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The battle for the Iron Throne has become much clearer now that the House of the Dragon has travelled even further back in time, as a result of Vaemond Velaryon’s involvement in the conflict between Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent. Furthermore, the most recent episode of the series built up an epic ending with the loudest allegations from Laenor’s own uncle — and her new husband Daemon Targaryen got the last say. Rhaenyra has been troubled by doubts regarding the parentage of her children with Laenor Velaryon.

The boys of Rhaenyra Targaryen were really Ser Harwin Strong’s children, contrary to popular belief even before the first episode of the series aired. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros never ceased talking about Ser Strong’s Rhaenyra’s children, even after they were finally killed in a not-so-mysterious instance of arson in the previous episode. Ser Strong also served as the Hand of the King. And when one of them is chosen as the successor to Driftmark, a prominent member of House Velaryon feels left out

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Vaemond Velaryon: Who Is He?

While Corlys Velaryon, the ruler of Driftmark, is referred to as the Water Snake on the battlefield and in the sea, his younger brother Vaemond is a member of his council. However, when Corlys sustains a serious wound in combat, he has no real claim to the throne of Driftmark because he is the second child. The episode has him petitioning for a claim to become the next ruler of Driftmark despite the fact that he is aware that the only sons of Corlys’ successor, Laenor, who are known to exist may be bastards.

Queen Alicent and her father Otto Hightower, who has once more been appointed Hand of the King, engage in a power struggle as a result. In order to control the kingdoms as Viserys Targaryen wishes, Alicent and Otto have been carefully trying to remove Rhaenyra from the scene while Viserys Targaryen’s health is deteriorating and he is literally on his deathbed. Vaemond wants to cast doubt on Rhaenyra’s children’s legal paternity. He asserts that Rhaenyra’s sons have no legitimate claim to rule Driftmark and that his dynasty should remain as its legitimate rulers.

Vaemond Velaryon: Is He Dead?

Lucerys Velaryon is still supposed to claim the seat of Driftmark as was intended by the Sea Snake and Vaemond’s brother, Corlys Velaryon, according to Viserys, who unexpectedly makes an appearance at the petition to deny Vaemond his claim after a late-night plea from Rhaenyra to her father. This upends Alicent and Otto’s plans and shows a significant amount of support for Rhaenyra. Vaemond, of course, finds this to be unacceptable, but his subsequent actions are a little perplexing.

Vaemond tells the king that he cannot determine what will happen to his ancestral house as he accuses both of Rhaenyra’s children of being bastards and brands the princess a whore right there in the court. However, as soon as Viserys, in a painful edict, demands Vaemond’s tongue for his sins, Daemon stands up for his wife’s dignity and cuts off Vaemond’s head.

How does the Dance of Dragons change as a result of Vaemond’s passing?

Due to Viserys’ backing of Rhaenyra, Otto and Alicent are forced to rethink their plan to reject Rhaenyra’s claim to the Iron Throne, hastening the eventual fight for the throne. Even if there is a brief period of calm between the two sides, nothing can stop the explosion of Dragonfire.

But by reiterating her son’s claim to be the rightful successor to Driftmark, it also ensures that Rhaenyra will have friends in the ensuing fight. Not to mention Corlys’ condition, who is thought to be dying at the time the episode takes place. However, what if he lives? And at the Dance of the Dragons, which side will he support?

As fresh episodes of House of the Dragon continue to air every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max


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