This contains potentially distressing discussions of murder, including violence against children.
WARNING! Major SPOILERS for Fire & Blood AND House of the Dragon episode 3!Alicent’s pregnancy in House of the Dragon episode 3 sets up the series’ most agonizing moment to come. House of the Dragon episode 3’s three-year time jump reveals that King Viserys and Alicent are married with a 2-year-old son Prince Aegon, and are already expecting another child. The Iron Throne-related conflicts that came with the news of Aegon’s birth are heavily explored in episode 3, but Alicent and Viserys’ next child won’t pose another threat to Rhaenyra’s claim; the baby will, however, grow up to have one of House of the Dragon’s most tragic stories.
If House of the Dragon follows the birth order of Alicent and Viserys’ children established in George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood book, then Alicent is pregnant with the couple’s daughter Helaena Targaryen in episode 3. While Alicent and Viserys’ sons grow up to have their own malicious sentiments as the feuds within House Targaryen grow, their daughter Helaena is largely innocent. In fact, she’s one of the few Green characters who seemingly had little malice toward her half-sister Rhaenyra during the Dance of the Dragons, and was the only sibling to which Rhaenyra was at least indifferent. However, not even the kindest of the Targaryens are spared from the brutalities of House of the Dragon’s civil war.
Helaena’s story in House of the Dragon will not be an enjoyable one, as her story is truly set in motion when she is married to her older brother, Prince Aegon Targaryen. The Targaryen siblings went on to have several children, including the twins Jaehaerys and Jaehaera and a third child named Maelor. Once the Dance of the Dragons begins, Helaena will be subject to one of the era’s most brutal war crimes, which occurs shortly after Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys Velaryon is killed by her half-brother Aemond Targaryen. As revenge for Lucerys’ death, Daemon Targaryen hired the two assassins (called Blood and Cheese) to murder one of Helaena and Aegon’s sons. Helaena was forced to choose which of her sons would die, and agonizingly decided on her 2-year-old son Maelor, who was too young to understand what was happening. However, House of the Dragon’s killers decided to murder her six-year-old son Jaehaerys instead, swiftly beheading him in front of his mother and siblings.
Blood & Cheese Will Be House Of The Dragon’s Red Wedding
The Red Wedding is remembered as the most shocking moment in Game of Thrones, which truly set the tone for the series in that nobody was safe. The agonizing and brutal deaths of Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa, along with her unborn child are horrifying to watch, standing alongside Shireen Baratheon tragically being burned alive as the worst moments in Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon’s Blood and Cheese story will be similarly devastating, and will be just as effective in establishing the cut-throat nature of the Dance of the Dragons – not even children are safe from the 30-year Targaryen feud.
Similar to how the Red Wedding wasn’t the end of the brutal catastrophes in Game of Thrones, Blood and Cheese won’t conclude the havoc in House of the Dragon. Many fan-favorite characters will die in battle or in executions, with hardly any notable figures surviving the Dance. Although King Viserys I Targaryen married Alicent Hightower in the hopes of strengthening House Targaryen’s family line, House of the Dragon will prove that it was only effective in dwindling it down further.
New episodes of House of the Dragon release Sundays on HBO/HBO Max.