‘House of the Dragon:’ Laenor Velaryon’s Wild Episode 7 Twist, Explained
Everything was looking overwhelmingly dour for Laenor Velaryon in episode 7 of House of the Dragon. But in a surprise cease twist, Rhaenyra Targaryen’s hubby took a luckier path. The exact way to this point were not fully clear, although in hindsight they were prefigured in a couple of dialogues beforehand.
Let’s talk over the exact details of what happed in the spoiler- packed section below.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!!!!
‘House of the Dragon:’ Laenor Velaryon’s Wild Episode 7
Was the plan all along for Laenor to escape?
Primarily, several signs refocused to Daemon really wanting to have Laenor killed.In their dialogue at Driftmark’s harborage, Daemon and Rhaenyra agree that in order to be marry to each other, Laenor has to be out of the picture.” We couldn’t marry unless Laenor were dead,” says Daemon, to which Rhaenyra responds,” I know.” It sounded as though Rhaenyra was willing to betray Laenor, despite Laenor saying he’d completely commit to her, what with his lover Ser Qarl restoring to the fighting in the Stepstones
Before Rhaenyra says anything other, we cut to Daemon evidently making plans with Ser Qarl, a” knight of remarkable skill,” to murder Laenor. While Ser Qarl says Ser Laenor has been” kind” to him, it is not 100 clears that Qarl is pious to Laenor. Daemon appears to be flirtatious with Qarl, stepping right into his particular space.
Qarl might just betray Laenor in exchange for enough gold to start a new life across the Narrow Ocean.
When Daemon kills a menial of a analogous appearance to Laenor, it is not instantly clear for what purpose. This is all while we hear his clarification at the harborage to Rhaenyra that, to be truly important, she must rule by cultivating fear in her subjects.
Did Daemon and Rhaenyra intend to save Laenor?
In the end, it’s disclosed that Daemon and Rhaenyra had authentically arranged for Laenor to survive (this is verified byco-showrunner Ryan Condal in HBO’s occasion 7 behind- the- scenes docudrama).
” Fire is a prison. The ocean offers an escape,” Rhaenyra says in the same harborage discussion.” The Velaryons are of the ocean.”
These statements feel to herald her want to free Laenor from his duties to his family– duties that do not allow him to live his true life as a gay man. Rhaenyra says she believes Laenor to be an” honorable man with a good heart. a rare thing.” She supports his true identity and appears to want the stylish for him.
By faking his death, she frees him to be with Ser Qarl, down from the impediment of King’s wharf. Meanwhile, she firms up her claim to the Iron Throne by wedding her uncle Daemon– keeping ties strong within the Targaryen family.