House of the Dragon: Season 2 Premiere Recap – “A Son for a Son”

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The highly anticipated second season of “House of the Dragon” has finally arrived, and the premiere episode, “A Son for a Son,” wastes no time in immersing viewers back into the intense and gripping world of Westeros. The episode begins at a familiar location – the Wall, where Rhaenyra’s son, Jace, seeks support from Cregan Stark, the ruling Stark of this era. Cregan offers his assistance but warns of a looming threat beyond the Wall, emphasizing the sacrifices needed to face it.

Back at Dragonstone, the Blacks are reeling from the devastating loss of Lucerys Velaryon at the hands of Aemond Targaryen. Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra, delivers a powerful performance as a grieving mother, desperately searching for her son’s remains. Her council awaits her instructions on the coming war, but her singular focus is on vengeance against Aemond.

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In King’s Landing, the Greens are also dealing with the aftermath of Lucerys’ death. Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke, struggles with the loss, while King Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney), is eager for retaliation. However, their plans are hindered by the blockade maintained by Rhaenys Velaryon and her dragon.

The episode introduces new characters, including Mysaria, played by Sonoya Mizuno, who finds herself in Daemon’s prison after her failed kidnapping of Aegon. Daemon (Matt Smith), offers her a deal: find assassins willing to kill Aemond. This leads to the introduction of Blood and Cheese, despicable characters who infiltrate the Red Keep and mistakenly kill Aegon’s young son, Jaehaerys.

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The episode ends with a shocking twist as Queen Helaena, played by Phia Saban, discovers her son’s tragic fate and flees to her mother’s chambers, only to find Alicent in an intimate moment with Ser Criston Cole.

“A Son for a Son” looks like it is going to set the tone for the season, with escalating conflict, political intrigue, complex characters, and shocking twists.

House of the Dragon airs Sunday nights on HBO.

Andrew Martins, reviewer, recapper, deep diver, scifi specialist. Thinks Blakes 7 is better than Star Trek. Yes I do go to fan conventions and no I don't dress up. Well okay maybe I do a bit.