The plan of Daemon’s House of the Dragon binds him to a major tyrant of the Targaryen

Over the Daenerys Targaryen’s rise to power in Game of thronesher father’s ghost Mad King Ares, a large space. In the course of the series, as Daenerys faces setbacks and successes in her quest to make it happen iron throneMany characters, from Barristan Selmy to Tyrion Lannister to Varys to Jon Snow, wonder if she will eventually demonstrate greatness or succumb to the madness of her genetically predisposed streak.

similarly, Dragon House He uses the memory of a former king known for his brutality and brutality to inform the characterization of one of the central characters, Demon Prince. The repeated calls out to the ruthless King Maegor in relation to Daemon throughout the series were no coincidence. But who exactly is Maegor the Cruel, and what is the series trying to say about Daemon by creating this link between the two?

Abomination on the Iron Throne

A demon holding his sword beside the white flag on the battlefield, shot from a distance

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The ruthless Maegor was the son of Agon the Conqueror The third Targaryen, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Like his descendant Demon, he was the second son, with his older half-brother Aeneas heir to the throne of Aegon. At the time the Aenys took over the cerebral endeavours, Maegor was more than just a player. When he was 13, his mother Vecinia gifted him her dark sister’s steel Valyrian sword, and he was knighted by his father at the age of 16, making him the youngest knight in the world at the time.

Despite their different tendencies, Aenys and Maegor did just fine. When Aenys died, Aenys declared to his brother, “We shall rule this world together, you and I,” but in practice, Aenys was crowned alone. Maegor helped his brother (brutally) put down several revolts and was named the Hand of the King. But the brothers disagreed because of the marriage. After 13 years of childless with Ceryse Hightower, Maegor decides to take a second wife, an act that offended the faith of the Seven and so upset the common people that King Aenys gave him an ultimatum: step aside his second wife, or go into exile. Major chose exile.

He returned when Aenys died suddenly, but instead of bending the knee to heir Aenys, Maegor’s nephew Aegon, Maegor seized the Iron Throne for himself. Eventually, Aegon began mustering forces to press his claim, prompting Maegor to meet him in battle over Balerion the Black Dread – the largest of the Targaryen dragons in Westeros. He murdered his own relatives (and true heir to the Iron Throne), which earned him the nickname “Maegor the Cruel”, as well as a black mark as a kin, believed to be one of the most damned and shameful things anyone in Westeros could be.

Major’s conflict with the Church and his capacity for cruelty escalated when he married a third wife, leading to a religious uprising led by the Sons of Warriors and Fighters of the Faith (the military arms of the Church). The uprising ended when Maegor used dragon fire to burn the September of Remembrance and everyone within it. He then ordered the construction of the Dragonpit where the church once stood. In other building-based atrocities, Maegor celebrated the completion of the Red Keep by holding a massive three-day feast for everyone who worked on its construction; When the feast was over, he executed all the workers to ensure that he would be the only one with complete knowledge of his many hidden rooms and secret passages.

Maegor’s six-year and 66-day reign ended upon his gruesome and mysterious death Unleash one of the great urban legends of the Seven Kingdoms. It ended as it was drenched in blood.

Maegor is born again

A demon standing at the entrance to the Great Hall with his sword on his sword, holding an ax and wearing a bone crown

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Just as the Mad King looms over Daenerys all the time Game of thronesMaegor has been seen as the company of Prince Daemon, in clear and subtle ways, all along Dragon House. In the first episode, Otto Hightower explicitly warns that naming Daemon an heir risks giving the world another Maegor the Cruel. Much of this sentiment stems from Otto’s management of his long game of controlling the line of succession, but there is a kernel of truth underlined by the comparison that helps it resonate.

Like Maegor, Daemon is the second son, and like Maegor, his nephew usurped his claim to the throne. They both used Dark Sister. Both achieved military fame and Glory fight pirates in the Stepstones. They are both considered warriors compared to them More book brothers. Both of them are exiled by their royal brothers because of their disobedience. But despite Otto’s assurances, Major remains more of a worst-case scenario for Daemon’s progress than a reflection of who he is when Dragon House Started.

However, in Episode 2, Daemon seems to be inclined to compare for his own ends: banished from the court, he squats on the Dragonstone, desperate for his brother’s attention, steals a dragon egg for his unborn child by way of a woman he has announced he intends to marry – despite The fact that he is already married to another woman. While it is the dragon egg that ultimately lights the spark under Viserys, Daemon’s (eventually erroneous) declaration of his intention to take a second wife immediately calls for a recollection of Maegor’s history with polygamy and the way his desire to marry and remarry led to Great struggles with the Church and massive bloodshed all over the world. The Showdown in Dragonstone He represents Daemon in his most Maegor-like so far.

Screenshot from HBO's House of the Dragon.  Rhinera holds her arms behind her back and looks at Demon, who reaches out to lose the necklace he gave her and which she is wearing.

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While Dragon House Magnifying the Maegor/Daemon Comparison – The showdown in Dragonstone is almost a production of the show, adding increased drama and cinematic skill to what is a fast-paced side in fire and blood Show-makers Ryan Kondal and Miguel Saposhnik ultimately pick up on what George R.R. Martin had to say, as the similarities between Maegor and Daemon come from the book’s text itself. Just like the makers of the show, Martin clearly wants readers to keep Maegor in their minds as they read about Daemon (and readers fire and blood You know the Maegor/Daemon combinations aren’t over yet), to worry along with Otto Hightower and the rest of the world that Daemon leans too much into this comparison.

Fortunately, Rhaenyra is able to defuse the situation in Episode 2 – and Daemon proves himself better than his great-uncle when he doesn’t hit his niece, the person he rose above him in the succession sequence. In Episode 4, Daemon returns to court and mends things with Viserys, only to be expelled again after being nearly caught with Rhaenyra (important to note: one of Maegor’s six wives was his niece). But the story of Daemon Targaryen is far from over, and the ghost of Maegor will still loom as he delves deeper into the Dance of the Dragons.

Just like the narrative tension generated by the question of which way the Daenerys coin is going to land, Dragon House He evokes the memory of the ruthless Targaryen ruler for harassing the worst-case scenario of Daemon’s character arc.

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