The tragic fallout of any queen’s death—the requirement for the king to choose a new wife—is the subject of House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 2 “The Rogue Prince.” Even though Laena Velaryon is incredibly underage and a Targaryen, the majority of the court wants Viserys to wed her. Her family is strong. It would also ease tensions between the Sea Snake and her family. But the king likes Alicent, who may be his teenage daughter’s closest friend, but she also enjoys nerdy history books and is willing to help him with his scale model of Old Valyria.
You noticed that Alicent fixed a small stone dragon and wore a dress with peek-a-boo sleeves to win the king’s love, right? But did you notice Viserys mention Old Valyrian lore that was potentially deadly in that scene, or? Or perhaps it’s the fact that young Laena Velaryon is much more interested in stories of Viserys’ time spent riding Balerion the Black Dread than in the chance of getting hooked up? Or how about the fact that Dreamfyre’s egg is the one that Daemon steals? In light of this, could it also be one of the three eggs that eventually make their way to Daenerys in Game of Thrones?
It’s totally fine if some of these details slipped your mind like a Syrax swooping over Dragonstone! We’re here to help you find every Easter egg in Episode 2 of House of the Dragon that you might have missed. Here are some easter eggs that you might have missed in House of the Dragon Episode 2 “The Rogue Prince” on HBO, including the backstory on a dragon literally named Dreamfyre and more information on the three female stars cast as Laena Velaryon — Nanna Blondell and Savannah Steyn will take on the role from Nova Foueillis-Mosé after multiple periods jumps in the weeks to come.
Here are House of the Dragon Episode 2 Easter Eggs
The Old Valyria Story
The Game of Thrones characters understood very little about the Targaryen link with their dragons and even less about the Old Valyrian way of life. Therefore, it’s really cool to have a history nerd like Viserys give Alicent Hightower a history lesson. Viserys claims that his model city is the heart of Old Valyria, and that it was, like Dragonstone. The dragonlords, the highest ranking nobles in the civilization, lived within the volcano face, to be close to the source of their magic, strength, and power. This largely supports the information we’ve received from the books’ scattered sources, but Viserys then gives us some additional information.
He points at something and says, “And this was the Anogrion, in which the blood wizards practiced their art.” We already knew that the Valyrians had blood mages and that they got their power from fire and blood, but the Anogrian seems to be a completely new name in the lore, and I very well want to know more!
Alicent, however, compliments Viserys for his achievements and humbly admits that he didn’t construct the model city in some darkly comical symbolic moment. He did little more than gather data and plan. Stone masons were responsible for the hard work. I was struck by the fact that the Valryians, although magical, relied on slave labor for their empire. Viserys mentions a volcano where millions of people worked and were used in blood magic practices to strengthen the Valyrians’ power. Viserys, once more a dragonlord is now dependent on outside assistance to realize his vision for Old Valyria.
Little Laena more interested in dragons
One of the most unsettling scenes in House of the Dragon Episode 2 involves the political maneuverings to wed the widower Viserys to the twelve-year-old Laena Velaryon. The union is logical on paper as it will benefit both the Targaryen clan and the whole kingdom. It’s actually pretty creepy. Viserys and Laena walk around a park trying to find common ground. Laena is most interested in hearing from Viserys about the experience of riding Balerion The Black Dread. Viserys didn’t ride a dragon in this period, but he connected with the same dragon Aegon rode a century ago. Shortly after Viserys’s one and only ride, Balerion passed away.
Laena’s interest in Balerion is sort of an Easter egg because it is mentioned in Fire & Blood that while everyone is upset that Viserys picked Alicent Hightower over her, Laena is okay with it. Her maester reportedly wrote, “Her ladyship shows significantly more interest in flying than men,” in the letter. Congratulations to her! Laena will ultimately mount Vhagar, the only left alive dragon from Aegon’s Conquest. Visenya was able to transport Vhagar. He is the largest and most ancient of these dragons. We won’t see her sit on the dragon until afterward in the series.
Now, it’s okay if you’re unclear about who played Laena. House of the Dragon cast several actors to fill the important roles of children, teens, and adult characters. You may already be aware that when the show jumps ahead ten years, Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke will replace Rhaenyra and Alicent, respectively, but there are still two more actresses playing Laena. Nanna Blondell, Savannah Steyn’s teenage Laena, will replace Rhaenyra and Alicent after a ten year time jump. Although there are many Laenas out there, they all share the same rebellious nature and messy curls.
Episode 2: King Viserys II Targaryen finds out that his brother Daemon Targaryen robbed a dragon eggs and plans to connect it to the child he had with Mysaria. Rhaenyra Targaryen asks about which dragon egg Daemon had taken, and is informed that it was one of Dreamfyre’s. The dragon egg that Rhaenyra had previously chosen for her late brother, Baelon, is said to have been stolen by Daemon. Rhaenyra thereafter sets out to recover the dragon egg, but Episode 2 doesn’t tell any more info about its mother, Dreamfyre.
Luckily, we already know a lot about Dreamfyre and her role in the overall story thanks to Fire & Blood, the 2018 book that served as inspiration for House of the Dragon. Without giving any show spoilers, let’s discuss Dreamfyre’s past in the House of the Dragon universe.
