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Home of the Dragon Season 1 Recap


“Home of the Dragon”‘s titular home, Home Targaryen, points a promise — and a warning — with their Home phrases “Fireplace and Blood,” and season one of many “Recreation of Thrones” drama undoubtedly lived as much as these phrases. There have been brutal deaths and births, painful marriages, literal backstabbings, heartbreaking betrayals, steamy intercourse scenes, and many dragons. Season one covers what results in the civil struggle often known as the Dance of Dragons, the place the realm can be torn aside and compelled to decide on who they suppose their actual sovereign ought to be: Queen Rhaenyra or Prince Aegon. To this point, the present has largely targeted on Rhaenyra and her stepmother Alicent’s journey from childhood mates to fierce rivals torn aside by patriarchal forces.

If you need a refresher on every little thing that went down through the first 10 episodes of the Westeros-set drama, we have got you coated. Here is a recap of “Home of the Dragon” season one.

When the collection begins, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) is a really joyful man. He has a spouse, Queen Aemma (Sian Brooke), and a daughter, Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), whom he loves and cherishes. Aemma is pregnant together with her subsequent little one, and whereas she’s had miscarriages and still-births earlier than, he is feeling positive she’s set to provide delivery to a cheerful child boy. Many of the episode is in regards to the lead-up to the delivery. Rhaenyra and her finest good friend, Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), go to Aemma, attend a match in honor of the child (the place they meet the dashing Ser Criston Cole, performed by Fabien Frankel, for the primary time), and work together with Prince Daemon (Matt Smith).

Queen Aemma Dies in Baby Start

Sadly, Aemma’s labor doesn’t go nicely. The maester tells Viserys to select Aemma’s life or the child’s, and — determined for his inheritor — he chooses the child’s with out even consulting together with her. It is harrowing. Aemma dies, and the child dies not lengthy after. Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) encourages his daughter Alicent to consolation the King after his loss.

Rhaenyra Is Named Inheritor

Daemon is Viserys’s presumed inheritor, however would have been pushed out of the road of succession by a child boy. Daemon is heard making enjoyable of the useless toddler in a King’s Touchdown pub, so Viserys removes him as his inheritor. As an alternative, he names Rhaenyra as his successor, apologizes to her for being obsessive about having a male inheritor, and tells her the Music of Ice and Fireplace prophecy.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 2

Episode two picks up six months later, and Rhaenyra and Viserys are nonetheless grieving the lack of Aemma. Daemon is illegally occupying Dragonstone together with his Metropolis Watch, although nobody is making an attempt to oust him. Rhaenyra will not be settling nicely into her position as inheritor — and her father is not actually serving to her — however she chooses Ser Crison to hitch the Kingsguard though he would not have the noble background of the opposite knights vying for the position. Later within the episode, Daemon steals a dragon egg, claiming he’ll give it to his unborn little one with Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno). Ser Otto journeys out to get it again, and Rhaenyra secretly follows on Syrax and efficiently convinces her uncle to show it over.

The most important difficulty on the desk on this episode is who the king will marry so he can begin making an attempt for extra youngsters once more (although he maintains that Rhaenyra will nonetheless be his inheritor regardless). He comes near selecting 12-year-old Laena Velaryon (Nova Foueillis-Mosé), however surprises everybody when he chooses Alicent as a substitute. Rhaenyra is shocked, as is Lord Corly Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), who decides to ally with Daemon to combat the Crabfeeder within the Stepstones.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 3

Episode three takes place a full three years later and facilities round Prince Aegon’s second birthday. The toddler is the primary son of Viserys and Alicent, they usually throw him an enormous birthday celebration, full with a royal hunt. Varied lords assume this implies Aegon can be named inheritor, however Viserys would not take into account how his actions are perceived. As an alternative, he berates Rhaenyra in entrance of the entire court docket about her unwillingness to discover a husband. She runs off into the forest, and Ser Criston follows her. They’ve a deep speak within the woods and combat off a wild boar collectively, which bathes them in blood. Rhaenyra sees a white hart — an omen of who ought to rule — and lets it stay. Again at camp, most individuals are horrified to see her return coated within the boar’s blood, however not Ser Harwin Sturdy (Ryan Corr), who appears very amused.

