‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 8: King Viserys’ Prophecy Scenes Explained

Episode 8 of House of the Dragon He made another leap forward in time – six years to be exact. It appears King Viserys is now the walking dead, Rhaenyra and Daemon are happily married and having children, Alicent and the Hightowers have left their mark on King’s Landing, and have introduced the debt in a big way.

But this last scene was the most exciting: King Viserys inadvertently discussed an important Targaryen family secret – with the wrong person. Let’s discuss what that could mean moving forward in the spoiler-packed section below.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

What exactly is the prophecy?

all the way back episode 1King Viserys passes on to his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, a family secret – a doomsday prophecy that tells of the end of men. Let’s analyze what Viserys says:

“Our history… they tell us that Aegon looked across Blackwater from Dragonstone, and saw rich land ready to be conquered. But ambition alone was not what prompted him to conquer. It was a dream. Just as Daine predicted the end of Valeria, Egon predicted the end of the world of men.”

Aegon refers to Agon the Conqueror, the first lord of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. He was the founder of the Targaryens dynasty ruling over Westeros but, as his prophecy revealed, he also wanted to unite the land against a common enemy. His prophecy should not be rejected, for the Targaryen accepted him, Daenys the DreamerHe had a true prophetic dream of destroying Valeria with fire. Twelve years later, Valeria – the capital of the Free Valerian Province, a great civilization in Essos ruled by dragons – is already destroyed by an unexplained catastrophe.

Viserys told Rhaenyra:

“Tis to begin with a terrible winter that blows from the far north. Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on those winds. And whatever dwells within him shall destroy the world of the living. When this great winter comes, Rhinera, all Westeros shall stand against it. And if the world of men were to To survive, the Targaryen must sit on the Iron Throne. A king or queen, strong enough to unite the world against cold and darkness. Aegon called his dream ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ “

As seen in Game of Thrones, the prophecy of a terrible winter is fulfilled. The undead army of White Walkers threaten to bring a long night over Westeros. It is the duty of every Targaryen king (or queen) to pass on the secret prophecy to their heir so that one day all men will unite to fight ‘cold and dark’.

“This secret… has been passed down from a king to an heir since the time of Aegon. Now you must promise to carry it… and protect it.”

Aliscent and Rinera holding hands in a large hall

Aliscent and Rhinera’s friendship seems to be on the mend.


What does Rhaenyra Viserys ask in Episode 8?

Twenty years later (from the events of House of the Dragon, Episode 1), a lot has happened. Rhinera has a brood of children and a new husband in Damon, her uncle. She visits her father, Viserys, one night, knowing that he may die soon, to clarify the meaning behind a mysterious family secret before it is too late.

“Song of Ice and Fire.” Do you think it is true? “

“Aegon’s Dream”.

“You told me that it is our duty to make the world united against a common enemy. By naming me heir, you have divided the kingdom.”

Viserys is out of it, so drugged on poppy’s milk that he can’t answer whether he believes Aegon’s prophecy, A Song of Ice and Fire, will come true.

What did King Viserys say to Alicent?

Instead, the next night, Viserys inadvertently gave his wife Alicent his opinion of Aegon’s prophecy.

In the fog, on his deathbed, Viserys begins to apologize. “I’m sorry I’m sorry.” This is supposed to be an apology for forcing Rhaenyra, who he believes is talking to him, to take on everything that comes with becoming the Targaryen’s heir, including taking on the family secret.

“But you wanted to know…if I thought it was true.”

Lysnt, of course, has no idea what Viserys is talking about. Viserys proceeds to inadvertently alert her to the idea of ​​the “Prince He Promised”.


“Our son?” asks Aliscent, pointing to her and Viserys’ firstborn, Prince Aegon, who is found to have raped a young servant in Episode 8.

Viserys shakes his head – he’s of course referring to Aegon the Conquerer. “His dream. The song of ice and water – that’s right. What he saw in the north. The prince he promised.”

Aliscent still believes Viserys is talking about their son Aegon — not Jon Snow, aka. else Aegon Targaryen.

Viserys continues “Prince”. “To unite the world against the cold…and darkness. You. You. You must do this.”

What will Aliscent do with the prophecy?

From Aliscent’s point of view, it certainly appears that Viserys is asking her, his wife, to ensure that their eldest son, Prince Aegon, will inherit the Iron Throne – on the heiress named Princess Rainera. Viserys appears to be telling Alicent that she is “the one” to ensure this happens, and that the “prince he promised” comes from her bloodline.

Of course, that’s not the case – Viserys thought he was talking to Rhaenyra. This will obviously tear apart another major feud between Aliscent and Rinera, which is sad given that their friendship seemed to be on the mend thanks to the King’s inspiring speech at their wonderful reunion dinner. Rhinera brings a toast to Aliscent, and thanks her for always staying by her father’s side. Alicent appears to be honest in her declaration that Rhaenyra will one day make a good queen, which means that she will not fight Rhaenyra’s claim to be an heir.

But after hearing some prophecy, Aliscent will likely change her mind and claim the throne via her eldest son, Aegon. in Episode 6Alicent warns Aegon that one day he will have to fight Rhaenyra for the throne.

The thing is, Rhaenyra and Daemon also have a son named Aegon – their firstborn, a child introduced in Episode 8. Aegons could be against each other. as such Episode 7 Aliscent was willing to become violent if it meant protecting her children.

How is the dagger of a Katsbau tied?

in episode 1You may have noticed that Viserys strayly touches the ornate dagger that he holds on his belt while telling Rhaenyra about the prophecy. This dagger appears again in Episode 8, next to Viserys’ deathbed when he talks about the prophecy again.

Viserys explains the origins of the dagger in Episode 4. He told Rinera that the dagger “was the property of Aegon the Conqueror. It was a dagger of Einar before that. Before that… it’s hard to tell.” Everything is connected! It was Einar Targaryen Daenys the Dreamer Father, whom she persuaded to turn away from the Valyrian monarchy after her prophetic dream of Valyria’s torment came true.

Somewhere along the way, this special dagger fell into Aegon’s prophetic hands. The dagger is made of valerian steelIt is one of the few known substances that can kill White Walkers. It plays a huge role in fulfilling Aegon’s wish to prevent the end of men.

In Game of Thrones, the dagger was first used in an attempt to assassinate Bran Stark (the killer is known as “KatsbauIn the last season, you kill Arya king of the night Using the Aegon dagger, to prevent the zombies from “wiping out the world” as Bran explains in Season 7 of the Night King’s motives.

Who is the prince who promised him?

in Episode 4 About the House of the Dragon, Viserys says that before Aegon’s death, another of the Valian pirates hid his “song” in steel. Rainera reads the inscription that appears when the blade is heated in fire: “From my blood shall come the prince whom he promised, and it shall be a song of ice and fire.”

As we find out in Game of Thrones, the prince he promised is Jon Snow. John’s real name and royal lineage – his parents are Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen – are hidden to protect him from those who seek to exterminate all Targaryens. John helps realize Aegon the Conquerer’s dream by allying with Daenerys Targaryen against the White Walkers. Jon becomes a dragon driver, helps defeat the King of the Night at the Battle of Winterfell, and the White Walkers become extinct forever.

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