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Tensions rise between Targaryens in first teaser for Home of the Dragon S2

It is Home Targaryens vs Home Hightower within the second season of HBO’s Home of the Dragon.

HBO dropped the primary teaser for the much-anticipated second season of its Recreation of Thrones prequel spinoff sequence Home of the Dragon throughout CCXP23 in Sao Paulo Brazil. The eight episodes will cowl the onset of civil conflict inside Home Targaryen, often called the Dance of Dragons.

(Spoilers for the primary season beneath.)

As I’ve written beforehand, HBO’s Home of the Dragon debuted final yr with a strong, promising pilot episode, and the rest of the season lived as much as that preliminary promise. The sequence is about about 200 years earlier than the occasions of Recreation of Thrones and chronicles the start of the top of Home Targaryen’s reign. The first supply materials is Hearth and Blood, a fictional historical past of the Targaryen kings written by George R.R. Martin.

As e book readers know, these occasions culminated in a civil conflict and the extinction of the dragons—at the very least till Daenerys Targaryen got here alongside. It is King Viserys I Targaryen’s (Paddy Considine) fateful resolution to call his fierce dragon-rider daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) as his inheritor—passing over his brother and inheritor presumptive Daemon (Matt Smith)—that units occasions in movement. As Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Greatest)—aka the “Queen Who By no means Was,” as a result of she was handed over when Viserys was topped—is aware of all too effectively, “Males would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a lady ascend the Iron Throne.”

The primary season spanned a few years and made some fairly vital time jumps, which in flip required changing the youthful actors as their characters aged. Most notably, Emma D’Arcy now performs the older model of Rhaenyra. The S1 finale introduced Westeros to the brink of civil conflict.  Viserys died, and his second spouse, Alicent (Olivia Cooke), conspired together with her father Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) to crown her eldest son Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) as king as an alternative of Viserys’ declared inheritor obvious, Rhaenyra. (Let’s simply say their method was very typical: assist Aegon or be executed.)

This kicked off a number of political maneuvering as either side tried to shore up assist for his or her chosen inheritor in preparation for the inevitable combat. Although she was technically the rightful inheritor, Rhaenyra really gave the impression to be contemplating Home Hightower’s situations for concession—till the boastful Prince Aemon (Ewan Mitchell), Alicent’s youthful son, went after Rhaenyra’s younger son, Lucerys (Elliot Grihault). Each dragonriders failed to manage their dragons, and Aemon’s dragon Vhagar ate Lucerys and his dragon Arrax in mid-air. The season closed with Daemon and Rhaenyra receiving the devastating information, successfully dashing any hope of a peaceable decision.

(Spoilers beneath the gallery based mostly on occasions in Hearth and Blood.)

A lot of the S1 important solid members are returning for S2 (these whose characters survived). And we have some new faces within the combine: Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull; Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers; Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower; Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Sturdy; Clinton Liberty as Addam of Hull; Jamie Kenna as Ser Alfred Broome; Kieran Bew as Hugh; Tom Bennett as Ulf; Tom Taylor as Lord Cregan Stark; and Vincent Regan as Ser Rickard Thorne.

The teaser opens by setting the stakes,  with Alicent’s father, Otto Hightower, admitting that “errors had been made within the hours following King Viserys’ loss of life,” and Alicent declaring, “The conflict will likely be fought. Many will die. And the victor will finally ascend the throne.” So it is positively enterprise as ordinary in Westeros. There are dragons and dragonriders, a beheading, troops gathering and getting worn out by dragon fireplace, and Rhaenyra and Aemon dealing with off with their dragons. Clearly Rhaenyra is not going to heed the warning of Rhaenys:  “There is no such thing as a conflict so hateful to the gods as a conflict between kin. And no conflict so bloody as a conflict between dragons.”

There’s additionally one temporary scene with Aemon’s sister-wife, Helaena, being held with a knife to her throat. It is already been confirmed {that a} significantly brutal plot level within the supply materials will shut out S2, and this appears to be like prefer it could be a reference to that notorious “Blood and Cheese” incident. Blood is a sellsword and Cheese as a ratcatcher, each employed by an agent of Daemon to take revenge in opposition to Home Hightower for the loss of life of his son Lucerys.  Primarily, they power Helaena to decide on which of her two younger sons will likely be put to loss of life. When she chooses her youngest two-year-old, Maelor, they behead her eldest, Jaehaerys, as an alternative, and convey the pinnacle again to Daemon. That ought to make for a strong S2 finale, establishing the deliberate closing two seasons fairly properly. This is hoping they get to complete the story.

The second season of Home of the Dragon is anticipated to premiere on Max in the summertime of 2024.


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