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'House of the Dragon' Ending Explained: Loss of a child makes heartbroken Queen Rhaenyra wage war

The Realm's delight has experienced nothing but undelightful situations since she was proclaimed as her father's heir to sit on the Iron Throne
UPDATED OCT 24, 2022
Elliot Grihault, Matt Smith, Harry Collett, Emma D'Arcy, and Phoebe Campbell in 'House of the Dragon' (IMDb)
Elliot Grihault, Matt Smith, Harry Collett, Emma D'Arcy, and Phoebe Campbell in 'House of the Dragon' (IMDb)

'House of the Dragon' has been one of the highly anticipated series of this year. The series which started on August 21, 2022, concludes on October 24, 2022, with an unexpected and twisted ending. The fantasy series has taken fans on a roller coaster ride, whether it be the birth-giving scene of Queen Aemma (Sian Brooke) or the introduction of Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Daemon (Matt Smith) being involved in an incestuous relationship. In the last episode of Season 1, 'The Black Queen', there are some unexpected plot twists and some scenes which can be quite vivid for the fans. 

However in the ninth episode of 'House of the Dragons,' fans witnessed after Viserys' death, Ser Otto and the Small Council plot to crown Prince Aegon. Ser Criston kills Lord Beesbury, who protests Rhaenyra being usurped. Kingsguard Lord Commander Harrold Westerling resigns in protest. Otto keeps Viserys's death secret to fortify the council's position, then coerces the noble houses to switch their allegiance to Aegon. Those resisting are imprisoned or hanged. Aegon resists being king, but Alicent persuades him otherwise. King's Landing citizens are herded into the Dragonpit to witness Aegon's coronation. Princess Rhaenys, refusing to support Aegon as king, is held captive but eventually freed by Erryk. She enters the Dragonpit caverns and astride her dragon Meleys breaches the grand hall, causing mayhem and confronting the royal usurpers before leaving on the dragon's back.


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'House of the Dragon' Episode 10, 'The Black Queen's Ending Explained:

Episode 10, starts with Rhaenys coming to Rhaenyra to inform her about the unfortunate coronation of her little stepbrother, after her father's death. After listening to the horrendous situation Rhaenyra enters labor while Daemon prepares for retaliation. She commands her sons to stop Daemon while refusing any aid. Rhaenyra's helpers were offering her help but she was too stubborn to agree to it. Finally, Rhaenyra gives birth herself, but the child is born dead as the child was prematurely born out of the stress and pure agony that Rhaenyra experienced. During the burial, Ser Erryk brings Rhaenyra, her father, Viserys' crown from Kings Landing and swears his allegiance to her, as do all present except Rhaenys. Otto Hightower brings terms of truce on Queen Alicent's behalf, which Rhaenyra agrees to consider. Daemon entertains the suggestion of waging war with dragons but Rhaenyra insists on holding peace, just as her father did.

Meanwhile, the recovered Lord Corlys Valeryon sides with the Blacks and suggests a blockage on the trade route to King's Landing, weakening the capital and allowing them to strike at the right time. Lord Corlys only did this as Rhaenys explained to him how Rhaenyra was trying to hold the realm together peacefully when everyone else was waiting with bated breath to go to war. Rhaenyra decides to recognize her allegiances before taking them to war so she appoints Jacaerys to ride for the Eyrie and Lucerys for the Storm's End while on an oath to no fight, as Daemon awakens the second largest dragon alive, Vermithor. In Storm's End, Lucerys is antagonized by Lord Boros Baratheon to offer a proposal for one of his daughters, as has already been done by the present Aemond. But Lucerys informs him about his engagement, to which he denies his allegiance. Aemond intervenes in Lucerys' departure to avenge his eye and chases him and his dragon, Arrax, on Vhagar. However, due to lack of submission, caused Arrax to attack Vhagar. The latter (Vhagar) retaliates, killing both Arrax and Lucerys by chewing them up when they were in mid-air as Aemond watches in horror as Aemond never expected Vhagar to be unpredictable and dangerously heinous. When Rhaenyra is informed of Lucerys' death by Daemon, she decides to declare war as she didn't expect her son to be dead while only going as a messenger.

'House of the Dragon's episode 10, 'The Black Queen,' is now streaming on HBO Max or Disney+.