There will be significant spoilers for the season one conclusion of “House of the Dragon,” so beware. Daemon Targaryen chokes his wife Rhaenyra Targaryen in the climactic scene. Daemon was reportedly broken and ‘infuriated’ at the time, according to showrunner Ryan Condal. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Thank you for registering! After the controversial “Game of Thrones” finale in 2019, a lot depended on “House of the Dragon,” but it appears to have rekindled the passion among viewers that first made them fall in love with Westeros.
The convoluted politics between House Targaryen and House Hightower finally came to a head in the dramatic conclusion on Sunday night, and things had been building to a civil war all season.
Given that Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) forced Aegon Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney) onto the Iron Throne, it seems sense that tensions are high between Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith). However, a disturbing interaction between the couple results in Daemon strangling his wife after she makes fun of the fact that Viserys Targaryen, her father (Paddy Considine), didn’t tell him about the Song of Ice and Fire.
The prince’s immediate response is to yell and grab his wife by the throat; this is the first time he has actually intended to hurt his niece or wife. Unexpectedly, showrunner Ryan Condal stated to Deadline that the actors’ performances increased the impact of the occasion.
He remarked: “That is an extremely stunning scene and, to be honest, one of my favorite scenes of the finale,” with Emma and Matt doing a superb job of acting it.
Despite the disturbing nature of the moment, Condal continued, Daemon has always been this way, and the series hasn’t shied away from that.
“I think Daemon has very much showed you a lot of colors throughout the course of this season, which would not cause one to be all that astonished in that moment,” he remarked. That basic threat is always present but only occurred to manifest at that particular time.
The creator went on to say that Daemon’s breakdown is caused by learning Viserys didn’t trust him with the prophecy.
He was brought to understand that his brother never truly thought of him as the rightful heir to the throne. He says that makes him angry. The realization that Viserys hid the prophecy—which he voluntarily shared with Rhaenyra—from him would cause him the greatest hurt. In that instant, it just breaks Daemon, and that’s how he responds.
Although the focus is clearly on the Targaryens and the Hightowers rather than the White Walkers, it will be intriguing to see if “House of the Dragon” addresses the prophesy in the future.
We’re going to tell the story of the Dance of the Dragons, Condal remarked.