‘House of the Dragon’: How Did a Misunderstanding Lead to Civil War?

[Atenção: este texto contém spoilers da 1ª temporada de ‘A Casa do Dragão’.]

The plot of ‘The House of the Dragon‘ takes us to a pivotal point in the narrative with the passing of King Viserys Targaryen, triggering a chain of events that illustrate the complexity of power and interpretation.

In episode 8, titled ‘The Lord of the Tides’, Viserys, played by Paddy Considine, delivers his last words, entangled in prophecy and misunderstanding, weaving the backdrop for an imminent civil war.

What was the reason for the civil war?

In the series, a spark is lit on Viserys’ deathbed when he confuses his wife Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke, with his daughter Rhaenyra Targaryen, played by Emma D’Arcy.

Viserys mentions ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, prophesying a threat from the North and the coming of the ‘Prince That Was Promised’, referring to future events known to ‘fans’game of Thrones‘.

This moment, based on a misinterpretation, may seem like the trigger for ‘Dance with Dragons’, but the series suggests deeper layers of political intrigue and manipulation.

Alicent, who has never heard of the prophecy, interprets Viserys’ words as an endorsement of her son Aegon, not realizing that they refer to Rhaenyra.

The misunderstanding is amplified by the previously established context, in which Alicent is influenced both by her father, Otto Hightower, and by her own ambitions and perceptions.

Furthermore, the producers’ decision to attribute this confusion to a misunderstanding highlights the fragility of human relationships and the power of words, especially in a world where succession and prophecy carry significant weight.

The series, by adopting this narrative, not only created a dramatic turning point, but also showed some of the family dynamics, grief and memory, with Viserys calling his first wife Aemma with his last words, ‘My love’, revealing the permanence of affection beyond death.

Contrary to what the surface suggests, civil war is not just born out of a misunderstanding, but rather the accumulation of years of manipulation policyunbridled ambitions and the eternal question of legacy and power.

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