Dragon's blood runs in 'House of the Dragon' series premiere

House of the Dragon opens nearly 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

The now 100-year-old Targaryen dynasty is at its peak, as the royal family holds the reins of 10 full-grown dragons.

In this corner: Renées Targaryen, the king's granddaughter (she's standing beside her husband, Corliss Valerian, aka the Sea Snake—we'll see more of that).

In that corner: Viserys Targaryen, the king's grandson, stands beside his wife Amma Aryan, who is pregnant with their daughter, Renera Targaryen.

The Great Council elects the Viserys, even if the Ranis are older, because the Patriarch is nothing if not completely predictable.

Take this as an indication that the main conflict of House of the Dragon will not appear, as GoT did, as a massive worldwide conflict involving many far-flung houses and kingdoms.

Featuring a dragon-drop interface

Here, battle lines will be drawn largely within the same family, in just a few familiar places.

No map necessary.

We get a dragon-eye view of King's Landing, which is being rendered a little more accurately these days.

We may be 172 years ago, but the servers in HBO's VFX department have received an update four years since GOT ended, and it shows.

House of the Dragon is based on the 2018 book Fire and Blood, presented as a series of conflicting historical accounts written in different genres from different perspectives.