House of the Dragon

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“House of the Dragon” is an American fantasy drama television series, a captivating prequel to “Game of Thrones” (2011–2019), and the second installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise. Created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO, the series unfolds approximately 100 years after the Targaryen Conquest, nearly two centuries before the events in “Game of Thrones” and 172 years prior to Daenerys Targaryen’s birth. With a stellar ensemble cast, it unravels the dramatic events leading to the decline of House Targaryen and the catastrophic “Dance of the Dragons” war of succession. “House of the Dragon” is a must-watch epic tale.

IMDB Raiting : 8.5/10

Season Start date : 21 August 2022

Genre(s) :Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Serial drama.

Cast(s):Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best.

House of the Dragon - Episode 1 - The Heirs of the Dragon

In “House of the Dragon,” following the deaths of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen’s sons, a crucial Great Council convenes to choose the next ruler. Prince Viserys, the eldest grandson, is selected over Princess Rhaenys. King Viserys, hopeful for a male heir, arranges a grand tournament. Dismissing warnings about the Triarchy’s threat from Lord Corlys Velaryon, the Small Council faces internal strife. A common-born knight, Ser Criston Cole, outperforms Viserys’s brother, Prince Daemon, at the event. Tragedy strikes when Queen Aemma Arryn dies during childbirth, along with their son, Baelon. Viserys names Rhaenyra as the heir, citing Aegon the Conqueror’s vision of unifying Westeros.

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Episode 2 - The Rogue Prince

Six months post-Rhaenyra’s ascension, Daemon unlawfully seizes Dragonstone, backed by loyal City Watch guards. Rhaenyra, suggesting a show of strength against the Essos Triarchy’s threat, is ignored by the Small Council. Instead, she appoints a new Kingsguard knight against their counsel, choosing battle-experienced Ser Criston. Lady Alicent, Ser Otto’s daughter, privately consoles the grieving king, advising him to remarry. Lord Corlys and Princess Rhaenys propose a Valyrian union through the marriage of their daughter, Laena, to Viserys. Meanwhile, Daemon claims himself as the rightful heir, stealing a dragon egg and planning to marry Mysaria. Rhaenyra, riding Syrax, retrieves the egg. Viserys shocks by announcing his intention to wed Alicent, leading Corlys to seek an alliance with Daemon.

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Episode 3 - Second of His Name

In “House of the Dragon,” Lord Corlys and Prince Daemon fight pirates in the Stepstones unsupported for three years. King Viserys plans a grand hunt while Rhaenyra resents her half-brother Aegon. To secure alliances, Viserys considers many suitors, including infants. Ser Laenor Velaryon emerges as a match to heal House tensions. As power plays brew, Daemon takes bold action against the Triarchy to prove himself.

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Episode 4 - King of the Narrow Sea

In “House of the Dragon,” Rhaenyra’s consort search ends as Daemon, now “King of the Narrow Sea,” returns and swears allegiance to Viserys. Brothers reunite, and Alicent reconciles with Rhaenyra. A night of exploration turns tumultuous, with rumors surfacing. Viserys exiles Daemon to the Vale and compels Rhaenyra to wed Ser Laenor Velaryon, strengthening the throne and dismissing Hand Otto. Grand Maester Mellos administers an abortifacient at Viserys’ behest.

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Episode 5 - We Light the Way

In “House of the Dragon,” Daemon commits a horrific act by murdering his wife, Lady Rhea Royce. Before leaving King’s Landing, Ser Otto warns Queen Alicent that Rhaenyra’s queenship endangers her children, the King’s sons. Rhaenyra and Ser Laenor Velaryon’s betrothal eases tensions. They agree to fulfill their royal duties while enjoying their personal relationships. A misunderstanding between Alicent and Ser Criston leads to shocking revelations about Rhaenyra. During their betrothal celebration, Alicent’s arrival in a green gown sparks conflict, with Daemon making a surprise appearance. The night ends with secrets exposed and lives forever altered.