Dreamfyre Story In Fire & Blood
Dreamfyre is described in Fire & Blood as a female dragon with silver markings and skin that is a light blue color. She was born under the rule of Aegon the Conqueror and eventually formed a link with Princess Rhaena Targaryen, the first grandchild of Aegon I. Rhaena’s uncle ascended to the Iron Throne following the death of Rhaena’s father. Rhaena and her husband Aegon Targaryen were compelled to leave King’s Landing together with their dragons Dreamfyre and Quicksilver as a result of this. He and Quicksilver died in the fight Rhaena’s husband fought against Maegor. Dreamfyre and Rhaena managed to escape. Rhaena finally made it out of the Red Keep, despite Maegor forcing her to go back to King’s Landing.
Rhaena flew with Dreamfyre on a flight to her brother Jaehaerys. Jaehaerys would become King Jaehaerys II Targaryen. The episode of House of the Dragon’s first episode opens with the Great Council meeting. Throughout Rhaena’s lifespan, Dreamfyre produced an abundance of dragon eggs, to the point where the Lords of Westeros she visited started to ask about purchasing some of Dreamfyre’s eggs. Rhaena was upset by the attention Dreamfyre received and the dragon eggs she produced, so King Jaehaerys gave Dragonstone control to Rhaena. Years later, when Rhaena’s daughter Aerea disappeared, it is said that Rhaena searched for her by flying Dreamfyre all over Westeros.
Later, when Aerea passed away, Rhaena made the decision to spend her final days alone at Harrenhal, where Dreamfyre stayed right up until Rhaena’s death. Dreamfyre moved to the Dragonpit in King’s Landing after her rider’s death. While Dreamfyre has yet to make an appearance on House of the Dragon’s set, it is safe for us to assume she is just waiting for her next mating attempt. While we won’t reveal who it ultimately turns out to be, viewers of the HBO series House of the Dragon can relax knowing that Dreamfyre will surely make an appearance at some time. House of the Dragon will continue faithfully adapting its source material.
Ser Criston Cole is Different Than Other
Last week, we learned that the somewhat Dornish knight, Ser Criston Cole, had what it took to defeat Prince Daemon in a contest. His fighting background gives him an advantage this week. We learn very early on in Episode 2 “The Rogue Prince” that the great Ser Ryam Redwyne, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, has passed away due to old age. Therefore, Ser Harrold Westerling was appointed Lord Commander and Team Whitecloak is open for him.
Rhaenyra is instructed to choose the newest member in the Kingsguard. But she is instantly turned off the wealthy, inexperienced knights. Ser Otto Hightower warns that the knights she is rejecting are well-connected, but Rhaenyra counters that the Kingsguard’s duty is to…literally guard the king. She prefers the best candidate for the position, and not just a family connection.
This scene uses two different visual cues to convey Ser Criston’s low position. First, he has only a stick. This is in contrast to all the knights with custom statues. The knights of the other retinues have lavish banners and retinues. Of course, it’s possible that Rhaenyra is considering hiring the hottest guy as well as the best candidate. There was a flirtatious exchange last week between the knight and the princess when she did the knight a favor. The Kingsguard now has a knight with a great combat background, who, like Corlys or Daemon, has much more to prove.
The Second Sons
In the dramatic moment from the ending of House of the Dragon, Corlys Velaryon explains to Daemon Targaryen that, despite having roots in Old Valyria, his family was not a dragonlord. Even though they had Valyrian ancestry and were therefore not given the same respect as those who could claim a claim on a dragon, The riches and influence of the Sea Snake’s family had to be almost entirely built from scratch as a result. Viserys’ interactions are what he holds grudge against. “We are the realm’s second sons,” Corlys says to Daemon at one point. Sure, that’s an appropriate metaphor now, but wait! In Game of Thrones, isn’t there a band of mercenaries named the Second Sons? Is this their prequel? Oh, no.
The Second Sons, a group of mercenaries formed following the Doom in Valyria. After the dragonlords fled, all hell broke loose. Dothraki hoards seized cities once ruled over by the Valyrians and began to popularize mercenary organizations as well as slave armies. The Second Sons was one such group. Since the term has a second meaning in this universe by coincidence, I just think it’s a nice thematic homage to the position Corlys and Daemon are in. It’s fascinating to observe that the Targaryens were also regarded as the dragonlords’ lower-class family. They weren’t able to fully develop their strength until they moved to Dragonstone from Valyria because they were the only dragonlords left in existence.
Put His Head On A Spike Or To the Wall
King Viserys is confused as the Daemon Targaryen situation has heated up. He mentions putting his head on a spike and sending him to Wall, both of which are impossible. Both were frequently seen in Game of Thrones. While Jon Snow joined the Night’s Watch initially, many other characters, including those from King’s Landing, were also sent there. And when it comes to heads on spikes, only Ned Stark’s stand out. Daemon is however spared for now.
Episode 2 takes the audience back to Dragonstone, which was last seen during Game of Thrones season 8, with Daenerys deciding to launch her attack on King’s Landing. Some musical notes are familiar from the Game of Thrones theme for dragons. This brings back the scene of the long journey that led to the castle where Jon Snow met Tyrion Lannister. This is also a chance to see Dragonstone in all of its full House Targaryen glory, fulfilling its role as the dragons’ home in numerous ways.
Daemons and Similarities Cersei
One of the Easter eggs in episode 2 refers to a famous comment made by Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones season 6 when she says that she will “choose violence.” This is a clever nod that matches. It’s a clever nod that fits with Daemon’s position as one of the complicated and potent characters in House of the Dragon. Otto presents himself as a cunning strategist who will take every opportunity to gain an advantage with his fake shock, which also recalls the High Septon’s horror that Jaime Lannister would “spill blood” in a holy place.
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