House of the Dragon begins when the Targaryens are on the top of their energy. Viserys I Targaryen is now the King of the Seven Kingdoms after being named King Jaeherys Is successor. Viserys went earlier than the Great Council together with Princess Rhaenys, Jaeherys eldest descendant and the one different viable candidate to be his successor. Jaeherys needed to identify a successor to be able to stop a conflict as a result of he knew that the one factor that would tear down the home of the dragon was itself.
Nine years into King Viserys Is reign, 172 years earlier than the loss of life of King Aerys and the start of Daenerys Targaryen, Viserys has a daughter named Rhaenyra, a assured princess and dragonrider. Rhaenyras mother, Queen Aemma, is anticipating one other little one.
Rhaenyra is a trusted younger princess and is current throughout her fathers small council conferences. She hears about all the pieces thats occurring within the Realm. Viserys brings up Aemma and talks extremely of his future inheritor. Despite Rhaenyra being his first-born little one, she shall be utterly handed over if Aemma provides start to a son.
After the assembly, Rhaenyra goes to the Great Hall and finds her uncle Daemon who was noticeably absent on the small council assembly sitting on the Iron Throne. They are shut and converse Valyrian collectively. He brings her a necklace thats made from Valyrian metal and places it round her neck. Later, Rhaenyras shut pal, Alicent, is aware of that Rhaenyra is upset over her fathers raving about having a son.
Rhaenrya lounges with Alicent, Otto Hightowers daughter. Alicent is aware of that Rhaenyra is upset that hes about to overshadow her with a son. Rhaenyra tells Alicent that she would like to fly along with her on dragonback and journey the world.
Daemons Chaos Causes Problems For The King
Meanwhile, Viserys has an an infection on his again. Otto Hightower, his Hand, tells the Grand Maester that this ailment must be stored quiet. Viserys goes to seek out his beloved spouse. He believes greater than the rest that this little one shes having is a boy. Aemma confesses that this shall be her final being pregnant. Shes mourned all of the useless youngsters she will be able to.
Daemon, the kings commander of the City Watch, orders his troopers to enact legislation and order in essentially the most excessive methods. There are beatings, mutilations, amputations, and decapitations beneath his watch. The small council instantly hears about this. Otto stresses to Viserys that Daemon cant be allowed to behave with this unchecked impunity.
Daemon defends himself and claims he was doing his brother a service by rounding up all of the criminals in Kings Landing. Our metropolis must be protected for all its individuals, Daemon says. Viserys tells Daemon that he hopes he doesnt must maim everybody to do it. Time will inform, Daemon says a bit too confidently.
Lord Corlys Velaryon defends Daemons determination. Otto decides to attempt a special tactic to interrupt Daemon down: by mentioning his spouse, who’s at the moment alone within the Vale. Daemon calls his personal spouse a bronze b*tch. This is clearly a wedding of obligation. He doesnt care concerning the vows he made. Daemon and Otto positively dont see eye-to-eye on something, however Viserys comfortable spot for his brother all the time provides Daemon a get out of jail free card.
While Daemon has a spouse, he will get his pleasure with Mysaria (a minimum of more often than not). After his tense small council assembly, he cant end. Mysaria is his confidant and he or she comforts him over his frustrations.
Viserys Makes A Devastating Choice
Viserys event for Daemon will get underway as Queen Aemma goes into labor. Theres loads of drama immediately. One knight calls Rhaenys the Queen Who Never Was in entrance of Viserys. Rhaenyra and Alicent trade gossip, and Rhaenyra will get the within scoop concerning the good-looking Ser Criston Cole from Harrold Westerling, the Lord Commander.
In an try and get again at Otto for attempting to undermine him, Daemon picks Ser Gawain Hightower, Ottos son, to battle first. Daemon seems to be proper at Otto earlier than the jousting begins. While Gawain will get the primary blow, Daemon succeeds within the second spherical. He then twists the knife in additional by asking for Alicents favor. Her father provides her a glance, however she does it anyway.
Viserys rushes to Aemmas aspect after studying of labor issues. The child is breech. Aemmas situation worsens, and the Grand Maester warns Viserys that he might must make a heartbreaking determination or threat dropping his spouse and little one.
Viserys chooses his inheritor over his spouse. I really like you, he tells Aemma earlier than the Grand Maester begins to chop her open. She begs Viserys not to do that, however he doesnt take heed to her pleas. He has the gall to carry her hand as she cries and blood gushes from her womb.
