House of the Dragon: Targaryen Rules of Succession, Explained

Editor’s note: The below contains spoilers for Episodes 1-6 of House of the Dragon.Anyone that had never read George R.R.

Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series may have felt seriously overwhelmed at the beginning of Game of Thrones.

The pilot episode, “Winter is Coming,” introduces dozens of characters, multiple claims to the Iron Throne, and enough violence to sicken even the most steel-hearted viewer.

If you didn’t know the history of Westeros like the back of your hand, you probably had to invest some serious time into researching the ways that the different houses are related, and why the state of political succession is so volatile.

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