HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Finale BREAKDOWN finale is a point of no return for the Targaryan Dynasty, and the episode is filled with Game of Thrones easter eggs. In this video we have plenty of heavy spoilers about the books, the show, and explain what exactly that mystery dragon means.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Finale BREAKDOWN Mystery Dragon EXPLAINED
In our last easter egg video we broke down the opening credits which have changed significantly since episode 1 adding in all of the children of allicent and rhaenyra.
The episode opens with Luke looking at the table map of the seven kingdoms, where Jace was struggling to learn Valyrian a couple episodes ago. Just as Jace has trouble with Valyrian, Luke claims that he gets sea sick and shouldn’t be her to driftmark. Both boys are struggling because they have that Strong blood in their veins.
Now this table is called the painted table. It was made by Aegon the conqueror, and it’s where he planned his conquest of the seven kingdoms. In the book it was 50 feet long, so it’s been shortened a bit for the show. We saw both Stannis and Daerys plan their wars around a similar table in a different room. Could be that they moved the same table to a room with a better view, or maybe this table will be symbolically destroyed during this series.
Luke begins this episode touching the island of driftmark, because he’s not sure of himself. He says that he’ll ruin everything–and by the end of the episode, he proves himself right. He was ill-equipped to make a speech to Boros Baratheon. And this battle is really the beginning of the Targaryen civil war–and it was all foreshadowed by this first scene.
Luke goes on to say that driftmark should have gone to his uncle Vaemond, who was trying to be made the rightful heir to the Iron throne a couple episodes ago, before Daemon loosened his tongue. Vaemond is one of many second sons in this show–in fact you can say that all of these events are shaped by second sons.
See, second sons don;t stand to inherit any power, so they’re more ambitious. Second sons in this show include Otto, Daemon, Vaemond, Aemond, Larys–and all of these people play pivotal roles in escalating this conflict because they feel like they have something to prove.
Luke definitely feels like he has to prove himself as a valyrion, because he hates boats. He mentions that the sea snake was a great sailor–and this is how he made his fortune. The sea snake made seven legendary voyages across Essos that made him one of the wealthiest men in the seven kingdoms. We can actually see monuments to his voyages in driftmark, here
his scene with Rhaenyra and Luke is very tender, as she tries to be the same guiding hand that her dad was for her, when she was unsure of herself. Luke says he’s not perfect like her, which is very sweet. We’ve seen Rhayra since she was his age, and we know that she is far from perfect, and has made her own mistakes.
The Rhaneys arrive from King’s landing and drop the news of episode 9. She says the king died 2 days ago, and in the book they left him to rot for about a fortnight until the smell was unbearable. Now immediately Daemon assumes that they killed his brother, and the shock sends Rhaenyra into an early labor. She didn’t want to be a kin slayer–and I think she would rather her family just stay out of this whole war.
So Daemon begins to plan a war while Rhaneyra is in the middle of another bloody struggle–childbirth. Rhanyera’s labor is intercut with flashes of a dragon, and there’s a few ways to interpret this. Friday we put out a video that explained how the targaryens ability to control the magic was tied to aegon;s prophecy and the long night. And when they stopped fighting for that cause, the magic of the dragons withered away. So you could read these visions as the blood of the drgaon beinfg angry at the targryans, and forcing a miscarriage.
IN the books, she gives birth to a malformed baby with scales and a tail. Which is how the witch mirri described danery’s baby in game of thrones. IN fact the book claims that Rhanerya was yelling “get this monster out of me,” but the show has her yelling get out to the midwives. Remember, the book is written based on the accounts of unreliable narrators, so it’s interesting to see the details that the show changes.