, if you haven;t read the books or even seen the original series, that’s okay! This is a new series, and we’re here to explain a few key moments that make Westeros, Westeros, and those fiery Targaryens their powerful, weird, and crazy selves – all in the hopes of catching you up before the August 21st premiere.

Before we dive in, let’s state the obvious. Game of Thrones and The House of the Dragon are based on novels written by the (respectfully slow writer) George RR Martin

Game of Thrones is based on a series of half written books called A Song of Ice and Fire, and The House of the Dragon is based on his prequel novel Fire and Blood, which gives us the detailed history of the famous Targaryen family.

What some viewers may not be aware of, is that prior to the events of Game of Thrones Season One, there are almost 13,000 years of history that has only been depicted to the audience through character dialogue in the original series. The white walkers, the children, the wall, dragons, and magic, are all a part of Westeros’ long and complicated timeline.

We need to establish that in this world, geographically, two massive islands are separated by one narrow sea. The island to the east is called Essos; a land of men, horses, and the thriving capital city of Valyria – which we’ll have more on in a minute.

The island west of Essos was dubbed, you guessed it – Westeros.

At the beginning of time, before men ever stood foot on Westerosian land, the only creatures in existence were known as the Children of the Forest. Now luckily, we have already had the pleasure of meeting these sassy self-sacrificing wood elves.

About 12,000 years ago the children lived in the northern forests and villages of Westeros. They possessed great magic and lived harmoniously to please their nameless and faceless gods. To the children, their religion was their lavish wooded environment.

These creepy faces carved into the huge white Weirwood trees of the north were carved by The Children to reflect the gods they lived to serve. These faces represent the gods watching over all who cross into the woods, rivers, and mountains of the north.

Now as The Children were minding their own business, living their best lives, along came The First Men. Literally, these were the first humans ever recorded in Westeros’ history. Coming from Essos, the first men were quick in an attempt to claim the forests and lands from the children by hacking, burning, and conquering the northern forests.

But The Children put up a massive fight and after centuries of fighting and dying, both sides decided to call a truce and formed what was famously referred to as The Pact. This pact was an understanding that the first men could have dominion over all the southern lands, coasts, mountains, and seas – but the north, their gods, and its magic would forever belong to the Children. And for a time, there was peace.

Until roughly around 8000 years ago, while the first men were in the age of heroes, developing Westeros into a sprawling kingdom, the children lost control of a creepy, ice-warrior-zombie race known as The White-Walkers.

These beings crave nothing but death and disorder and even brought about the period of time referred to as The Long Night. Which you might remember as Bran’s favorite bedtime story. [CLIP]

So the first men and the children of the forest united, pushing the white walkers back into the frozen depths of the north.

Oh, not only did they build a wall, my friend. They built THE wall. A massive 300-mile wall of ice meant to keep anything from marching into the southern kingdoms of Westeros.


  1. So where does the Mad King fit in all of this?

  2. 12000 years without significant technological advancements, the incest must be strong.

  3. Used to like this channel but that fecking dog voice is jarring as hell :/

  4. this movie is good when it comes to the power of dragons , night kings , giants , children of the forest… Hope Hollywood makes a movie about the first time of mankind in Essos and Westeros.

  5. Those unrelated cuts are so annoying, man. Stop doing that.

  6. You gotta love a well timed Alyssa Edwards moment.

  7. 10:05 Why do you depict "The best King Westeros ever had" pushing a child out of a window? 😅

  8. 11:06 Hmm, in the show HOT D, Rhaenys was already married to Valeryon before the events of the Council of Harrenhal, no?

  9. This show is trash don’t watch….ep4 is my last string it’s too cringy and you can feel the acting it’s bad. Terrible.

  10. Everything just makes sense now thanks!

  11. I dont think maegor killed his brother but othorewise nicely put video

  12. This is supposed to be released in theatres 😳

  13. Why do people love the targaryens and lannisters oh wait I think I do

  14. Raphaël Ambrosius 'fingerguns' Costeau says:

    11:18 a few years go by, Viserys rules for decades…

  15. Even calling it “somewhat beloved show” is a dishonor to every somewhat beloved shows

  16. this show is just bad! boring and hard to follow!

  17. Seems like everybody in those medieval days was such a royal pain 😂

  18. Wrong
    Targarians was not the only Valerians remaining on the world they were the only dragon riders who remain from the doom of Valeria

  19. what about all the other of the 12 siblings why is it only daemon, viscerys and rhaenys left and the other two who died

  20. Last three or four seasons of GoT where crap. SO they clearly lost what it took to make the good show it was in the beginning. Why should I watch any more of this?

  21. Didn't aegon conquer the kingdoms because he dreamt of the long night and the white walkers? There must always be a targaryen on the iron throne

  22. Question, what happened to the other 11 siblings?

  23. If the Targaryans were the last of the Valerians where did the Valaryons come from

  24. So, it took 200 years for Aenar to beget Aegon who begat Aenys who begat Jaehaerys and House of Dragons starts at his death. So, 4 generations covers 200 years? I don't understand that timeline especially when you take into account that Maegor only ruled for 12 years before passing the throne to his nephew. I found a reference that shows the reigns of Aegon through Jaehaerys covered 100 years. So, the Valyrian doom through Aegon's conquest covered 100 years under Aenar? How is that possible?

  25. In what order should the books be read??

  26. 6:40 and 11:02 contradict each other. I understand not reading the books, but at least consult someone who has

  27. Didn't Aegon I conquer the 7 kingdoms because he dreamt of the long night. the song of ice and fire?

  28. Once again and no suprise, the men in the show are all weak and ridiculous and only the little girl can save the day. The subversion is exhausting.

  29. Are you kidding me?? Never once have you mentioned Aegon's sister-wives' names. To go on for almost 12 minutes and not say "Rhaenys and Visenya" once, I'm outraged! Arya would be too.

  30. Solid recap on the history. So stoked to start watching the prequel show.

  31. For the love of god, please stop trying to be funny, as you're nothing but annoying and it only distracts one from the main subject of the video.

  32. oh noo a woman cant be a ruler by westeros standarts. such a huge shock. i mean martells do exist. hope the first season isnt gonna constant whining about that and instead some proper story. even with the bitching pretty good video. simple and entertaining. like

  33. I’m about halfway through Fire and Blood, but which books, if any, go back further??
    I really want to read about the first men and the children of the forest

  34. I'm watching HoT now, but I do feel like it's missing something GoT had…not sure what it is, maybe mystery? I mean, the first episode of GoT, we're introduced to zombie monsters, a family you can't help but support and respect, an area of land cutoff by a giant wall shrouded in mystery, and Dire wolves…Animals we could only dream of. Yes, we have tons of cool dragons, but that's not new…

  35. Using film from other movies was a dumb choice

  36. How do you know this fackts can i read this in some books

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