Who Dies at the End of House of the Dragon Season 2’s Premiere?

The highly anticipated second season of “House of the Dragon” has returned, bringing with it intense drama and a shocking death that sets the stage for the looming Civil War between the Greens and the Blacks. The premiere episode primarily focused on the strategic maneuvers of the main characters, but it concluded with a brutal and unexpected death orchestrated by Daemon Targaryen.


House of the Dragon Season 2: A Brutal End for Jaehaerys Targaryen

In a bold move driven by frustration over the Greens’ inaction, Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith, decides to take matters into his own hands. His anger over the death of Lucerys Velaryon propels him to seek revenge against the Greens. To this end, Daemon turns to Sonoya Mizuno’s Mysaria for information on potential allies who could help strike back.

This quest leads Daemon to King’s Landing, where he meets Blood (Sam C. Wilson) and Cheese (Mark Stobbart), two characters he believes can carry out his plan. Daemon instructs them to kill Aemond Targaryen, but adds a chilling caveat: “a son for a son.” This phrase gives Blood and Cheese the latitude to interpret their mission with deadly consequences.

When they are unable to find Aemond, Blood and Cheese encounter Queen Helaena Targaryen with her children, Jaehaerys and Jaehaera. Under duress, Helaena identifies Jaehaerys, and the assassins gruesomely murder and mutilate the young boy, sparing Jaehaera who is taken to safety by her mother.


Who Was Jaehaerys Targaryen?

Jaehaerys Targaryen held a significant position within the Targaryen dynasty, with strong ties to many key characters:

  • Daemon Targaryen’s great-nephew
  • Rhaenyra Targaryen’s half-nephew
  • King Viserys I Targaryen’s grandson
  • Alicent Hightower’s grandson
  • Son of Aegon II and Helaena Targaryen
  • Aemond Targaryen’s nephew

His tragic death at such a young age is not only a personal loss but a political catastrophe that will have profound ramifications.

The murder of Jaehaerys is poised to escalate the conflict between the Greens and the Blacks, pushing Westeros closer to the brink of all-out war. King Aegon II will undoubtedly react with rage and grief, likely leading to erratic and destructive decisions. His response could further destabilize the realm and result in the deaths of many innocents.

For Rhaenyra, the repercussions are equally severe. Should she learn of Daemon’s involvement in the plot, it could fracture their alliance irreparably. The Greens will undoubtedly use Jaehaerys’ death to vilify Rhaenyra, painting her as complicit in the heinous act. This narrative could sway public opinion against her, making it even harder for her to maintain support.

What’s Next?

The death of Jaehaerys Targaryen is a catalyst that will set the stage for more intense conflict in the coming episodes. The dynamics between the Greens and the Blacks will grow increasingly volatile as both sides prepare for war. Fans can expect to see more political intrigue, betrayal, and bloodshed as the season progresses.

“House of the Dragon” Season 2 is now streaming on Max, with new episodes continuing to unfold the dramatic saga of Westeros.