The HBO prequel is adapting George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire and Blood. The series will tell the story of a world set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones’ War of the Five Kings. House of the Dragon will premiere sometime in 2022. But by then, we are speculating how the show will alter Game of Thrones’ controversial finale. As well as answer a Targaryen history question posed at the very start of the series.
Game of Thrones showed Magister Illyrio Mopatis present Daenerys an ornamented chest containing three dragon eggs. The instance was crucial to the series premiere. As it is where the Mother of Dragons originated from.
Illyrio explains that he got them from “the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai”. It is evident that the dragons are important to House Targaryen. Their existence dates back to their origins in Valyria. But the creatures were extinct at the time of Daenerys’ wedding.
According to Illyrio’s claim, almost anyone has access to dragon eggs on the Shadow Lands of Asshai. But the magister is a man of vast knowledge. And while Game of Thrones never revealed how Illyrio came across these eggs, House of the Dragon just might.
Originally, under the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, it was not the Targaryens, but Lady Elissa Farman who first obtained three dragons. She was fond of exploring the lands beyond Westeros. When her brother married Rhaena, Elissa immediately bonded with her. So much that she once even rode the dragon Dreamfyre.
As Rhaene was ordered over to Dragonstone, home of House Targaryen, Elissa readily accompanied her. Once there, the friendship started to crumble. Particularly when, after being dismissed by lord Franklyn, Elissa asked Rhaena for financial assistance and she denied it.
Then, Elissa plotted behind her back and fled Dragonstone, taking three dragon eggs laid by Dreamfyre. She chose a new identity and landed in Braavos. She sold the eggs to Sealord, and bought a ship and named her Sun Chaser. And she finally set asail.
What the Sealord did with the dragon eggs is a mystery. Did he set them on a mantle, sell them, or use them to his advantage? Whatever be the case, it appears as if Jaehaerys was entirely aware of where the dragon eggs settled in the end.
When Daenerys got the dragon eggs, they were fossilized. This is because they wouldn’t hatch without a Targaryen’s blood and magic. Chances are the eggs have survived for hundreds of years before Illyrio found them. His role of being devoted to House Targaryen and residing in Pentos would have lent him enough information to seek the eggs.
George R.R. Martin never revealed if the dragon eggs that Illyrio presented to Daenerys were the same as the one Elissa stole. The author might let us in with Fire and Blood Volume 2. However, House of the Dragon has potential to do so before Martin completes the second volume. The series might also explain how Dany’s dragons grew to be enormous and terrifying creatures compared to the former tiny ones.
That said, it is important to note that Elissa lived during King Jaehaerys’ reign. House of the Dragon is set during the time of King Viserys I Targaryen and the Dance of the Dragons. The show will probably not feature Elissa. But her story about the stolen dragon eggs will certainly make it to the screen.
Maybe they ended up with someone in Pentos or Essos. Or the children of the Sealord of Braavos inherited them. Either way, how Illyrio came upon the dragon eggs is something that the storyline of House of the Dragon will depict.
Game of Thrones strayed substantially from A Song of Ice and Fire, and so will House of the Dragon. Martin is known to have a discipline when it comes to slow reveals. Definitely, the author has something in store for the plotline of Fire and Blood Volume 1. The prequel show will touch on a lot. But uncovering the mystery of the dragon eggs holds a significant place for both the shows.