Aug 28, 2022

House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 1: The Heirs of the Dragon

In Season 1 Episode 1 of HBO's series House of the Dragon - "The Heirs of the Dragon", during the reign of King Jaehaerys Targaryen, tragedies took the lives of his sons, leaving the succession undecided. A Great Council is convened to choose the future ruler of the Westeros Continent.

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Traditionally, male heirs were preferred over female, regardless of birth order, Jaehaerys' grandson Prince Viserys was chosen as his successor instead of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen - Viserys' elder cousin.

Nine years into the reign of King Viserys I, the Triarchy, an alliance formed by the free cities of Essos, threatens the integrity of the Kingdom with the intent to capture the Stepstone region.

Queen Aemma is about to give birth, and Viserys has a strong belief that the child to be born would be a boy to succeed him. He organizes a big tournament to celebrate.

Viserys' younger brother Daemon who was appointed Commander of the City Watch carries out brutal and bloody purges to maintain order in the capital King's Landing. Daemon also attends the Grand Tournament but is eventually defeated by the Dornish knight Ser Criston Cole.

Queen Aemma and the child both die in childbirth. The Hand of the King Ser Otto Hightower proposes that Viserys' only surviving child, the young Princess Rhaenyra, should be made heir to the Iron Throne. 

After arguing with Daemon over his right of succession, Viserys declares Rhaenyra his new heir, amid a strange incurable illness he is suffering.


Paddy Considine ... King Viserys I Targaryen
Matt Smith ... Prince Daemon Targaryen
Emma D'Arcy ... Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
Olivia Cooke ... Lady Alicent Hightower
Rhys Ifans ... Ser Otto Hightower
Steve Toussaint ... Lord Corlys Velaryon
Eve Best ... Princess Rhaenys Targaryen
Sonoya Mizuno ... Mysaria
Milly Alcock ... young Rhaenyra Targaryen
Emily Carey ... young Alicent Hightower
Graham McTavish ... Ser Harrold Westerling