“Blood and Cheese: House of the Dragon Kicks Off Season 2 With a Brutal Bang”

Jun 17, 2024

Strong Return Sets Up Targaryen Civil War

The House of the Dragon season 2 premiere delivers a solid start that effectively sets the stage for the looming Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. While not a groundbreaking episode, it reestablishes the characters and stakes well after the long hiatus.The episode picks up shortly after season 1’s finale, dealing with the aftermath of Lucerys Velaryon’s death at the hands of Aemond and his dragon Vhagar. Prince Jacaerys secures the allegiance of House Stark in the North before learning of his brother’s demise. Meanwhile in King’s Landing, tensions escalate between the Greens led by King Aegon II and the Blacks loyal to Queen Rhaenyra.The most impactful sequence depicts the horrific “Blood and Cheese” event, where assassins force Queen Helaena to choose which of her sons they will murder. While toned down from the graphic book version, the scene still packs an emotional punch as we hear young Prince Jaehaerys brutally killed off-screen. This tragedy further fuels the rift between the greens and blacks.Some criticisms are that the Blood and Cheese scene could have been more visceral and impactful given its significance. There are also some recycled plot points and dialogue that feel derivative of Game of Thrones at times.Overall, however, House of the Dragon’s season 2 premiere effectively reignites the conflict between the Targaryen factions. With strong performances and intriguing setup for future events, it leaves viewers eager for the civil war storylines to unfold.

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