Millions of fans were re-immersed into the world of Westeros 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones took place. House of the Dragon focuses on the House Targaryen dynasty and plans to explore its civil war: Dance of the Dragons. While the show does not directly delve into the Dance of the Dragons, the season is spent exploring the events prior, which has allowed the audience to see the complexities and how dynamics arose between the Greens and the Blacks.
The nuanced relationships that the characters have with each other have most notably been communicated in the show. As the family becomes divided, the audience clearly sees how the relationships, specifically between the men and women in the families varies. These details further expanded the nuances of autonomy, or lack thereof, that women have in the world of Westeros, while being in an evidently patriarchal society. This has been explored through Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock & Emma D’Arcy) and Queen Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey & Olivia Cooke) as the show follows the events that affected their own relationships with each other, their respective fathers, love interests, and their children. Despite what fans believed was a failed season finale from Game of Thrones, the creators of this show ended this season with a shocking finale. The final shot of Princess Rhaenyra declares to the audience that the Dance of Dragons has officially begun, and leaves us much anticipated for the next season to come.