Home of the Dragon episode 2 — out now on HBO Max and Disney+ Hotstar — is titled “The Rogue Prince”. That clearly refers to Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), who has introduced himself because the rightful inheritor to the Iron Throne and camped out on Dragonstone, after being snubbed by his brother King Viserys (Paddy Considine) on the finish of episode 1. It is a bit curious to call the episode after him although. Of all the principle characters on the Sport of Thrones prequel sequence, Daemon has the least quantity of display time on episode 2. However it’s additionally a intelligent title, “Fireplace & Blood” readers will know greatest. Home of the Dragon episode 2 hints at it too, with everybody speaking about how Viserys should “produce” new heirs. Spoiler alert: he’ll — and certainly one of them’s additionally a rogue prince.
It has been roughly six months — as promised, time jumps have begun — for the reason that occasions of episode 1, once we decide up in Home of the Dragon episode 2. Whereas Daemon has made the boldest transfer but, Viserys’ eldest Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) is now attempting to say herself across the Crimson Preserve, now that she’s been named inheritor. At a small council assembly, the place her job is to pour wine, Rhaenyra suggests to her father that he ought to ship dragonriders to take care of the menace of the Crab Keeper, a brand new villain who’s taken over the Stepstones, a series of islands east of Dorne in Westeros and west of Essos. It’s going to be seen as a present of pressure, she notes. (This second truly foreshadows her personal actions afterward Home of the Dragon episode 2, in how she offers with Daemon.)
However the all-men council do not take kindly to her “ideas” and he or she’s quietly pushed out of the small council assembly. As an alternative, she’s advised to partake within the selecting of a brand new knight for the Kingsguard. There too, Rhaenyra tries to say herself by selecting a knight who’s had fight expertise — Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), one of many two new primary forged members on Home of the Dragon episode 2 — over a extra politically-savvy selection. It is a side-effect of her personal wishes. Whereas ladies are anticipated to be comely and bear offspring for his or her husband, Rhaenyra is extra serious about dragon-riding and preventing. It is why she leans ahead and enquires about Ser Criston’s exploits within the Dornish marshes.
Rhaenyra’s boldest transfer to say herself on Home of the Dragon episode 2 finds her performing on her personal recommendation. After the small council is made conscious of Daemon stealing a dragon egg, asserting common-born Woman Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno) as his second spouse and alluring the King to his wedding ceremony in two days, Viserys decides to go and face his brother himself. The Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), calms him down and asks to let him go in his place. However Otto fails to make Daemon see purpose, exactly as a result of Daemon has no want to hearken to purpose. He is joyful to unsheathe his sword and unleash his dragon Caraxes, regardless of Mysaria and his unborn baby being of their presence.
And had been it not for Rhaenyra’s transfer to do a present of pressure — her entrance with Syrax was actually epic on Home of the Dragon episode 2 — Otto must return to King’s Touchdown together with his tail between his legs. Even Daemon is caught by Rhaenyra’s surprising arrival, with Rhaenyra shortly unravelling his sequence of lies. Not solely has Daemon not requested Mysaria to be his spouse, there isn’t a baby in her stomach. Daemon was merely making all of it up. On the finish, it is Daemon who walks away, reluctantly handing over the dragon egg again to Rhaenyra.
A woman of 15 bested her uncle, a grown man. In a manner, that is the primary dance of the dragons — the famed Targaryen warfare of succession that we’re headed in direction of is named “Dance of the Dragons” by those that wrote the historical past books — as we see two Targaryens butt heads. Whereas their respective present of pressure sits on both aspect of the stage, the 2 dragonriders prance in regards to the area, ready for certainly one of them to attract first blood. In the end, no fireplace is breathed and no lives are misplaced, however the stage has been set on Home of the Dragon episode 2.
And whereas Otto makes an attempt to object — be it in selecting the knight, and later, Rhaenyra’s presence at Dragonstone — he fails on each accounts in Home of the Dragon episode 2. Within the first, he tries to provide Rhaenyra a lesson in politics, however she’s not simply swayed. And with the second, it is Rhaenyra who finally ends up giving Otto a lesson in politics. In case you’re going up towards somebody with a dragon, you higher have one in your nook.
That mentioned, there is a a lot larger and extra vital political lesson in retailer for her on Home of the Dragon episode 2. That comes from Viserys’ cousin and The Queen Who By no means Was, Princess Rhaenys (Eve Greatest). As Viserys takes a tour across the Crimson Preserve gardens together with her daughter Lena, Rhaenys tells Rhaenyra that her father will remarry somebody or the opposite. And as he fathers new youngsters, certainly one of them will find yourself being a son. And when Viserys is gone, the realm will count on him to be the ruler, not Rhanerya, as a result of “that’s the order of issues.” Rhaenys sums up patriarchy — additionally foreshadowing what’s to come back — as she provides: “Males would sooner put the realm to the torch, than see a girl ascend the Iron Throne.”
And by the top of Home of the Dragon episode 2, it is clear that Rhaenyra will not simply be going up towards boys, but in addition her greatest good friend. Alicent has been charting her personal manner by the Crimson Preserve, although as of now, she is not working out of want as a lot as expectation from her father. After the loss of life of Queen Aemma, she’s been having talks with the King which have extra to them, particularly from Viserys’ aspect. And naturally, she’s sensible sufficient to say the fitting issues and know what is going to impress him. However she’s additionally stuffed with fear and anxiousness — simply take a look at the state of her fingernails — and it would not assist that the King and her father have simply pitted her towards her greatest good friend. Alicent would not wish to destroy their friendship, however she’s being manoeuvred in methods which can be outdoors her management.
Choosing Hightower over Velaryon goes to price Viserys. Rhaneys tells Rhaenyra when they’re speaking on Home of the Dragon episode 2 that her father is not any idiot, but that is clearly a silly choice, on par with some Ned Stark selections on Sport of Thrones, I’d argue. Though he is king, Viserys has his “duties”, and strengthening his line is prime of them. Becoming a member of the outdated homes of Valyria in blood — the Targaryens and the Velaryons — would have been the sensible transfer, as everybody advised. However in marrying for responsibility, Viserys has made a compromise and performed it half out of affection. (And the truth that the opposite suitor was 12 years outdated, youthful than his personal daughter.)
However by choosing Alicent as spouse, Viserys has burnt the bridges he was attempting to rebuild each with Rhaenyra, his solely inheritor, and Lord Corlys “Sea Snake” Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), who owns half the fleet’s ships. No surprise then that the Sea Snake turns to Daemon to seek out his value, with the rogue prince doing his personal plotting. Home of the Dragon episode 2 leaves us with a promise that it will tackle the Crab Feeder within the close to future, probably with fireplace and blood.