House of the Dragon episode 2 finally reveals the show’s opening credits, and the sequence is every bit as convoluted as Game of Thrones. This time, however, instead of traversing a map, the credits take us through the Targaryen family tree, which is drawn in blood.
Although the gears that make up the tree are not labeled, it is possible to distinguish which symbol represents which character. The first gear we see is Aegon the Conqueror, who won Westeros for the Targaryens, which we now know is because he foresaw the end of humanity with a Northern winter, which ties into a familiar Game of Thrones prophecy.
As Rhaenyra is currently the last of her line, the final symbol to be revealed belongs to her. Fans have noted that this particular interlocking swirl design is also on the necklace that Daemon gives her in episode 1.
still_cant_get_over_the_fact_that_rhaenyras from r/HouseOfTheDragon
Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon have a complex relationship thus far in the series. The duo often speak Valyrian to each other and the necklace is a genuine gift, but matters are complicated by the fact that King Viserys disinherited Dameon by naming Rhaenyra the new heir, and Daemon openly mocked the brother’s death. Rhaenyra’s newborn. How that relationship plays out in the rest of the show remains to be seen (we won’t get into book spoilers here), but the opening credits make it clear that Daemon is very important to Rhaenyra.
As for the rest of the Targaryens, this Twitter video easily breaks down who’s who in the sprawling and bloody family tree.
A breakdown of the Targaryens featured in the opening credits of #HouseoftheDragonpic.twitter.com/qcU1D984DsAugust 29, 2022
The HBO show releases a new episode weekly, and you can check out our House of the Dragon release schedule to find out exactly when the next installment arrives in your time zone. In the meantime, check out our roundup of the best Netflix shows to round out your watch list.