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Who Replaces King Viserys On The Iron Throne

With King Viserys gone, the Iron Throne is now up for grabs. Here’s who rules the Seven Kingdoms next, who’s supposed to, and why there’s war.

Warning: SPOILERS for House of the Dragon Episode 8 – “The Lord of Driftmark” and Future Episodes

The Dance of the Dragons will now begin upon the death of King Viserys (Paddy Considine) in House of the Dragon episode 8, and here is who will succeed him to sit upon the Iron Throne. Viserys succumbed to his terrible illness, at last, but he accidentally worsened matters on his deathbed. Believing he was speaking to Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy), the dying King inadvertently told Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke) about Aegon the Conqueror’s prophecy of the Prince Who Was Promised. Alicent believed she understood and came away convinced that Viserys decided, as his final act, that their son Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) should be King and not Rhaenyra.

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Key Details You Might’ve Missed In House Of The Dragon Episode 8

In House of the Dragon episode 9, House Hightower will make their move to install Aegon, Viserys’ trueborn son, as the new King. This will finally trigger the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons because, when Rhaenyra finds out that the Hightowers usurped the Iron Throne, she will declare herself Queen and begin to call her banners to press her claim. Westeros will be split down the middle between Rhaenyra’s faction and the Greens of Alicent, Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King (Rhys Ifans), and Aegon, who physically control King’s Landing and the Iron Throne. Ironically, Rhaenyra and Alicent had actually made peace at Viserys’ final dinner, which is what makes this unexpected turn of events even more tragic. Alicent accepted that Rhaenyra was the irrevocable heir to the Iron Throne and admitted that she would be “a good queen.” But Alicent now thinks that Viserys changed his mind as his dying wish, which gives her just cause to place Aegon on the Iron Throne.

Does Rhaenyra Actually Become Queen In House of the Dragon?

Warning: MASSIVE SPOILERS Below For Future House of the Dragon Episodes

In the midst of the carnage to come in House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra does claim the Iron Throne, according to George R.R. Martin’s source material, Fire and Blood. A great deal of death and destruction is still to come, but the key events include Aegon being horribly injured and unable to rule so that his brother Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) becomes Protector of the Realm and leads the Greens in battle. There will be conflict over control of Harrenhal, which will provoke Aemond and Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel) to leave King’s Landing and take back the mightiest castle of the Riverlands from Rhaenyra’s forces. This leaves King’s Landing defenseless, which is when Rhaenyra and her husband, Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) will strike.

Rhaenyra takes control of King’s Landing and sits upon the Iron Throne for approximately six months, according to Fire and Blood. Queen Alicent will be taken prisoner, but Aegon will flee the city and, unbeknownst to Rhaenyra, will take refuge in Dragonstone. Sadly, Rhaenyra’s reign as Queen is all-too-brief, and she is unable to hold onto the Iron Throne. Like Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) almost 200 years later in Game of Thrones, the realm doesn’t accept a Targaryen Queen. However, House of the Dragon has made significant changes and enhancements to Fire and Blood, so events may play out differently than in George R.R. Martin’s text.

Who Becomes King After Aegon And Rhaenyra Die?

House of the Dragon episode 8 cleverly and subtly introduced the future saviors of House Targaryen. When Rhaenyra and Daemon visited King Viserys the day before his death, he got to meet his youngest grandchildren, Rhaenyra and Daemon’s sons Viserys and Aegon. Although the dying King said that Viserys is “a King’s name,” it’s actually baby Aegon who will become the King after the Dance of the Dragons ends. Known as Aegon the Younger, he will stabilize the realm alongside his brother Viserys, who will become the Hand of the King. But this is many years away, and the tragic, near decimation of the House of the Dragon is still to come.

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