game of Thrones didn’t exactly have a strong ending, which made fans reluctant to Dragon House. Fortunately for everyone involved, the first season delivered, making up for the last season of GOT. HOT was based on the Dance of the Dragons, which was sketched in The world of ice and fire Y fire and blood, the first of a two-part series that focused on the Targaryen kings.
Book readers know a lot about this story, things TV fans have no idea about. The first season gave fans a minimal glimpse of where the Dance with Dragons is headed, something book readers are ready for.
SPOILERS ahead for the rest of Dragon House.
This article is about traumatic violence and suicide.
10/10 House Velaryon loses its power
Velaryon House is HOTD second most powerful noble house. The Velaryons came to Westeros with the Targaryens, the two Valyrian houses working as close allies. Lord Corlys Velaryon’s fleet is the most powerful in the Seven Kingdoms and he married Rhaenys Targaryen, the Queen who never was.
In the first season, the Velaryons have been greatly affected by the growing conflict within the House of Targaryens. Laenor was “killed”, secretly leaving Westeros with her lover, and Laena committed suicide. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse for House Velaryon. Rhaenys dies in the Dance, killed in an ambush by Ser Criston Cole. Corlys survives the Dance, but Velaryon House is broken. They cease to be a power in the Seven Kingdoms and end up sworn to House Baratheon after Robert’s Rebellion.
9/10 Helaena Targaryen takes her own life
Helaena Targaryen is the sister/wife of Aegon II Targaryen. Helaena was a beautiful woman, but the Targaryen curse, as her masters knew it, struck her. She wasn’t as sick as some of her family members were and would be; she was more of a benign condition closer to autism than the violent insanity that struck Maegor the Cruel and Aerys II.
While Alicent and Aegon II escape, Helaena remains behind in King’s Landing when Rhaenyra takes the city. After six months in captivity, she commits suicide, although no one knows exactly why. Helaena had no place in her family’s wars, and she paid the price for Targaryen arrogance.
8/10 Aegon II dies as the noose tightens around King’s Landing
The Greens eventually retake King’s Landing, but the war is not going well for Aegon II. The Blacks finally kill his brother and find allies despite their defeats. Aegon II is severely injured in Ser Cole’s ambush of Rhaenys Targaryen, his body so burned that he never heals.
The Greens lose their advantage over the Blacks and King’s Landing is surrounded by armies. Inside the city, Aegon’s lords openly conspire against him, but he is too drunk to notice. After a small council meeting, Aegon asks to be taken to the royal sept and is found dead when he arrives there, with blood on his lips, believed to be poisoned.
7/10 All strong children of Rhaenyra die
The Targaryen dynasty is damaged in the Dance, though Rhaenyra does her best to propagate the House. Between his bastard children with Harwin Strong and his legitimate descent with Daemon, he has five children. In the Dance, the three Strong children die. Lucerys is killed by Aemond, Jacaerys is killed in the Battle of the Gorge, and Joffrey is thrown from a dragon and falls to his death.
Rhaenyra’s Targaryen children have better luck, but Westeros historians believe that the fact that all of her bastard children die in the war is appropriate. Jacaerys never sits on the Iron Throne, despite her mother taking King’s Landing; Joffrey never gets a fighting chance, dying while he tries to get Syrax out of the Dragonpit during the Greens’ attack on King’s Landing.
6/10 Aemond Targaryen is a great soldier but he can’t beat Daemon
HOT it is full of violent warriors, Aemond Targaryen being the most martial of the sons of Viserys I and Alicent. The loss of his eye changed him, and taking Vhagar as his mount gave the Greens great power. His battle with Lucerys for Storm’s End is the first blood spilled in the Dance, but not the last Aemond spills.
Aemond is his brother’s greatest supporter, alongside Ser Criston Cole. He and Vhagar do terrible damage to the Blacks. Aemond is instrumental in the battle against Rhaenys, but meets his rival in the Battle over the Gods’ Eye. Daemon Targaryen, mounted on Caraxes, fights him and Vhagar. Aemond and Vhagar are killed, and Aemond’s skull is later found with Daemon’s sword still in it.
5/10 The Starks play a very important role in the end of the war
Eventually, Aegon III is the last remaining Targaryen and becomes king. He is too young, so a regency is created. However, before the Regency, Cregan Stark takes command. Cregan was betrothed to Rhaenyra years before and the Starks had never broken an oath at that time. In the chaos at the end of the Dance, Cregan declares himself Hand of the King, his massive army driving away any complaints.
While not Green, his time as a Hand saw him arrest everyone involved in Aegon II’s regicide and those who arrested Queen Alicent. Only Corlys Velaryon was spared due to Aegon III. Nineteen took the black, while Larys Strong and Ser Gyles accepted execution. In the end, Cregan wielded the sword himself.
4/10 Alicent Hightower survives the war
Alicent is not the villain of HOT, but she is not a saint either. The Dowager Queen is able to stay alive during the Dance of the Dragons, surviving her children, but also Rhaenyra and Daemon. She escapes the sack of King’s Landing with Aegon II and returns when the city is retaken. She is arrested after Aegon II’s death.
Alicent is freed by Cregan Stark and the men who imprisoned her are executed. She objected to her granddaughter’s wedding to Aegon III and she was imprisoned in Maegor’s Holdfast until her death, often crying over the bitterness of her life.
3/10 Aegon III and Viserys survive the war
Aegon III and Viserys were the children of Rhaenyra and Daemon. Unlike the Strong Bastards who started the entire succession crisis, the Targaryens survived the battles, though for years Viserys was thought to be lost in the wars with the Essos Triarchy over the Narrow Sea. Aegon III was taken by his uncle Aegon II when King’s Landing was retaken and held hostage.
As the Dance killed more Targaryens, Aegon III was the last one standing. The boy was harmed by the death of his family, but he did his duty. Eventually, Viserys was found to be alive, and Lys rescued him. Aegon was happy that his sister was alive and named him Hand of the King.
2/10 No one knows if Daemon Targaryen survived the ball
Daemon Targaryen did not have it easy in HOT, but most of his tribulations were partly his own fault. The best thing he ever did was marry Rhaenyra. He served her as a good husband and companion for a while, he and Caraxes making the difference in many battles. However, his wandering eye would get him into trouble.
She fell in love with dragonseed nettles, which strained their marriage. However, she still fought for the blacks, and her final fight was the Battle over the Gods Eye. It is possible that he died killing Aemond, as no body was found, but others believed that he escaped to Essos with Nettles.
1/10 Rhaenyra Targaryen sat on the throne before she died
Rhaenyra’s life in HOT it was tragic, though many felt she brought it on herself in later years. Her war against blacks had her ups and downs. Eventually, the Blacks were able to take King’s Landing and Rhaenyra was finally seated on the Iron Throne.
Daemon’s infidelities harmed Rhaenyra, and she was the victim of other betrayals. Jacaerys’s death weighed heavily on her and the Greens seized her advantage, retaking King’s Landing. Her son Joffrey was killed and she and Aegon III were captured. She was sentenced to death, killed in front of Aegon III when she was fed to Aegon II’s dragon, Sunfyre.
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