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    ‘House Of The Dragon’: Showrunner Explains The Symbolism Behind Revamped Opening Sequence Of Season 2

    The highly anticipated season 2 of ‘House of the Dragon‘ is finally here and to fans’ delight, full of surprises. Apart from the gruesome story narrative, the show’s creators have introduced a stunning new credit sequence for its second season.

    The original credit sequence was seen leaving behind the original trail of blood that wound through King Viserys’ model of Old Valyria. This intro revealed at the start of the show’s second episode received mixed reactions from critics. While the old one was deemed to be a bit lackluster, the new intro is in stark contrast to the old one.

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    What Does The Changed Credit Sequence Of ‘House Of The Dragon’ Season 2 Depict?

    Still from 'House of the Dragon'
    Still from ‘House of the Dragon’

    In stark contrast to the show’s old credits, season 2 of ‘House of the Dragonhas introduced new credits that feature a medieval tapestry woven into the story of the show. It particularly focuses on the ‘Dance of the Dragons‘ civil war, while also revisiting the pivotal moments from Targaryen history.

    The trail of blood remains, but it is now far subtler, as the tapestry gradually gradually gets stained. The visual narrative is complemented by some dynamic camerawork and a reworked ‘Game of Thrones‘ theme by Ramin Djawadi. As the season progresses, the tapestry will also evolve to include new iconic moments from past episodes, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter after an interview with co-creator and showrunner Ryan Condal.

    Speaking about the decision to change the credits, Condal explained the motivation and appeal behind the new design. “The amazing opening sequence for the original show put us in this place where — not that we were trying to top it, but that we were trying to continue the tradition of an evolving credit sequence that changes,” Condal said.

    “In the original show, the credits change as the show changes geography, showing you more and more of Westeros. We wanted to continue that with our title sequence,” he added. However, he clarified as they got to the end of season one, they realized that “the bloodlines and ancestry story we were telling that season — 20 years of time in season one — had been brought to an end because now the Targaryen ancestry is sort of set. We didn’t have much place to go.”

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    Ryan Condal Praises The Titles Company For A Commendable Job On The New Credit Sequence

    Showrunner Ryan Condal also elaborated on other radical changes for season two and how they inspired the new credit sequence. “Now that the page has turned and we’re at war, this is a living history and we want to depict that history in a visual way and give the fans new things to take apart and dive into,” he said.

    “This really great titles company, called yU+co, came in and I pitched them the Bayeux Tapestry, which is this famous work of art that is both a piece of art and also the story of a very particular period in medieval history. A lot of what we know about medieval combat, about medieval dress and customs, comes from that sort of visual history,” he added.

    He also praised the titles company for their execution. “And those guys took it and ran with it and came back with this and I love it,” he said. ‘House of the Dragon‘ has already been renewed for a third season, and airs Sundays on HBO.

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