episode 1 summary [ATTENTION SPOILERS]

episode 1 summary [ATTENTION SPOILERS]

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Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is the king's little brother in
HBO Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is the king’s little brother in “House of the dragon”
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Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is the king’s little brother in “House of the dragon”

SERIES – That’s it. Three years after the end of game of thronesthe spin-off series dragon house is here. This Monday, August 22, the very first episode was unveiled by HBO, and broadcast in France, simultaneously with the United States on OCS, at 3 a.m.

The American channel is back to good habits: the episodes will be broadcast every week at night from Sunday to Monday, as for game of thrones.

The first of ten episodes in the series lays the groundwork for the plot, and introduces the new faces making their debut in the universe. dragon house takes place 200 years before the first season of the original series, and focuses on only one of the houses: the Targaryens, who rule the kingdom of the Seven Kingdoms at this time.

Marked by the conflicts within the family to access the Iron Throne, this first glimpse brings a new breath to Westeros, while keeping the DNA that made the success of the original series.

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This article contains spoilers for the first episode of Dragon House.

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The Iron Throne at the heart of the plot

Here we are back in Port Réal. If we recognize the famous Red Keep, already present in game of throneson the other hand, it is trodden on by strangers. Not a Lannister in sight. Instead, Targaryens recognizable by their silver hair.

Series creators Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are quick to introduce the Royal Family. Starting with Viserys Targaryen, the fifth king of the dynasty.

King Viserys Targaryen, fifth of the dynasty, in “House of the dragon”
HBO-MAX King Viserys Targaryen, fifth of the dynasty, in “House of the dragon”

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King Viserys Targaryen, fifth of the dynasty, in “House of the dragon”

Only nine years after his coronation, the latter must already be thinking of naming an heir. There is only one place on the Iron Throne, and many covet it.

Rhaenyra, his eldest daughter, is currently his only child. This makes her a contender for the throne, though the idea of ​​a female ruler is far from a given in the Kingdom.

Deamon, the king’s little brother, also considers himself the rightful heir. Nevertheless, it is uncontrollable, which is far from reassuring Viserys. An outstanding warrior, he sows terror in King’s Landing, and moreover comes to bring to the series his dose of violence, which is part of GOT’s DNA.

From the first minutes, shots of cut throats and the unfolding of intestines appear. Connoisseurs know not to look game of thrones Where dragon house while eating.

Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is the king's little brother in
HBO Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is the king’s little brother in “House of the dragon”

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Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is the king’s little brother in “House of the dragon”

“The Queen Who Never Was”

Episode 1 outlines an overpowered house, where conflicts and strategies nevertheless reign. But it also introduces the place occupied by women at Court.

At the start of the episode, it all starts with Rhaenys, or “The Queen Who Never Was”. Being the only daughter of the previous king, the Crown should have gone to her by right. But she has one characteristic that got in her way: she was born a woman. It was therefore his cousin Viserys who took his place.

Rhaenyra then seems doomed to the same fate. Her mother is pregnant, and her father, convinced that she is expecting a boy, is already preparing to name him heir. dragon house recalls the pressure that weighs on the shoulders of a queen to give a son to her husband. Her entire existence, and her value, rests on this pregnancy.

But during the delivery, complications arise, and an impossible dilemma arises for the king. The mother or the child: you have to choose who to save. Sacrificing his wife, he decides to preserve the life of his heir.

We then observe a terrible scene, during which the baby is removed from the womb of its mother without the consent of the latter. The bloody and violent scenes are not only found on the battlefields.

Rhaenyra Targaryen, in
HBO Rhaenyra Targaryen, in “The House of the Dragon”.

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Rhaenyra Targaryen, in “The House of the Dragon”.

“Dracaries”

The child, the king’s first son, dies a few hours after giving birth. “The heir for a day”will he then be appointed.

For his part, Daemon celebrates the event that marks his eventual rise to power. enraged and ebereaved, the king ends up seeing the future of the house through his eldest daughter, rather than desperately waiting for a son.

He thus offers Rhaenyra a legacy as honorary as it is dangerous. His succession will be contested. But if she fights, then she will be the head of the most powerful house of the Seven Kingdoms, and its 17 dragons. ” Dracarys she shouts at one of them, giving the beast the green light to burn the bodies of her mother and brother.

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