In the meantime, Daemon and Corlys are preventing their struggle within the Stepstones, and it isn’t going nicely. When Daemon receives phrase that the king has lastly agreed to ship help, he decides to finish it alone and pretends to give up so as to draw the Crabfeeder out. Daemon kills him, and his aspect claims victory.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 4

Months later, Daemon is again in King’s Touchdown. He tells his brother he is now king of the Stepstones, however he offers the crown to Viserys. Rhaenyra, in the meantime, has returned after a really unsuccessful tour to discover a husband. Daemon convinces Rhaenyra to sneak out into King’s Touchdown with him. Their night time of debauchery leads them to a brothel the place they kiss, however Daemon leaves his niece there. She sneaks again into the Purple Hold and convinces Ser Criston to sleep together with her as a substitute.

Issues spiral from there. A spy tells Ser Otto that Rhaenyra and Daemon have been seen having intercourse in a brothel, and he brings that information to a livid Viserys. Alicent asks Rhaenyra about it, and she or he denies sleeping together with her uncle. Viserys accuses Daemon, who says it is true and that he ought to let him marry Rhaenyra. Viserys calls him a liar and sends him to the Vale to his spouse. Alicent pleads Rhaenyra’s case to Viserys, saying she believes Rhaenyra continues to be a maiden (which, technically, Rhaenyra by no means instructed her). Viserys removes Otto as Hand of the King and orders Rhaenyra to marry Ser Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate). Viserys orders the grand maester to convey Rhaenyra moon tea — a contraceptive — proving he would not fairly imagine her.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 5

Daemon murders his spouse, Girl Rhea Royce (Rachel Redford), and plans to return to King’s Touchdown. Rhaenyra and Laenor comply with the match between them, as do their households. Rhaenyra tells Laenor she is aware of he is homosexual, and it is fantastic: She may have her affairs, and he may have his. He tells his lover, Ser Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod), in regards to the plan. As everybody prepares for the wedding ceremony, Larys Sturdy (Matthew Needham) tells Alicent that somebody introduced moon tea to Rhaenyra, which she sees as proof that Rhaenyra lied to her. Alicent questions Ser Criston about whether or not he noticed Rhaenyra with Daemon, however he thinks she is aware of about him and Rhaenyra’s night time collectively, and he confesses. All the pieces collides on the opening feast for the marriage, the place Alicent’s inexperienced costume is a daring declaration that her solely ally is herself. Rhaenyra and Daemon share heated phrases once they dance, however the feast ends with Ser Criston beating Ser Joffrey to loss of life, although his motives aren’t precisely clear. Rhaenyra is pulled from the fray by Ser Harwin. She and Laenor marry in a small ceremony within the aftermath.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 6

Episode six sends the drama 10 years into the longer term. Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) is giving delivery to her third little one, who she and Laenor (John Macmillan) title Joffrey. None of their youngsters seem like Laenor, and everybody however the king suspects their actual father is Ser Harwin — and it’s. Alicent (Olivia Cooke) is livid that Rhaenyra flaunts her youngsters throughout the Purple Hold, and she or he and her closest ally, Ser Criston, simmer with rage. Whereas coaching the boys within the yard, Criston is fast to defend Alicent’s sons, Aegon (Ty Tennant) and Aemond (Leo Ashton), and Ser Harwin defends Jacaerys (Leo Hart) and Lucerys (Harvey Sadler) a bit too strongly, placing everybody at risk. His father, Lord Lyonel Sturdy (Gavin Spokes), tries to resign as Hand due to his son’s shame, however Viserys will not let him. Lyonel decides to convey Harwin again to Harrenhal, and he has an emotional goodbye with Rhaenyra and the youngsters. Rhaenyra additionally tries to get Alicent to comply with marry Jace to her daughter Helaena (Evie Allen), however she refuses. Rhaenyra and Laenor resolve to go away King’s Touchdown for Dragonstone.

Larys Kills Harwin and Lyonel

When Harwin and Lyonel return to Harrenhal, their rooms are set on fireplace, they usually die. Larys takes credit score for the act in a dialog with Alicent, claiming he did all of it for her.

