House of the Dragon

American fantasy drama television series

House of the Dragon (2022–present) is an American fantasy drama airing on HBO about the events leading up to and surrounding the civil war known as the "Dance of the Dragons," which took place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

The only thing that could tear down the house of the dragon was itself.

Season 1 edit

The Heirs of the Dragon [1.01] edit

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: As the first century of the Targaryen dynasty came to a close, the health of the Old King, Jaehaerys, was failing. In those days, House Targaryen stood at the height of its strength, with ten adult dragons under its yoke. No power in the world could stand against it. King Jaehaerys reigned over nearly sixty years of peace and prosperity, but tragedy had claimed both his sons, leaving his succession in doubt. So, in the year 101, the Old King called a Great Council to choose an heir. Over a thousand lords made the journey to Harrenhal. Fourteen succession claims were heard, but only two were truly considered. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the King's eldest descendant, and her younger cousin, Prince Viserys Targaryen, the King's eldest male descendant.
King Jaehaerys I Targaryen: [flashback, the day of the Great Council] It is declared by all lords paramount and lords vassal of the Seven Kingdoms that Prince Viserys Targaryen be made Prince of Dragonstone.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Rhaenys, a woman, would not inherit the Iron Throne. The lords instead chose Viserys, my father. Jaehaerys called the Great Council to prevent a war being fought over his succession. For he knew the cold truth. The only thing that could tear down the House of the Dragon was itself.

Queen Aemma Arryn: You will lie in this bed soon enough, Rhaenyra. This discomfort is how we serve the realm.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I'd rather serve as a knight and ride to battle and glory.
Queen Aemma Arryn: We have royal wombs, you and I. The childbed is our battlefield.

Ser Otto Hightower: You've not been seen in the Vale or at Runestone for quite some time.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: I think my bronze bitch is happier for my absence.
Ser Otto Hightower: Lady Rhea is your wife, a good and honorable Lady of the Vale.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: In the Vale, men are said to fuck sheep instead of women. I can assure you the sheep are prettier.

Ser Otto Hightower: No one here can know what Daemon would do were he king, but no one can doubt his ambition. Look at what he did with the gold cloaks. The City Watch is fiercely loyal to him. An army two thousand strong.
King Viserys I Targaryen: An army you gave him, Otto. I named Daemon Master of Laws, but you said he was a tyrant. As Master of Coin, you said he was a spendthrift that would beggar the realm. Putting Daemon in command of the City Watch was your solution!
Ser Otto Hightower: A half-measure, Your Grace. The truth is, Daemon should be far away from this court.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Daemon is my brother. My blood. And he will have his place at my court.
Grand Maester Mellos: Let him keep his place at court, Your Grace, but if the gods should visit some further tragedy on you, either by design or accident...
King Viserys I Targaryen: Design? What are you saying? My brother would murder me, take my crown? Are you? Please. Daemon has ambition, yes, but not for the throne. He lacks the patience for it.
Ser Otto Hightower: The gods have yet to make a man who lacks the patience for absolute power, Your Grace.

King Viserys I Targaryen: Did you say it?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: I don't know what you mean.
King Viserys I Targaryen: You will address me as Your Grace or I will have my Kingsguard cut out your tongue. "The Heir for a Day". Did you say it?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: We must all mourn in our own way, Your Grace.
King Viserys I Targaryen: My family has just been destroyed. But instead of being by my side, or Rhaenyra's, you chose to celebrate your own rise! Laughing with your whοres and your lickspittles! You have no allies at court but me! I have only ever defended you! Yet everything I've given you, you've thrown back in my face!
Prince Daemon Targaryen: You've only ever tried to send me away, To the Vale, to the City Watch, anywhere but by your side! Ten years you've been king, and yet not once have you asked me to be your Hand!
King Viserys I Targaryen: Why would I do that?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Because I'm your brother. And the blood of the dragon runs thick.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Then why do you cut me so deeply?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: I've only ever spoken the truth, I see Otto Hightower for what he is.
King Viserys I Targaryen: An unwavering and loyal Hand?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: A cunt! A second son who stands to inherit nothing he doesn't seize for himself.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Otto Hightower is a more honorable man than you could ever be.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: He doesn't protect you. I would.
King Viserys I Targaryen: From what?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Yourself. You're weak, Viserys. And that council of leeches knows it. They all prey on you for their own ends.
King Viserys I Targaryen: I have decided to name a new heir.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: I'm your heir.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Not anymore. You are to return to Runestone and your lady wife at once. And you are to do so without quarrel, by order of your King.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): Everyone says Targaryens are closer to gods than to men but they say that because of our dragons. Without them, we're just like everyone else.
King Viserys I Targaryen: The idea that we control the dragons is an illusion. They're a power man should never have trifled with. One that brought Valyria its doom. If we don't mind our own histories, it will do the same to us. Targaryen must understand this to be King. Or Queen. [Rhaenyra looks at her father as his words sink in] I am sorry, Rhaenyra. I have wasted the years since you were born wanting for a son. You are the very best of your mother, and I now believe, as I know she did, that you could be a great ruling Queen.

