Spoilers for Episode 10 of Home of the Dragon, “The Shaded Queen.”
The sick-fated contrast between Prince Aemond and Prince Lucerys in the season finale of Home of the Dragon is going to maintain dire consequences when the prevailing at final returns, if truth be told kicking off the devastating civil struggle identified in Westerosi lore because the Dance of the Dragons. However even earlier than that edge-of-your-seat airborne dragonback dog battle, the episode ratcheted up the stress with a short nevertheless compelling scene at Storm’s Discontinue.
When Lucerys arrived on the family seat of Home Baratheon to declare a message from his mom, the presence of the substantial dragon Vhagar alerted him to the indisputable truth that he had been pipped to the publish by Aemond, who derailed his diplomatic efforts by exhibiting up bearing gifts (and a proposal for one of Lord Baratheon’s daughters).
After all, Aemond is by no arrangement one to flip down the opportunity to design a scene, and so even whereas Lucerys stored on the lookout for to beat a mercurial retreat, the Targaryen prince insisted on resurrecting some years-historical crimson meat: his seek. Viewers will recall that on the evening of Laena Velaryon’s disastrous funeral in “Driftmark,” Aemond claimed Vhagar for himself, ensuing in a violent brawl with his Velaryon cousins and nephews, right through which Lucerys lashed out with a knife. Aemond misplaced utilize of his left seek as a result, and his mom Alicent used to be so incensed she tried to pick one of Lucerys’ eyes as recompense.
On the time, Aemond used to be so overjoyed with his acquisition of Vaghar that he claimed the worth used to be worth it, and certainly has spent unheard of of this season proving himself to be a extra adept military and political operative than his older brother, who in point of fact went on to the throne. However in “The Shaded Queen,” Aemond proved himself to be finest as messy as Aegon, threatening to cleave out Luke’s eyes as an act of long-belated revenge.
In the same scene, he eliminates his seek patch, revealing that he has embellished his scarred seek socket with a gigantic, exciting sapphire.
What does the sapphire imply?
All of us know that no longer like his brother, Aemond has studied the history of Westeros and its broad heroes and kings, so or no longer it is you might as well have confidence that the sapphire is his manner of paying homage to a legendary figure named Symeon Well-known particular person-Eyes, a knight from the Age of Heroes who misplaced each and each of his eyes in battle and changed them with sapphires.
Maybe extra explicitly, though, with his shining glowing blue seek and long pale hair, it is inconceivable no longer to scheme comparisons between Aemond’s look in the finale and the White Walkers from Sport of Thrones.
While Home of the Dragon takes suppose nearly about two centuries sooner than the events of that sequence, the White Walkers and the Prolonged Night time had been obliquely referenced on extra than one times: a prophecy called the Song of Ice and Fire refers again to the struggle between the residing and the stupid in the North, and is passed down from one king to 1 more. Who’s and is potentially no longer privy to this critical data fuels a particularly grotesque stumble on between Rhaenyra and Daemon in this similar episode, and it is sure that the showrunners desire the viewers to construct up our foreknowledge in mind as we seek the impending struggle unfold.
Philip Ellis is a freelance creator and journalist from the United Kingdom holding pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ concerns. His work has regarded in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.
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