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"House Targaryen"[3] is the twenty-fourth and final short of the first season of Histories & Lore. It is the twenty-fourth short of the series overall. It was released on March 6, 2012 in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. It was narrated by Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen and written by Bryan Cogman.


House Targaryen is blood of the dragon, descended from Old Valyria. Aegon the 1st, known as "the Conqueror" sailed from their ancestral island stronghold of Dragonstone and, with the help of his three monstrous dragons, conquered Westeros. Their dynasty lasted nearly three centuries, until the Mad King Aerys Targaryen was overthrown by Robert Baratheon. The Targaryen sigil is a three-headed dragon. Their words are "Fire and Blood." Here, Viserys Targaryen tells the tale of how his family's glorious dynasty was founded on the scored battlefields of Westeros, and how they hope to rise again.[3]


Viserys Targaryen: The Targaryen dynasty united the Seven Kingdoms and lasted nearly three centuries. It was a dynasty forged in fire, sealed in blood, and destroyed by rebellion.

The Targaryens are blood of the dragon, descended from the nobility of ancient Valyria, a once-mighty empire in the east. When the cataclysmic Doom laid waste of Valyria and its people, the Targaryens survived, having settled in the island fortress of Dragonstone years before. They remained there for a century until the rise of Aegon the Conqueror.

Instead of attempting to reclaim the eastern lands of his ancestors, Aegon sailed west for the Seven Kingdoms, his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys at his side. To keep the bloodlines pure, Aegon continued the custom of his Valyrian ancestors and took both of his sisters to wives.

Together, they came ashore on the eastern coast of Westeros. Their blazon: a dragon with three heads, representing Aegon and his sister-wives. Their words: "Fire and Blood."

While their host was small when compared to the armies of the Seven Kingdoms, Aegon and his sisters had a secret weapon. The last of the dragons.

He conquered every kingdom, save Dorne, which eventually bowed to Targaryen rule a century later. He had the swords of his enemies melted down by the fiery breath of his dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, and forged into the Iron Throne.

The capital city of King's Landing was built on the eastern coast, where Aegon and his sisters first came ashore. And Aegon ordered the construction of a royal castle on its highest hill, the Red Keep.

For three hundred years the Targaryen dynasty stood strong, in the face of rebellion, civil war, and plague. But the line of dragon kings was broken when my father, Aerys Targaryen, the Second of His Name, was overthrown in rebellion.

My father was betrayed and slaughtered by Ser Jaime Lannister, a member of his own Kingsguard. His son and heir, my brother Rhaegar, perished on the field of battle at the hands of Robert Baratheon, who claimed the Iron Throne for himself.

And so today, the only surviving members of the storied Targaryen dynasty are myself, Prince Viserys, rightful King of the Andals and ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and my sister, Daenerys.

We were spirited to the Free Cities of the east by loyalists. Here, we have lived in exile ever since, dreaming of a day when we will cross the Narrow Sea and take back my father's throne.








  1. Jacob Klein (March 4, 2012). Game of Thrones DVD & Blu-Ray Available 3/6!. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 24: "House Targaryen" (2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (2012).
  4. Dan Selcke (September 20, 2017). Bryan Cogman is developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  5. Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).