King Viserys I Targaryen: There's something else that I need to tell you. It might be difficult for you to understand, but you must hear it. Our histories... They tell us that Aegon looked across the Blackwater from Dragonstone and saw a rich land ripe for the capture. But ambition alone is not what drove him to conquest. It was a dream. And just as Daenys foresaw the end of Valyria, Aegon foresaw the end of the world of men. 'Tis to begin with a terrible winter gusting out of the distant north. Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on those winds. And whatever dwells within will destroy the world of the living. When this Great Winter comes, Rhaenyra, all of Westeros must stand against it. And if the world of men is to survive, a Targaryen must be seated on the Iron Throne. A king or queen strong enough to unite the realm against the cold and the dark. Aegon called his dream "The Song of Ice and Fire." This secret, it's been passed from king to heir since Aegon's time. Now you must promise to carry it and protect it. Promise me this, Rhaenyra. Promise me.

The Rogue Prince [1.02] edit

Lord Corlys Velaryon: I fear that the eyes of our enemies are presently fixed on the Red Keep. The Queen has passed. A girl has been named heir to the Iron Throne, the first in its history. The King's brother, so disinherited, has claimed the Targaryen seat on Dragonstone without challenge. And now, a foreign power has established a colony in our most critical shipping lane.
King Viserys I Targaryen: You paint such an aspirant portrait of my reign, Lord Corlys.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: It is an honest one, cousin. At the moment, the Crown is perceived as being vulnerable.
King Viserys I Targaryen: And a blind incursion in the Stepstones is the only way to demonstrate that we are not?
Lord Corlys Velaryon: To elude a storm, you can either sail into it or around it. But you must never await its coming.

Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Whether it's to my daughter or to someone else's, your father will remarry sooner than late. His new wife will produce new heirs, and chances are better than not that one of those will be male. And when that boy comes of age and your father has passed, the men of the realm will expect him to be heir, not you. Because that is the order of things.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): When I am Queen, I will create a new order.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: How I wish that could be, Rhaenyra. But the men of the realm already had their opportunity to appoint a ruling Queen at the Great Council and they denied it.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): They denied you, Princess Rhaenys. "The Queen Who Never Was". But they bent the knee to me and called me heir to the throne.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Do you remind your father's men of that as you carry their cups? Here is the hard truth, which no one else has the heart to tell you. Men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne. And your father is no fool.

Mysaria: I have been sold as property more times than I care to count, beginning in a homeland I can no longer recall. Most of my years have been spent living in terror.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: You're safe with me, I swear it.
Mysaria: You are Targaryen. You can afford to play your stupid games with the King, but I cannot. I didn't come into your service wanting gold. Or power. Or station. I came to you to be liberated.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Liberated. From what?
Mysaria: Fear.

King Viserys I Targaryen: I wish I had known better what to say to you in the aftermath. I struggled to realize that my daughter had so quickly become a woman grown. But I know she understands what is now expected of me.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): The king must take a new wife.
King Viserys I Targaryen: I could never replace your mother. No more than I intend to replace you as heir. But you are my only heir and our line is vulnerable, too easily ended. And by marrying again, I may begin to ensure that we are better defended.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): Against whom?
King Viserys I Targaryen: Whomever may dare to challenge us. [pause] I do not wish to make us estranged.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): You are the king. Your first duty is to the realm. Mother would have understood this. Just as I do.

Lord Corlys Velaryon: You've heard of the trouble in the Stepstones?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Some Myrish prince is feeding Westerosi sailors to the crabs.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: I have been petitioning the King to send my navy into the territory, but he's denied me.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: It was never my brother's strongest trait.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: What?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Being king.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: The Crabfeeder is backed by powerful entities within the Free Cities who wish to see Westeros weakened. And the King's failures have allowed him to accumulate strength. If those shipping lanes fall, my house will be crippled. And I will not have Driftmark beggared while our King idles himself with feasts and balls and tourneys.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: I will speak of my brother as I wish. You will not.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: Waiting in the Stepstones is a chance for you to prove your worth to any who might yet doubt it. We are the realm's second sons, Daemon. Our worth is not given. It must be made.

Second of His Name [1.03] edit

King Viserys I Targaryen: Since you came of age, I've been slowly drowning in a lake of parchment flung from every corner of the realm. Marriage proposals, all. And I have tried often to discuss it with you, but you've refused me at every turn.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): That is because I do not wish to get married.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Even I do not exist above tradition and duty, Rhaenyra!

King Viserys I Targaryen: Many in my line have been dragon riders. Very few among us have been dreamers. What is the power of a dragon next to the power of prophecy?
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): The hour is too late, husband.
King Viserys I Targaryen: When Rhaenyra was a child, I saw it in a dream. As vivid as these flames, I saw it. A male babe born to me wearing the Conqueror's crown. And I so wanted it to be true, to be a dreamer myself. I sought that vision again, night after night, but it never came again. I poured all my thought and will into it. And my obsession killed Rhaenyra's mother.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): Viserys...
King Viserys I Targaryen: I thought Rhaenyra was the way out of my abyss of grief and regret. And naming her heir would begin to set things right.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): Oh, it did.
King Viserys I Targaryen: I never imagined I would remarry, that I would have a son. What if I was wrong?

Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): Rhaenyra will be a good queen.
Ser Otto Hightower: It wouldn't matter if she were Jaehaerys himself born again. Rhaenyra is a woman.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): What of my son? Would you have me raise a man to steal his own sister's birthright?
Ser Otto Hightower: It is Aegon that's being robbed. He's the firstborn son of the King. To deny that he is heir to the throne is to assail the laws of gods and men. The road ahead is uncertain, but the end is clear. Aegon will be king.

King Viserys I Targaryen: You have misjudged me, Rhaenyra.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): All know it. Jason Lannister knows it. You said it yourself, the lords of the realm gather like vultures to a carcass, hoping to feast on my bones.
King Viserys I Targaryen: It is true that as rulers we must marry for advantage to forge alliances and bolster our strength. You have always understood this. I myself was promised to your mother when I was...
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): Ten-and-seven years of age. The Vale had an army to rival the North. I've heard that story since I've had ears to.
King Viserys I Targaryen: I loved her. She made a man of me. I do not seek to replace you, child. You've been much alone these last few years. Alone and angry. I will not live forever. I wish to see you contented, happy even.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): You think a man will do it?
King Viserys I Targaryen: A family.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I had a family.
King Viserys I Targaryen: What would you have me do?!
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): If it was for advantage, you would've wed Laena Velaryon!
King Viserys I Targaryen: That is true enough. You must marry, strengthen your own claim, shore up your succession, multiply. As to your match, make it yourself. Search him out. Find one that pleases you, as I did. Rhaenyra, I did waver at one time. But I swear to you now, on your mother's memory, you will not be supplanted.

King of the Narrow Sea [1.04] edit

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): How angry is he?
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): The King went through great effort to arrange your tour. He is frustrated. But I am glad you are home. I find I have few friends lately. I like to believe I'm still the Lady Alicent, but all anyone sees when they look at me now is "The Queen."
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I've missed you, too.

Prince Daemon Targaryen: You cannot live your life in fear, or you will forsake the best parts of it.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I have no desire to live in fear. Only solitude.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Such a lovely prospect.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): Their wants are of no consequences.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: They're of great consequence if you expect to rule then one day.

Prince Daemon Targaryen: When I offered up my crown, you said I could have anything. I want Rhaenyra. I'll take her as she is, and wed her in the tradition of our house.
King Viserys I Targaryen: You are already wed.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: That didn't stop Aegon the Conqueror from taking a second wife.
King Viserys I Targaryen: You are no conqueror. You are a plague sent to destroy me.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Give me Rhaenyra to take to wife and we will return the House of the Dragon to its proper glory.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Of course. It's not my daughter you lust for, is it? It's my throne. Go back to the Vale, Daemon, to your lawful wife. Strive to restore whatever scrap of honor remains in you. Or don't. Matters not to me. As long as you are gone from my sight for good.

King Viserys I Targaryen: My father was a hale and healthy warrior and dragonrider at the peak of his abilities. Jaehaerys named a great royal hunt to celebrate him being named the Hand of the King. Five days later, my father lay dead. Tourneys last longer. Baelon the Brave, rider of Vhagar, heir to the Iron Throne, dead of a burst belly. The gods have a dark wit.
Ser Otto Hightower: It was a grim day. I recall it all too well.
King Viserys I Targaryen: It was a good day for you. Jaehaerys named you Hand in Baelon's stead.
Ser Otto Hightower: That's hardly how I viewed it, Your Grace. It was a duty.
King Viserys I Targaryen: You served my grandsire nobly in his final days. You are the man that taught me how to be King.
Ser Otto Hightower: Oh, you honor me, Your Grace.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Just five days you went from being another man in Jaehaerys's court to the second most powerful man in the realm. I wonder, how long did it take you to choose yourself over your King?
Ser Otto Hightower: Your Grace?
King Viserys I Targaryen: I will never recover from Aemma's death. But Alicent, she took me through the worst of my grief. She was a calculated distraction. I only now realize how well-calculated it was.
Ser Otto Hightower: That is an absurdity. The Queen loves you as I know you love her.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Your interests no longer align with those of the realm. Your judgment has been compromised.
Ser Otto Hightower: A loyal Hand must tell his king a discomforting truth from time to time, Your Grace. If he doesn't, he's failed as a servant.
King Viserys I Targaryen: You were a faithful servant, Otto. The Crown and the realm both owe you a debt that can never be repaid. But I can no longer trust your judgment.

