HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Season 2, Episode 2 Concludes With A Duel To The Death - SPOILERS

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Season 2, Episode 2 Concludes With A Duel To The Death - SPOILERS

A new episode of House of the Dragon, "Rhaenyra the Cruel," is now streaming on Max, and we were in for some more bloodshed this week. Major spoilers follow...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 24, 2024 05:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Game of Thrones
Source: Via SFF Gazette

This week's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, concluded with more bloodshed, and while the scene was nowhere near as harrowing as the season 2 premiere's child murder (more here), we did witness the deaths of two supporting players.

Spoilers ahead!

The majority of the episode deals with the aftermath of prince Jaehaerys' brutal murder, with his father, King Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney), officially declaring war on The Blacks. His grandfather and Hand Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) urges patience, and convinces the king to hold a funeral procession for the boy so that the realm might turn against "Rhaenyra the Cruel" (Emma D’Arcy).

The ploy works... until Aegon has every ratcatcher in the palace hung after one of his son's killers, Blood, tells him of his unnamed accomplice. Otto is furious, but Aegon does not take being admonished as a "fool" very well and ends up ordering his Hand to remove his badge and give it to Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), who had decided to make up for his own failure to protect the prince by sending Arryk (Luke Tittensor) to Dragonstone to assassinate Rhaenyra.

Arryk gains entry by impersonating his twin Erryk (Elliot Tittensor), who arrives just in time - likely after being alerted by Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno) - to fight his brother to the death. One of them does survive, but immediately throws himself on his sword after first begging the queen's forgiveness.

Was it Erryk apologizing for ending his life and leaving her service, or was it Arryk, unable to live with killing his own brother and realizing that he should have backed Rhaenyra all along?

Either way, Rhaenyra now finds herself without another formidable protector after dismissing Daemon (Matt Smith) upon learning that he was responsible for Jaehaerys' death.

As for Alicent (Olivia Cooke), she continues her illicit affair with Cole - after first giving him a few slaps in the face.

What did you make of this week's episode of House of the Dragon? Drop us a comment down below.

"The prequel series finds the Targaryen dynasty at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 15 dragons under their yoke. Most empires—real and imagined—crumble from such heights. In the case of the Targaryens, their slow fall begins almost 193 years before the events of Game of Thrones, when King Viserys Targaryen breaks with a century of tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne. But when Viserys later fathers a son, the court is shocked when Rhaenyra retains her status as his heir, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm."

House of the Dragon season 2 sees Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans reprise their respective roles. Additional returning cast includes Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham.

The directors for the new season are Alan Taylor (Episodes 1 & 4), Clare Kilner (Episodes 2 & 5), Geeta Patel (Episodes 3 & 8), Andrij Parekh (Episode 6), and Loni Peristere (Episode 7).

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Doomsday8888 - 6/24/2024, 5:01 PM
Damn good episode, thank Rao the plot point about the twins started and ended in the same episode, otherwise i woulda have rolled my eyes pretty hard.
Vigor - 6/24/2024, 5:06 PM
@Doomsday8888 - yes if this were any other show, they would have played the "is he the bad or good twin" angle for the rest of the season
FireandBlood - 6/24/2024, 5:04 PM
Another banger 👏

My guy Otto had a [frick]ing ‘nuff! And Ser Criston can suck a dick!
Vigor - 6/24/2024, 5:08 PM
@FireandBlood - I feel like Otto and Tyrion, two intelligent individuals, would have been bestie

Too bad they were born 200 years apart
Vigor - 6/24/2024, 5:12 PM
@Vigor - and they both have a distaste of insolent pups
FireandBlood - 6/24/2024, 5:21 PM
@Vigor - Otto really is the OG Tywin, but Allicent ain’t got shit on Cersei fr
UniqNo - 6/24/2024, 5:21 PM
Killer episode. Anyone manage to keep track of who was who in the twin fight? From my viewing I think the assassin one was the victor to then feel grief from killing his twin and ended up apologising and did what he did.
TheGrayGhost - 6/24/2024, 5:37 PM
@UniqNo - Correct, Erryk (the Green twin) won. About the only way you could tell the difference is Arryk was the one with the leg wound.
LibraMatter - 6/24/2024, 6:05 PM
@UniqNo - spoilers up ahead:

