As part of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, is expected to include several components that will be markedly different from the versions of the book it’s based on – but the showrunners have a good reason for this change of method.
A significant part of the inspiration behind House of the Dragon comes from George R.R. Martin’s sequel Fire & Blood, a book that tells the story of the Targaryen family from a historical detail. It is important to note that House of the Dragon, on the other hand, goes beyond being simply a history book; it is actually a story that takes place in the past.
As revealed in an interview, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, who are co-showrunners on Fire & Blood, have always wanted to ensure that their show does not simply tell the same stories on screen but also feels like it plays a part in interacting with Fire & Blood.
In his statement regarding the show, Condal says, “We’re taking more of the approach [of] playing with the history as it was written. [But], essentially, saying that this is the objective truth that happened.”
As a big fan of George R.R. Martin’s original work, Condal clearly brings his experience to bear here, explaining why the history books and the truth may differ based on the source material.
As he explained, “Most of those historical accounts that [fictional writer of Fire & Blood] Archmaester Gyldayn was sifting through, at least two of them were not really around at the time. Or at least were not present as the events were happening. Mushroom was if you believe Mushroom, but one was written after the fact. And then, Gyldayn certainly lived long after [the Targaryens] did.
“We are taking the approach that history in its telling changes the story. Because the historian only ever knows so much about what happened, which is why primary sources and eyewitness accounts are so important. But we did not have all of that in this.”