If HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones has taught us one thing over the course of seven outstanding and jaw-dropping seasons, it’s that there so much more to learn about Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms. Though we’ve got a fairly decent handle on the Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister Houses, there is still plenty to discover about the world that George R.R. Martin created over 20 years ago.
The Season 7 finale saw Game of Thrones fans clutching their hearts and trying to wrap their minds around the White Walkers and their Army of the Dead entering Westeros. The finale marked the beginning of the Great War and the impending Long Night. Since HBO and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff apparently don’t care about our feelings, we’re going to have to wait at least a year (probably two) to see how it all ends.
Still, we shouldn’t be completely forlorn. HBO is throwing us a bone with their new animated limited series, Conquest & Rebellion. The 45-minute long series, told in full color storybook-style, will provide fans with a detailed history of Westeros and how it all eventually led to the war for the Iron Throne. Here’s every secret that has been revealed about Conquest & Rebellion thus far.
A story spanning centuries
Though Conquest & Rebellion is shorter than an episode of Game of Thrones, it will take us through several centuries and give us detailed information about everything in Westeros from House Arryn to House Tyrell.
Opening with Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, the limited series will move through Robert’s Rebellion, which occurred nearly 400 years later. From what we’ve seen of the first section, “Valyria’s Last Scion: House Targaryen,” it will be magnificent to behold.
Valyria’s Last Scion: House Targaryen
The Targaryens didn’t simply happen upon the Iron Throne on a whim. Aegon Targaryens’ homeland of Valyria, which had prospered for millennia with its dragons and magic, fell to the Doom, and everything and everyone was destroyed. Luckily, 12 years before the Doom, Aegon and the rest of House Targaryen sailed away and landed at Dragonstone.
From there, Aegon set his sights on the West, where seven powerful Houses ruled the Seven Kingdoms. Aegon would teach the families and the Kingdoms what greatness truly was by taking Westeros for himself and building the Iron Throne. Don’t take our word for it — check out the first episode of Conquest & Rebellion, “Valyria’s Last Scion: House Targaryen” for yourself.
If you watched Episode 1 of Conquest & Rebellion, you probably recognized the narrator as actor Harry Lloyd. Lloyd played Viserys Targaryen, Daenerys’ older brother, in Season 1 of GoT. On the series, Viserys was the worst, and we were all pleased as punch when Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) burned him to death using liquid gold.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) will also narrate various episodes of the new limited series.
A prelude to a prequel
Right now, there are at least five Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works over at HBO. (Please note that “in the works” does not mean any of these series have been ordered.) Though HBO is notoriously tight-lipped, rumor has it that one of these spinoffs will be Aegon Targaryen’s conquering of Westeros — literal dragons galore.
Conquest & Rebellion may test the waters to see how well the series might perform amongst GoT fans. For those who might have been hoping, George R.R. Martin has debunked the notion that “Robert’s Rebellion” and “Tales of Dunk and Egg” will be explored in the prequels.
However, it’s not like Martin could be honest with us at this stage in the process. Also, he would like it very much if we referred to the shows as successors, not prequels. Don’t get too concerned with the semantics now, as we won’t see any of the new GoT series until at least 2020.
Betrayals and love affairs
Don’t expect Conquest & Rebellion to be all about war and doom. The limited series is expected to highlight some of the more tantalizing aspects of Westeroi history. (After all, what would GoT be without the sultry moments and emotional turmoil?)
With his dragons and his sisters/wives, Visenya and Rhaenys, by his side, there was nothing Aegon could not have conquered or accomplished. However, things did get a tad messy, and Conquest & Rebellion will show us just how much.
Histories and lore
GoT DVDs have traditionally given us history and lore, and that hasn’t changed with Season 7. In addition to Conquest & Rebellion, we’ll also get to see the history and background of the Dragonpit, Highgarden, Prophecies of the Known World, and the Rains of Castamere.
Winter is here — we’re just holding our breath until HBO tells us when we should prepare to greet it.
Where to watch
HBO is trying to get back in our good favor since we have to deal with an obnoxiously long Game of Thrones hiatus. If you want to watch Conquest & Rebellion in its entirety, you must pre-order Game of Thrones‘ seventh season on Blu-ray DVD, which will drop Dec. 12, 2017. (A digital download drops Sept. 25.)
The DVD box set will also include an Amazon Exclusive Bonus Disc. For those who can’t be bothered to wait that long, check out Game of Thrones “History and Lore” via YouTube. The first several seasons are available now.
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