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‘GoT: House of Dragons’: Three Questions We Need Answered

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Aug 5 2022

House of the Dragon has the potential to solve a number of long-running mysteries.

House of the Dragon is coming out this month. The Game of Thrones books and show are well known for a number of long-running mysteries. In particular, the Targaryan era is full of many unanswered questions. In large part, this is because we’re rarely given a direct view of the time period. Fire & Blood, the book House of the Dragon is based on, is told as a history written by unreliable narrators. House of the Dragon, on the other hand, will give us a direct look at these events. That means it might well answer a large number of questions we have.

Spoilers for ‘Fire and Blood’ and potentially ‘House of the Dragon’ 

How Rigged Was the Great Council of 101?

While the show likely starts after this event takes place, the Great Council of 101 AC will cast a shadow over House of the Dragon. The Great Council solved the first major succession crises of the period. During its course, the claim of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, The Queen Who Never Was, for the Throne was passed over in favor of her cushion Viserys I. The council ultimately claimed that the rights of a male decedent to the throne came before that of a woman, even if she was a closer relation.

This is a vitally important debate for the show.  Not only are Rhaenys and Viserys players, but the question of female rights is a core part of the conflict. Indeed, the entire Dance of the Dragons is fought over whether a man or woman has the better right to sit on the throne. Now it’s claimed the council voted 20 to 1 in favor of Viserys. However, many people believe that the vote was rigged – likely by the citadel. If the show goes into this, it could answer a very important mystery.

What Happened Between Rhaenyra & Criston Cole?

Princess (later Queen) Rhaenyra and Ser Criston Cole, the Kingmaker, are two of the major players in the story of the Dance of the Dragons. They start the story off as close friends and allies. Criston Cole is Rhaenyra’s sworn protector. We know that this will feature in season 1 at least a bit. However, at a point, their relationship sours. Cole turns against Rhaenyra and becomes her most bitter foe. We don’t exactly know why this happens. The book gives us a couple of potential reasons. It’s possible that one of them loved the other but it wasn’t reciprocated and they fell out over this. But who was in love with who isn’t clear. Hopefully, House of the Dragon gives us some answers. 

Who is the Father of the “Strongs”?

Before the Dance of the Dragons, Princess Rhaenyra has three sons with her husband and cousin Laenor Velaryon. The son of the Sea Snake and Princess Rhaenys Laenor himself had a strong claim to the throne. His sons with Rhaenys thus also had a strong claim. However it was widely accepted that Laenor Velaryon was queer. As a result many people cast doubt on the parentage of Rhaenyra’s sons with him (themselves major players in the story). Many claimed that one of Rhaenyra’s knights, Ser Harwin Strong was their father. The three boys were often derogatively known as “The Strongs”. 

While all three would become Dragon Riders, the doubts around there births would be used as a weapon against Rhaenyra. Still we don’t know who their father actually was. It could of have been Laenor, Strong, or a mix of men. This is another major question we hope House of the Dragon will answer.


Let us know what questions you hope House of the Dragon Answers, down in the comments! 

Author: Abe Apfel
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