Dragon House premiered on HBO and HBO Max last night, welcoming game of thrones fans return to Westeros. The series is set 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and introduces us to the Targaryens at their peak. The only problem plaguing the Targaryens at this time – besides the pesky backaches of the Iron Throne – is the question of who will inherit the Iron Throne when King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) finally dies. Will it be his beloved brother Daemon (Matt Smith)? Feisty girl Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock)? Or a male heir that Viserys saw in a dream?
The question of succession is a question that will consume Dragon House and HBO teased it in its “Weeks Ahead” trailer. Instead of giving us a Dragon House Promo for episode 2, HBO released a teaser for the entire first season. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of fire and blood, and a few dragons. However, if you look closely at each frame, you can see some major spoilers for what’s to come.
Let’s break down this mammoth-sized trailer. Warning, there will be spoilers ahead!
What’s in the Dragon House Episode 2 trailer?
What is not in the trailer? (Just kidding. But there are many)
The two minute and thirteen second trailer features a ton of footage from the rest of the first season of Dragon House. It begins with a shot of Rhaenyra on Syrax arriving on Dragonstone – much to the shock of Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) and his men. voiceover of young Rhaenyra. Then we get ominous scenes of maids rushing in, someone “Free Solo-ing” and cloaked figures in the shadows. In voiceover, young Rhaenyra said slowly, “From my blood comes the prince who was promised, and his will shall be the song of ice and fire.
We then see a supercut of a guy standing in a cave with fire behind him, a carriage heading towards a ruined castle (suggest Harrenhal?), Corlys Velaryon (Steve Touissant) looking tense, young Alicent (Emily Carey), and a character we haven’t met yet. Viserys picks up the voice as we cut to Rhaenyra at sea and a dragon with her. Viserys says, “The burden of this knowledge is greater than the throne.” We see two figures on a beach, and then older Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) enters the frame as Viserys adds, “It’s bigger than you.”
We then get shots of Daemon Targaryen, Viserys walking through some doorways, and older Rhaenyra looking out over the ocean, while an unidentified speaker says, “The king has chosen Rhaenyra,” and someone else responds : “The kingdom will not accept it”, as the trailer shows the young Alicent looking ominously at Rhaenyra as she prays in front of candles.
We see Daemon and Otto face off in Dragonstone while Rhaenys (Eve Best) says, “Men will sooner put the kingdom to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne.” She says this to young Rhaenyra. There’s a royal godwood supercut, some kind of council meeting, and a man nailing another dude to driftwood as older Rhaenyra says, “I’ll be queen of the Seven Kingdoms.” We get photos of older Rhaenyra and Alicent (Olivia Cooke) as Alicent replies, “You can do whatever you want when I’m cold in my grave.”
At this point, we again see the scene that repeated in the trailers where Alicent takes the iconic cat’s paw dagger and lunges at Rhaenyra. (Book readers know what’s going on, but I won’t spoil you here!) We then saw Rhaenyra and Daemon together as Daemon says – also in other trailers – “Dreams Didn’t Have Us made kings; The dragons did.
We get a shot of Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel) looking like a knight, a dragon flying over King’s Landing and Rhaenyra reaching for the cat’s paw dagger as the older Alicent says, “People remember the ancient strength of House Targaryen.” A random knight offers a crown to a stranger.
We see Rhaenyra aggressively riding a horse through the woods, then the scene cuts to Otto Hightower saying to an older Alicent, “No king ever lived who had not had to sacrifice the lives of a few to protect the greater number.” The trailer then cuts to a scene of devastation on a beach. There’s a close-up of crabs crawling towards a hand that looks dead.
Then Viserys harangues a short-haired Demon in front of the Iron Throne. With the dagger to Daemon’s throat, Viserys said, “You are no conqueror. You are a plague. We then moved on to the dance of Rhaenyra at a great feast. Corlys says, “Our houses are bound together in common cause. We see blood dripping onto a pair of grasped hands, a quick shot of some children (which we’ll get to), and a man and pregnant woman standing in front of a bonfire.
We then see a dragon roar, Rhaenrya on a dragon’s back, someone with icy blond hair stabbing something, and a battered demon watching what is likely to be a battle scene. Daemon says in voiceover, “Maybe, but there will be blood.” Then there’s a super cut of flying dragons, men nocking arrows, battle scenes with swords and dragons, a guy with a scary mask, and a ginormous flying dragon.
Then it’s just a title card that says “HBO Original | Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, Sunday 9 p.m.
Where do I pause the Dragon House Episode 2 trailer?
So while there’s a ton we could break down, there are a few interesting snippets worth exploring.
- 0:10-0:25: Rhaenrya reading the lines “From my blood comes the prince who was promised and his will shall be the song of ice and fire.” This is less of a freeze frame and more of a doubling down on the idea that the Targaryens conquered Westeros because they knew the White Walkers were coming. It was the big game of thrones bomb Dragon House dropped in Episode 1 and it looks like the show won’t let go of this idea. (It’s also interesting that later we hear Daemon say “Dreams didn’t make us kings; dragons did.” Maybe Rhaenyra is telling him about Aegon’s prophetic dream? And he reject it?) The other interesting thing about this is that game of thrones tried to suggest that the Valyrian translation was asexual, Rhaenyra at least thinks the promised prince is a boy. (Jon Snow’s stock just went up.)
- 1:08: A very luxuriously dressed (and pregnant?) Alicent descends from a carriage to cheers. So, uh, spoilers! In case you didn’t see it coming, Alicent will indeed marry Viserys. (Sorry! Spoilers! But you can google this! It’s Westerosi history!) And she’ll be pregnant at some point. This means that while Rhaenyra is currently pretty as Viserys’ heir apparent, she might have some competition if a baby boy emerges from Alicent’s womb.
- 1:35: The next generation of Targaryen: Rhaena, Jaecerys, Lucerys and Baela. Again, spoilers, but Dragon Housea little like The crown, is a multi-generational story. At some point this season, we’re going to meet the main cast’s near-adult children. HBO gave us a look at four of those kids. Rhaena and Baela are canonically the children of Daemon Targaryen by Laena Velaryon. Meanwhile, the two dark-haired boys between them are Rhaenyra’s eldest sons. Note how they don’t look like typical Targaryens, because the realm certainly will. Nevertheless, the boys of Rhaenrya are dragon riders. And that’s as deep as it gets in spoilers.
- 1:49: Craghas Drahar, aka Craghas Crabfeeder. When Rhaenyra first joins the Little Council as a cupbearer Dragon House, Corlys complains about a pirate named Craghas Drahar. Well here he is! This bit of foreshadowing will return and this Joker-esque villain will be on the show. Note that he is nicknamed Craghas Crabfeeder because when he captures sailors, he nails them to driftwood and lets the crabs devour them slowly until death.
What is the Dragon House Release date of episode 2 of season 1?
Can’t wait any longer? Dragon House Season 1 Episode 2 airs on HBO on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET. It will be live on HBO Max at the same time.
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