Rhaenyra's Decision - House of the Dragon
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We begin with a history lesson.

172 years before Daenerys Targeryen, Viserys I is announced as the heir to the throne, despite his cousin Princess Rhaenyss having a stronger claim.

In the present, we see Princess Rhaenyra getting off her dragon and Ser Harrold happy about her returning home safely.

Alicent is waiting, and she and her friend chat. Rhaenyra offers to take her on the dragon, but she's happier as a spectator.

Rhaenyra visits her pregnant mother, who is struggling with labor pains.

Viserys wants a son from Aemma so that he can have an heir.

Daemon shows up, sitting on the throne and makes comments to Rhaenyra that he wants to be on the throne.

At a joust to welcome the new boy into the family, Viserys rushes to his wife's side.

She's in danger of losing the baby and everyone holds her down to cut the baby out.

They both die and have a funeral fit for a Targaryen.

Determined to restore order, Daemon wants the townsfolk to be threatened by the color gold, so he attacks the people of King's Landing.

This does not go down well.

Viserys says that he will make Rhaenyra heir to the throne and she's thrust into a world she didn't know she would ever have.

Daemon is pissed about it and is expelled back to be with his wife, but he steals a dragon egg, gets on his dragon with a woman and makes his exit.

Viserys is struggling with his condition because it looks like the throne is cutting him.

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House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

I, Viserys Targaryen, first of his name King of the Andals, and the Rhoynar, and the First Men Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm do hereby name Rhaenyra Targaryen Princess of Dragons tone And heir to the Iron Throne.


As the first century of the Targaryen dynasty came to a close The health of the Old King, Jaehaerys, was failing. In those days, House Targaryen stood at the height of its strength with ten adult dragons under its yoke. No power in the world could stand against it. King Jaehaerys reigned over nearly 60 years of peace and prosperity but tragedy had claimed both his sons Leaving his succession in doubt. So, in the year 101 The Old King called a Great Council to choose an heir. Over a thousand lords made the journey to Harrenhal. Fourteen succession claims were heard But only two were truly considered. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the King's eldest descendant and her younger cousin, Prince Viserys Targaryen The King's eldest male descendant. It is declared by all lords paramount and lords vassal of the Seven Kingdoms That Prince Viserys Targaryen be made Prince of Dragons tone! Rhaenys, a woman, would not inherit the Iron Throne. The lords instead chose Viserys my father. Jaehaerys called the Great Council To prevent a war being fought over his succession. For he knew the cold truth. The only thing that could tear down the House of the Dragon was itself.