House of the Dragon Episode 2 Recap: Rhaenyra Targaryen Made Hell of An Entry

What Happened Last Night on House of the Dragon? Here’s Our Recap of House of the Dragon Episode 2.

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Recap: House Of Dragon Episode 2

The second episode of House of the Dragon picks up six months later with a smaller vacancy in the Red Keep staff: a knight in the Kingsguard. The small council decides to fill the opening with one of several knightly candidates chosen by the Hand, Otto Hightower.

The procedure seems administrative but will prove to be a moment of decisiveness for Princess Rhaenyra as she adjusts to her position as next-in-line for the crown; by now it is clear that she wants to be Queen.

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Meanwhile, the council is interrupted by Lord Corlys Velaryon, commander of Westeros’ largest Navy. He complains of hostile actions against his ships in the Stepstones, a pocket of islands south of Kings Landing. Pirates are believed to be supported by the Free Cities. They are located across western Esos and outside the control of Westeros’ ruling house. They are responsible for the hostility. Lord Corlys demands the King take military action against the pirates, led by Craghas Drahar, the “Crabfeeder.”

The King’s advisors warn against war with the Free Cities. Lord Corly counters by highlighting Westeros’ weakness, made evident by the King’s brother, Daemon Targaryen, who is now occupying Dragonstone with his army—an act of rebellion bordering on insurrection.

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Outside the council room, she immediately ignores the advice of Otto Hightower, who suggests choosing a Kingsguard from one of several influential families. She chooses instead Ser Criston Cole, the knight who bested Daemon in the earlier tournament. He was the only candidate with military experience. He is not noble-born, a feature that he shares with the army of a future Targaryen Queen, Rhaenyra’s decadent Daenerys.

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The remainder of the episode will feature Rhaenyra’s growing frustration with the leagues of men who seek to constrain her power.

Who Wishes To Be Queen?

Viserys continues an innocent relationship with Alicent Hightower, who we intuit has been visiting with him for several months since the death the of Queen; she visits at the behest of Otto Hightower, who hopes she can seduce the King and mother the next heir.

The question of the King’s next marriage bothers Rhaenyra, who also confides in Alicent—the two sharing a moment of prayer, which reinforces their assumed romantic affection for one another.

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Viserys meet with Lord Corlys and Rhaenys (“The Queen Who Never Was”). Corlys apologizes for his earlier outburst but then proposes that Viserys marry his daughter to avoid speculation that the crown is unstable. The marriage would unite Westeros’ most powerful families.

Very later brings up the prospect of this marriage to his Hand, Hightower, who disapproves, bringing up his own wife’s death as a tactic to dissuade Viserys from marrying out of duty. Viserys struggle with the choice and are uncomfortable when meeting with the girl, who is now only 12.

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Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Entry

Rhaenyra watches the meeting with Rhaenys, the two of whom verbally joust over the possibility of a woman becoming Queen. She shafted before, Rhaenys wishes to persuade Rhaenyra to give up hope and accept her role. Rhaenyra emboldened once again, says she will not.

Back in King’s Landing, Viserys chides Rhaenyra for going rogue. He then admits to his inability to fill the Queen’s seat. Rhaenyra appears to permit him to choose.

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Later in the small council meeting, Viserys announces who he will choose to marry: Alicent Hightower.

Corlys is incensed and walks out. Rhaenyra is distraught and also leaves.

The moment becomes a point of fracture similar to that of Barcelona’s death in Episode 1. In choosing Hightower, Viserys has begun to alienate both Corlys and Rhaenyra, the series’ most potent forces.

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Immediately after the decision, we see Corlys meet with Daemon, suggesting they unite for the sake of military conquest in the Stepstones. An action that would both protect Corlys’ navy and give Daemon’s claim to power some potency.

The insurrection has now officially begun.

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“I enjoyed how they set up how the smart decision would be to marry Laena, only to have Viserys reveal he’s not too bright and not a great king by picking Alicent and pissing everyone but Otto off. Important with how likable Paddy is as him”, says Saltine.

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