“House of the Dragon” Season 2: Why Daemon and Aemond are more alike than they think

Contains spoilers for “House of the Dragon”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 4 aired on HBO on July 7, 2024. The thrilling episode was a mix of a high-octane fight sequence and the trademark supernatural elements that make “House of the Dragon” one of the most watched shows on the planet.

Two characters who were at the center of the story were Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell). While Aemond and his dragon Vhagar fought hard in the Battle at Rook’s Rest, Daemon had his own struggles at Harrenhal where he couldn’t seem to get over his hallucinations.

In one of his hallucinations, he sees himself dressed as Aemond with the trademark eyepatch. Viewers who followed the show religiously and kept tabs on the character arcs found many similarities between Daemon and Aemond.

How Daemon and Aemond resemble each other in “House of the Dragon”

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

The similarities between the two characters start with their names made up of the same letters. According to most people, the two characters are more worthy of being Kings than their brothers.

Demon is more decisive and despite his unpredictability, people argue that he would have made a better ruler than Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine). People seem to think the same about Aemond and his brother Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney) who is indecisive and probably unfit for the throne.

Both Aemond and Daemon are skilled warriors and perhaps the mainstays of their factions. They are also temperamental and unpredictable, often committing actions they later regret. However, neither let regret overcome them.

Aemond and Daemon ride the two most brutal dragons of the Seven Kingdoms. Aemond rides the largest dragon Vhagar while Daemon’s dragon Caraxes is considered to be aggressive and fast in the air.

An emerging element in both characters is their loneliness. Being different, they struggle to fit in and find peace only in solitude, which isolates them from their families.

What happens to Aemond and Daemon in ‘House of the Dragon’?

Prince Aemond Targaryen is the one-eyed brother of King Aegon Targaryen who rides the dragon Vhagar (@hbo)
Prince Aemond Targaryen is the one-eyed brother of King Aegon Targaryen (@hbo)

According to “Fire and Blood”, Aemond Targaryen will rule as the Prince Regent in the absence of the King and will go to Harrenhal together with Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel) to take the region back from Daemon.

A demon on the other hand will help Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) claim the throne at King’s Landing. After King’s Landing falls, both Daemon and Aemond will be on an ultimate collision course at Harrenhal.

A demon challenges Aemond to a duel at Harrenhal, leading to a fierce battle over the God’s Eye near the fortress. The conflict culminates tragically when both fighters and their dragons, Caraxes and Vhagar, perish in the intense confrontation.

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

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Photocom from the series “House of the Dragon” (@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.

‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Trailer

Episodes 1-4 of ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 are streaming on HBO

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