Viserys Was Right. The “Control” of Dragons Is an Illusion.

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King Viserys may have been an ineffective ruler, but he was a man of peace: In his final days. Dragon House, Viserys pleaded with his relatives to settle their differences. (Spoiler alert: They wouldn’t.) Viserys wanted to keep cool heads among the hot-headed Targaryens—something that’s easier to achieve when dragons aren’t part of the equation. “The idea that we rule the dragons is a lie,” he tells his daughter Rhaenyra in the first series. “They’re powerful people who don’t have to deal with it.”

While Viserys rode Balerion for a brief moment before the dragon passed, the rest of his family claimed themselves, including Rhaenyra. Since the dragons allowed the Targaryens to conquer Westeros in the first place, it is not surprising that the younger generation continues the tradition. But if there was any doubt that there would be dire consequences for meddling with nuclear weapons in the region, in the Season 1 finale, “The Black Queen,” he erased them with one devastating chop. The Dance of Dragons is now upon us, and as the late Viserys warned, it seems that the Targaryens will never be able to control the creatures that give them their power.

After Rhaenyra learns of her father’s death and the accession of Aegon II – who was pushed out by the Hightowers – she begins to strengthen her claim to the Iron Throne. Three houses, in particular, can help settle the coming conflict instead: the Baratheons, the Arryns, and the Starks. Although the ravens could be sent to their homes, traveling on a dragonback would be faster, and send a stronger message. As a result, Rhaenyra’s sons, Jace and Luke Velaryon, are sent to the Arryns and Starks in the north, and the latter to the Baratheons. From there, we follow Luke and his dragon Arrax as they arrive at Storm’s End, only to find the giant Vhagar lurking outside the great hall. The presence of a dangerous dragon can only mean one thing: Prince Aemond Targaryen has beaten Luke to the punch.

Aemond, who still harbors a grudge against Luke due to the loss of an eye, wins Borros Baratheon’s loyalty to Aegon II by agreeing to marry one of his daughters. (Luke, by contrast, is already betrothed.) With nothing to stop Aemond’s wedding, Luke leaves Storm’s End empty-handed—and as if that weren’t bad enough, his one-eyed nemesis wants to use Vhagar’s control of space to threaten . he. It is difficult to call the confrontation between Arrax and Vhagar in the middle of a stormy battle – this is a complete contradiction, like a ship going to fight a destroyer at sea. But the most interesting thing is that when Aemond and Luke went to heaven, they were no longer in control. They became the weapons of two wild beasts.

First, Luke can’t stop the fearsome Arrax from burning Vhagar with a sneak attack in the clouds; then, in retaliation, Vhagar disobeys Aemond and chomps down on the young dragon, killing Luke in the process. (The lead-up to Vhagar’s ferocious attack in and out of the storm clouds is like something out of a monster movie.) As the situation escalated, Aemond shouted loudly at Vhagar, ordering his dragon to stand down. In the end, Aemond was a helpless bystander in what is arguably the series’ most important moment to date. All the results are still unknown Dragon HouseThe second season, but the meaning is clear: After rejecting the desire to go to war against the Hightowers, Rhaenyra will seek revenge for the death of her son. The last, sad look on Rhaenyra’s face before the end, proved that she was ready to accept her house motto of “fire and blood.”

Tragically about Dragon House then the main feud between Team Green and Team Black is a case of misfire and mistime. Although Otto Hightower always planned to usurp Rhaenyra, his daughter Alicent only pushed the throne to Aegon II because she believed it was Viserys’ dying wish. (That said, I’m not sure how Alicent can think her son deserves to rule when he’s spending half his free time doing damage after fighting with their maids.) To that end, the show makes a big shift from George RR. Martin’s origins in having Aemond lose control of Vhagar rather than choose to kill Luke himself, set in motion many of the events that begin Dance of the Dragons in earnest. Without Alicent misinterpreting her husband’s last words, there is a chance that Aegon II would not have been on the Iron Throne; similarly, if Aemond had been able to stop Vhagar from taking revenge, maybe Luke would have been able to return home and Rhaenyra would still have a headache like her father.

But therein lies the problem: the hubris of House Targaryen believes them he can controlling something that is not meant to be used. And if dragons are forces that men should not meddle with, then they are even more dangerous in the hands of real children. Sending Aemond and Luke on fire-breathing dragons would be like leaving a bunch of weapons in the middle of the arena: that’s not the question. either things will get out of hand, but when. It’s unimportant that Aemond didn’t want Luke to be killed, though the outcome begs the question: Dragon House should be an accurate description of events from Martin Fire & BloodWill this be the last time the dragon acts cruelly at will?

In fact, the conflict at the heart of Dance of the Dragons is driven by the quest for power and revenge. But the extent of the Targaryen civil war is only possible with the wolves themselves, and the family’s pride in thinking that they can use these creatures to achieve their goals. “When the dragons flew into battle, all was burned,” Rhaenyra said at the end, referring to the history of Old Valyria. “I don’t want to rule the kingdom of ashes and bones.” What Rhaenyra and the rest of the Targaryens fail to realize is that with dragons still in the picture, it may not be their choice.


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