House of the Dragon has quickly risen to become one of the world’s most popular shows. This is due to the fact that the show is a prequel to the extremely successful Game of Thrones series. The show’s season finale aired on Sunday, and it elicited emotional reactions from fans. This goes without saying, but this article contains some spoilers.
SR reports, after building up to it all season, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) succumbed to his illness and died in Episode 8. However, his final words were misconstrued by his wife Alicent (Olivia Cooke), causing her to assume that he wanted their son Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) on the throne rather than his daughter Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy), whom he had previously named as heir.
The Greens, Alicent’s supporters, usurped Rhaenyra’s claim and installed Aegon on the throne in Episode 9, igniting the wars to come. Following an Alicent-focused episode 9, the House of the Dragon season 1 finale follows Rhaenyra and her court as they strategize at Dragonstone. In order to keep the realm together while defending her claim, the Queen sends her son Jacaerys (Harry Collett) and his brother Lucerys (Elliot Grihault) riding dragonback to the Vale and Winterfell with messages for the Lords of those regions.
Fans of the series’ source material, George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, knew that Lucerys’ uncle (and his dragon Vhagar) had beaten him to Storm’s End. The teen’s accidental death at the hands of his uncle Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) was both terrifying and tragic, and viewers have expressed their feelings. Some viewers have moved to Twitter to point out Viserys’ earlier statements regarding controlling dragons, which foreshadowed both Lucerys and Aemond’s loss of control over their dragons during the battle at Storm’s End.
Many have also expressed dissatisfaction with Rhaenyra’s decision to let young Lucerys go alone, while others have speculated amusingly on Aemond’s return to King’s Landing in light of what has unfolded. The posts show that the audience is filled with many emotions for Rhaenyra’s second son’s death. Lucerys’ death will set off the events of Season 2, as his murder will serve as a catalyst for Rhaenyra’s future actions. Now that the Dance of the Dragons can begin in full in the next season of House of the Dragon, the urgency of that final scene suggests that viewers will likely be forced into the conflict in season 2.
Since the Dance of the Dragons covers many years rather than decades, season 2 will most likely have fewer time jumps and will focus on illustrating the influence of these events on the rest of the realm. Despite the fact that Lucerys will be sadly mourned, his death has set House of the Dragon season 2 in motion. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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