The first thing we see after the prologue is Rhaenyra flying her dragon Syrax over King's Landing, drawing a direct comparison to the fight episode of "The Bells" where Dany sacked the city.
Miguel Sapochnik, a coshowrunner on "House of the Dragon," directed both of the contrasted scenes.
You might be familiar with the Dragonpit from the later seasons of "Game of Thrones" because Rhaenyra travels there on her she-dragon. The Dragonpit, however, was in poor condition during Daenerys Targaryen's reign.
In a well-known room, Rhaenyra and Alicent stroll through the Red Keep.
This depiction of the Iron Throne has a lot more swords surrounding it to make it look more like George R.R. Martin's written description.
Rhaenyra also recounts the name of Prince Daemon's Valyrian steel blade, "Dark Sister."
The dagger that King Viserys always carries on his hip and which ultimately killed the Night King is the more striking piece of Valyrian steel hardware.
"House of the Dragon" made reference to a different HBO prequel series about Princess Nymeria and her 10,000 ships.
When Queen Aemma makes fun of giving birth to a "real dragon," it's evocative of Daenerys' first child's terrible birth in "Game of Thrones."
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