House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Premier June 16

Key Things to Remember Before ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2

A Look Back at House Targaryen’s Drama

With ‘House of the Dragon‘ returning after a two-year hiatus, fans are eager to dive back into the world of Westeros. As we gear up for the second season on HBO and Max, it’s crucial to recall where the intense family drama of House Targaryen left off. The prequel’s season finale aired in October 2022, and it set the stage for the Targaryens’ civil war. Here’s a recap of the major events and characters to remember before the new season of House of the Dragon begins.

King Viserys is Dead, and Aegon is King (House of the Dragon)

After King Viserys died in House of the Dragon, Alicent Hightower spread the falsehood that his dying wish was for their son, Aegon, to ascend the throne. This contradicted Viserys’ public declaration naming Princess Rhaenyra as his heir. Despite the general disdain for the idea of a woman ruling the Seven Kingdoms, Alicent saw an opportunity to control the throne through Aegon. She and her father, Otto Hightower, kept Rhaenyra and Daemon in the dark about the king’s death and Aegon’s questionable rise to power (House of the Dragon).

Cousin Rhaenys (House of the Dragon)

Cousin Rhaenys, held captive in King’s Landing, dramatically interrupted Aegon’s coronation on dragonback and fled to Dragonstone.(House of the Dragon) This hostile takeover split the houses, with some supporting Aegon and others remaining loyal to Rhaenyra. Under Otto’s ruthless regime, dissenters faced death. Aegon, though reluctant, followed his mother’s directives, while his ambitious brother Aemond posed a significant threat.

Rhaenyra Receives Her Own Crown

Upon learning of her father’s death and Aegon’s usurpation, Rhaenyra, though grieving the loss of a stillborn daughter, began rallying support. With five living sons, she aimed to secure alliances. Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys pledged their loyalty, and Ser Erryk, abandoning his duties to the Hightowers, presented Rhaenyra with Viserys’ crown, swearing fealty.(House of the Dragon)

Rhaenyra’s coronation took place at Dragonstone, with Daemon and her supporters by her side. Otto Hightower arrived, offering peace and land in exchange for Rhaenyra’s submission to Aegon, but the proposal was rejected. As preparations for war intensified, Corlys committed his naval forces, and Rhaenyra’s children took on critical roles. Jacaerys was sent to Eyrie and Winterfell for aid, while Lucerys was dispatched to Storm’s End to seek support from Lord Borros Baratheon.(House of the Dragon)

Lucerys’ Death: A Turning Point

Lucerys, also known as Luke, faced his uncle Aemond’s long-standing animosity. Aemond, who lost an eye in a childhood altercation with Luke, had stolen the dragon Vhagar from the Velaryons. When Luke arrived at Storm’s End on his dragon Arrax, he found Aemond already there. Despite Lord Borros’ refusal to side with Rhaenyra, he allowed Luke to leave peacefully. However, Aemond pursued him in the skies, resulting in a tragic confrontation.(House of the Dragon)

Despite their riders’ commands, the dragons clashed, leading Vhagar to fatally attack Arrax and Luke. The incident, marked by Aemond’s brief regret, effectively ignited the civil war, obliterating any hope of reconciliation between Alicent and Rhaenyra.

Prepare for the premiere of ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 on Max, airing June 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

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