Targaryen history that House of the Dragon can explore after the Dance

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HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon tells the story of what happens to the Targaryen dynasty before, during and after a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. However, it only covers a span of a few decades. The reign of Targaryen kings lasted for nearly three centuries before Robert Baratheon rebelled and overthrew the dragon lords. Might House of the Dragon ever get around to covering other periods of Targaryen history?

Producers have suggested that House of the Dragon could become an anthology series, and George R.R. Martin — the creator of all things Game of Thrones — has said that he would love for there to be a Westeros Television Universe. There are already several other Game of Thrones spinoffs in development. With the success of House of the Dragon, it not only seems possible that we could see other periods of Targaryen history explored, it seems likely. Here are some that we’d love to see tackled.

Robert’s Rebellion

We’ve heard stories about Robert’s Rebellion because it happened during the lifetime of several A Song of Ice and Fire characters. We know that Ned Stark’s father and older brother were executed by the Mad King and his sister Lyanna was allegedly kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen. These events prompted the Starks, Baratheons, Tullys and Arryns to successfully overthrow the Targaryen dynasty.

There are many significant events that have yet to be fully explored from this era, such as Jon Connington’s exile, the battle of the Trident and the Tower of Joy fiasco. This is also when Robert Baratheon was in his prime and one of the greatest warriors in Westerosi history, instead of the blustering drunk he became. That would be very fun to see in action.

Personally, I would like to see this period adapted into an animated show since it would be hard to recast all the characters we’ve already met in Game of Thrones. This would also allow for more flexibility when it comes to plot changes and large-scale battles.