Any time George R.R. Martin will get to jot down a historical past of fantasy folks being completely horrible to one another, the person’s going to rise up to some messed-up murdering in some unspecified time in the future, and Fire & Blood, his retelling of House Targaryen’s lengthy, messy historical past, was no exception. Which means, after all, House of the Dragon is on the brink of delve into a few of that bloodiness too.
Or quite, a few of that cheesiness—because it’s not Fire and Blood that significantly chills the guts of anybody accustomed to Martin’s historical past of the Targaryens outdoors of what House of the Dragon coated in its first season, however the phrase “Blood and Cheese.” To an outsider it feels like a significantly nasty amuse bouche, however to Westerosi lore-heads it’s a hushed reference to a ugly second within the battle between Rhaenyra and Daemon’s Blacks, and Alicent’s Greens, within the civil battle that may tear House Targaryen aside. And it seems like House of the Dragon goes to be stepping into it by the tip of season two.
“We are currently writing the finale of season two,” author Sara Hess not too long ago advised Variety when requested simply when the present may get spherical to discussing Fire and Blood’s most notorious revenge plot. “I don’t think you will be disappointed.”
But for these unfamiliar with what is perhaps coming in season two’s finale, nicely…
Who Are Blood and Cheese in Fire and Blood?
“Blood and Cheese” isn’t an occasion per se just like the Red Wedding was in Game of Thrones, however the pseudonyms of two assassins. Blood is a sellsword, a former goldcloak in King’s Landing ousted from the drive for the drunken homicide of a intercourse employee, whereas Cheese is a ratcatcher employed by the Targaryens within the Red Keep. They are each employed by Mysaria (performed by Sonya Mizuno in House of the Dragon) on behalf of Daemon Targaryen, her lover and Rhaenyra’s unofficial spymistress, to enact a revenge plot in opposition to the Greens for the dying of Lucerys Velaryon, Daemon and Rhaenyra’s younger son—who we noticed perish within the first season’s finale, unintentionally killed by Aemond Targaryen and his dragon Vhagar.
Using Cheese’s data of the passages beneath the Red Keep, the 2 killers sneak into the personal bedchambers of queen dowager Alicent Hightower, gagging her to lie in await Alicent’s daughter—and the sister-wife of now-King Aegon II—Queen Helaena and her youngsters. After killing Helaena’s escort, Blood and Cheese make Helaena a proposal on Daemon’s behalf: select which certainly one of her younger sons, Jaehaerys or Maelor, will perish to pay for Lucerys’ dying.
After Helaena affords herself, she ultimately choses her youthful son Maelor (who’s simply two on the time), however Blood ignores her and promptly beheads Jaehaerys, the primary in line to the Iron Throne, fleeing with Cheese again by way of the Red Keep’s passageways with the six-year-old’s severed head to show their deed.
What Happens After Blood and Cheese in Fire and Blood?
Blood is captured days after the assassination whereas making an attempt to go away King’s Landing, and beneath torture that ultimately kills him, reveals his connection to Mysaria and the Blacks. Cheese isn’t discovered, however in a match of fury Aegon has each ratcatcher employed by the Red Keep executed and changed with cats. Aegon additionally needs to straight assault Dragonstone in revenge for his son’s dying, however on the recommendation of Criston Cole, backs down. Cole orders Kingsguard Arryk Cargyll (one half of the twins performed by Luke and Elliott Tittensor on House of the Dragon) to infiltrate Dragonstone disguised as his brother Erryk, presumably in an try and kill Daemon, Rhaenyra, or certainly one of their youngsters. Arryk is as a substitute confronted by Erryk, blowing his cowl, and the 2 duel to the dying.
Poor Maelor doesn’t final for much longer after the assassination of his brother, both. Just a yr later he’s killed after fleeing King’s Landing after Rhaenyra, Daemon, and the Velayron fleet besiege the capital, establishing Rhaenyra as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
What Does Blood and Cheese Mean for House of the Dragon Season 2?
If Hess’ tease locations the dying of Prince Jaehaerys within the season finale of House of the Dragon’s sophomore exhibiting, it’s largely going to imply extra issues for the eventual third season of the present than the rest. We know that, though HBO has not renewed the sequence past season two to date, House of the Dragon has had a four-season plan within the works since earlier than it debuted, so inserting Rhaenyra’s eventual rise to energy throughout season three and dedicating a ultimate season to her downfall (is it actually a spoiler to say that this present isn’t going to finish nicely for any of the characters we all know at this level?) is sensible. It simply means we’re going to have to attend a very long time for one of the vital stunning moments within the story—particularly contemplating we’re already ready till subsequent yr for season two within the first place.
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