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House of the Dragon: House Targaryen's History

Prepare For "House of the Dragon" With a Targaryen History Lesson

House of the Dragon: House Targaryen's History
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It's been three years since "Game of Thrones" closed out its eight-season run on HBO, but we're not done with the world of Westeros quite yet! This year, the much-anticipated prequel "House of the Dragon" is finally arriving, telling the story of House Targaryen, centuries before the events of "Game of Thrones." Based on material from George R. R. Martin's book "Fire and Blood," the prequel is set to cover the era of a major civil war that changed the course of the family's history forever.

The history of House Targaryen is long and complex, and Martin has written reams upon reams of backstory and fictional history for this tangled royal house. To help take out the stress of a massive history lesson, we're recapping everything you need to know about House Targaryen — from their conquest of Westeros to their final defeat.

Sign up for HBO Max now to watch "House of the Dragon" when it premieres on Aug. 21, 2022.

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