The trailer for season 2 of “House of the Dragon” is rich in action scenes that allude to some major events in the book. Decryption.
Unveiled last weekend, the first trailer for season 2 of House of the Dragon presents many battles and upcoming events. As a reminder, the HBO series is based on the book fire and blood by George RR Martin, a text recounting the years of rule of the Targaryen dynasty over the Kingdom of the Seven Kingdoms.
While season 1 was primarily a build-up to the upcoming plot and family drama, House of the Dragon season 2 will delve into the Dance of the Dragons, i.e. a civil war between Targaryens.
Sides were established and divided: Black and Green, respectively supporting the right of Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy) and Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) to rule Westeros.
Although the series is based on a book, the translation to the screen is not as faithful as it was with the first seasons of Game of Thrones. George RR Martin being more involved in the spin-off than in the parent series, he himself could take some additional liberties with his original material.
But we can already guess which major events of Fire and Blood are revealed in the trailer.
Attention ! This article reveals key elements of the plot of Fire and Blood and therefore of the upcoming season 2. If you do not want to know what it contains, do not continue reading.
Blood and Cheese (Sang et Fromage)
A major reveal from the House of the Dragon trailer is that of Blood and Cheese, a pair of assassins sent to the Red Keep in retaliation for the murder of Lucerys in the season 1 finale. The trailer shows a man, who appears to be Cheese, holding a knife to Helaena Targaryen's throat.
Daemon (Matt Smith) hires these two assassins via Mysaria to take revenge for the death of Lucerys, by claiming the life of one of Aegon II and Helaena's sons. This event will likely occur in the first episode of season 2, titled “A Son for a Son.” This scene should be among the most shocking in the series.
Jacaerys wins Cregan's allegiance to Winterfell
While Lucerys is sent to Storm's End to negotiate with House Baratheon in the season 1 finale, Jacaerys rides to Winterfell on the back of a dragon. There he will meet Cregan Stark, a young lord of his age with whom he will quickly form fraternal bonds.
Cregan Stark is one of the most powerful characters coming in Season 2. He is known to be a formidable leader who can make military contributions to the Black forces. The new teaser shows a quick shot of Northmen traveling on a snowy path, reminding audiences that the Starks will return in season 2.
Rhaenyra chairs the Black War Council
A clip from the trailer shows Rhaenyra gathering her allies at Dragonstone. She already formed a Black War Council in Season 1, but this shot indicates their first meeting after war became inevitable.
The brief shot shows Rhaenyra, Daemon, Rhaenys and Ser Erryk Cargyll. Other important members of the Council include Jacaerys, Baela, Rhaena, and Lord Corlys Velaryon. Following the death of Lucerys and the early stages of the war, this meeting will lay the foundation for each character's strategic positioning throughout the season.
The Battle of Rook's Rest
One of the key battles in Season 2 of House of the Dragon will take place at Rook's Rest, a castle located in the Crownlands north of Duskendale. We see armies mobilizing, which could suggest a massive battle episode.
Director Alan Taylor, who directed the Game of Thrones episode “Beyond the Wall”, is set to direct episode 4 of House of the Dragon. The episode is titled “A Dance of Dragons”, likely referring to the dragon fight that will take place at Rook's Rest between Meleys, Vhagar and Sunfyre. Vhagar's wide shot also alludes to this conflict.
The duel of the Cargyll twins
House of the Dragon will likely have its own “Cleganebowl” in Season 2, as the Cargyll twins find themselves on opposing sides. Introduced in Season 1, Erryk and Arryk were both members of the Royal Guard. After Viserys' death, Ser Erryk travels to Dragonstone to swear fealty to Rhaenyra, while Arryk remains with Aegon II.
Season 2 will see the brothers duel when Arryk is sent to Dragonstone to disguise himself as Erryk and assassinate Rhaenyra. In Fire and Bloodhis brother catches him in the act, they fight and the two Cargyll twins die.
Criston Cole executes Rhaenyra's followers
Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) will continue to gain favor with the Greens in season 2 by executing Black supporters. His romantic relationship with Rhaenyra in Season 1 set the Knight on a path of bitterness and hatred, and he will continue on that path in Season 2.
In the book, Rhaenyra's supporters who refuse to recognize Aegon II as the rightful king are put to the sword, as shown in the trailer. Cole's skills will make him a trusted ally for Aegon, who will eventually name him Hand of the King.
New riders for the dragons
Daemon hinted at new dragons in Season 2, at the end of the first season, singing to Vermithor and preparing him for a new rider. Black hopes to bolster his forces by recruiting riders to claim the untamed dragons of Dragonstone, and the teaser provides a glimpse of just that.
The character depicted is probably Addam Velaryon, nicknamed Addam of Hull, who will be played by actor Clinton Liberty. Addam is a bastard of House Velaryon who will claim the dragon Seasmoke, once ridden by Laenor Velaryon.
The inhabitants of Port-Réal revolt
The trailer shows that the population would begin to revolt in King's Landing following the outbreak of war in Westeros. One shot shows Alicent (Olivia Cooke) in the middle of a revolt. In Fire and Blood, the only major riot occurs later, when Rhaenyra rules the Iron Throne, due to paranoia over a siege and dragon assault by the Greens. However, since the focus of the series tends to favor black people, it appears that riots will occur during Aegon's rule.
Daemon gathers an army at Harrenhal
The trailer shows armies mobilizing on both sides, and Harrenhal is an important castle for Black in the Dance of Dragons. Before the Battle of Rook's Rest, Daemon made Harrenhal a stronghold for his side, which he conquered without bloodshed.
The trailer doesn't exactly show the castle, but plans for a Targaryen army appear to be set in similar territory, and there's a shot of Daemon brandishing his sword in front of a buckwheat tree, which rarely exists in the South, outside of Harrenhal and a few other places.