House Of The Dragon Update: Here’s Why The House Targaryen Sigil Looks Different In The Game Of Thrones Prequel

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Fans will soon see the Games of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. The series will reportedly stick to its source material, George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood book and the original HBO series itself, but there will be changes viewers are about to see, like the Targaryen Sigil.

House of the Dragon will take fans two centuries back before the events of Game of Thrones. It will follow the fall of the House Targaryen and the start of the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons.

The Changes in House of the Dragon Folklore

According to Screen Rant, despite being faithful to the original tale, House of the Dragon will feature some changes to its folklore.

Here, fans will see House of Velaryon black instead of the original sea green. The relationship between Corlys (Steve Toussaint) and Vaemond Velaryon (Wil Johnson) will be different.

At the same time, it also tweaks the stories of Ser Harrold Westerling (Graham McTavish) and King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) to give their characters more importance.

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The Iron Throne in the series will be bigger than what fans used to see in Game of Thrones, though the mothership series’ second season already explained the change.

But one of the most noticeable alterations is the Targaryen sigil.

The Change in Targaryen Sigil in House of the Dragon

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-showrunner Ryan Condal explained that the change in the Targaryen sigil wasn’t new at all.

The seal originally had a three-headed dragon with two legs in Game of Thrones. But in House of the Dragon, the dragon will have four legs, though it remains to have three heads.

Condal explained the quadrupedal dragon also appeared in Games of Thrones Seasons 6 and 7 after Daenarys (Emilia Clarke) brought the original sigil back in the sixth season finale when she reclaimed Westeros.

So, Condal chose to use the four-legged symbol in the new HBO series to honor Daenerys and to return to where she left off on her journey.

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He said,

“I will say every choice we made on this show, down to even smaller minutia than that [sigil], was made with a reason. I would say stay tuned. But I also say that the sigil that you're seeing in this show you did see in the original show, as well.”

He explained that though many thought they had seen the Targaryen sigil frequently in Game of Thrones, it wasn’t there that much.

It was only seen often on the books and Funko Pops, proving how “far and high the Targaryen dynasty had fallen.”

Condal added,

“The sigil did not exist really anymore until Daenerys brought it back about. So we chose to go down a road that I think honored where Daenerys left us off versus where people think it all started. But I will say, stay tuned. Hopefully, it will all make sense in due time."

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By the looks of it, Daenerys’ decision to use the original Targaryen sigil was her move to restore and show her House’s full strength, hinting at why the House of the Dragon makers decided to use this design.

House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21 on HBO.


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