House of the Dragon wasted no time in establishing the numerous conflicts that engulf the Seven Kingdoms. However, one of the greatest threats to King Viserys Targaryens' rule is mostly playing out in the background.
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Viserys suffers a minor wound on his back while sitting on the Iron Throne. The wound mysteriously refuses to heal, nor is it spreading. In the same episode, Viserys receives a second cut from the throne, which similarly becomes infected, which results in the amputation of two of his fingers.
Viserys' wounds will not heal, which is more symbolic than anything as common as bacterial infection. The significance of being cut by the Iron Throne has deep roots in Targaryen history and Game of Thrones legends dating back to the thrones' creation.
What does it mean to be cut off from the Iron Throne?
Aegon I Targaryen, Viserys' ancestor, made the Iron Throne from a thousand broken blades he had taken from his foes in Game of Thrones. The ironwork monster, as George R.R. Martin referred to it in Game of Thrones, was created with the intention of causing extreme discomfort.
Aenys' son Aenys succeeded his father, but was later murdered by Maegor's brother, the usurper Maegor. Six years into Maegor's notoriously brutal reign, his nephew Jaehaerys Targaryen raised banners against him. He spent the night brooding alone on the Iron Throne, until one of Maegor's many wives found him dead in the seat with one of the thrones blades piercing his throat and his
Maegor's death is spooked by multiple theories, including that he committed suicide or that Elinor murdered him. But many others believe the Iron Throne itself is responsible for his death. This is what created popular beliefs that the throne determines who is worthy or not of ruling Westeros and that those who are deemed undeserving suffer injury from its blades.
Does everyone who gets cut on the Iron Throne die?
As a direct result of their wounds, yes, or at least not.
Daenerys Targaryen's paranoid father Aerys II Targaryen was often dubbed King Scab because he cut himself so often on the Iron Throne. However, the Mad King was never discovered dead on the throne nor of an infection from one of his many cuts. Instead, his death occurred at the end of Jaime Lannisters sword.
The Iron Throne isnt a supernatural judge, jury, or executioner that disposes of the ruler itself. That being said, anyone who sits on the throne is already at a higher than average risk of death. If theyre not a fit ruler, those odds increase exponentially.
What does Viserys' removal from the Iron Throne imply?
Viserys' decision to name Rhaenyra as his successor or the marriage of Alicent Hightower only stokes further dissent against him.
The second cut from Visery's Iron Throne occurred at an unspecified time, but it's also a clue that he's going to die in the First Targaryen civil war. The second cut might be another sign that Visery's poor judgment will only result in ruin for himself, his family, and his kingdom. Or it might be another way to reinforce Daemon's belief that Viserys is a weak king capable of bearing the burden of his own power.
Viserys is less concerned about his health than with political machinations and the devolution of Westeros. However, Viserys has already lost two fingers as a result of his iron thrones cuts. Only time will tell how much he will pay for his inefficiencies as king.