Welcome back to King’s Landing.
The second episode of House of the Dragon, HBO’s epic prequel to Game of Thrones based on the George R.R. Martin novels, is officially out—and Twitter has a lot to say about it.
Firstly, a quick recap on the explosive events of Episode 2. (Be warned, spoilers are ahead.)
Lord Corlys of House Velaryon (Steve Toussant) storms a small council meeting, imploring King Viserys (Paddy Considine) to take action against the so-called Crabfeeder, a prince of the eastern Free Cities who has taken down ships under Corlys’s fleets. Viserys, however, refuses, instead aiming to maintain a tenuous peace between that region and Westeros.
Later, Corlys and his wife, Princess Rhaenys (Eve Best), approach Viserys with the intention of having him unite their houses by wedding their daughter, 12-year-old Laena Velaryon (Nova Foueillis-Mosé). Rhaenys—Viserys’s cousin and the dubbed “Queen Who Never Was”—reminds the reluctant king that he is expected to remarry soon to fulfill his royal duties, even if a year has yet to pass since Queen Aemma’s (Sian Brooke) death.
Meanwhile, Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) has stolen a dragon egg from the Red Keep, leaving in its place an invitation for the king to attend his wedding at the occupied Dragonstone to Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), a woman who worked at a brothel in King’s Landing. The Kingsguard and the Hand of the King, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), confront Daemon at Dragonstone. Right as tensions begin to escalate between the Kingsguard and Daemon’s forces, Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) arrives via her dragon. She ultimately deflates the conflict and retrieves the stolen egg with no blood shed.
Upon returning to King’s Landing, Viserys and Rhaenyra speak candidly about each other’s grief over Aemma’s passing. Rhaenyra, who understands that her father must remarry, gives him her blessing to wed Laena.
At the next small council meeting, Viserys announces his engagement—but, instead of marrying Laena, he has set his eyes on Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), Otto’s daughter and Rhaenyra’s best friend.
Appalled at the betrothal announcement, Corlys appeals to Daemon to take action against the Crabfeeder in the east.
Ahead, Twitter offers their commentary on tonight’s action-packed episode. To see reactions to the previous episode, make sure to scroll on.
Alicent and Rhaenyra next episode 😅 #HouseOfTheDragonHBO #houseofthedragon #hotd pic.twitter.com/skwF4PRC5D
The king acting surprised when his daughter walks out after he announces he’s marrying her best friend instead #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/8zWAKWY3XC
So everybody just pimping out their kids to the king? #HouseoftheDragon #HouseOfTheDragonHBO pic.twitter.com/GHONGSNPua
It’s the way Rhaenyra looked back…ohh I know he was physically sick 😂😂 #HOTD #HouseOfTheDragonHBO #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/exnNtfSecB
daemon after making up a story about a marriage, a fake pregnancy, stealing a dragon egg and almost causing a battle just to get his big brother’s attention #houseofthedragon pic.twitter.com/XzRw2xu6rt
Alicent Hightower acting shocked when King Viserys pledges to marry her. #HouseOfTheDragonHBO #HouseoftheDragon #hotd pic.twitter.com/aYs99PvjI9
didn’t tell Rhaenyra beforehand that he was going to marry Alicent, her best friend. Rejected Corlys in front of everyone. Doesn’t do shit against Daemon. Viserys couldn’t run a Chuck E Cheese properly no wonder that throne is turning him into Swiss cheese #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/irM3OhI8eW
Rhaenyra really pulled up to Dragonstone and said, “jump since you feeling froggy bitch” #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/3Wp46JvDw1
daemon when someone else talks shit about viserys vs when he does it #houseofthedragon pic.twitter.com/OZlXGtd9m2
viserys’s solution to being told to marry a twelve year old is to marry a fifteen year old 💀 #houseofthedragon #hotd pic.twitter.com/9dS9gpbcPa
Viserys trying to decide who his next wife should be #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/hcRDg56gR6
The way Rhaenyra looked at Alicent after she said “what if your father remarried” 😂😂😂 #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/Tb3Ewe727m
Rhaenys: “And your father is no fool”
Anyone who’s actually met him:#HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/AJBHxrc2EF
Viserys: I can’t marry a 10 year old!
A 15 year old and his daughter’s best friend:#HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/qbjam3CfTl
With how my motor kills are set up, that egg would’ve went sunny side up #HouseOfTheDragon pic.twitter.com/LygBtaqONE
I know this girl’s daddy don’t have her pushing up on this old man #DemDragons #HouseoftheDragon #hotd pic.twitter.com/FzFrYcJqp2
Every week on #HouseoftheDragon #HouseOfTheDragonHBO pic.twitter.com/JTyNri8K0V
Well at least Alicent and Rhaenyra’s friendship lasted an episode and a half…let the downfall of the targaryen dynasty begin #HouseoftheDragon #HOTD pic.twitter.com/UuzVqyzyR5
Here’s a quick recap on the explosive events of Episode 1. (Be warned, spoilers are ahead.)
Tensions are high in King’s Landing as the small council who advises King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Consindine) debates about the line of succession to the Iron Throne. Viserys and his wife, Queen Aemma (Sian Brooke), have only one living child: Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock). With no precedent set for a woman sitting on the Iron Throne, some fear the ascent of the king’s younger and increasingly violent brother, Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith). Aemma, however, is expecting another child—and Viserys has a premonition that the unborn baby will be a boy and his rightful heir.
But, tragedy befalls the Red Keep. After suffering through a bitter fifth pregnancy, Aemma undergoes life-threatening issues during labor. Desperate for his heir, Viserys allows the physician to cut open Aemma’s stomach to save the baby. A gruesome scene follows, showing her horrific death—only for the baby (indeed a boy) to die with his mother.
Daemon celebrates the baby’s demise by buying out a brothel and toasting to the “heir for a day.” Viserys catches wind of his inappropriate festivities and orders him to leave King’s Landing. Revoking Daemon’s heirhood, the king then names Rhaenyra to not only become the ruler of Westeros but to be its first reigning queen.
He also warns his daughter of a dream seen by their prophetic ancestor, the first king of the Iron Throne, Aegon Targaryen. Aegon had foreseen “the end of the world of men” that began “with a terrible winter gusting out of the distant north” that possessed a darkness capable of “destoy[ing] the world of the living.” This secret prophecy that Viserys bestows onto Rhaenyra hints at the events of Game of Thrones, nearly 200 years later.
Ahead, Twitter offers their commentary on House of the Dragon‘s premiere.
Hearing the Game of Thrones theme song again #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/ZxHMcc2Pwz
women not having rights#HouseoftheDragon
Sis deserved better. #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/nzg1VP7wfC
Episode 1 without context #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/Jm2ix5rVGA
#HOTD: “He called it A Song of Ice and Fire”
Yes fuck the patriarchy #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/sXeceWDMG1
“You can’t have a girl on the throne.”
i see so much of daenerys in her i’m in tears #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/AmJX2bWeA5
Not the hand of the king sending his daughter to “offer comfort” to the King like wtf that is a child ….. mess. Just absolute mess #HOTD #DragonsYall pic.twitter.com/Fw1LeeFduI
#HouseoftheDragon STANS MAKE SOME NOISE pic.twitter.com/ghOzxVwVNX
Me recognizing locations and names in #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/RXiErkaZ73
WHEN RHAENYRA SAID DRACARYS OMG SLAY 😭🔥 #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/iYE0Fi28X4
Heir today. Gone tomorrow. #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/VyOfz05eNO
“dracarys” #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/GsxJB8YXlX
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