Back to Game of Thrones, you will remember all those musings about the promised prince and how this legendary hero would save us from death and destruction. Despite portraying the White Walkers and the Night King as the main culprit of the saga, they aired unceremoniously during season eight’s Battle of Winterfell. There’s a lot of debate about who the promised prince really was, and since the Valyrian word for prince is gender neutral, the jury is out on whether Jon Snow or Arya Stark is the one to claim the title.

We are still a long way from Arya who plunges the dagger into the Night King and ends the war with the undead, but in House of the DragonViserys explained the importance of Aegon’s prophecy to daughter Rhaenyra. When Vis named a young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) his successor, he explained how Aegon’s prophecy has been passed down through the generations of Targaryens. Without going into spoiler territory, it’s likely that the prophecy will be lost before Rhae can pass it along her side of the family tree – eventually reaching Jon Snow. many generations later.

In House of the DragonOver eight episodes, a dying Fish repeated Aegon’s prophecy to an elder Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy). Things got mixed up at the end of the episode when he misidentified Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and presumably thought she was Rae. Falsely saying “It’s you”, he mentioned the name Aegon and confused Alicent into thinking he wanted Aegon II to sit on the throne instead of Rhaenyra. Jump forward to “The Green Council”, an unwitting Alicent hands Aegon II the Valyrian steel dagger without even mentioning what it means or the prophecy written on it. This wannabe Joffrey Baratheon probably thinks he has another boring heirloom instead of the ultimate weapon in saving the Seven Kingdoms.

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With Alicent, Aegon II and the rest of her brood having no idea about Aegon the Conqueror’s prophecy, it is doomed to be just another story lost to the wind. There’s a glimmer of hope that Helaena could use her dreaming abilities to bring it back into fashion, but none of this matters anyway. The civil war in Targaryen is escalating and the famous Dragon Dance is sure to catch everyone’s attention in the coming seasons. Even if the prophecy disappears for a while, we know it will resurface by the time Rhaegar Targaryen is around, as he is obsessed with having three children to fulfill the three heads of the dragon element. It kinda works, because Rhaegar has a son with Lyanna Stark – who grows up to be another Aegon Targaryen, aka Jon Snow.

Since so few people are aware of the prophecy of Aegon I, it is clearly absent from that of Martin Fire & Blood novel. House of the Dragon has already racked up some big wins that deviate from the source material, and besides Laenor’s escape and Rhaenys (Eve Best) crushing Aegon II’s coronation with her dragon, the fact that Alicent misheard her late husband adds another dimension to the story. With the doting mother thinking that Fish named their son as his heir, she sincerely believes it is his right to sit on the Iron Throne, rather than a simple thirst for power like in the book. Still, it’s frustrating for viewers to watch the prophecy plunge us into civil war. If only Aegon II was better at learning Valyrian, he might have read the dagger himself.