The twin that was on the side of Rhaenyra won. That’s why he apologized at the end and called her Queen. He apologized for what she was about to see. His death due to the guilt of killing his twin.
UniqNo - 6/25/2024, 12:39 AM
@LibraMatter - See that's what I was expecting, but I rewatched it again and I'm pretty sure it was the other. He was guilt ridden for killing his twin and couldn't go through with the mission and apologised to his rightful queen before doing the honourable thing and took his own life.
LibraMatter - 6/25/2024, 8:33 PM
@UniqNo - I rather it be the green twin winning either way. That makes things more tragic. So, I’m sure on board with that. I initially thought it was him but read somewhere else that it was the good twin that won. Cool
Tpo81 - 6/24/2024, 5:42 PM
I actually was quite disappointed with the episode. I mean it's House of the Dragon so it's still a good hour of tv but as someone who read the book I was disappointed how they handled blood and cheese. I thought we should've gotten a little more from them and maybe saw blood get caught and see cheese hung. But like I said it's Thrones do I can't wait til next week. Wish they released all at once actually lol

McMurdo - 6/24/2024, 6:59 PM
@Tpo81 - seeing Blood get caught and Cheese hung is quite literally what you saw buddy. Did we watch the same episode?
Tpo81 - 6/25/2024, 3:54 PM
@McMurdo - no meatball I mean at the gate, we saw cheese hung we didn't see him get hung. Those evil bastards should've been shown scared for their lives, Cheese trying to talk his way out of the noose and Blood thinking he's free only for the guards to find the prince's head in his saddle bag. Just seeing blood already in jail awaiting his fate and cheese's hanging corpse wasn't enough for me. They showed us these 2 committing horrible cruelty and we deserved a bit more satisfaction is what I was talking about.
CoHost - 6/24/2024, 5:52 PM
The dude literally failed upwards.

White privilege.
Order66 - 6/24/2024, 6:17 PM
So happy blood and cheese were killed for what they did.
HashTagSwagg - 6/24/2024, 6:50 PM
@Order66 - What they did to that poor dog has to be the most phucked up thing in Game of Thrones since season 8.
SonOfAGif - 6/24/2024, 6:26 PM
I think the saddest part is that Aegon and Rhaenyra care for their people and Otto and Daemon striped them both of their humility and turned them into uncontrollable monsters in the grand scheme of things. Otto and Daemon are the reason this entire kinslaying circus is going on.
MarkCassidy - 6/24/2024, 7:09 PM
@SonOfAGif - I'm not sure Aegon wouldn't be a horrible little prick either way. Yeah he does seem to want to help out the smallfolk, but he's also a rapist! Those proclivities have nothing to do with the Hightowers
SonOfAGif - 6/24/2024, 8:42 PM
@MarkCassidy - But the concept of war was influenced by Otto. Especially when Otto told him the importance of the livestock this early in the series considering this is before war was declared. Otto was orchestrating a war since before Aegon's birth.
McMurdo - 6/24/2024, 7:00 PM
Incredible episode. Ryan Condal and his writing staff are the example.
Spidey91 - 6/24/2024, 7:10 PM
Ser Hypocrite can suck a dragon dick, I hate his pompous self-righteous ass. And having him as the new Hand? That's like giving a dynamite stick and a lighter to an overly horny chimp.
Typhoon20 - 6/24/2024, 11:02 PM
The writing of this show is a far cry from peak GOT. At times it's really bad. And they're absolving Rhaenyra of any unlikeable trait. Completely different from the books. Which sucks since she's got the most screen time. They turned a interesting and flawed character from the booka into a Disney princess lol.

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