House of the Dragon is back, and while it’s still using the franchise’s signature theme song, the show has a gorgeous new opening credits sequence. The Game of Thrones‘ prequel’s season two premiere began by weaving together a Targaryen family tapestry of fire and blood.

Instead of focusing on the Targaryen family lineage like season one’s opening credits did with its more mechanical sequence, House of the Dragon‘s second season intro has a more personal feel. It highlights some of the most famous moments of the family’s time in Westeros as it builds to Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra sitting on their competing thrones in the Dance of the Dragons. (He sits on the Iron Throne in King’s Landing. She sits on Dragonstone’s.)

Queen Rhaenyra on the Dragonstone throne in the tapestry of House of the Dragon's season two opening sequence
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But while this opening might be more beautiful, it’s also more ominous. The red threads of this Targaryen tapestry serves as a reminder of just how much fire and blood they brought to the Realm.