House of the Dragon Season 2: Diving into Aegon's Teaser

The Targaryens, a house with a rich history and a lineage intertwined with dragons, have long believed themselves to be fireproof

by Faruk Imamovic
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House of the Dragon Season 2: Diving into Aegon's Teaser
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The Targaryens, a house with a rich history and a lineage intertwined with dragons, have long believed themselves to be fireproof. This belief is rooted in the idea that Targaryens are essentially dragons in human form, granting them immunity to fire.

However, as history and various accounts have shown, this is not entirely accurate. The original "Game of Thrones" series portrayed the Targaryens slightly differently, emphasizing their supposed immunity. Yet, in the current "House of the Dragon" series, we see Daimon Targaryen, one of the most traditional Targaryens, suffering severe burns from a flaming arrow.

This challenges the widely accepted notion of their fireproof nature. Historical accounts from the books have also debunked this myth. For instance, Viserys, who often boasted about his Targaryen heritage, met a fiery end that proved he was not immune.

Another notable example is the Targaryen prince who tragically attempted to drink wildfire, only to be consumed by its flames. The Magic of Dragon Fire While the Targaryens might not be entirely fireproof, there's no denying the magical nature of dragon fire.

According to George R.R. Martin, dragon fire is a unique, magical kind of fire that burns much hotter than natural fire. Wildfire, another type of fire in the "Game of Thrones" universe, is a chemical concoction akin to the historical Greek fire.

The Targaryens' claim of being part dragon isn't entirely baseless. The ancient Valyrian blood mages in the Freehold practiced secret arts that intermingled dragon DNA with that of the greater Valyrian houses. This genetic intermingling is believed to be the reason why certain Targaryens and those of Valyrian descent can bond with dragons.

The Dance of the Dragons: A Targaryen Civil War In the ongoing battle for succession known as the Dance of the Dragons, both factions of the Targaryen house possess dragons. This civil war has shifted the power dynamics, with dragons being used as tools of war and intimidation.

The Greens, one of the factions, heavily rely on the Targaryen brand to legitimize Aegon's claim to the Iron Throne, even though many of them, including Alicent, have distanced themselves from traditional Targaryen customs and practices.

In conclusion, while the Targaryens' claim of fire immunity might be more myth than reality, their deep connection with dragons and the magical properties of dragon fire cannot be denied. As the Dance of the Dragons unfolds, the true power and legacy of the Targaryens will undoubtedly be put to the test.

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