What Did Viserys Say to Alicent at the End of Episode 8 of House of the Dragon?

The following contains spoilers for House of the Dragon episodes 1-8 and the book Fire & Blood.Just as things seem to be getting better for House Targaryen, the end of Episode 8 of house of the dragon brings us to a path of no return with its end. The episode is an emotional one, especially for Viserys (Paddy Considine), Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and daemon (MattSmith), we see the three reuniting after six years apart. Viserys is on the brink of death after suffering from his illnesses. His face has decayed, his energy is completely drained, and he is drugged from the milk of poppies taken to ease his own pain.

With Vaemond Valeryon (Will Johnson) come to King’s Landing to verify the legitimacy of Lucerys Velaryons (Elliott Grihault) claim to the Driftmark throne, Viserys must once again assert his rule to those who question him. The episode almost manages to end on a high note. Vaemond is killed by Daemon in the throne room after calling Luke and Jace (Harry Collet) bastards and calls Rhaenyra a whore, the family enjoys a dinner of toasts and possible reconciliation with Rhaenyra and Alicent (Olivia Cook) seem to start repairing bridges. It seems that despite the bad blood between them, Viserys is able to pull himself together and make the family work through their differences.


But all that changes in the final scene as we see the old man utter his last words and breathe his last. Mistaking Alicent for his daughter, he leaves his wife assuming he commands her to support their son Aegon (Tom Glynne-Carney) as heir.

With whom did Viserys think he was speaking?

To get to the origin of this confusion, we must look back to the scene before Visery’s dramatic arrival in the throne room. Rhaenyra, angered and uncertain that her position as heir and the legitimacy of her sons will be called into question again, arrives at her father’s chambers late at night. Again, Viserys does not recognize her at first. He calls her Alicent. Rhaenyra corrects him and asks him if Aegon the Conqueror’s prophecy – the Song of Ice and Fire – is true. She says, “You told me it was our duty to keep the empire united against a common enemy. By making me your heir, you divided the kingdom. I thought I wanted it, but the burden is heavy. It is too hard.”

It seems in these scenes that Rhaenyra does not want the burden of heiress but remains heiress due to her father’s wishes. Viserys emphasizes this when he replies, naming her his only child. Rhaenyra then asks him to defend her if he wants her to bear the burden of being the heiress. Though tired and exhausted, he seems to hear Rhaenyra’s words as he arrives in the throne room the next day and defends Lucerys’ claim to the Driftwood seat.

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Viserys confirms that he wants Rhaenyra as heir

Later that evening, after dinner, Viserys is in pain again. This time Alicent comes to give him poppy milk. He mistakes her for Rhaenyra and tells her, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. He’s referring to Aegon, but Alicent believes he’s talking about her son, not her ancestor.

He further confuses her as he says, “His dream. The Song of Ice and Fi – It is true what he saw in the north. The prince who was promised.” It’s a devastating scene, as he admits in that moment who he thinks is Rhaenyra: “The prince… to unite the realm against the cold and the dark. You’re the one. You are the one. You must do this. You must do this.” In many ways, for Rhaenyra, who has always felt pressure from the realm to choose her younger half-brother over her, this would have been solid confirmation that Viserys, even in his final moments, has no regrets about making her his heir to have.

But the problem is that Alicent misunderstands him and now thinks that Viserys in his last breath appoints her son Aegon as heir and prince who will unite the realm, especially since she does not know about the prophecy. The episode ends with Alicent backing away, the camera lingering on the catspaw dagger that we saw on Viserys earlier in the episode, and the king finally dies, reaching out once more and seemingly speaking to his dead wife Aemma when he says, “My beloved.”

Will miscommunication lead to a civil war?

Now, with Viserys’ last words, we seem to be on the fast track to civil war between the two halves of the House of the Dragon. From the book Fire & Bloodthe book that house of the dragon based on, written by George RR Martin, we know that the death of Viserys is the linchpin that propels the kingdom into full-blown war. When he dies in the book, Alicent does not tell the public that he is dead.

Instead, she summons Criston Cole to bring the small council together. The two eliminate any humans who support Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne. Meanwhile, Viserys’ body begins to decompose, but Alicent keeps the septons and silent sisters from treating him until their son’s succession is determined. After a week, his death is finally revealed and Aegon II Targaryen ascends the throne. Rhaenyra, unwilling to acknowledge her half-brother’s claim, gathers her followers and the war begins.

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