What Will Happen at the End of House of the Dragon?

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We have no clue what will happen in House of the Dragon, but we do know what goes down in Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin. Warning: Major spoilers ahead.

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There's a joy in knowing how a book ends as you watch the television show, so you know who to pay attention to, and have a sense of the broader sweeps of the plot.

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The book is a history of the Targaryen family, starting with Aegon the Conqueror. But, most relevant for House of the Dragon viewers are the chapters that start with "Heirs of the Dragon," which focus on what happens following the reign of King Jaehaeyrs I Targaryen when King Viserys I takes the throne.

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The main question becomes: Who will succeed Viserys? Will it be his brother, Prince Daemon? His daughter, Princess Rhaenyra? After Viserys's first wife, Aemma, dies, he names Rhaenyra his heir. But soon after, he remarries Alicent Hightower, and Alicent gives birth to sons, including Aegon, her eldest child.

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The court then divides itself into those who support Rhaenyra's claim and those who support that of Alicent and her sons. As Martin writes, "In 111 AC, a great tourney was held at King's Landing on the fifth anniversary of the king's marriage to Queen Alicent.

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Around 120 AC (or 'after conquest' in Martin's dating system), he writes, "There was never any doubt that King Viserys still meant for his daughter to follow him upon the Iron Throne, and her sons to follow her in turn." Yet, Martin explains "the bloody seeds of the Dance of the Dragons had been planted" in the animosity between Rhaenyra's sons and Alicent's sons—and between Rhaenyra and Alicent themselves.

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Flash forward a bit, and when Viserys dies in 129, Aegon is crowned Aegon II, and Rhaenyra isn't told of her father's death. This leads to an all-out civil war between the Targaryen families, and many of them dying. It ends with Princess Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon's son Aegon III marrying Alicent's granddaughter, Jaehaera, thus uniting the two feuding branches of the Targaryen house.