‘House of the Dragon’ Opening Credits Explained
may have put the dragons into action, but that wasn’t his most exciting feature. No, the the prequel series has finally revealed an opening title sequence, after started surprisingly on an abrupt, sequenceless opening note. Why did the showrunners choose to omit the iconic aspect of the original series?
Why ‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 1 Didn’t Have Opening Credits
“It was a creative choice,” Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik revealed to Entertainment Tonight last week. “It felt important that once the curtain was up, so to speak, having a title sequence felt like an indulgence. We wanted to move on and tell the story.”
It turns out that the long-awaited title sequence shares the exact same music as Game of Thrones.
Why The Opening Credits Of ‘House Of The Dragon’ Are The Same As ‘Game Of Thrones’
Ramin Djawadi, composer for Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, touched on (but didn’t fully explain) the similarities between the scores.
“I can say this, we really wanted to keep the DNA alive for House of the Dragon from the original show,” Djawadi told Entertainment Weekly ahead of the show’s premiere. “We’ll hear themes that we’ll remember from the original series, but because these are all new characters, it’s 200 years before, there’s a ton of new material that I’ve written, a lot of new themes that we will hear.”
What else will be the same? Cellos.
“What was important to me was keeping the overall sound alive. The big sound of Game of Thrones, the main instrument has always been the cello, and we will definitely hear the cello again in the show,” said Djawadi said. “The way I’m stylistically writing the show, I’m hoping people will hear it and say, ‘OK, I feel familiar. We are back in Westeros. That was always the idea.”
What does the opening credits of “The House of the Dragon” mean?
The opening titles contain insignia depicting different Targaryens, including Princess Rhaenyra – you can see the same insignia in the necklace Prince Daemon gave her. Blood signifies many things: House Targaryen’s obsession with maintaining the purity of their bloodline, their “fire and blood” motto, and the destruction that will eventually befall them.
The backdrop for the opening credits appears to be the same as the pattern of ancient Valyria in the Chambers of King Viserys. Valyria was once the capital of a great civilization that was destroyed in a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Only House Targaryen survived, having established Dragonstone across the Strait.
New episodes of House of the Dragon hit HBO on Sundays.
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