House of the Dragon makes a much-needed change of acquaintance in Game of Thrones

“It was very important for Miguel and I to create a show that wasn’t just another white people on screen,” Condal said. EW† “We wanted to find a way to bring diversity to the show, but we didn’t want to do it in a way that felt like an afterthought or, worse, symbolism.”

Condal then came to the realization, with the advice and blessing of Martin (Martin is a co-creator on House of the Dragon), which provided a channel for the Velaryon family to create a more inclusive vision for Westeros than the nearly all-white cast of Game of Thrones† Condal also revealed that Martin initially toyed with the idea of ​​making the Velaryons Black conquerors from a western land before changing his mind and letting them come from ancient Valyria as well.

“Once we had that idea, it felt like everything just fell into place,” Condal said.

And, frankly, it seems like a smart update. It doesn’t break Game of Thrones continuity that showed (as did the source material) that Westeros is a skintone-matched variation of medieval European history, but the shift allows the more multicultural realm of Essos to provide a second large family that does not appear identical to the Targaryens. And it also reflects our modern world so much better in what is ultimately still a fantasy realm.

Like the Targaryens, the Velaryons fled Valyria from the Doom, an apocalyptic, volcanic destruction that wiped out that rich and magic-based civilization from the world. But according to Velaryon’s family history, they arrived in Westeros generations before the Targaryens and established a seat of power on the island of Driftmark, opposite where the Targaryens initially settled with their dragons: Dragonstone. The Velaryons never rode dragons like the Targaryens, but found their power at sea and eventually built the ships that would carry Aegon the Conqueror’s armies to mainland Westerosi.

By the time we see the events of House of the DragonLord Corlys Velaryon is arguably the second most powerful man in Westeros after King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine). Prior to his current station, Corlys led a life of adventure and exploration, sailing nine times to the Far East and bringing back the only living Westerosi records from faraway places like Asshai or the Shadow Lands. (HBO is also currently developing a prequel series, the sea serpentabout these younger seafaring adventures with Rome‘s Bruno Heller.) But by the time we find Corlys in the new series, he’s an older man and husband of Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best), the woman who, under different circumstances, should have been the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms who was given to her. seniority on Viserys of Considine.