Thrilling fans of epic battles, royal treachery, and scenes depicting horrifically brutal c-sections that seem to go on for a disquieting eternity, the new Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon is already proving to be a hit with audiences. We don’t know much about what’s going to happen in the show (beyond how the lead characters’ descendent will eventually go on a spontaneous massmurder-spree) but we do know that there will be a time-jump later in the season, prompting us to wonder if the series is taking its cues from Netflix’s The Crown – which, if you haven’t seen it, is basically Game of Thrones but with more incest.

The first season is flashing forward several years into the future, recasting two lead roles in the process. Which is not unlike how The Crown skips through the decades as it chronicles the history of the modern British monarchy. 

This is just speculation, but could House of the Dragon be doing something similar? Could it be following, not just these characters, but the history of the Targaryen family, all the way to the Mad King, and maybe even the birth of Daenerys? “The Crown, but make it Game of Thrones” seems like a solid pitch for a show. And looking back at the pilot of House of the Dragon, it’s not so dissimilar from the first episode of The Crown; both are about young female heirs being tapped for the throne by their royal fathers –

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– who happen to be sick (King George VI has lung cancer, while King Viserys has a mysterious wound that won’t heal).

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Also both shows feature Matt Smith as an excruciatingly smarmy Prince (Philip and Daemon Targaryen, respectively).

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Although, at least no real world schools are named after the worst members of the Targaryen family

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