In Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) decides to remove his rebellious brother Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) from the line of succession and promises the Iron Throne to his daughter Princess Rhaenyra in place of Daemon (Milly Alcock). The Heirs of the Dragon, the first installment of the series, opens with a prologue that explains how Viserys came to rule and the reasons why some factions questioned his claim to the throne. An unidentified narrator describes what happened before the major events of the spin-off.tvacute.com have the answers to your questions about the narrator of “House of the Dragon” and who she or he is.
A voiceover at the start of the premiere aids with orientation. The key points are as follows:
♦ “The Old King, Jaehaerys, was getting worse as the first century of the Targaryen dynasty came to an end.
♦ “With 10 mature dragons under its control at the time, House Targaryen was at the pinnacle of its power. No force in the world could oppose it.
♦ “Despite over 60 years of peace and prosperity under King Jaehaerys’ rule, tragedy claimed the lives of both of his sons, casting doubt on the future of the throne.
♦ “In order to select an heir, the Old King convened a Great Council in the year 101. To reach Harrenhal, more than a thousand lords traveled.
♦ “Only Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best), the King’s eldest descendant, and her younger cousin Prince Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), the King’s eldest male descendant, were given real consideration among the 14 succession claims that were heard.
♦ “Women were not to inherit the Iron Throne, including Rhaenys. Viserys, my father, was instead the lords’ choice. Because the stodgy old lords of the Great Council could not bear to see a woman sit on the Iron Throne, Viserys (Paddy Considine) ultimately prevailed over his older cousin Rhaenys (Eve Best). Jaehaerys convened the Great Council to forestall a conflict over his succession because he was aware of the stark reality that the House of the Dragon could only be destroyed by itself.
The narrative then fast-forwards by almost ten years, with an on-screen caption confirming that the remaining events of House of the Dragon take place 172 years “before the death of Mad King, Aerys, and the birth of his daughter, Princess Daenerys Targaryen,” nine years into King Viserys I Targaryen’s rule. But who truly provides the introductory narration that details Viserys’ ascension to the throne and the origins of Rhaenys’ moniker as the “Queen That Never Was”? Who is the first episode of House of the Dragon’s opening narration?
Who narrates the first episode of House of the Dragon?
The speaker refers to King Viserys as “my father,” which is a rather huge signal in the narration itself. The Heirs of the Dragon’s Princess Rhaenyra, Milly Alcock, does not, however, give the history of the Targaryen family. Instead, Emma D’Arcy gives the speech; she will take Alcock’s place as Rhaenyra when House of the Dragon time-travels once more in the middle of its first season.
D’Arcy only contributes this to the first episode; she does not appear on screen, but her voiceover work is acknowledged in the end credits. Rhaenyra and her supporters earn the nickname “the blacks” during the Dance of the Dragons Civil War after the passing of her father. The greens, led by Aegon II Targaryen, the son of Viserys I and Alicent Hightower, and his supporters, are in opposition to them. The series’ tone was established by Rhaenyra’s narration, which hinted at the sour rivalry to come.