HBO’s House of the Dragon brings audiences back to the world of Game of Thrones, filled with political intrigue, deceit, war, incest, magic and dragons. The original series is set after the fall of the Targaryen dynasty. Most of its members died during the war; the rest were expelled from Westeros or hidden in the north under the guise of being a High Lord’s bastard sons. One of those survivors was Daenerys Targaryen, played by English actress Emilia Clarke.
Over the course of the series, he brings the dragons back to the world, conquers various cities in Essos, and collects a number of titles, including Khaleesi of the Great Sea of Grass. Since House of the Dragon is a Game of Thrones spin-off, many of you may be wondering if Daenerys or Khaleesi will be in the previous show. Here’s what we know about it.
Did Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen Appears in House of the Dragon?
As things stand now, it is highly unlikely that Emilia Clarke will appear in House of the Dragon or any other Game of Thrones spin-offs currently in development. As the show’s opening title card states, “House of the Dragon” is set 172 years before Daenerys Targaryen when her house is at the height of its power. After all, there are more dragons in the world at this time than since the death of Valyria. House of the Dragon is based on certain sections of Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood, which serves as a prequel to Martin’s continuing major work, A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which Game of Thrones.
Thus, “House of the Dragon” is a prequel to “Game of Thrones”. The plot of House of the Dragon revolves around the bitter civil war between two factions of the Targaryen dynasty: The Black and the Green. In the books, the Blacks want Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy as an adult and Milly Alcock as a young woman), the eldest living daughter of King Viserys I Targaryen, to the Iron Throne, while the Greens want Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney), the oldest living male child of Viserys, King of the Seven Kingdoms. The slaughter that ensued is known as the Dance of the Dragons, as both sides have dragons and use them in the conflict, and the dragons, as dragons almost became extinct in the years that followed.
Of course, they will return some 200 years later, when the khaleesi of what is perhaps the smallest existing Dothraki khalasar mount their late husband’s funeral pyre. The huge success of “Game of Thrones” practically ensured that there would be spin-offs. It was only a matter of time. In addition to House of the Dragon, four live-action projects and three animated projects are said to be in development starting in August 2022.
‘10,000 Ships’ is intended to be a prequel and tells the story of Princess Nymeria of Ny Sar, the Princess of Rhoynar, who comes to Dorne with her people to escape the Valyrians. “The Hedge Knight” or “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is also likely to be a prequel based on the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” novel series. “9 Voyages” or “Sea Snake”, another prequel, will probably revolve around the exploits of Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint). And then there’s the sequel, which apparently follows Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and is tentatively titled “Snow”. One of the animated projects is reportedly set in Yi Ti, an Imperial China-inspired nation on the eastern edge of Essos.
Interestingly, in a July 2022 interview, co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik told EW that “House of the Dragon” could potentially become an anthology series. “Absolutely. I think that’s one of the interesting things about the Targaryens,” he said. “We chose a story that’s almost like Star Wars: Episode IV. It’s a new hope.
We can go back, we can go forward. There are many options. I hope they gave us a chance to establish something.” However, when asked in a BBC interview in June 2022 if he would ever consider appearing in any of the spin-offs, Clarke said: “No, I think I’m done.”
“So unless she changes her mind in the future, we won’t be seeing Clarke as Khaleesi in ‘House of the Dragon.’ This means that after the ‘House of the Dragon’ dance is over the dragons can go back or forward in time to depict other events in the history of Targaryen including Robert’s Rebellion. So it’s very likely that we’ll see the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, which takes place near the end of the rebellion after the fall of his house.