In 'House of the Dragon', dragon blood runs thick.

This recap of House of the Dragon's premiere episode contains spoilers for ... well, for House of the Dragon's premiere episode. That's pretty much what a recap is. Proceed accordingly.

Again. HBO, the Seven Kingdoms, you, and me, who recapped Game of Thrones for NPR years ago. All aboard our dragonscat.

I've written some primers to help us all get in the right mindset, but basically: Forget what you know. The story begins 200 years before Game of Thrones. The 100-year-old Targaryen Dynasty rules 10 full-grown dragons.

Aegon the Conqueror, founder of the Targaryen Dynasty, dracarysed Harrenhal a century ago. The Great Council of 101 AC will decide the Iron Throne's heir.

Rhaenys Targaryen, the king's granddaughter, stands with her husband Corlys Velaryon, aka the Sea Snake.

In this corner: Rhaenys Targaryen, the king's granddaughter (she's standing beside her husband Corlys Velaryon, aka the Sea Snake — we'll be seeing a lot more of him).

Viserys Targaryen, the king's grandson, stands with his pregnant wife Aemma Arryn. (I know, we're not even two minutes in and already there are two Rhaenys. Most characters wear the same plantinum-blonde wig. Hello, Targaryens! Edgar Winter arrives.

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