We Light the Way [1.05] edit

Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): I do not wish to see you go.
Ser Otto Hightower: Such is the king's decision.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): A decision I most vigorously regret.
Ser Otto Hightower: And yet you made it possible. You chose Rhaenyra.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): She swore her innocence. And I believed her.
Ser Otto Hightower: You wanted to believe her. As did her father.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): Your informant was wrong. An honest mistake, perhaps, but I did not foresee this!
Ser Otto Hightower: You should have.
Queen Alicent Hightower (Young): If you had not been so relentless in advancing Aegon as heir...
Ser Otto Hightower: Listen to me, daughter. The King will die. It may be months or years, but he'll not live to be an old man, and if Rhaenyra succeeds him, war will follow, do you understand? The realm will not accept her. And to secure her claim, she'll have to put your children to the sword. She'll have no choice. You know it. You're no fool and yet you choose not to see it. The time is coming, Alicent. Either you prepare Aegon to rule, or you cleave to Rhaenyra and pray for her mercy.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I know that whatever agreement being struck up there will not change your appetites, nor will it change mine.
Ser Laenor Velaryon (Young): And what do you propose?
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): That we perform our duty to our fathers and to the realm. And when it's done, each of us dines as we see fit.

Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: We are placing our son in danger.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: The lords of the realm bent the knee to Rhaenyra and swore obeisance to her.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: That was before there was a true-born prince named Aegon Targaryen. Rhaenyra's succession will be challenged. Knives will come out, for her, her husband, and their heirs.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: Our house controls the realm's navy and half its dragons. Anyone fool enough to challenge Rhaenyra's claim will be crushed.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: To what end, Corlys? Wealth? Power? Pride?
Lord Corlys Velaryon: Justice. By all rights, you should be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. You were robbed of the crown by...
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: I never wore the crown because the realm would not have it so.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: But I would remedy that small-minded error by any means necessary.

Ser Criston Cole: Let us leave it all behind and see the world together, where we'll be nameless and free. Free to go where we like, to love as we like. In Essos, you could marry me. A marriage for love, not for the crown.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I am the crown, Ser Criston. Or I will be. I may chafe at my duties, but do you think I would choose infamy in exchange for a bushel of oranges or a ship to Asshai? It is my duty to marry a nobleman from a great house and Ser Laenor will make a fine husband. But my, uh, my marriage does not have to be the end. Ser Criston, Laenor and I have an understanding. I've granted him leave to pursue his own interests. And in turn, he's granted me the same.
Ser Criston Cole: So you want me to be your whοre?
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I want us to continue as we began, with you as my sworn protector, my white knight.
Ser Criston Cole: I took an oath. As a, as a knight of, of your Kingsguard. An oath of chastity. I've broken it.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): I won't tell anyone...
Ser Criston Cole: I've, I've soiled my, my, my white cloak. And it is the only thing I have to my fսcking name! I, I thought if we were married, I might be able to restore it.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young): The Iron Throne looms larger than me, larger than anyone in my family.

King Viserys I Targaryen: Will I be remembered as a good king?
Lord Lyonel Strong: Your Grace?
King Viserys I Targaryen: What will they say of me when the histories are written? I have neither fought nor conquered, nor suffered any great defeat.
Lord Lyonel Strong: Some might call that good fortune.
King Viserys I Targaryen: It hardly makes a good song, does it? To be sung at feasts in a hundred years, five hundred.
Lord Lyonel Strong: You have carried King Jaehaerys's legacy, and kept the realm strong. Is it not better to live in peace than to have songs sung after you are dead?
King Viserys I Targaryen: Perhaps. But there is a part of me wishes I'd been tested. I often think that in the crucible, I may have been forged a different man.
Lord Lyonel Strong: Many that are tested only wish to have been spared it.

The Princess and the Queen [1.06] edit

Queen Alicent Hightower: You are nearly a man-grown. How is it that you can be so shortsighted? If Rhaenyra comes into power, your very life could be forfeit. Aemond's as well. She could move to cut off any challenge to her succession.
Prince Aegon Targaryen (Young): Then I won't challenge...
Queen Alicent Hightower: You are the challenge! You are the challenge, Aegon! Simply by living and breathing! You are the King's firstborn son. And what they know, what everyone in the realm knows in their blood and in their bones, is that one day, you will be our King.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Dark rumors are hunting us, Laenor. They nip at our heels. Questions about our sons' parentage. Vile, disgusting insinuations.
Prince Laenor Velaryon: Insinuations, are they?
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: They are our sons! Yours and mine. And their true father will not abandon them now to go carousing through the Narrow Sea, waggling his sword and winking at his sailors.
Prince Laenor Velaryon: I am a knight and a warrior. And I have played my part here, faithfully, for ten years. I am owed some...
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: You are owed nothing! For ten years, you have indulged yourself at court, bought the finest horses, drunk the rarest of wines, fսckеd the lustiest boys. This was our agreement. I have not begrudged you. But you do not desert your post when the storm lashes.
Prince Laenor Velaryon: The wise sailor flees the storm as it gathers.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Very well then. I command you. As your Princess and the heir to the throne, you are commanded to remain in King's Landing and at my side.

