‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 debunks major ‘who’s your daddy’ theory

Contains spoilers and speculation

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Episode 4 aired on HBO on July 7, 2024. The exciting episode featured an epic battle and raised the second season to another level altogether. It featured a fierce battle in which Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) and Meleys were killed, and Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell) wounded his brother, King Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney).

In the lead up to this battle, we witnessed the complex interpersonal relationships between the characters, especially between the brothers. In the second episode, Aemond unleashed years of frustration against Aegon on the battlefield.

Fans who read the source material for “House of the Dragon,” “Fire and Blood” by George RR Martin, suspected another contentious relationship in the Targaryen family. The rumored relationship between Aemond and Helaena Targaryen (Phia Saban). It was even suspected that Aemond was the father of Helaena’s children.

Is Aemond the father of Helaena’s children?

Photocom from the series “House of the Dragon” (@hbo)

The first season fueled the rumors when Aemond became aggressive when he saw Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett) dancing with Helaena. This season, however, seems to cancel those rumors with the sequence of events.

Aemond was always nicer and kinder to Helaena in the book and the show but it seems that the makers decided not to touch the dynamic between the two characters.

When Helaena loses her child during Blood and Cheese early in the season, Aegon is devastated at the loss and reacts emotionally. Helaena also looks like she is a broken mother and while there are not many interactions between them. We see them exchange a glimpse of sadness.

Aemond on the other hand hardly shows any emotion even when he visits Madam Sylvi (Michelle Bonnard), in front of whom he is usually very honest and vulnerable.

His only reaction to the incident was to be proud that his uncle Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) was afraid to fight him directly and sent assassins instead.

Can we see Helaena and Aemond involved later in “House of the Dragon”?

Helaena Targaryen is not described as a dragon dreamer in Fire and Blood, but she has premonitions in
Helaena Targaryen is not described as a dragon dreamer in “Fire and Blood” but she has premonitions in “House of the Dragon” (@hbo)

Now that Aegon has been injured for a while, there might be a chance for the makers to explore the romance between Aemond and Helaena. Although, if the book is to be believed, both characters are expected to take a different course.

Aemond will go to Harrenhal where he will try to fight his uncle Daemon. In the book, Aemond has a romantic relationship with Alys Rivers (Gayle Rankin) who is a nurse in Harrenhal.

Helaena on the other hand will slip further into depression after the loss of her child and finally end up taking her own life which will encourage the little people of King’s Landing to lead a rebellion against Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy).

How to stream “House of the Dragon” Season 2?

Tom Glynn-Carney's portrayal of Aegon II Targaryen explores themes of power and responsibility amid civil war (@hbo)
Tom Glynn-Carney’s portrayal of Aegon II Targaryen explores themes of power and responsibility amid civil war (@hbo)

“House of the Dragon” Season 2 premiered on HBO Max on Sunday, June 16, 2024, with new episodes dropping every Sunday. To watch the series, you will need a Maximum Subscription.

The streaming platform usually offers three packages that you can choose according to your budget. The low-cost plan, which supports advertising, costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually. The second package, which does not support advertising, costs $15.99 per month or $149.99 annually. Meanwhile, the third package, titled Ultimate Ad-Free, costs $19.99 per month or $199.99 annually.

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