Will Corlys Die? Is Steve Toussaint Leaving House of the Dragons?

Portrayed by Steve Toussaint, Corlys Velaryon is one of the main characters in ‘House of the Dragon.’ In the annals of the history of Westeros, he is inarguably the most well-known member of his house. The Velaryons, like the Targaryens and the Targaryens come from the old Valyrian Freehold. They arrived in Westeros many years before the Doom. They are masters over the sea, although they aren’t traditionally dragonriders. Corlys, also known as The Sea Snake, is the most powerful of them all.

House Velaryon, with him as its head, has reached the peak of its power and wealth. It is almost equal to the royal House Targaryens, whose kin the Velaryons are. In ‘House of the Dragon’ episode 8, titled ‘The Lord of the Tides,’ it is revealed that Corlys has been injured in the conflict in the Stepstones and is fighting for his life because of the ensuing blood fever. This has resulted in a succession crisis at Driftmark, with Corlys’ brother, Vaemond, questioning the paternity of Lucerys Velaryon, Corlys’ chosen heir. If you are wondering whether Corlys will die soon and whether Toussaint is set to leave ‘House of the Dragon’ in its inaugural season, we got you covered. READ AND SEE THE BOOK ABOVE.

Will Corlys Die?

‘House of the Dragon’ is based on certain sections of George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book, ‘Fire & Blood.’ The show serves as a prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’ just as ‘Fire & Blood’ is a prequel to Martin’s ongoing magnum opus book series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ Unlike in the show, Corlys came down with a sudden fever in 126 AC in the books. As it was believed that he could die at a given moment, a conflict became inevitable between Vaemond and Lucerys Velaryon and the latter’s family to be the next Master of Driftmark and Lord of the Tides. However, unlike in the series, Vaemond never really declared Rhaenyra’s children as natural born in front of the King, though he was still decapitated by Daemon.

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As for Corlys, he didn’t die because of the illness. Corlys was well by 129 AC, which is the year that the civil war began between the Targaryen factions. He continued to participate in the dance of dragons and had returned to his health. He was initially part of the Black faction with his family members belonging to it. But, later in the series, he is a member the Greens. Considering all that is yet to happen in ‘House of the Dragon,’ it is safe to presume that Corlys will continue to be part of the narrative in the coming episodes. Corlys is the only character to survive the civil conflict in the books. Corlys died at the age of 79 in 132 AC.

Is Steve Toussaint leaving House of the Dragon

No, Toussaint isn’t leaving ‘House of the Dragon.’ His character is set to play an important role in the civil war, so he isn’t going anywhere in the next few seasons of the show. The casting of Toussaint, a black actor, initially received some criticism because Velaryons are said to have traditional Valyrian features in the books  — silver hair, pale skin, and purple eyes. Some criticisms were undoubtedly motivated racism. Some people complained that they were book snobs. Either way, Toussaint’s performance as the character has overwhelmingly convinced people that he is the best man for the job.

Series co-creator and co-showrunner Ryan Condal explained Toussaint’s casting in a 2022 interview with Entertainment Weekly. “The world is very different now than it was 10 years ago when [Game of Thrones] All of this began. It’s different than 20 years ago when Peter Jackson made The Lord of the Rings. These types of stories need to be more inclusive than they traditionally have been,” the actor said. “It was very important for Miguel and I to create a show that was not another bunch of white people on the screen, just to put it very bluntly.”

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