Lady Laena Velaryon: You laud the virtues of Pentos, but you have no interest in it. If you did, you would venture into the city, but instead, you spend your time here, in the library, reading accounts of the same dead dragonlords whose legacy you claim has no hold on you.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Didn't know I was being so minutely observed.
Lady Laena Velaryon: You do not sleep.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Well, how can I with you haunting my every move?
Lady Laena Velaryon: Life has, I know, disappointed you. Perhaps, I too, am not the wife you would've wished for yourself.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Laena...
Lady Laena Velaryon: It does not pain me. I have made my peace. But you are more than this, Daemon. The man I married was more than this.

Prince Jacaerys Velaryon (Young): Is Harwin Strong my father? Am I a bastard?
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: You are a Targaryen. That's all that matters.

Lord Larys Strong: What are children but a weakness? A folly? A futility? Through them, you imagine you cheat the great darkness of its victory. You will persist forever, in some form or another. As if they will keep you from the dust. But for them, you surrender what you should not. You may know what is the right thing to be done, but love stays the hand. Love is a downfall. Best to make your way through life unencumbered if you ask me.
Queen Alicent Hightower: [referring to Lord Lyonel and Ser Harwin Strong] They're dead.
Lord Larys Strong: You've heard the stories of Harrenhal, Your Grace. It was built in hubris by Harren the Black as a monument to his own greatness. Blood mixed into the mortar. It is said to be a cursed place. That it passes judgment on all who pass beneath its gates.
Queen Alicent Hightower: You, you passed judgment.
Lord Larys Strong: The Queen makes a wish. What servant of the realm would not strive to fulfill it?

Driftmark [1.07] edit

Prince Daemon Targaryen: [after Otto Hightower offers his condolences] No matter how fat the leech grows, it always wants for another meal.

Lord Corlys Velaryon: The crown was yours until those fools at the Great Council plucked it from your head. Is it such a terrible thing for your husband to wish to win it back?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Tonight of all nights, let us lay aside this falsehood. It is not justice for your wife that drives you. It is your own ambition. 'Tis desire for the throne. If not for yourself, then for the scions of your house. I gave up the idea of wearing a crown a generation ago. It is you, lord husband, who refuses to abandon this pursuit, even now, at the cost of our children.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: What is this brief mortal life if not the pursuit of legacy?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Legacy may be why you live your life, Corlys. I want Driftmark to pass through Laena's line to Baela. To true Velaryon blood. Declare it now, while all are gathered here, and we will say that is how we will honor Laena's memory.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: And disinherit our son?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: He will be the King Consort. His son will one day sit the Iron Throne.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: You would have me cast an even darker shadow over those little boys than already exists.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: We are alone here, husband. You can speak the plain truth as we both know it. Rhaenyra's children are not of your blood. But Laena's are. They are her legacy.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: History does not remember blood. It remembers names.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: [after stopping Alicent from blinding Lucerys] You've gone too far!
Queen Alicent Hightower: What have I done but what was expected of me? Forever upholding the kingdom, the family, the law, while you flout all to do as you please?
King Viserys I Targaryen: Alicent, let her go!
Queen Alicent Hightower: Where is duty?! Where is sacrifice?! It's trampled under your pretty foot again!
Ser Otto Hightower: Release the blade, Alicent.
Queen Alicent Hightower: And now you take my son's eye, and to even that, you feel entitled!
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Exhausting, wasn't it? Hiding beneath the cloak of your own righteousness. But now they see you as you are.

Prince Aemond Targaryen (Young): Do not mourn me, Mother. It was a fair exchange. I may have lost an eye, but I gained a dragon.

Queen Alicent Hightower: I disgraced myself. And ensured my husband's favor will forever rest on her.
Ser Otto Hightower: And yet I've never seen that side of you, my daughter. I even doubted its existence.
Queen Alicent Hightower: It was an ugly thing. I regret it.
Ser Otto Hightower: We play an ugly game. And now, for the first time, I see that you have the determination to win it.

The Lord of the Tides [1.08] edit

King Viserys I Targaryen: I must admit my confusion. I do not understand why petitions are being heard over a settled succession. The only one present who might offer keener insight into Lord Corlys' wishes is the Princess Rhaenys.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Indeed, Your Grace. It was ever my husband's wish that Driftmark pass through Ser Laenor to his trueborn son, Lucerys Velaryon. His mind never changed, nor did my support of him. As a matter of fact, the Princess Rhaenyra has just informed me of her desire to marry her sons, Jace and Luke, to Lord Corlys' granddaughters, Baela and Rhaena. A proposal to which I heartily agree.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Well, the matter is settled. Again. I hereby reaffirm Prince Lucerys of House Velaryon as heir to Driftmark, the Driftwood Throne, and the next Lord of the Tides.
Ser Vaemond Velaryon: You break law, and centuries of tradition, to install your daughter as heir. Yet you dare tell me who deserves to inherit the name Velaryon?! No. I will not allow it.
King Viserys I Targaryen: "Allow it"? Do not forget yourself, Vaemond.
Ser Vaemond Velaryon: [points at Lucerys] That is no true Velaryon! And certainly, no nephew of mine.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: [to her sons] Go to your chambers. [to Vaemond] You have said enough.
King Viserys I Targaryen: Lucerys is my trueborn grandson. And you are no more than the second son of Driftmark.
Ser Vaemond Velaryon: You may run your House as you see fit. But you will not decide the future of mine! My House survived the Doom, and a thousand tribulations besides! [looking at Lucerys hatefully] And gods be damned, I will not see it ended on the account of this... [pauses]
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Say it.
Ser Vaemond Targaryen: [glaring at Rhaenyra] Her children are bastards! [to Viserys] And she is a whore.
King Viserys I Targaryen: [forces himself to his feet and draws his dagger] I will have your tongue for that!
[Daemon suddenly swings Dark Sister from behind, beheading Vaemond above the jawline]
Prince Daemon Targaryen: He can keep his tongue.

