“Alicent Is Spinning”: House Of The Dragon Season 2 Episode 3 Ending Explained By Director

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House of the Dragon season 2 episode 3’s director opens up about the ending. Season 2 has so far seen the fallout of the brutal event that occurs at the end of House of the Dragon season 1: the death of Queen Rhaenyra’s son, Lucerys Velaryon. This led to the assassination of Dowager Queen Alicent’s grandson, Jaehaerys, the heir to King Aegon II’s Iron Throne. As the Targaryen civil war starts to pick up speed, Rhaenyra adopts a desperate attempt and travels to King’s Landing to speak to Alicent and avoid all-out war.

In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Geeta Vasant Patel, the director of House of the Dragon’s latest episode, explains the final conversation between Rhaenyra and Alicent in detail. While Rhaenyra’s trip to King’s Landing is ostensibly about ending the war, Patel argues it has more to do with her father and his supposed change of heart.

The Targaryen Civil War Is About To Seriously Escalate

And This Conversation Between Alicent & Rhaenyra Will Be The Catalyst

The end of episode 3, “The Burning Mill,” dives deep into the core drama of House of the Dragon, going back to a vital moment in season 1 episode 8, in which a dying, incoherent King Viserys, mistaking Alicent for Rhaenyra, begins to speak of Aegon’s dream and the prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised. In a heartbreaking play on the franchise’s tendency to reuse names, Alicent misunderstands Viserys’ dying words to mean that he is telling her their own son, Aegon II, should rule instead of Rhaenyra.

Alicent’s misunderstanding of the prophecy is essentially the catalyst for the Dance of the Dragons, and episode 3’s ending could be seen as her and Rhaenyra’s point of no return. As Patel points out, war was already inevitable by this point, and both characters fully accept that after their talk. But Rhaenyra, who was plagued with doubt throughout the episode, is now confident in her claim to the Iron Throne. Not only that, but she now knows for certain that Alicent is choosing to proceed despite knowing the truth about Viserys’ wishes.

Heading into episode 4, the Greens have lost Otto Hightower as a restraining influence, and Alicent, who needs to occupy that role, may be seriously shaken after learning the truth. House of the Dragon season 2 has already set up the Dowager Queen as being weighed down by guilt, and to know that her mistake is the root of all this bloodshed could magnify that tenfold. Without her steady hand, Aegon II and Rhaenyra are set to unleash their dragons, and Westeros will be all the worse for it.

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