During the first five episodes of Dragon House, King Viserys’ health continued to decline. A form of leprosy saw him die slowly over the series, losing fingers and getting sicker as the episode progressed. It’s clear to anyone watching that he doesn’t have very long to live. How long, however, remains to be seen. The final moments of Sunday’s latest episode, “We Light the Way,” only brought more questions about the King of the Seven Kingdoms.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for the latest episode of House of the Dragon! Read on at your own risk…
“We Light the Way” is largely about the marriage between Rhaenyra and Laenor. A big party to celebrate the wedding ends in tragedy, as Criston Cole kills Laenor’s lover, Joffrey. Following these events, the Targaryens and the Velaryons reunite for a small private wedding ceremony. After Rhaenyra and Laenor exchange their vows, Viserys breaks down and the episode ends.
Viserys’ health was worse than ever in this episode, so it feels like his life is coming to an end. There’s also the significance of seeing Rhaenrya bolster his claim to the Iron Throne right before he potentially dies. It looks like it might be time for him to leave.
Is King Viserys dead?
We’re not sure if this is the end of King Viserys in the series, but we have an idea based on George RR Martin’s. Fire & Blood. The book tells the story of House Targaryen and details the death of King Viserys. In the book, Viserys dies in his sleep when his children are older, potentially at the hands of his wife, Alicent. This would indicate that he is not dead at this point in the series.
That said, the show has already changed some details about the book. The death of King Viserys is the important part, as it triggers the events that lead to war between his children, Rhaenyra and Aegon II. Considering everything that could happen this season, however, it seems safe to think that Viserys will continue. For a little longer, at least.
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