‘The house of the dragon’ finally clarifies the relationship that most confuses the readers of ‘Fire and blood’

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The fourth episode of dragon house, The King of the Narrow Sea, has unleashed the fight for the Iron Throne in the lineage of the Targaryens. Once again, the absolute protagonist has been Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) the eldest daughter and heiress (regardless of whom) of the king Viserys (Paddy Considine).

The young woman has begun the chapter by returning to King’s Landing after an unsuccessful journey in search of a fiancé to marry. There she was waiting for her uncle, Daemon (Matt Smith), who has returned triumphantly to the capital of the Seven Kingdoms after his victory at the Stone Steps.

After a High Valyrian conversation in which Rhaenyra confesses to Daemon that she does not want to get married for fear of dying in childbirth like her mother, he realizes that his niece is depriving herself of the pleasures of sex and takes her to the Calle de la Seda, full of brothels. At a certain point, both are carried away by passion and kiss in the brothel, although Daemon manages to control his impulses and leaves before deflowering the princess.

Despite his discretion, this meeting soon reached the ears of Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) and consequently of Viserys. However, before confronting her father, Rhaenyra returns to her room, guarded by Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel). The young woman soon seduces the member of the Royal Guard and they end up sleeping together. Although this sexual encounter is kept secret, her dalliance with her Daemon causes her father to decide to marry her. Laenor Velaryon (John MacMillan).

Since George R.R. Martin published the first part of the history of the Targaryens in fire and blood In 2018, readers have wondered about the confusing relationship between Rhaenyra and Ser Criston Cole. Were they lovers? Had he rejected the princess because of her loyalty to the Kingsguard? Had Daemon taught Rhaenyra how to win the soldier? Was it all rumors to destroy the young woman’s reputation?

The fourth chapter has answered these questions, showing how the heiress seduces her trusted man and loses her virginity with him, despite suspicions about her affair with her uncle. As for Daemon’s intentions with his niece, they are not clear. Despite the fact that Viserys accuses her brother of beguiling her daughter only for the Throne, from the first episode we have seen that there is a very special connection between the characters.

Waiting to find out how these parallel relationships progress, the episode has ended with Rhaenyra agreeing to marry Laenor Velaryon and receiving a cup of Luna’s Tea from her father to avoid “consequences”. It is an herbal infusion used in the Seven Kingdoms to prevent or abort pregnancies. Next week we will follow the development of this plot that will determine the future of the Targaryens.

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