After the disappointing conclusion of “Game of Thrones,” the first two episodes of HBO’s latest spin-off miniseries “House of the Dragon” have restored fans’ faith in the franchise. The story centers on the Targaryen family who have ruled the lands of Westeros for centuries with their fire-breathing dragons that strike terror into the hearts of those who dare oppose them.
Jaehaerys fell ill and Viserys succeeded him
Once King Jaehaerys fell ill, he declared that his son, King Viserys I Targaryen, would succeed to the crown. Viserys and Queen Aemma were at the top of the royal hierarchy. Despite the Queen giving birth to Princess Rhaenyra in AD 97, the couple kept trying to conceive a male so that Viserys could declare her child a successor to the kingdom.
The queen suffered several losses until she finally gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Baelon, and she tragically died soon after. Unfortunately, shortly after his mother passed away, the boy also kicked the bucket, leaving Rhaenyra as his only surviving offspring. Now that he has named Rhaenyra his successor, tensions run high as each family plots to marry off their daughter to the king in order to win the king’s goodwill and secure a position of power in the kingdom.
It’s no secret that the House of the Dragon will explore the famous Dance of the Dragons, which Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen as well as Prince Aegon II Targaryen, who both believe themselves to be the rightful successor to the Iron Throne, engage in. in a brutal war. The power of the Targaryens and the number of dragons both drop after the war. Following the untimely demise of King Viserys I Targaryen, a bloody battle ensues, playing out in a series of events that would be pivotal to HOD’s first season.
But how did King Viserys die? Let’s find out.
Finally! It was his own throne that killed him
According to the novels and novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, Viserys grew up in King’s Landing in the year 77 AD. His reign is well recorded and spans the years 103-129 AC
If we pursue the historical accounts, the kingdom was in a state of upheaval during his last year in power. Lady Alicent Hightower, his consort, and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, his only surviving offspring from his first wife, Queen Aemma, began to hate each other and ensured that all slaves and other beings in the kingdom did what they ordered. In AD 127, King Viserys fell from the Iron Throne and seriously injured his arm.
Unfortunately for the king, Grand Maester Mellos’ healing efforts were in vain. It was feared that Viserys would not survive his high fever brought on by an illness. Maester Gerardys amputated two of his fingers, and only then did he start to feel better. It was then that Viserys decided that he would never occupy the throne again.
Viserys eventually wanted Rhaenyra to succeed him
If the series stays true to literature, Viserys will pass away peacefully in his sleep in the year 129 AD. He was 52 when he died, and for seven days no one in Westeros knew of his disappearance. This goes against the wishes of the late king, who wanted Rhaenyra to succeed him on the Iron Throne.
Alicent forbids anyone to handle Viserys’ corpse, so he rots horribly as the small council negotiates the complicated political position. In the end, the news of his death was shared with the world and his corpse was cremated in accordance with Targaryen custom by being burned with dragon’s breath.
At the same time, Rhaenyra learns of her father’s death in Dragonstone and flatly rejects Aegon’s claim to become Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Alicent has a network of followers in King’s Landing called the Greens. However, Rhaenyra is building her own army of followers who support compliance with Viserys’ decree.
House of the Dragon, however, seems to be heading for a more gruesome ending for Viserys. Provided the politics are sordid, “House of the Dragon” can add spice by having Viserys die a more gruesome end. Maybe a dragon would set him on fire, or maybe someone would poison him. The fate of House Targaryen is uncertain, but killing Viserys could be the turning point of the series.