House Of The Dragon 1x8
Viserys wishes for Alicent to take up his mantle as protector of the realm and keep the houses together. However, Alicent clearly interprets this as needing to usurp the succession and put Aegon on the throne. Oh boy!
House of the Dragon 1x8
Season 1 begins approximately 200 years before the War of the Five Kings, and 100 years after the Targaryen Conquest united the Seven Kingdoms. House Targaryen has reigned as the rulers of Westeros for five generations, and the number of dragons they possess has increased to more than ever before. At the end of the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, grandson of Aegon the Conqueror, a succession dispute arises between two of his grandchildren, which is resolved when the lords of Westeros assembled at the Great Council of 101 AC select Viserys I Targaryen to be the royal heir ahead of his cousin Rhaenys - even though she had a superior claim, and largely due to her gender. The story begins a few years later when old King Jaehaerys passes away and King Viserys I ascends the Iron Throne. Outwardly, the realm has enjoyed a golden age of peace and prosperity for over fifty years, and the Targaryen dynasty is at the height of its power. Yet factions are starting to form within Viserys's court that threaten the stability of his reign.
Nearby, Aemond (Leo Ashton) took a risk and approached a sleeping Vhagar. His efforts paid off and he managed to claim the dragon as his own. Upon returning he found himself in a fight with the other children which cost him an eye.
The Targaryen dynasty is at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 15 dragons under their yoke. Most empires crumble from such heights. In the case of the Targaryens, their slow fall... Read more
You'd be forgiven for assuming that last week's climactic confrontation between Alicent and Rhaenyra was the last straw, the triggering point, the singular event from which there was no coming back, the moment that finally touched off the ruinous dragon-on-dragon war that's been so long in coming.
On the nearby island of Dragonstone, seat of House Targaryen, Daemon discovers that his wife Rhaenyra's dragon Syrax has laid three new eggs. We will of course not add these adorable li'l yolklings to the official Dragoncount until they hatch, but we will note that the Foley artists and prop people are doing everything they can to establish that a clutch of dragon eggs is a gross and squelchy thing.
A suckling pig is placed before Aemond One-Eye, reminding Jace of the time back in episode six when he, Luke and Aegon dressed up a pig as a dragon and gave it to then-dragonless Aemond as a prank. Aemond is not amused by this. But then, Aemond doesn't seem the type to get amused. By much of anything.
The royal jerks start to tussle with each other but get sent to bed before any permanent damage is done. Rhaenyra says she'll accompany her kids back to Dragonstone but return on dragonback to have a bit more time with Alicent. Aw. 041b061a72