House of the Dragon Season 2: Five Things We’ve Learnt So Far

House of the Dragon Season 2 Premiere Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) Image Credit: HBO
Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) Image Credit: HBO

The first two episodes of House of the Dragon Season 2 have set the stage for an epic continuation of the Game of Thrones prequel series. With a mix of familiar faces and new additions to the cast, the season promises to deliver on the political intrigue, family drama, and high stakes that fans have come to expect. Here are five things we’ve learnt from the season’s opening episodes:

A New Conflict
The season picks up a few days after the events of the Season 1 finale, with King Viserys Targaryen’s (Paddy Considine) death and the power struggle between his chosen heir, Rhaenyra Targaryen, and his grandson, Aegon II Targaryen, who was placed on the Iron Throne by the council. The story focuses on the growing conflict between Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney), setting the stage for the Dance of the Dragons.

The Return of Fan-Favorite Characters
The first two episodes bring back fan-favorite characters, including Rhaenyra’s son, Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett), who seeks an alliance with Cregan Stark (Tom Taylor) at the Wall. The Starks are back, adding a familiar dynamic to the mix. We also see more of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best), Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), and Queen Helaena Targaryen (Phia Saban).

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New Characters and Storylines
The season introduces new characters and storylines that expand the world of Westeros. We meet Alyn (Abubakar Salim), a member of Corlys’ crew who saved his life, and Hugh, a blacksmith seeking funds for his dragon-killing crossbows. The narrative also explores the relationship between Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel), adding a layer of complexity to the political landscape.

The Rise of Aegon II
Aegon II takes centre stage as the new king, and we see his struggle to balance his desire for war with the counsel of his small council. Glynn-Carney’s performance captures the complexities of a young king in over his head, trying to assert his authority while being curbed by his grandfather, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans).

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The Return of Daemon Targaryen’s Vengeance
Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) seeks immediate revenge for the death of Rhaenyra’s son, Lucerys. He enlists the help of Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), who provides him with information about the inner workings of the Red Keep. Daemon’s impulsive nature and thirst for vengeance set off a chain of events that will have far-reaching consequences.

The first two episodes of House of the Dragon Season 2 have laid the groundwork for an intense season with political alliances forming, personal vendettas escalating, and the ever-present threat of war.

House of the Dragon airs on Sunday nights on HBO.

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