Meanwhile, Ser Criston goes head-to-head with Daemon. Daemon falls off his horse in the course of the joust, and issues segue right into a contest of arms. While it seems to be like Daemon goes to prevail, Criston strikes again on the final second. Criston finally ends up profitable this spherical, and Daemon just isn’t pleased about it. Criston goes to ask for Rhaenyras favor after his victory. I want you luck, Ser Criston, she replies flirtatiously.
Viserys Decision Ends In A Double Tragedy
Viserys will get his son however just for a second. His son, his inheritor, quickly dies. He misplaced them each in any case. At the funeral, Daemon has to inform Rhaenyra in Valyrian, Theyre ready for you. Rhaenyra is clearly offended along with her father. I’m wondering if, throughout these few hours my brother lived, my father lastly discovered happiness, she replies. Daemon tells Rhaenyra that her father goes to want her now greater than ever. I’ll by no means be a son, she says.
Rhaenyra calls to Syrax, her dragon. She seems to be over at her father, who simply stares straight forward. Dracarys, she says, ordering Syrax to burn her mom and brother.
Soon after the funeral, Otto calls a gathering about Viserys succession. Corlys believes the matter is easy: Daemon is the inheritor. There is speak of Daemon being the uncontested inheritor inflicting destabilization within the Realm. Otto is adamantly towards Daemon being made Viserys successor.
Daemon must be distant from this court docket, Otto says. Its introduced up that Daemon may even homicide Viserys and take his crown. Daemon has ambition, sure. But not for the crown, Viserys tells his small council as Daemon listens to all the pieces everyone seems to be saying.
One of the council members says Viserys may simply identify his inheritor. Otto brings up Rhaenyras identify. The concept is met with criticism as a result of shes a girl. Otto believes that Rhaenyra is the higher possibility over Daemon. Viserys doesnt need to select between his brother and his daughter. Corlys provides that there are different choices. His spouse, Rhaenys, is an possibility. She has a dwelling male inheritor, too.
Viserys snaps and walks out of the assembly. Alicent goes to see her father. He needs her to go provide Viserys consolation within the wake of his losses. She is conscious of what hes plotting, what this implies for her. But but, Alicent does what shes advised.
Viserys & Daemons Relationship Falls Apart
Meanwhile, Daemon is at a brothel. Mysaria calls him the kings sole inheritor as soon as once more. Later, Otto tells Viserys that Daemon purchased out a pleasure home and toasted to Prince Baelon. Daemon referred to as him the inheritor for a day. This sends Viserys over the sting. Viserys calls upon Daemon to face earlier than him whereas hes on the Iron Throne. He calls for to know if Daemon actually did utter these phrases. We should all mourn in our personal means, Daemon says.
Viserys is livid. Hes solely ever defended his brother. Youve solely ever tried to ship me away, Daemon snaps. Daemon is offended that Viserys has by no means requested him to be his Hand. He believes Otto has ulterior motives. He doesnt defend you. I’d, Daemon tells his brother. From who, Viserys wonders. Yourself, Daemon says. Hes brutally trustworthy along with his brother. Daemon believes Viserys is weak and the small council is aware of it.
I’ve determined to call a brand new inheritor, Viserys reveals. Daemon says, Im your inheritor. Not anymore. Hes sending Daemon away. After Daemon referred to as him weak, Viserys cuts his hand on the Iron Throne once more.
A Great Ruling Queen
Rhaenyra is ordered to see her father within the cellars of the Red Keep. He asks her what she sees when she sees dragons. I suppose I see us, Rhaenyra replies. Rhaenyra brings up that folks consider the Targaryens are near the gods as a result of they’ve dragons. Without them, have been identical to everybody else, she says.
Viserys doesnt suppose males ought to have ever messed with dragons. If theyre not cautious, they might find yourself ruined identical to Valyria. He apologizes for losing all these years ready for a son. You are the easiest of your mom, and I consider as I do know she did that you would be a fantastic ruling queen, Viserys tells his daughter. When she brings up Daemon, Viserys stresses that Daemon was not made to put on the crown however I consider that you just have been.
Everyone pledges their fealty to Viserys and his chosen inheritor. Viserys does warn his daughter that the Iron Throne is essentially the most harmful seat within the Realm. He additionally lets her in on somewhat secret. He tells her The Song of Ice and Fire, a secret thats been handed from king to inheritor since King Aegons time. As Viserys formally names Rhaenyra his inheritor, Daemon leaves Kings Landing on dragonback.