House of the Dragon season 2 will up the stakes of the Targaryen civil war, and both the blacks and the greens need help – lots of it.
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for House of the Dragon season 1 and George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood.
New individuals who will play significant roles in the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war, will be introduced in season 2 of House of the Dragon. Both the greens and the blacks have started to organize their armies to support their respective monarch’s claim in the House of the Dragon season 1 finale. However, a tragic error made by Aemond Targaryen sets up season 2 to widen the scope of the fight and its deaths.
House of the Dragon season 2 will have a lot more supporting characters even though the Targaryens will still be the show’s main focus. The green and black councils plan to dispatch messengers and establish strongholds for their respective monarchs at the conclusion of season 1. Both teams will enlist the aid of lords, ladies, bastards, and regular people from all over Westeros in the race to assemble their armies.
Cregan Stark, the Lord of Winterfell and leader of House Stark in Game of Thrones, is the ancestor of the Stark family and one of team black’s most potent allies during the Dance of the Dragons. In the tenth episode of season one of House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra sends Jacaerys and his dragon, Vermax, to Winterfell in an effort to win Cregan’s support for her royal ambitions. In the Fire & Blood novel by George R. R. Martin, Cregan and Jacaerys form a close friendship that earns House Stark’s loyalty to Rhaenyra.
At Winterfell, Jacaerys and Cregan sign the Pact of Ice and Fire, which stipulates that Rickon Stark, Cregan’s eldest son and the heir to Winterfell, shall marry Jacaerys’ firstborn daughter, a Targaryen princess. However, the marriage of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark in Game of Thrones ultimately brings about the fulfillment of the Pact of Ice and Fire that was intended to be made between Jacaerys and Cregan. The Song of Ice and Fire’s prophecy is also fulfilled in Game of Thrones thanks to the Pact of Ice and Fire, which gives birth to the “Prince (and Princess) That Was Promised,” Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, who together defeat the White Walkers.
Simon Strong is the great-uncle of Larys Strong, the late Lord of Harrenhal, and his brother Harwin, as well as the late Lyonel Strong, the Hand of the King. Given that Larys Strong is single, has no living siblings, and is childless, Simon Strong will be the next in line to inherit Harrenhal. Simon is living in Harrenhal as its castellan at the conclusion of Season 1 of House of the Dragon, while Larys is residing in King’s Landing.
Harrenhal has a reputation for being cruel to its reigning houses. Harrenhal is rumored to be cursed because to its constant change of lords; each family or person who dwells in and controls over Harrenhal meets a horrific demise. Harrenhal was torched by Balerion “the Black Dread” during Aegon’s invasion. Being the protector of Harrenhal in Larys’ absence, Simon Strong is not exempt from the curse. His undeclared allegiances will be crucial to the blacks’ plan in season 2 of House of the Dragon because Harrenhal is their
Blood and Cheese
Daemon recruits Blood, a former City Watch sergeant, and Cheese, a rat-catcher in the Red Keep, via the White Worm, Myrasria, to exact revenge on Lucerys Velaryon’s demise at the conclusion of House of the Dragon season 1. Daemon sends Blood and Cheese via the covert tunnels of the Red Keep to exact his vengeance after making a vow to Rhaenyra that he would take “a son for a son.” The victory of Blood and Cheese evens the score for the blacks and greens, but it intensifies the conflict and obliterates all remaining chances for peace.
Hugh Hammer and Ulf White
One of the men who responds to Prince Jacaerys Velaryon’s plea for dragonriders following the death of a few dragons and dragonriders on team black is Hugh Hammer, a bastard of Valyrian blood who lives on Dragonstone. Hugh successfully captures Vermithor, the late King Jahaerys’s dragon, out of the men who attempt to saddle the six riderless dragons at Dragonstone—many of whom perish attempting. With HBO confirming that Vermithor is the dragon Daemon sings to in the House of the Dragon season 1 finale, viewers have already gotten a glimpse of his size and ferocity and can expect to see the dragon and its rider engaged in combat in season 2.
Following the deaths of a few dragons and dragonriders on team black, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon calls for dragonriders, and one of the men who responds is Hugh Hammer, a bastard with Valyrian blood who lives on Dragonstone. Hugh is the only man to successfully capture Vermithor, the late King Jahaerys’s dragon, out of the men who attempt to mount the six riderless dragons at Dragonstone. HBO confirmed that Vermithor is the dragon that Daemon sings to in the House of the Dragon season 1 finale, giving viewers a sneak peek at his size and ferocity. In season 2, viewers can look forward to seeing the dragon and its rider engaged in combat.
Hugh Hammer’s counterpart on Dragonstone, Ulf White, is a buffoon of Valyrian ancestry who responds to Jacaerys’s plea for dragonriders. He takes control of the Late Queen Alysanne’s dragon, Silverwing, and battles alongside his other dragonriders. Hugh and Ulf are both known to have Valyrian blood from either the Targaryen or Velaryon ancestry, making them suitable dragonriders even though their precise ancestries are unknown. Hugh and Ulf both got themselves last names based on their reputations since they were bastards. Hugh, formerly known as Hugh the Hammer, was raised by a blacksmith and is powerful enough to twist steel with just his hands. The white hair of Ulf White, previously Ulf the White, is a defining characteristic of the Targaryens and Velaryons.
Hull’s Addam and Alyn
In House of the Dragon, Addam and Alyn of Hull, brothers and bastard sons of Velaryon blood, are among the men who respond to Jacaerys’s call for dragonriders. While Alyn is unable to mount Sheepstealer and never becomes a dragonrider in his lifetime, Addam is successful in claiming Seasmoke, the former dragon of Laenor. Although Laenor Velaryon is listed as the father of Addam and Alyn by their mother, it is more likely that Corlys Velaryon is the biological father of the two children. When Corlys ultimately asks Rhaenyra to legalize Addam and Alyn, she gives them the names Addam and Alyn Velaryon. Lucerys Velaryon’s passing leaves Addam as Corlys’ successor and the rightful owner of Driftmark. Eventually, Addam’s unflinching devotion to Rhaenyra Targeryan begins to define him.
After Alyn of Hull makes an unsuccessful effort to claim Sheepstealer, Nettles, a young bastard girl on Dragonstone, successfully bonds with the dragon and takes it as her mount. Nettles’s family history is unknown, just like that of Hugh Hammer and Ulf White, but given her prowess on a dragon, it is believed that she is of Valyrian origin and may be a few generations distant from her progenitor. Nettles is a devoted warrior for the black people, but she is also thought to be more than just a devoted follower of the King Consort Daemon Targaryen, and her appearance in season two of House of the Dragon could undermine Rhaenyra and Daemon’s relationship.
Ormund Hightower, the Lord of the Hightower in House of the Dragon, is Otto Hightower’s nephew and Queen Alicent’s cousin. During the Dance of the Dragons, he leads his army into battle in order to defend his cousin and her boys. With Ormund’s appearance in House of the Dragon season 2, the Hightowers’ participation in the Targaryen civil war will receive more attention.