Recap of Season 1 of 'House of the Dragon': Family Feud

Recap of Season 1 of 'House of the Dragon': Family Feud ...

House of the Dragon has a lot less in common with Game of Thrones' parent series than what most people expect. It's not that different from big fantasy classics like The Lord of the Rings. And, as Second of His Name proves, an awkward birthday party can be equally deadly as a battlefield.

The last weeks arrangements between King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and House Hightower seem to be paying off, at least for some involved parties. Queen Alicent (Emily Carey) is expecting her second child, and Lord Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) is now able to have a direct line to the throne that he could only dream of back when he was the Kings Hand, and not his father-in-law.

Perhaps he finds some pleasure in slaining his dragon into the Stepstones, killing all of the Crabfeeders (Daniel Scott-Smith) men, and some of his own men as well. It's too bad Daemon couldn't see it, because he was so busy spitting fire all over the place. The king's rogue brother might soon find himself in danger in his own ranks.

King Viserys is well-aware of his brothers' problems, but he really couldn't care less. Like in Episode 1, having a baby boy has blinded him to anything other than partying, jousting, and hunting. And so, as one lady aptly puts it, he chooses to ignore the fact that the Crown is already at war, and this is not something the king can spare right now.

Rhaenyra's anger against the king stems from her being threatened as heiress to the throne, nor from her previous best friend. This is why she has to deal with unwanted attention from men like Jason Lannister (Jefferson Hall), who approaches her with that Lannister cockiness we all know so well. It's his talk about the wonders of Casterly Rock and how loaded his family is that entices Rhaenyra to set off her

Although heated, little Aegon is likely to have a very pleasant nameday, at least for a while. A white hart is a good sign for the young prince, and Lord Otto does not miss this opportunity to suggest that the king should make the boy his heir ASAP. Rhaenyra emerges from the woods covered with blood, resurrected by a dragon.

The Aegons hunt comes to an end, and the royal family returns to the Red Keep. The event has made all the more clear that the lords arent willing to give Rhaenyra the queen now that the king has a male heir, and Rhaenyra is not giving up her place without a fight. Last week, the king made another risky, emotional decision, giving her the freedom to choose the greatest man for the job of king-consort.

The King of the Stepstones makes a seemingly unfavorable decision when he receives a plea for help from Lord Corlys (Steve Toussaint) and his brother, Vaemond (Wil Johnson), who is eventually able to intervene at the Stepstones. Daemon, the only person who is uneasy with His Majesty's actions, goes after the Crabfeeder in one of Bloodstones caves and releases his upper half of his enemy's flesh

Prince Drahar is a disgraceful figure who had been painting since Episode 1, and fans were eager to learn more about him. His mask and deformed, Greyscale-like features added an even greater menace to the harrowing portrait that Lord Corlys had been painting since Episode 1. At least, the Crown can rest assured that Daemon doesnt need any outside enemies to wage war. And, as the late King Jaeherys (Michael Carter) foresaw, House Targaryen

House of the Dragon airs on HBO Sundays. Episodes may be streamed on HBO Max.