January 28, 2023

Savor the taste

Savor the taste

‘Home of the Dragon’ Finale: Which Web page Did Alicent Ship Rhaenyra?

3 min read


Dragon House was adept at recalling earlier episodes – and the season 1, episode 10 finale, was no exception. It featured a sure light web page torn from a thick guide, a reminder to the very first episode. It is so necessary that it virtually prevented the declaration of warfare between the Greens, aka King Aegon’s followers, and the Blacks, aka Queen Rhaenyra’s clan.

However in the event you watched the ultimate, issues went incorrect. Let’s focus on the which means of this torn web page within the spoiler-filled part beneath.

Warning: Spoilers forward.

What does the torn web page say?

Otto Hightower, aka the Hand of the King, produces the torn web page on the acceptable time in hopes of stopping warfare. In Episode 10, he and a small delegation meet Queen Rhaenyra on the Dragonstone Bridge. They current “beneficiant phrases” – possession of Dragonstone Fort, Driftmark Island, locations of “excessive honor” at courtroom – on behalf of King Aegon in alternate for peace and recognition of the kingship of Aegon.

It goes horribly – till Hightower reveals his trump card: a torn web page from a heavy outdated guide.

The light outdated web page exhibits a big picture of a lady in a crown standing above ocean waves and what appear to be crimson snakes. The old style writing reads: “Tied up with ropes and cables, the fleet of Nymeria scattered with the arrival of the primary storms, sweeping them throughout the ocean, to the east, to west and south into the corsair-infested pockets of the Basilisk Islands.”

What guide is the torn web page from?

This passage is taken from an enormous fictional tome titled ten thousand ships. It tells the story of the warrior queen Nymeria and first appeared in Episode 1, when Septa Marlow asks her childhood mates Alicent and Rhaenyra to review her. Within the Divine Wooden of the Purple Hold, Alicent questions Rhaenyra concerning the contents of the guide, together with which husband Nymeria takes when she arrives in Dorne (the reply is Lord Mors Martell).

The dialog shifts to Rhaenyra and her worries about her mother and father – King Viserys and Queen Aemma – who might quickly have a new child son. Rhaenyra says she hopes her father can have the son he all the time wished. Within the meantime, that is what she desires”

“I wish to fly with you on the again of a dragon, see the nice wonders throughout the strait and eat nothing however cake.”

Rhaenyra goes on to disclose that she studied the guide earlier than tearing up the particular web page. She palms it to Alicent and explains, “So that you bear in mind.”

Queen Rhaenyra outside looking away

Queen Rhaenyra has quite a bit to consider.

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What does the web page imply?

Clearly, Alicent has saved this childhood reminiscence for twenty years. By giving it to Rhaenyra through Otto on the bridge, she would possibly hope it will remind Rhaenyra of an easier time when each ladies had been free from their duties to their households. It was a time once they actually cherished one another and would by no means dream of waging warfare in opposition to mates on reverse sides.

“Queen Alicent has not forgotten the love you had for one another,” Hightower mentioned on deck. “No blood want be shed, that the dominion might go on in peace.”

Initially, this candy reminiscence conjures up Rhaenyra to stay open to peace. Sadly – and unsurprisingly, on condition that Home of the Dragon is a few civil warfare in Home Targaryen – it takes a tragic flip when Alicent’s son, Aemond, virtually unintentionally kills Rhaenyra’s son, Lucerys.