Home of the Dragon Solid on How Season 1’s Huge Twist Affected Every of Their Characters

Warning: The next story accommodates FULL SPOILERS for the tip of Home of the Dragon Season 1. Whereas some issues are teased for Season 2, there aren’t any outright spoilers for upcoming episodes.

When Season 2 of HBO’s Home of the Dragon returns on June 16, it should achieve this within the shadow of a devastasting occasion: the loss of life of Lucerys Velaryon (Elliot Grihault) and his dragon Arrax by the hands — or jaws, actually — of Aemond Targaryen’s (Ewan Mitchell) dragon Vhagar.

For individuals who do not keep in mind, on the finish of Season 1, Queen Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) despatched her sons Jacaerys (Harry Collett) and Lucerys throughout Westeros to foyer for assist for his or her efforts towards Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke) and the remainder of Staff Inexperienced. Lucerys was assigned to Storm’s Finish and its Baratheons and, sadly for him, Aemond was already there. After some baggage-laden theatrics, Lucerys is distributed away, unable to compete with Aemond’s proposal, however that is not sufficient.

Aemond and Vhagar comply with Lucerys and Arrax via a storm and, within the chaos, Aemond loses management of his dragon. After Arrax hits Vhagar with a mouthful of fireplace, Vhagar snaps, chomping proper via each Arrax and his younger rider. It could have been an accident on Aemond’s half, however it’ll little doubt be the catalyst for so much extra tragedy and bloodshed within the episodes to come back.

The forged of Home of the Dragon sat down with IGN lately in two roundtables (one for Staff Inexperienced, one for Staff Black) that may air in full later this week, with one of many important subjects being their respective characters’ reactions to Lucerys’ surprising loss of life. You may have to attend for extra from each of the roundtables, however within the meantime, we have compiled their responses to the place the tip of Season 1 leaves them beneath:

Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen)

“We choose up about two weeks later. For individuals who have seen the primary season, Rhaenyra has simply obtained the information of the loss of life, the homicide of her son, Lucerys.

“And after we meet her in sequence two, I feel she is kind of inflexible with grief. I feel grief is a giant motor within the present this season. I really assume that there is like a paralysis, possibly, on the high of the sequence. I feel she’s very dislocated from the household, from her colleagues, from her allies.

After we meet her in sequence two, I feel she is kind of inflexible with grief.

“I discover it fairly transferring. I feel grief can kind of make you a little bit of an island, and I feel that is what we kind of see right here. And there is a journey again to her speedy household, to her family, that has to happen in an effort to have interaction with the larger battle of the sequence.”

Eve Greatest (Rhaenys Targaryen)

“We’re so personally affected. He was our pricey beloved grandson.

“Additionally, he was simply such a stupendous spirit. He was simply probably the most lovely… In actual life and within the present, he was simply this most lovely individual, wasn’t he? I feel for all of us, it was simply probably the most terrible, horrendous factor that might have occurred.”

Steve Toussaint (Corlys Velaryon)

“Regardless of all the controversy about his parentage, we have been like, ‘No, no! He’s our blood. He was beloved.’ I feel definitely for Corlys, while you meet him, he’s additionally not solely riven with grief for his grandson, however nonetheless attempting to come back to phrases with the truth that he is misplaced his daughter and his son and his brother.

“So, as Emma has mentioned, I feel grief may be very a lot an engine for an terrible… I do not know for the remainder of us, however definitely he is an engine for this season.”

Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen)

“For Daemon, it is fairly odd, this loss of life, really.

“And really, it is kind of actually fascinating you say that grief is the catalyst as a result of I hadn’t considered it so much. It form of will get me considering, I nonetheless assume, for Daemon, he is reacting to the loss of life of his brother nonetheless. Every thing’s kind of about that. And that is kind of rolled into it as effectively, and I suppose it simply occurred to me.

Daemon, he is reacting to the loss of life of his brother nonetheless. Every thing’s kind of about that.

“…I feel that occasion is the catalyst for everybody’s conduct within the first couple of episodes. And Daemon’s conduct is arguably, at the most effective of occasions, questionable, however I feel on this occasion, it is notably questionable.”

Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower)

“I feel she feels catatonic about what occurred to Luke. She has an amazing love, regardless that it has been kind of cauterized for Rhaenyra, and her personal son was liable for his loss of life, and he or she is aware of that the occasions that comply with this will probably be so damaging inside the realm. And so I feel she feels a little bit of a loss and he or she’s kind of determined and scrambling in an effort to get in entrance of Rhaenyra and to… I feel she feels if she will be able to simply get in entrance of Rhaenyra, she’ll have the ability to say, ‘That is what occurred and it was a mistake. And I am so sorry, but additionally, keep in mind, my son’s simply been born throne.’ “

Ewan Mitchell (Aemond Targaryen)

“It was an accident. (He is considering), It wasn’t his fault. ‘It wasn’t my fault,’ this fashion.

“Aemond was the one child within the household who did not obtain a dragon egg from the household. And so he was completely different and he was bullied for being completely different. These two characters’ historical past, that shared historical past that they’ve, it lastly involves an accumulation within the skies above Storm’s Finish. All of that hatred that was allowed to fester, what might have been resolved with easy phrases of apology, was allowed to breed. And it was an issue that was pushed apart. And just like while you push apart an issue, it typically exacerbates it just a little bit. And over time, it grows and grows and grows and nature takes its course. And what you see in episode 10 is nature taking its course.

All of that hatred that was allowed to fester, what might have been resolved with easy phrases of apology, was allowed to breed.

“And what I do love about that final second that you simply see Aemond in sequence one, it’s the face of remorse and it is not what you count on from Aemond. In these three episodes that I had with him in season one, I needed to current a personality who, at that time in his life, was simply full darkness. This facade that he is form of adopted over his childhood torment. I imply, a lot of his look lends to that, so I needed to lean into it solely to contradict these concepts and people beliefs on the finish of the episode, while you do see that crack of that little boy that might nonetheless be beneath. Whether or not or not we see him once more, I do not know. That is likely to be the final time. That is likely to be. You would possibly squash it and that is without end gone.”

Home of the Dragon returns to HBO on June 16.

Alex Stedman is a Senior Information Editor with IGN, overseeing leisure reporting. When she’s not writing or enhancing, you’ll find her studying fantasy novels or taking part in Dungeons & Dragons.

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