The most fun character in House of the Dragon is missing from its source materials

The most fun character in House of the Dragon is missing from its source materials ...

House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel that HBO's new series House of the Dragon is based on, is positioned as an in-universe history book. Much like our own histories, multiple sources are critical. Fire & Blood features many different accounts of the Dance of the Dragons' events. But House of the Dragon blends these accounts into one timeline, showing the true history of events.

The first half of the book is focused on the Targaryen family's history around the time they came to Westeros, while the second half is focused on their civil war, the Dance of the Dragons. Septon Eustace, Grand Maester Munkun, and Mushroom the fool

In Fire & Blood, Mushroom is described as a three-foot-tall dwarf with an enormous head. According to him and others, he was well-known both sides and considered it too trivial to repeat the sensitive information he heard a clear error by all parties. These facts provided him an interesting perspective on the war's events, which he recorded in The Testimony of Mushroom.

While Eustace and Munkuns' histories are often more accurate, they often err on the side of decency and present a clean and chaste version of history, two things that history is often not. Mushroom, on the other hand, prefers the most salacious version of all events, even if he has to invent the more sordid details himself. According to Archmaester Gyldayn (the in-universe author of Fire & Blood), Mushroom

House of the Dragon has a lot of humor in its history, thanks to this interplay between the three accounts and the often ludicrous Mushroom stories. After all, the series is already quite complex, and introducing three different (unreliable) narrators would only compound the problem.

Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, along with series author George R.R. Martin, have constructed a unique timeline for the program that depicts the events of the Dance of the Dragons as they actually happened, in order to keep things simple. Which means that the Mushrooms account still has a significant role to play.

As enjoyable as the Rashomon storytelling was, we decided to leave that aspect to the book, instead, to try to define what we thought was the true objective truth of this actual history, as we saw it, according to Condal in an interview with Polygon. Sometimes they all get it right. Sometimes Mushrooms even right, by chance. I think that's how the adaptation came to be.

Condal believes that the book and the series will complement each other, each adding deeper and more interesting details to the other. We witness a critical exchange between Rhaenyra and King Viserys that we couldnt see in the book because the two were alone in the Red Keep.

House of the Dragon will bring bits and pieces of Mushrooms testimony into its timeline, even if he won't be a character in the show, or at least won't be narrator. And who knows, maybe the fool will be right more often than Grand Maester Gyldayn gave him credit for.