House of the Dragon: The Best Quotes From George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood

The Targaryens are coming, and they’re bringing fire and blood.

Before Game of Thrones ended—in pain and disappointment—George R. R. Martin approached HBO with a new show idea, one that would explore the family that entranced every GOT fan: The Targaryens. 

With HBO’s green light, House of the Dragon was birthed. Created by GRRM and Ryan Condal, House of the Dragon was based on GRRM’s book Fire & Blood. Unlike his series A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire & Blood is not exactly a novel. It’s a historical text that recounts the story of the Targaryens, starting with Aegon I’s campaign to conquer Westeros. Written from the point of view of two Maesters, Maester Yandel and Archmaester Gyldayn, Fire & Blood has a touch of bias just as all history books do. It’s these gaps and filters that make room for the show to surprise us even if we already know how it’s going to end. 

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Fire & Blood might be written as an epic textbook, but GRRM still managed to insert some pretty memorable lines. Many of which point at the direction the show is going. If you’re not in the mood to read an entire book on fictional history, we’ve gathered the best quotes from Fire & Blood. We can only hope that they show up in House of the Dragon, too. 


The Best Quotes From George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood

“Then the storm broke, and the dragons danced.”

“A ruler needs a good head and a true heart,” she famously told the king. “A cock is not essential.” - Alysanne Targaryen to Jaeherys Targaryen

“The vilest of men and the wickedest of women likewise may do good from time to time, for love and compassion and pity may be found in even the blackest of hearts.”

“Only you could have won me away from the sea. I came back from the ends of the earth for you.” - Corlys Velaryon to Rhaenys Targaryen

“This is a night for song and sin and drink, for come the morrow, the virtuous and the vile burn together.”

“Let no man think that the fire of the Targaryens did not burn in his veins.”

“We are as the gods made us. Strong and weak, good and bad, cruel and kind, heroic and selfish. Know that if you would rule over the kingdom of men.” - Septon Barth 

“I fed my last husband to my dragon. If you make me take another, I may eat him myself.” - Rhaena Targaryen

“The seeds of war are oft planted during times of peace.”

“Thrones are won with swords, not quills. Spill blood, not ink.” - Aegon II Targaryen 

“Pride goes before a fall.”

“We came here to be free of Old Valyria, and your Targaryens are Valyrian to the bone.” - Braavosi Sailor  

“All men are sinners.”

“When the gods are silent, lords and kings will make themselves heard.” - Septon Barth 

“The Iron Throne will go to the man who has the strength to seize it.” - Maegor Targaryen 

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If you’re ready for all the fire, blood, terror, and war that House of the Dragon will offer, then save the date: August 22, 9 a.m. Philippine time, only on HBO Go. 

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