“There’s No Living After That”: Why Rhaenys Turns Back In House Of The Dragon Season 2 Episode 4 Explained By Star

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House of the Dragon star Eve Best explains why Rhaenys turns back in season 2, episode 4. Returning for its sophomore outing last month, the hit Game of Thrones spinoff show has now given audiences the first major action sequence of the season with the Battle at Rook’s Rest. Rhaenys plays a major role throughout the sequence, supporting those inside the stronghold on her dragon, Meleys. House of the Dragon season 2, episode 4, sees Rhaenys and Meleys meet their end, however, after they heroically turn back to take on Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) on Vhagar.

In a recent interview with Variety, Best explains why Rhaenys turns back to fight Aemond and Vhagar, despite knowing how it would end. The actor likens Rhaenys’ role in the fight to a “kamikazee mission” and teases that her decision could effectively kick the dragon war into high gear.

What Consequences Will Rhaenys’ Death Have In House Of The Dragon?

The Blacks Suffer A Major Setback

If the Greens and the Blacks in House of the Dragon were teetering on the edge of all-out war before, they certainly aren’t anymore. Rhaenys’ death will come as a major blow to Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and her allies, as well as to Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), Rhaenys’ husband. Though Rhaenyra has been reluctant to fully commit to a war against King Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney), Rhaenys’ death could see the Blacks retaliate in a major way in House of the Dragon season 2, episode 5.

The events of season 2, episode 4, also mean that Rhaenyra is now without a key advisor. As Best explains, Rhaenys has always been level-headed, and her years of experience meant that she often saw things differently than some of the younger, more hot-headed characters. With this key member of House of the Dragon’s cast of characters now gone, Rhaenyra could find herself feeling somewhat rudderless as those around her become increasingly incensed and filled with bloodlust.

It’s not just the Blacks who suffered a major setback, however. They may have lost a key ally with Rhaenys’ demise, but the Greens may have just lost their king. King Aegon’s fate is left ambiguous at the end of House of the Dragon season 2, episode 4, meaning both sides will likely be licking their wounds in the episode ahead after the Battle at Rook’s Rest.

New episodes of House of the Dragon season 2 air on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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