Girl Laena Velaryon Dies

Laena (Nanna Blondell) marries Daemon off-screen shortly after Rhaenyra’s wedding ceremony, and the pair — and their twin daughters — have been dwelling within the Free Cities. Laena goes into labor together with her third little one, however the child is in breach. Craving to die a dragonrider’s loss of life, she orders her dragon Vhagar to kill her.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 7

The seventh episode of “Home of the Dragon”‘s first season takes place at Laena’s funeral at Driftmark, with the entire court docket pulled collectively. Rhaenyra’s youngsters and Laena’s youngsters are all bereft in regards to the lack of Ser Harwin and Laena, respectively. That night time, Aemond decides to assert Laena’s dragon, Vhagar. He is caught by Jace, Luke, Baela (Shani Smethurst), and Rhaena (Eva Ossei-Gerning). The women are livid that he “stole” their mom’s dragon, they usually get right into a combat. Lucerys slashes Aemond’s eye with a knife. The adults confront one another, and Alicent calls for Luke’s eye in change for Aemond’s misplaced one. Luke and Jace clarify that Aemond known as them bastards. The king interrogates his son about the place he heard that rumor, however Aemond by no means bends. Viserys forbids anybody from sharing the rumor. Alicent, livid, slashes Rhaenyra’s arm. Otto tells his daughter that he is happy with her. In the meantime, Princess Rhaenys (Eve Finest) tells her husband Corlys to provide Driftmark to Baela, that means it is going to go to a real Velaryon. However Corlys says he desires it to go to somebody whose final title is Velaryon as a result of that is all historical past will remmber, and that is Luke.

Daemon, Ser Qarl, and Laenor Pretend Laenor’s Demise

Daemon convinces Rhaenyra that she wants him as an ally within the coming struggle. She agrees, however there’s the issue of her husband, who she does love, though he may by no means give her youngsters. Daemon schemes with Ser Qarl Correy (Arty Froushan), and he seems to kill Laenor. In fact, they killed a random man and burnt his physique. Qarl and Laenor escape throughout the Slim Sea.

Rhaenyra and Daemon Marry

Rhaenyra and Daemon marry in a Valyrian wedding ceremony. Importantly, the Valyrian custom permits for somebody to be married to a number of companions, making Rhaenyra and Daemon’s wedding ceremony legitimate, and any youngsters they’ve can be reputable. Their 5 youngsters change into step-siblings.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 8

Episode eight of “Home of the Dragon” begins eight years later. Corlys is wounded in additional preventing within the Stepstones. Luke (Elliot Grihault) is in line to be his inheritor, however his brother, Ser Vaemond, thinks Driftmark ought to go to him once more. He thinks he has an opportunity at profitable, too, because the King is unwell, and Alicent and Otto actually management the throne. The episode additionally incorporates a scene between Alicent and a servant who was raped by Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney). She comforts her however orders her to inform nobody and provides her moon tea to drink.

Vaemond, Rhaenys, Rhaenyra, Daemon, and their youngsters head to King’s Touchdown. Rhaenyra brings her and Daemon’s two youngsters, Aegon and Viserys, as nicely, to fulfill their grandfather. She asks her father to assist her safe her household’s place yet one more time.

When it is time to hear everybody’s case, Rhaenyra is outraged once more to have somebody accuse her sons of being bastards. Earlier than Otto or Alicent can transfer issues in Vaemond’s favor — presumably dooming Rhaenyra’s household endlessly — the King seems. Sick as he’s, with assist from his brother, he sits on the throne for one final time. He says Rhaenyra’s youngsters’s parentage is a settled matter and asks his cousin Rhaenys what Corlys desires. She says that Corlys at all times needed Luke to be inheritor, and that Luke and Jace (Harry Collett) are betrothed to Rhaena (Phoebe Campbell) and Baela (Bethany Antonia), respectively. Viserys says it is settled and orders Vaemond’s tongue eliminated. Daemon beheads him as a substitute.

Viserys brings his household collectively for dinner and tries to make all of them get alongside. It appears to work, till he goes to mattress, and Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) insults his nephews once more, calling them “Sturdy” as soon as extra. Nonetheless, Rhaenyra and Alicent appear to reconcile, and Rhaenyra says she is going to return to King’s Touchdown after bringing her youngsters again to Dragonstone.

