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    Here's What The New "House Of The Dragon" Credits Actually Mean

    A deep dive into all those symbols and bloodlines.

    With Episode 2, House of the Dragon officially got opening credits, and wow did they bring back memories.

    When the theme song hit #DemDragons #HouseoftheDragon

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    Using the same theme music and visual style as Game of Thrones, the credits take us on a journey through Targaryen family history, with LOTS of symbolism thrown in. Let's take a deep dive into them...

    First up, we don't get a good look at the overall structure that's being "built" until towards the end of the credits, but when we do, we can see it's a model of Old Valyria that looks a lot like the one Viserys has in his room.

    Viserys and Alicent sit in front of a model of Old Valyria

    Running throughout the structure are bloodlines that turn out to be connections on the Targaryen family tree. We follow them through the line of succession, pausing at cogs that contain the symbols of different Targaryens, most notably the rulers.

    Bird's eye view of the Old Valyria model with blood running through it

    The blood is interesting on a number of levels. In addition to forming a family tree, the use of blood reflects the importance of blood ties to the Targaryen family (*cough* all that incest), and the way blood is a central part of their magic — their words, after all, are "Fire and Blood."

    Blood runs down a stone corridor in the Old Valyria model

    Okay, now onto the symbols we see throughout. The first one we see represents Aegon the Conquerer — that's his crown in front of a depiction of the Doom of Valyria.

    A carving showing dragons falling from the sky with a crown in front of them

    We saw Tyrion and Ser Jorah pass through the still-smoking ruins of the city in Season 5 of Game of Thrones.

    Jorah navigates a small boat through Valyria and watches a dragon fly overhead

    Back to the House of the Dragon credits. The blood spills from Aegon's symbol and branches off to two other cogs, which likely represent his sister-wives, Visenya and Rhaenys (not to be confused with Rhaenys Velaryon, Corlys' wife in House of the Dragon).

    Blood travels towards two cogs

    We follow the blood that runs through what appears to be the symbol of Rhaenys, Aegon's younger sister — this is the bloodline that the "current" Targaryens we see in House of the Dragon are descended from.

    Blood runs through a cog in a stone setting

    It leads down to a crown symbol that appears to represent Aenys I, the son of Aegon and Rhaenys, who inherited the Iron Throne upon Aegon's death.

    Blood runs through a cog with a golden crown symbol on top

    From Aenys, the blood flows to and connects two symbols, which seem to represent Jaehaerys I and Alysanne, Aenys's children with his wife Alyssa Velaryon, who married and became king and queen*.

    As a reminder, Jaehaerys I was the Old King we saw at the beginning of the first episode of House of the Dragon.

    Jaeherys sits on a golden throne flanked by Viserys, Aemma, Corlys, and Rhaenys.

    Jaehaerys and his sister-wife, Alysanne, had A LOT of kids between them — 13, to be exact, although only nine reached adulthood — which is represented in the House of the Dragon credits by their joined blood branching off into many different directions.

    Blood branches off in many different directions from two connected cogs

    We follow two branches, which turn out to be connected to cogs that seem to represent Baelon and Alyssa Targaryen, two of Jaehaerys and Alysanne's children who married each other.

    Blood flows into and from two cogs on side by side stones.

    Their bloodlines join and then branch off into two, which are Viserys I and Daemon.

    Blood branches off into two different directions on a stone

    Yes, we've reached the characters we know and love (or hate, depending on your perspective) in House of the Dragon.

    Viserys and Daemon stand in front of the Iron Throne

    We then closely follow one of these streams, which turns out, of course, to connect to Viserys' crown symbol.

    A cog with a gold crown symbol on it

    It's not shown clearly in the credits, but if you're wondering how Rhaenys Velaryon fits into all of this, she is the daughter of Aemon Targaryen (one of Jaehaerys' sons) and Jocelyn Baratheon, who in turn, was the daughter of Alyssa Velaryon (Jaehaerys' mother) with her second husband, Rogar Baratheon, who she married after the death of her first husband Aenys I.

    Rhaenys Velaryon stands tall with a small smile

    Back to Viserys's bloodline, and we can see it branches out from his cog in two directions — depicting his marriage to Aemma Arryn, but also foreshadowing his connection with Alicent and his child(ren) with her.

    Two cogs, one with a golden crown and one filled with blood, next to each other with blood running between them.

    But in these credits, we follow his bloodline with Aemma, whose cog fills with blood, seemingly indicating her death.

    Viserys holds a dying Aemma's hand

    Viserys and Aemma's bloodline flows down to a symbol that clearly represents Rhaenyra.

    A cog with a symbol that is the same as the one seen on Rhaenyra's necklace

    The cog contains the same design that appears on the Valyrian steel necklace Daemon gave Rhaenyra in Episode 1.

    Daemon hands Rhaenyra a necklace

    The blood then shoots off in two separate directions from Rhaenyra (non-book readers, time to start speculating!), but we don't follow it at this point.

    Rhaenyra's cog with blood going into it and then branching off in two different directions

    Instead, we see a fresco that appears to depict the Dance of the Dragons — you can see the sigils of many of the noble houses of Westeros below two dragons that seem to be fighting.

    A wall carving that seems to show two dragons fighting

    This is when we then move to the shot of the Valyria model from above, with the Targaryen blood running all through it before spilling down into the three-headed dragon that is the sigil of House Targaryen.

    Bird's eye view of the Old Valyria model with blood running through it

    There are other bloodlines and cogs that can be seen in the background throughout the credits, and I can take some educated guesses on who they might be, but at this stage, it's probably best to avoid spoilers and leave them in the background — there's a good chance, like Game of Thrones, the credits will evolve and highlight different points of interest to match the story as it progresses.

    The three headed dragon symbol with the title "House of the Dragon" over the top

    What did you think of the new House of the Dragon opening credits?