It's pretty obvious that there has been a huge shift in House of the Dragon in its latest episode. In Episode 6, the final time leap brought us a decade into the future and introduced Emma D'Arcy and Olivia Cooke as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower. In addition to that, showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal confirm that there will be a major war coming in the next few episodes.
Fans already know that House of the Dragon will eventually lead to the Dance of the Dragons, a bloody civil war that was fought over the Iron Throne. Interestingly, Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal confirm that the wait for the major war to happen.
"In the end, episode six is the beginning of the shift where the story starts to become about the children," Sapochnik explained in House of the Dragon S1 EP6: Inside the Episode. "It's not just Viserys and Daemon and Rhaenyra and Alicent. It's also this new group of kids. It's Aemond and Aegon and Jace and Luke. It's multi-generational."
Condal added that the focus should now shift to the new generation.
"Those are the children that are going to essentially fight in this coming war together. There's a whole bunch of unsaid, unspoken drama within these families. And Viserys' deeply seated internal family problems come to boil over later on in the series," he said.
We have already met the children and although they appear close, one parent clearly wants her children to keep their distance from Rhaenyra's sons. Alicent is clearly making her children aware of the role they are set to play in the future, and this could only mean trouble for House Targaryen.
The latest episode of House of the Dragon is now available on HBO Max. House of the Dragon Episode 7 is titled Driftmark and is set to premiere on HBO on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 9:00 PM EST.