House of the Dragon: George R.R. Martin wanted even more time jumps
Already criticized enough, the time jumps of House of the Dragon could have been even more present according to George R.R. Martin.
Yes, we know it and we hear it at every family dinner, the end of Game of Throneswas missed and nothing can change the situation, although… While the most skeptics had sworn not to dive back into the universe of George R.R. Martin, the first season of the spin-off seems to have put a good number of spectators agreement and we are already impatient to discover season 2 of House of the Dragon.
If some even consider that the season 1 of House of the Dragon is superior to Game of Thrones, the quality of the series is almost indisputable. In addition to its visual and script breadth, House of the Dragonhas an advantage over its elder since the book from which the series is inspired is well and truly finished. Published in 2018, Fire and Blood is not really a novel, but rather a collection composed of historical chronicles written by the maesters retracing the significant episodes of the Targaryen dynasty. To adapt this colossal book, choices had to be made, such as making several jumps in time.
After a few time jumps of several months (and three years between episodes 2 and 3), episode 6 caused a small cataclysm by taking place ten years laterthe events of the previous episode. If this giant step in time has provoked quite acerbic reactions against the series, in particular for the replacement of most of the cast (and especially the fabulous Milly Alcock who gave way to the extraordinary Emma D 'Arcy), this choice was necessary. Although the stories of Rhaenyra, Viserys and Alicent were fascinating, the focal point of the series is the Dance of the Dragons, the war of succession between the two Targaryen clans.
But Fire and Bloodby George R.R. Martin starting well before this event, the author would have liked to show another great moment and thus cause even more jumps in time, according to his intervention on the YouTube channel Penguin Random House:
“I would have started forty years earlier with an episode I would have called 'The Heir and the Spare', in which Jaehaerys' two children, Aemon and Baelon, are in We would have seen the friendship, but also the rivalry between these two branches of the great house. You know, Aemon dies accidentally when a crossbowman from Myr accidentally shoots him in Tarth, so Jaehaerys has to decide who becomes the new heir. Is it the teenage daughter of the eldest son who has just died or is it the second son, who has sons of his own and is a man? You would have been 40 years older and therefore even more jumps in time and casting changes, but yeah, I was the only one who really wanted that.”
Unfortunately, or fortunately maybe , Ryan Condal the showrunner of the series decided to show only a small part of these events at the very beginning of the series , in the vote between Rhaenys and his cousin Viserys, and to put aside the rivalry between their fathers Aemon and Baelon. If we secretly hope that George R.R. Martin will stage some kind of spin-off episode, because we always want more, this event would not have added anything to the famous Dance of the Dragons, which will be at the heart of the season. 2 of House of the Dragon.