King Viserys I Targaryen: It both gladdens my heart, and fills me with sorrow, to see these faces around the table. The faces, most dear to me in all the world. Yet grown so distant from each other, in the years past. [removes his half-mask, showing his missing eye and rotting face] My own face is no longer a handsome one. If, indeed, it ever was. But tonight, I wish you to see me as I am. Not just a king, but your father. Your brother. Your husband. And your grandsire. Who may not, it seems, walk for much longer among you. Let us no longer hold ill feelings in our hearts. The Crown cannot stand strong if the House of the Dragon remains divided. But set aside your grievances! If not for the sake of the Crown, then for the sake of this old man, who loves you all so dearly!

The Green Council [1.09] edit

Ser Tyland Lannister: What is it that could not have waited an hour? Was Dorne invaded?
Ser Otto Hightower: The King is dead. We grieve for Viserys the Peaceful, our sovereign, our friend. But he has left us a gift. With his last breath, he impressed upon the Queen his final wish that his son Aegon should succeed him as Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.
Ser Tyland Lannister: Then we may proceed now with the full assurance of his blessing on our long-laid plans.
Ser Otto Hightower: Yes. There is much to be done, as we have previously discussed. Now, there are two among the captains of the City Watch who remain loyal to Daemon. Let us replace them. Lord Lannister?
Ser Tyland Lannister: The Treasury is well in hand. The gold will be divided for safe keeping.
Ser Otto Hightower: Let ravens be sent to our allies, Riverrun and Highgarden...
Queen Alicent Hightower: Am I to understand that members of the Small Council have been planning secretly to install my son without me?
Lord Jasper Wylde: My Queen, there was no need to sully you with darkling schemes.
Lord Lyman Beesbury: I will not have this! To hear that you are plotting to replace the King's chosen heir with an imposter...
Ser Tyland Lannister: His firstborn son is hardly an imposter.
Lord Lyman Beesbury: Hundreds of lords and landed knights swore fealty to the Princess.
Ser Tyland Lannister: That was some twenty years ago. Most of them are now dead.
Lord Jasper Wylde: You heard the Lord Hand. Plot or no, the King changed his mind.
Lord Lyman Beesbury: I am six and seventy years old. I have known Viserys longer than any who sit at this table, and I will not believe he said this on his deathbed, alone, with only the boy's mother as a witness! This is seizure! It is theft! It is treason!

Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: [after Alicent visits her while under house arrest] I will do you the considerable courtesy of assuming there is a good reason for the outrage of my treatment here this morning!
Queen Alicent Hightower: My sincerest regrets for the lack of ceremony.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: The King? [Alicent nods] And you are usurping the throne.
Queen Alicent Hightower: It was my husband's dying wish. [Rhaenys scoffs] Believe it or no, it is of no consequence. Aegon will be king. I came here to ask for your support.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Well, I must credit you for your boldness.
Queen Alicent Hightower: House Velaryon has long allied itself with the Princess Rhaenyra. And what has it gained you? Your daughter dead, alone in Pentos. Your son cuckolded. Rhaenyra's heirs are none of yours. It is your husband who grasps so heedlessly for the throne. And even he has abandoned you. Gone these six long years to fight a desperate battle, returning grievously, if not mortally, wounded, leaving the Lady of Driftmark to chart her course alone.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: The word of my house is not fickle.
Queen Alicent Hightower: No. But, dear cousin, you more than any soul alive understand what I say now. Princess Rhaenys, I loved my husband, but I will speak the truth we both know. You should've been queen.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: I little thought to hear those words from you.
Queen Alicent Hightower: The Iron Throne was yours by blood and by temperament. Viserys would've lived his days a country lord, content to hunt and study his histories, but here we are. We do not rule but we may guide the men that do. Gently, away from violence and sure destruction and instead toward peace.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Is it in the name of peace that you've imprisoned me? And what of my dragon?
Queen Alicent Hightower: If we are overmatched, Rhaenyra will be tempted to strike us, and war will ensue. Without your dragon, she may be persuaded to negotiate. If it's Driftmark you want, you shall have it for you and your granddaughters to pass on as you see fit.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: You are wiser than I believed you to be, Alicent Hightower.
Queen Alicent Hightower: A true queen counts the cost to her people.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: And yet you toil still in service to men. Your father, your husband, your son. You desire not to be free, but to make a window in the wall of your prison. Have you never imagined yourself on the Iron Throne?

