It’s time to find a new wife for the king. Episode 2 of “House of the Dragon” (HBO) sees conflicts rage within the headquarters of the Seven Kingdoms as everyone wonders who Viserys (Paddy Constantine) will choose as their next queen. Want to understand what happened?
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The first chapter of the “Game of Thrones” sub-series featured the death of Queen Aemma Arryn (Sian Brooke) during the birth of her son Baelon Targaryen, who also died a few minutes after coming into the world. Now, nearly six months have passed, and court policies make remarriage almost mandatory for the king, whose only heir is Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock), even if the king isn’t entirely comfortable with the idea of finding a new wife. .
Meanwhile, a dispute over a series of rocky islands known as the Steps raises concerns for the lord of the tides, Corellis Philarion (Steve Toussaint).
The episode begins with a war scene, depicting the struggles on the Stairs, a chain of rocky islands fought by pirates, free cities and the Seven Kingdoms. The scene brings up the cruel death of Sir Ream Redwin (Gary Cooper), the leader of the Kingsguard.
Then we see the small board meeting, then the conflict of interest begins. Sir Harold Westerling (Graham McTavish) takes over as the next captain and his job is to find a replacement for Sir Ream in Kingsguard. Furious, Tidelord Corlys Velaryon demanded that the king devise a plan for dealing with conflicts with the free cities, and Rhaenyra, ready for action, suggested her father to send knights and dragons into battle. Viserys ignores both, choosing not to engage his men in an armed battle.
Reinera chose Sir Creston Cole (Fabian Frankel) to be the next member of the Kingsguard. The demon knight fought in the fencing from the first episode, and is the only one among the candidates with combat experience. In the future, the character will be important to the war of succession.
At the same time, all eyes widen when it comes to who the king’s next wife will be. Viserys continues his closed-door meetings with Alicent (Emily Carey), and the two talk about politics and Rhaenyra. The king asks the young woman about his daughter, and says he would like the princess to talk to him about her mother’s death. At the same time, he says that he is afraid to confront Rhaenyra, and asks Alicent not to mention the conversations the two had with her.
Corlys and his wife, Rhaenys Velaryon, talk with Viserys. Lord Tidal apologizes for his past behavior, and the King assures him that Philaerion’s fleet is one of the kingdom’s most important assets, but that it’s mission is to prevent wars.
Corlys and Rhaenys both tell the king that the crown is threatened and weak after Aemma’s death and the appointment of Rhaenyra as heir to the throne. The two then proposed to the King that he marry their daughter, Lina Villarion, a 12-year-old girl. They argue that uniting the two remaining Valyrian families could strengthen the world.
The idea is distracting. Otto Hightower (Rice Evans), Aliscent’s father, opposes her, but Grand Maester Milos (David Horowitz) supports her, claiming that Rhaenia’s opinion is unnecessary. Strategist, Otto tells the king that he cannot replace his wife.
Viserys walks alongside Lady Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mosé) through the gardens of the Red Keep reinforcing her father’s speech about the importance of uniting the two homes. However, the King is uncomfortable with the idea of marrying a 12-year-old girl, while Rainera watches the scene from one of the castle terraces.
Rhaenyra confronts Rhaenys. The “Queen Who Wasn’t” asks the heiress if the scene is bothering her, and the two talk about “sorting things in order.” While Rhaenyra is confident in her ability to change the current situation When she became queen, the eldest, who was overtaken by Viserys, stated that “men would rather set the kingdom on fire than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne.”
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Damon Targaryen (Matt Smith) elopes with prostitute Misaria (Sunoya Mizuno) to Dragonstone to make her his second wife. He leaves a message saying that he took a dragon’s egg with him, to be the mountain of the son who would carry it with her. The act of insolence causes the small council to demand an answer, and Otto takes the guard to House Targaryen’s headquarters to retrieve the egg, the same egg chosen to be Baby Baelon’s mountain.
The conflict between Otto and Damon is not about the rebellious prince, who uses his majestic dragon Caraxes to strike terror into the hands of the king. However, things change when Rhaenyra by surprise arrives at Syrax and confronts her uncle. He ends up giving up and returning the egg, as proof that he listens and respects his niece.
When Rhaenyra returns to King’s Landing, she confesses to her father that she realizes he needs to remarry. The king assures his daughter that he will not replace her as an heir even if the long-awaited male child is born.
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After speaking to his daughter, Viserys I reveals to the small council that he has chosen his wife: Alicent Hightower. He says he plans to marry her before spring. The decision caused the wrath of Corlys Velaryon, who had hoped to choose his daughter. Corlys and Rhaenyra leave the meeting room, both upset.
In the final moments of the episode, Corlys is seen venting to someone about the bravery and history of House Velaryon, older than the Targaryens themselves, which is too noble for not having a tradition of riding dragons. In the aftermath, it is revealed that Corlys is talking to Daemon, who are both in Driftmark, the seat of House Velaryon.
At this moment, Corlys gets caught up in the struggles in the steps and seems to convince Daemon to join him to fight in the area. The episode ends with another glimpse into the conflict, which could soon be joined by the Prince of Dragonstone and the Sea Serpent.
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