The Visery's injuries in the House of the Dragon are a Thrones legend deep cut

The Visery's injuries in the House of the Dragon are a Thrones legend deep cut ...

The House of the Dragon took no time to establish the many conflicts that are raging in the Seven Kingdoms. However, one of King Viserys Targaryens' greatest threats is playing out in the background.

The following excerpts from a book are spoilers for House of the Dragon and Fire & Blood.

Viserys gets a small cut from the throne in the same episode, which results in the amputation of two of his fingers. As the maesters tending to Viserys note, the cut mysteriously refuses to heal. In fact, its spreading.

The reason Viserys' wounds will not heal is more symbolic than anything as simple as bacterial infection. The significance of being cut by the Iron Throne has deep roots in Targaryen history and Game of Thrones legend, dating back to the thrones' creation.

What does it mean to be slain by the Iron Throne?

Aegon I Targaryen, the Viserys' ancestor, constructed 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 designed with the intention of causing extreme discomfort.

Aenys, the son of Aegons, succeeded his father, but was ultimately killed by Maegor, his brother, who used to sabotage him. Six years later, Maegor's notoriously cruel reign saw his nephew raise banners against him. The next morning, one of Maegor's wives discovered him dead in the seat with one of the thrones blades broken through his neck and his forearms slashed open with several other spikes.

Maegor's death is reportedly linked to his own death, or that Elinor murdered him. But many people believe that the Iron Throne itself is what killed Maegor. This is what spawned popular belief that the throne chooses who is worthy or not of ruling Westeros, and that those who are deemed undeserving suffer harm from its blades.

Is everybody who is cut off from the Iron Throne a dead person?

No, or at least not as a direct result of their wounds.

Daenerys Targaryen's paranoid father Aerys II Targaryen was commonly known as King Scab because he cut himself so often on the Iron Throne, but his death was not discovered until 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 probability of death. If they are on the throne but not a fit ruler, the odds increase exponentially.

What does Viserys' being cut by the Iron Throne mean?

Viserys's decision to name Rhaenyra as his successor or to wed Alicent Hightower only adds to his dissent.

Visery's first Iron Throne entry occurred at an undetermined time, but his second injury is of particular importance, coming immediately following his decision to remove Daemon from the line of succession. This decision is one of the most crucial decisions that ultimately leads to the first Targaryen civil war. The second cut may also serve as a warning that Visery's decision will only result in disgrace for himself, his family, and his kingdom.

Viserys is more concerned about his health than with political machinations and the devolving stability of Westeros. However, Viserys has already lost two fingers as a result of his throne cuts. Only time will tell how much he will pay for his failings as king.