The Iron Throne’s design was altered by HBO’s House of the Dragon, and a passage from Season 2 of Game of Thrones may explain the drastic alteration. In HBO’s planned prequel to Game of Thrones, the House of the Dragon trailer unveiled several key characters.
All the important characters can be seen briefly in a few scenes, including King Viserys Targaryen, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Alicent Hightower, and Otto Hightower. While Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen gives the caustic narration, teasing the impending Targaryen battle, the trailer is mostly focused on that character. “Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did,” he says.
The last season of the fantasy drama Game of Thrones aired in April of 2019 to mixed reviews. Although the early episodes of the shortened final season garnered positive reviews, the narrative soon shifted due to growing criticism. As the season progressed, the outrage grew over a variety of issues, from shows that were too dark to view to a modern coffee cup appearing in the background of a scene. The final season drew so much flak that a campaign to replace it was started and garnered over 2 million signatures. Angry fans vented their frustrations in a WhatsApp conversation group for Game of Thrones actors.
The Iron Throne appears to have been updated in the House of the Dragon teaser, which could explain an old Game of Thrones statement. Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) remarks in season 3 that there are not even 200 swords in the metal chair in HBO’s original episode, the Iron Throne was supposed to be created by dragon fire and built of 1,000 blades from Aegon the Conqueror’s adversaries. It adds dozens of more blades to the structure, bringing Westeros’ seat of power more in line with George R.R. Martin’s novels. Game of Thrones season 2 appears to explain why it’s so different from HBO’s previous monarchy.
The throne room changes when a new king takes control, as Joffrey reveals in the Game of Thrones season 2 premiere. When Cersei enters the Great Hall in the second season episode, she observes Joffrey overseeing the redecorating efforts of others. In response to her inquiry, he explains that he’s restoring the space to its original state. “That’s a seat fit for a king. Not vines and flowers, but a room that matches it is required.”
The passage from Joffrey in House of the Dragon discusses the Iron Throne transition in detail. It’s important to remember that kings have their own personal tastes. In truth, King Robert, his predecessor, may have had a significant influence on the succession to the Iron Throne. It’s not like King Robert didn’t try to get rid of the dragon skulls in the Great Hall. As a result, it’s safe to presume he had a few swords taken away as well.
There’s another factor at work here than the king’s taste. 200 years have passed since House of the Dragon takes place. As a result, it’s comprehensible why the Iron Throne has shifted over time. There isn’t much of the original Iron Throne left in Game of Thrones, what with the Targaryen Kings coming and going and other courtiers extending their influence. In any case, the events depicted in House of the Dragon are not the last of their kind to attempt an all-out invasion of Westeros.