Mysaria: [to Otto Hightower] There is no power but what the people allow you to take.

Queen Alicent Hightower: None of this is a game.
Ser Otto Hightower: And yet, you treat it as one. A charming contest, the prize a pouch of silver. We have relied on one another these many years and now, it is the good of the family we both desire. Whatever our differences, our hearts remain as one.
Queen Alicent Hightower: Our hearts were never one, I see that now. Rather, I have been a piece you moved about the board.
Ser Otto Hightower: If that is true, then I made you Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Would you have desired it otherwise?
Queen Alicent Hightower: How could I have known? I wanted whatever you impressed upon me to want, and now the debt comes due. A debt you were happy enough to pay.
Ser Otto Hightower: A sacrifice. A sacrifice made for the stability of the realm. No King has ever lived who has not had to forfeit the lives of a few to protect the many! Though I understand your squeamishness...
Queen Alicent Hightower: Reluctance to murder is not a weakness! I have Aegon. We will proceed now as I see fit. We will send terms to Rhaenyra on Dragonstone. True terms that she may accept without shame.
Ser Otto Hightower: If she lives, her allies will mass behind her banners, looking for her return.
Queen Alicent Hightower: Then she must not return. My husband would have desired this mercy be shown to his daughter.
Ser Otto Hightower: Your husband? Or you, his daughter's childhood companion?
Queen Alicent Hightower: Criston Cole will be named Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. My son will be anointed tomorrow at dawn. The whole of King's Landing must witness his ascent. He will assume authority, there will be no more dithering. My son will take the crown of his namesake, the Conqueror, and carry Blackfyre, his sword. Let the people remember the ancient strength of House Targaryen.
Ser Otto Hightower: You look so much like your mother in certain lights.

Queen Alicent Hightower: Have the decency to look grateful. Do you know what has been done to give you this day? In an hour, you will be king.
Prince Aegon Targaryen: And my father never wanted this.
Queen Alicent Hightower: That's not true.
Prince Aegon Targaryen: He had twenty years to name me heir, and never did. Steadfastly he upheld Rhaenyra's claim.
Queen Alicent Hightower: He changed his mind.
Prince Aegon Targaryen: No. He could have, but he never did. Because he didn't like me.

The Black Queen [1.10] edit

Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: Viserys is dead. I grieve this loss with you, Rhaenyra. My cousin, your father, possessed a kind heart. [pause] There is more. Aegon has been crowned as his successor.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: They crowned him?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: How did Viserys die?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: I could not say.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: How long ago?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: A day past, perhaps two. I was made a prisoner in my quarters while the Queen made her preparations.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Viserys has been slain!
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Alicent demanded you declare for Aegon?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: She did. I refused her.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: And yet you are alive.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: The High Septon crowned Aegon in the Dragonpit. I witnessed it myself just before I fled on Meleys.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: They crowned him before the masses?
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: So that the masses would see him as their rightful king.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: That whore of a Queen murdered my brother and stole his throne, and you could have burnt them all for it!
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: A war is like to be fought over this treachery, to be sure, but that war is not mine to begin. I only rushed this warning to you out of loyalty to my husband and to my House. The Greens are coming for you, Rhaenyra, and your children.

Lord Bartimos Celtigar: Pray forgive my bluntness, Your Grace, but talk of men is moot. Your cause owns a power that has not been seen in this world since the days of Old Valyria. Dragons.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: The Greens have dragons as well.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: They have three adults, by my count. We have Syrax, Caraxes and Meleys. Your sons have Vermax, Arrax and Tyraxes. Baela has Moondancer...
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Daemon, none of our dragons have been to war.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: There are also unclaimed dragons. Seasmoke still resides on Driftmark. Vermithor and Silverwing dwell on the Dragonmount, still riderless. Then there are three wild dragons, all of whom nest here.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: And who is to ride them?
Prince Daemon Targaryen: Dragonstone has thirteen to their four. I also have a score of eggs incubating in the Dragonmont. Now, we need a place to gather, a toehold large enough to house a sizeable force. Here, at Harrenhal. We cut off the west, surround King's Landing with the dragons, and we can have every Green head mounted on spikes before the fucking moon turns!

