House of the Dragon is missing the funniest character from its source material

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fire and bloodthe game of Thrones prequel to the new HBO series house of the dragon it’s based on, it’s positioned as a history book in the universe. Just like our own stories, multiple sources are important. fire and blood presents several different accounts of the events of the Dance with the Dragons. But house of the dragon merges these accounts into a single timeline, showing the true story of events. It’s a smart move for an already complicated show, but it also removes fire and bloodThe funniest character in the process.

The book can essentially be divided into two halves: the first deals with the history of the Targaryen family around the time they arrived in Westeros, while the second half deals with their civil war, called the Dance with Dragons. The first part of the book is told very directly, but the second part divides the narrative into three stories: Septon Eustace, Grand Maester Munkun, and Mushroom the Fool.

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The fungus is described in fire and blood as “a three foot tall dwarf possessing an enormous head”. He was the court fool of the Targaryens during the Dance with the Dragons and according to himself and others he was well liked by both sides and thought he was too “simple” to repeat sensitive information he heard – a clear mistake by all. those involved. These events gave him an interesting perspective on the events of the war, recalling first-hand conversations from some of the most important moments, which he recorded in The testimony of the mushroom.

While the stories of Eustace and Munkun are usually more accurate, they often err on the side of decency and present a clean and chaste version of history, two things that history often isn’t. Mushroom, on the other hand, prefers the lewdest version of all the facts, even if he has to make up the most sordid details. However, according to Archmaester Gyldayn (the in-universe author of fire and blood), Mushroom’s libertine stories are sometimes a more accurate look at the events of the time, even if they have to be treated skeptically.

Alicent Hightower played by Olivia Cooke in HBO's Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

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This interplay between the three tales and Mushroom’s often ridiculous stories provides much of the humor in fire and bloodIt’s the story and it’s one of the best parts of the book. but not present in house of the dragon. This shouldn’t be that surprising; after all, the series is complicated enough already, and the introduction of three different (unreliable) narrators would only make the problem worse.

Instead, showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, along with series author George RR Martin, have created a singular timeline for the show that presents the events of the Dance with Dragons as they actually happened, to help simplify things. Which means the Mushroom account still has an important role to play.

“so much fun Rashomon The storytelling style is that we left that for the book and decided instead to try to define what we thought was the objective truth of this true story, as we saw it,” Condal said in an interview with Polygon. “Certain historians are right and certain historians are wrong. Sometimes everyone is right. Sometimes everyone is wrong, sometimes Mushroom is even right, by chance. And I think the fun of the adaptation was really interacting with the book as a companion piece.”

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Condal says he thinks the book and series will complement each other, each adding deeper and more interesting nuances to the other. In the first episode of the show alone, we witness a critical conversation between Rhaenyra and King Viserys that we didn’t get to see in the book because the two of them were alone in the Red Keep. Condal also says that having a real version performed on the show helps give both the book and the show an added theme of how history can change depending on who is recording it.

Even if he won’t be a character on the show, or at least won’t be a narrator, fire and blood readers can rest easy knowing that house of the dragon will bring snippets of Mushroom’s testimonial to your timeline. And who knows, maybe the fool is right more often than Grand Maester Gyldayn gave him credit for.

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