The hatred that marked the reign of Aegon II

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We’ve already talked about the female rivalry between Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen, which will spark an iconic civil war in House Targaryen, today we’ll talk about Aegon Targaryen III, who is at the heart of this dispute.

Your feud with your stepsister will bring fire and blood to the House of the Dragon

We’ve already talked about the female rivalry between Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen, which will spark an iconic civil war in House Targaryen, today we’ll talk about Aegon Targaryen III, who is at the heart of this dispute.

With the behind-the-scenes video of the House of the Dragon series, we have access for the first time to images of actor Tom Glynn-Carey on the set of the series. We have yet to see his brothers, Halaena (Phia Saban), Daeron, and Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), but knowing what Aegon II is going to do gives me the shivers. To give you an idea, Aegon would be what was Joffrey Baratheon with touches of Ramsay Bolton. Exactly.

Aegon, Aedmond, Daeron, and Helaena are the children of Alicent (Olivia Cooke) and Viserys I (Paddy Considine), and Aegon has a more aggressive and less sympathetic profile than his father. Named after the conqueror of Westeros, he carries his sword, Blackfyre (which is seen in the teaser) and his dragon is Sunfyre. Because the animal was golden, he adopted this image as his symbol, as did his followers. The following year his half-sister, Rhaenyra, was appointed as Viserys’ heir, a political move armed and supported by Otto Highttower (Rhys Iphans) which aimed to bar the dream of Daemond Targaryen (Matt Smith) from the throne. Once his daughter has provided the King with male heirs, Otto is opposed to having a Queen, fueling the animosity between Alicent and Rhaenyra, until then, friends.

Ambitious, not least because as a mother she wanted the best for her children, Alicent insists on changing the order of succession, without success. Her father is removed from the role of Hand of the King but still suggests marrying Rhaenyra to Aegon, despite the 10 years that separate them and a mutual heartbreak between them. Viserys vetoes the plan (not because of incest, but because the blow was clear) and marries Rhaenyra to her cousin, Laenon Velarion. At this point, the Court is already divided between the two women.

When Rhaenyra marries her uncle Daemon, Aegon was about 13 years old and was deeply offended when his sister named his new nephew after him. Two years later, Aegon II marries his sister, Helaena, with children Jaehaerys and Jaeharera (twins) and Maelor. The anger at his nephews and sister only grew with time. When Viserys I died, without changing his order of succession, the bloodiest part of the game begins.

Viserys I’s death was hidden for a week from Rhaenrya, pregnant and estranged from King’s Landing thanks to problems with her stepmother. The greens acted swiftly and silently, but at first Aegon II did not want to usurp the Crown, he only does so when he is convinced that Rhaenyra would kill everyone on her side.

Furious, Rhaenyra swore revenge and reclaim her rights. By this time, Aegon already saw himself as King and did not accept his sister’s refusal to bend, demanding Rhaenyra and Daemon’s heads in response, officially starting the civil war.

The Greens are slow to have significant victories, but Aemond kills his nephew, Lucerys, contributing to Rhaenyra’s revenge plan, personally led by Daemon, who has hired two assassins to kill Aegon II’s firstborn in response. Helaena goes into depression after witnessing the child’s murder. The marriage – already flawed – ends in an informal separation, with Aegon II drinking more each day.

Angered by his grandfather, who in his political astuteness seemed slow, Aegon elects Ser Cristin Cole (Fabien Frankel) as Hand of the King. Being Criston, who aided in Aegon’s coronation, is violent and therefore liked by the young man. After killing his nephew, Aemond kills his aunt, Rhaenys (Eve Best) in a dragon battle where Meleys dies and Sunfyre is injured. To make matters worse, Aegon suffers burns on half of his body, a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, and a melted left arm with the armor. The pain becomes constant and intense.

In a good battle strategy, Rhaenyra manages to take King’s Landing from Aemond, who is regent. Her half-brother is killed in battle, but kills her uncle, Daemon, with her, leaving Rhaenyra a widow and alone. Aegon II manages to escape with his children, disguised in common clothes. He heads to Dragonstone, facing off with cousin Baela Targaryen holding her, just as Sunfyre and Moondancer attack each other. In that battle, Aegon II breaks both of his legs, worsening his already delicate condition. At this time, when dealing with the death of her other son, Helaena kills herself, leaving only her daughter as heir, and Ser Criston dies fighting. As we know, “a Targaryen alone in the world is a dangerous thing”…

A popular uprising eventually forces Rhaenyra to leave King’s Landing and the Iron Throne, but she makes a crucial mistake. Aegon II manages to corrupt a part of the nobles who supported the Queen and – to make matters worse – holds his nephew Aegon III hostage. With the power of dragons, Aegon II becomes crueler and crueler, executing enemies without problems.

In this scenario, the also isolated Rhaenyra goes to Dragonstone where she didn’t know her half-brother was installed and running. She is arrested and tried within minutes, with Aegon deciding to feed Rhaenyra to Sunfyre, in front of everyone, including Prince Aegon III.

Victorious, Aegon II returned, but without the strength to even walk. In the months that followed Rhaenyra’s execution, the King struggled to form alliances, but the pain of his wounds grew worse, and he managed to marry Cassandra Baratheon.

Aegon II died poisoned by his aides. With no living heirs, the throne eventually went to Rhaenyra’s son, Aegon III, who wed his cousin, Jaeherys.

A dense series, with flawed and therefore inspiring heroes.

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