So who ends up on the Iron Throne in the House of the Dragon?

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oh Dragon HouseHow confusing us. Since the jump (from the show, not the time of the jumps, plural), the whole premise of this was the order of succession when King Viserys died, and it looks like this week’s episode will finally get into what happens when sh*t hits the fan. If you’re a little impatient and want to know what’s going on without having to watch three more potential seasons of this show, that’s understandable. We are here to give you TL; DR for… this whole thing? Based on the book, here’s who will take the throne and, more importantly, who will keep it.

[There are major, major spoilers ahead for the entire show. Continue at your own risk! And also, the show has taken some creative liberties with the book material, so this might not happen verbatim.]

Will Aegon take the throne after the death of Viserys?

According to the books, yes. Almost immediately after Viserys’ death, the residents of the Red Keep began spreading word that Aegon would be king, with messages on the streets saying “Long live King Aegon.” They are sitting on the throne as quickly as possible, despite his reluctance and despite the fact that Rhaenyra has no say in this whole situation. It culminates in the Dragonpit, with thousands of supporters there (narratives vary in the book).

Well, what about Rhaenyra?

When her father dies, Rhinera is actually in Dragonstone where she gave birth to her third child with a demon, a girl named Vecinia. She hears about Egon’s coronation and it causes her to go into labor early. This baby does not survive birth, and Rhinera attributes this in part to the stress of what happened at King’s Landing. She calls her council together to start planning what to do about King Aegon, eventually crowning herself queen.

So there are literally two rulers on Westeros, and that’s clearly a problem. Rhaenyra begins to rally her allies, like Aegon, and to sum up a very, very long story, the battle begins, both sides incur heavy losses, and at some point, Aegon escapes from King’s Landing. Rhinera and Damon take the throne while he’s in hiding. But Rainera sat on the throne for only six months. the problem!

So what happens next?

While Rhaenyra camped at King’s Landing, Aegon decided it was a great time to take Dragonstone for himself. He had to fight Baela Targaryen for it, but he does and he wins, although he gets seriously injured in the process and basically loses the function of his legs. When Rhaenyra learns he’s taken Dragonstone, her ancestral home, she decides she doesn’t own any of it. She goes to Dragonstone to get it back, but she gets caught as soon as she gets there, and (the main spoilers here) Aegon literally feeds it to his dragon.

After killing Rhaenyra and clearing the way to the throne again, he returns to King’s Landing and takes it back.

So he regains the throne and stops the fighting?

lol, definitely not. Rhaenyra still has supporters despite her death, and those armies are marching their way toward King’s Landing to get rid of Aegon once and for all. But it’s too late because he’s already dead. He was poisoned by his men (!) in his chariot on the way from the Red Keep to September.

I feel like that’s not the end of this whole story…

With both Rhaenyra and Aegon gone, there is one clear person inheriting the throne: Rhaenyra’s son, Aegon, known as “Younger Aegon” in the books (her eldest sons all died at this point). With the help of Corlys Velaryon, he assumed the throne at the age of ten, eventually ruling with his brother Viserys as his plot. These two are credited with ending the age of turmoil that began with the death of the much older Viserys.

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