House of the Dragon co-creator opens up about the show’s ‘generation gap’

Ryan Condal, co-creator of House of the Dragon spoke about how the HBO series revolves around generational conflicts.

How does House of the Dragon portray the generation gap?

At meetingAt Viserys’ Contenders event, Condal delved deeply into the process to show that such a conflict began with Viserys’ generation, which passed it on to the next generation.

“The trick was to show this generational conflict that started with Viserys’ generation,” Condal explained. “Viserys and his henchman Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) passed it down to their children, Rhaenyra and Alicent, who were young women and served as pawns in the Game of Thrones. And then, as they grew up and grew up and had children of their own, that bitter rivalry and lust for power passed onto their children. So it’s a three generation story and we had to get through that over the course of one season.”

Based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon chronicles the rise and fall of the Targaryens, the only dragon lord family to survive the fall of Valyria. It is set 200 years before the events of the award-winning Game of Thrones series adaptation, the final episode of which aired in 2019.

The first season was directed by Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Also in attendance were Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Graham McTavish, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Matthew Needham, Bill Patterson, Gavin Spokes, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan and Savannah Steyn , and Theo Nate.