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Episode 6 - The Princess and the Queen

A decade later, Rhaenyra has three sons, lacking Valyrian traits, sparking doubts about their father, Ser Laenor. Queen Alicent warns Aegon, Viserys’s heir, of Rhaenyra’s threat to his claim. Daemon visits Pentos, seeking an alliance against the Triarchy. Tragedy strikes as Laena commands her dragon to end her suffering. Ser Criston’s provocation leads to a violent confrontation. Rhaenyra proposes a marriage alliance, but Alicent rejects it, believing Jacaerys is illegitimate. Ser Harwin’s disgraceful departure hints at shocking truths. Alicent wishes for her father’s return as Hand. Larys orchestrates a deadly fire at Harrenhal, changing the power dynamics. Rhaenyra relocates to Dragonstone, accompanied by Ser Qarl Correy.

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Episode 7 - Driftmark

At Lady Laena’s funeral on Driftmark, tension escalates as Rhaenyra and Daemon’s intimacy reignites. King Viserys fails to reconcile with Daemon. Prince Aemond claims Vhagar, leading to a violent altercation where Lucerys injures Aemond’s eye. Alicent tries to maim Lucerys but injures Rhaenyra instead. Legitimacy disputes trigger Viserys’ decree to silence dissenters. Otto Hightower reassures Alicent, while Rhaenyra and Daemon unite against their adversaries. Rhaenys suggests continuing the Velaryon lineage through Baela and Prince Lucerys, believing Laenor to be dead. In secret, Laenor escapes with Qarl after faking his demise

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Episode 8 - The Lord of the Tides

Six years later, Lord Corlys Velaryon is injured in the Stepstones, and Ser Vaemond questions Lucerys’ legitimacy. Rhaenyra and Daemon return to defend their son’s claim. King Viserys is bedridden and mentally impaired, with Queen Alicent and Hand Otto Hightower ruling. Rhaenyra seeks alliances with House Velaryon and pleads with Viserys to uphold her succession, citing Aegon the Conqueror’s prophecy. Vaemond’s petition sparks a confrontation where Daemon beheads him. A tense feast leads to accusations of illegitimacy. Talya leaks information to Mysaria. Alicent misunderstands Viserys’s mutterings, believing them to refer to their son, Aegon.

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Episode 9 - The Green Council

Following Viserys’ death, Ser Otto and the Small Council conspire to crown Prince Aegon. Ser Criston kills an opponent, and Kingsguard Lord Commander Harrold Westerling resigns. Otto conceals Viserys’ death, coercing noble houses to support Aegon. Resistance leads to imprisonment or execution. Otto and Alicent debate Rhaenyra’s fate and search for Prince Aegon. Spies, including lady-in-waiting Talya, lurk within. Alicent convinces Aegon to claim his birthright. King’s Landing citizens witness Aegon’s coronation, unaware of Rhaenys’s imminent dragon attack. She flees on Meleys after causing chaos and destruction.

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Episode 10 - The Black Queen

Princess Rhaenys delivers the shocking news of King Viserys’s death and Prince Aegon’s ascension, causing Rhaenyra to miscarry prematurely. Daemon urges Rhaenyra to wage war. Ser Erryk delivers Viserys’s crown, declaring Rhaenyra queen. Ser Otto presents Aegon II’s terms, sparking conflict within Rhaenyra’s camp. Lord Corlys Velaryon pledges allegiance, and Daemon seeks more dragonriders. Princes Jacaerys and Lucerys negotiate alliances, leading to a tragic dragon battle where Lucerys and his dragon perish, devastating Rhaenyra.

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“House of the Dragon” emerges as a captivating addition to the A Song of Ice and Fire universe. With its deep roots in George R. R. Martin’s lore, the series delves into the Targaryen legacy, offering a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of dragons, power struggles, and the enigmatic “Dance of the Dragons.” Showcasing a talented ensemble cast and helmed by skilled showrunners, it transports viewers to a time of turmoil and intrigue, unveiling the origins of House Targaryen’s eventual decline. A must-watch for fans of epic fantasy and political drama, “House of the Dragon” promises a thrilling journey through Westerosi history.

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