Ser Otto Hightower: Princess Rhaenyra.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: I'm Queen Rhaenyra now, and you are all traitors to the realm.
Ser Otto Hightower: King Aegon Targaryen, Second of His Name, in his wisdom and desire for peace, is offering terms. Acknowledge Aegon as King and swear obeisance before the Iron Throne. In exchange, His Grace will confirm your possession of Dragonstone. It will pass to your trueborn son, Jacaerys, upon your death. Lucerys will be confirmed as the legitimate heir to Driftmark and all the lands and holdings of House Velaryon. Your sons by Prince Daemon will be given places of high honour at court; Aegon the Younger as the King's squire, Viserys as his cupbearer. Finally, the King, in his good grace, will pardon any knight or lord who conspired against his ascent.
Prince Daemon Targaryen: I would rather feed my sons to the dragons than have them carry shields and cups for your drunken usurper cunt of a king!
Ser Otto Hightower: Aegon Targaryen sits the Iron Throne. He wears the Conqueror's crown, wields the Conqueror's sword, has the Conqueror's name. He was anointed by a septon of the Faith before the eyes of thousands. Every symbol of legitimacy belongs to him. And then there is Stark, Tully, Baratheon. Houses that have also received, and are at present, considering generous terms from their king.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Stark, Tully and Baratheon all swore to me when King Viserys named me his heir.
Ser Otto Hightower: Stale oaths will not put you upon the Iron Throne, Princess. The succession changed the day your father sired a son. I only regret you and he were the last to see the truth of it...
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: [removes and discards Otto's Hand badge] You are no more Hand than Aegon is King, fucking traitor!

Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Lord Corlys. It brings much relief to see you hail and healthy, again.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: I'm very sorry about your father, Princess. He was a good man. Where is Daemon?
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: There were other matters which demanded the Prince's attention.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: Hmm. [limps forward to the Painted Table] Your declared allies?
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Yes.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: Too few to win a war, for the Throne.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Well, we would also hope, to have the support of Houses Arryn, Baratheon and Stark-
Lord Corlys Velaryon: Hope is the fool's ally.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Both Arryn and Baratheon share blood with my House, but all of them swore oaths to me-
Lord Corlys Velaryon: As did House Hightower, if I remember?
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: As did you, Lord Corlys.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: [looks briefly to Rhaenys, their granddaughters and Rhaenyra's sons] Your father's realm was one of justice, and honor. Our Houses are bound by common blood, and common cause. This Hightower treason cannot stand. You have the full support of our fleet, and House, Your Grace. [bows to her]
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: You honor me, Lord Corlys. [she follows his gaze to Rhaenys, who smiles] Princess Rhaenys. But, as I said to my bannermen, I made a promise to my father to hold the Realm strong, and united. If war's first stroke is to fall, it will not be by my hand.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: You do not mean to act?
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Taking caution does not mean standing fast. I wish to know who my allies are, before I send them to war.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: The consequence of my... near-demise in the Stepstones is that we now control them. I took care to fully garrison the territory this time. A total blockade of the shipping lanes will be in place in days, if not already. The Triarchy have been routed; the Narrow Sea is ours. If we further seal the Gullet, we can cut off all seaborne travel and trade to King's Landing.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen: I shall take Meleys and patrol the Gullet myself.
Lord Bartimos Celtigar: When we drain the Narrow Sea, we can surround King's Landing. Lay siege to the Red Keep, and force the Greens to surrender.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: If we're to have enough swords to surround King's Landing, we must first secure the support of Winterfell, the Eyrie and Storm's End.
Maester Gerardys: I'll prepare the ravens, Your Grace.
Prince Jacaerys Velaryon: We should bear those messages. Dragons can fly faster than ravens, and they're more convincing. Send us.
Lord Corlys Velaryon: The Prince is right, Your Grace.
Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen: Very well. Prince Jacaerys will fly north. First to the Eyrie to see my mother's cousin, the Lady Jeyne Arryn, and then to Winterfell, to treat with Lord Cregan Stark for the support of the North. Prince Lucerys will fly south to Storm's End, and treat with Lord Borros Baratheon. We must remind these Lords of the oaths they swore, and the cost of breaking them.

Lord Borros Baratheon: If I do as your mother bids, which one of my daughters will you wed, boy?
Prince Lucerys Velaryon: My lord, I am not free to marry. I'm already betrothed.
Lord Borros Baratheon: So you come with empty hands. Go home, pup. And tell your mother that the Lord of Storm's End is not some dog that she can whistle up at need to set against her foes.
Prince Lucerys Velaryon: I shall take your answer to the Queen, my lord.
Prince Aemond Targaryen: Wait, my Lord Strong. Did you really think that you could just fly about the realm trying to steal my brother's throne at no cost?
Prince Lucerys Velaryon: I will not fight you. I came as a messenger, not a warrior.
Prince Aemond Targaryen: A fight would be little challenge. No. I want you to put out your eye. As payment for mine. [he tosses a dagger to Lucerys] One will serve. I would not blind you. Plan to make a gift of it to my mother.
Prince Lucerys Velaryon: No.
Prince Aemond Targaryen: Then you are craven as well as a traitor.
Lord Borros Baratheon: Not here.
Prince Aemond Targaryen: [charges at Lucerys] Give me your eye or I will take it, bastard!
Lord Borros Baratheon: [storms to his feet] Not in my hall! The boy came as an envoy, I will not have bloodshed beneath my roof. Take Prince Lucerys back to his dragon. Now.

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