‘Dragon’s House’: Luke’s Death, End of Dragon Fight Season 1 Finale

By | October 24, 2022

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the end of Season 1 of HBO’s “Dragon House,” which is currently streaming on HBO Max, don’t read on.

The dance of dragons finally begins as the body count continues to rise for “Dragon House.”

The Season 1 finale will mirror some key moments from the past, such as Rhaenyra Targaryen’s (Emma D’Arcy) bloody birth sequence, Otto Hightower’s (Rhys Ifans) Dragonton and Emend Targaryen’s (Ewan Mitchell) facing off against the Blacks on Lucery’s “Luke.” Velarion’s (Elliot Grihault) deadly “eye to eye” combat. The episode begins with a foreshadowing of Luke’s fate as he complains to his mother Rhaenyra that he isn’t “perfect” like her and buys the Driftmark as his new right.

Picking up from last episode, Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) arrives at Dragonstone and delivers the bad news to Rhaenyra and her family: King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) is dead and Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) has adopted her son Aegon Targaryen (Tom). Glynn-Carney) as king even though Rhaenyra has been heir for years. This surprising but completely unexpected news upsets the pregnant Rhaenyra and sends her into labor. Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), meanwhile, goes into full-on war mode when he hears that Aegon has claimed the Iron Throne.

As Daemon begins to gather the Black Council and their loyal followers, Rhaenyra’s screams echo through Dragonton. The scene is an obvious parallel to her mother Queen Emma Arryn’s (Cian Brooke) bloody childbirth in the series premiere, but Rhaenyra refuses the help of her female slaves. Her screams of pain are interspersed with a roaring dragon shot, and when the princess plucks the baby from her womb, it is stillborn.

Shortly after this harrowing scene, Rhaenyra was officially named Queen of Westeros by her father’s crown. Everyone in the Dragonton council chamber kneels, except for Rhaenys, who gives him a stone-cold look. The blacks gather their troops, and it is clear that they are outnumbered by the green forces, but they have many dragons. Their first step is to reaffirm their support from the Baratheons in Storm’s End, the Arryns in the Eyrie and the Starks in Winterfell.

Suddenly, a green ship from King’s Landing crashes into their party. Otto Hightower, Aegon’s Hand, arrives to demand that Rhaenyra bend the knee to the King, and in return she takes control of Dragonton and the Driftmark. The last time Otto sailed to Dragonton he was met with an icy welcome, and this time is no different. Rhaenyra rips the pin off his arm, and Daemon tries to kill Otto where he stands, but Rhaenyra stops him. As a final sign of good faith, or deception, Otto gives Rhaenyra a page from the storybook she tore out of young Alicent in the series premiere. Rhaenyra lets Otto go free and says she’ll have the answer tomorrow. If only things were easy!

Later, Rahenira and Daemon get into an argument about how to fight the upcoming war. Rhaenyra wants to protect the realm, not rule over a land of ashes and bones — perhaps a nod to her descendant Daenerys Targaryen’s devastating move to burn down King’s Landing in the final episode of “Game of Thrones.” Tensions rise, Rhaenyra clears the room and explains to Daemon a vision of Viserys’ Song of Ice and Fire that he’s never heard before. Enraged, he brutally strangles him and says that he didn’t dream, dragons did.

Meanwhile, we get a (small) happy moment between another Dragonstone couple, Rhaenys and Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint). Rhaenys agreed to speed things up while he was gone and stand by Rhanira, show composure and not call for war. Corliss promised to support the blacks and declared that the navy had secured the Stepstone and Narrows, which meant they could cut off the trade routes to King’s Landing. Rhaenyra’s eldest son Jacaerys “Jace” Velaryon (Harry Collett) offers himself and Luke to fly to the Baratheons as diplomats to ensure that Arryns and the Starks do not betray their oaths to Rhaenyra.

We follow young Luke as he flies towards the end of a storm during a heavy rainstorm. The young prince lands at the castle, but Vagar, the giant dragon ridden by Aimand, is already there. Sure enough, Emund flew to Storm’s End earlier in the day and made a deal with Lord Boros Baratheon (Roger Evans) to marry one of his daughters. Luke is about to let go empty-handed, but Emund stops him and demands that Luke cut out his own eye as revenge for cutting out Aemon’s eye in a fight when they were children. Emond also revealed that he filled his empty eye socket with a fashion sapphire. Boros refuses to spill blood in the hall, so as the storm rages, Luke flies his swift, small dragon at Araxes.

Dark clouds block Luke’s vision, but we see Vagar’s mighty figure hovering above Araxes. We finally get a proper dragon fight, and a dense arax knocks Vagar’s jaws out as Luke flies to safety between narrow cliffs. Both Luke and Emund lose control of their beasts as Araxes pulls Vagar aside and spits on her. Just as Luke and Araxes seem to escape and cross the storm, Vagar appears out of nowhere, jaws open. Emund’s dragon slashed both Luke and Araxes with a large bite. Emund seems worried, but the damage is done, and the first stone of the Dance of Dragons is cast. Back at Dragonton, Daemon shares the news with a furious Rhaenyra, but we’ll have to wait until Season 2 to see what she does next in the Targaryen war.

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