Viserys Dies

Alas, after Rhaenyra leaves, Alicent visits her husband in his room. Addled by milk of the poppy, he thinks Alicent is Rhaenyra and talks to her once more about Aegon’s dream, the Music of Ice and Fireplace. However Alicent, not having any context, thinks he is saying he desires his son, Aegon, to be king. She leaves him, and he dies quickly after, calling out for his first spouse, Aemma.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 9

Alicent’s maid Talya (Alexis Raben) wakes her as much as inform her Viserys has died. Alicent goes to her father to tell him, and she or he shares her report of Viserys’s final phrases and intentions. The servants who know Viserys is useless are sequestered, and the small council meets to debate what’s to be achieved earlier than Rhaenyra finds out. Otto and Lord Tyland Lannister (Jefferson Corridor) reveal that they’ve already been working in secret to make sure that Aegon will be king when Viserys dies. Alicent is upset, although she would not cease them. Lord Lyman Beesbury (Invoice Paterson) strongly objects, and Ser Criston kills him straight away.

They start their plans to make Aegon king, however nobody can really discover him. Alicent sends Ser Criston and Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) to gather him, whereas Otto sends two Kingsguard of his personal, Ser Arryk (Luke Tittensor) and Ser Erryk (Elliott Tittensor) Cargyll. Whereas Criston and Aemond examine brothels, Arryk and Erryk come throughout the preventing pits the place youngsters are pressured to battle one another. A few of the youngsters are Aegon’s illegitimate offspring, and he is a frequent attendee. A lady brings them to Mysaria, who will solely inform them the place Aegon is that if Otto guarantees to cease the preventing pits. He says he’ll look into it.

Aemond, Criston, and the dual brothers all discover Aegon on the similar time, however Aemond and Criston are those who seize him and take him again to the Purple Hold. Alicent makes use of the truth that she has Aegon in her custody to get her father to vow to provide good phrases to Rhaenyra and never kill her household. She convinces Aegon that it is proper for him to be king — though he is aware of his father by no means needed him to be inheritor — and Aegon is topped on the Dragonpit. However Princess Rhaenys, who Alicent had been holding captive to persuade her to return to their aspect, is ready to sneak out of her room with Ser Erryk’s assist, and she or he crashes the coronation on the again of her dragon, Meleys.

“Home of the Dragon” Episode 10

Princess Rhaenys arrives on Dragonstone to announce that King Viserys is useless and Aegon has been topped the brand new King in entrance of all of King’s Touchdown. Rhaenyra is devastated and goes into early labor. Whereas Daemon rages and performs at being the one in cost, she labors alone, and her daughter is delivered stillborn. Ser Erryk arrives from King’s Touchdown with Viserys’s crown, and Rhaenyra is known as queen after her daughter’s funeral.

Whereas Rhaenyra tries to depend her allies, Rhaenys refuses to declare that Home Velaryon will ally with Rhaenyra till Lord Corlys arrives. Otto seems with phrases of give up for Rhaenyra, which is able to see her 5 sons given honorable positions. Daemon desires to kill him, however Rhaenyra decides to noticeably take into account not going to struggle. Her father made her inheritor to maintain Westeros collectively, she says, and she or he will not break it aside due to her personal pleasure. She mentions the Music of Ice and Fireplace to Daemon, who’s clearly by no means heard of it and thinks his brother is a idiot. He chokes Rhaenyra and yells at her.

Rhaenys convinces her husband to aspect with the blacks, and Rhaenyra seems to be to see if she has different allies. She sends Jacaerys (Harry Collett) north to the Vale and Winterfell to examine on their allies there and Lucerys (Elliot Grihault) to Storm’s Finish to deal with with Lord Borros Baratheon (Roger Evans). However at Storm’s Finish, Lucerys runs into Aemond, who was despatched there by the Crown. Aemond continues to be intent on getting revenge on Lucerys for reducing his eye out. After Lord Borros dismisses Luke, Aemond chases him and his dragon Arrax on his dragon, Vhagar, who is way bigger than Arrax. Each boys lose management of their dragons, and Vhagar eats Luke and Arrax. Again at Storm’s Finish, Daemon tells Rhaenyra about Luke’s loss of life, and, from her steely look, it appears she’s able to go to struggle.

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