Did Aemond Targaryen intentionally kill Lucerys at the end of ‘House Of The Dragon’ Season 1?

Pain often has the potential to turn one’s heart into something ugly. Aemond Targaryen had gone through a lot of mental agony as a child. We don’t intend to justify his ruthlessness, but the traumas of his childhood scarred him for life. He had lost his innocence the day his brother and his nephews gave him a pig. We saw in the 6th episode of “House of the Dragon” that he felt insulted, but there was nothing he could do about it. He had lost all confidence, and he often cursed the gods for being prejudiced against him. The young man was not able to understand what he had done wrong to be discriminated against in this way. Everyone had a dragon except him. He had been made to feel worthless, and it had affected him somewhere deeply. He felt like an underdog, and that’s why he was hungry to prove everyone wrong. But we didn’t realize when that hunger turned into something so evil. His quest to prove his worth led him to risk his life and claim the greatest dragon of the Seven Kingdoms: Vhagar.

After Laena Velaryon, Vhagar was not claimed. Aemond saw an opportunity and decided to take it. The gods rewarded his courage and intention. From being the only child of the Targaryen dynasty to not have a dragon, he became the rider of one of the fiercest dragons to ever exist. Baela and Rhaena had always believed that Vhagar belonged to them because he belonged to their mother. Aemond argued with the twin sisters. Lucerys and Jacaerys Velaryon also arrived on the scene, and Aemond got into a fight with his nephews. Lucerys, while defending her brother, stabbed Aemond in the eye. It was one of the first defining moments in King’s Landing history that laid the foundation for the “Dance of the Dragons”. Lucerys hadn’t done it on purpose. He was just trying to support his brother. But things quickly escalated, and even old people got into it. Aemond remained silent that day. He knew that a day would come when he would have the opportunity to take revenge. He has prepared for this day. He worked on his skills. He kept the hatred alive and burning inside his heart.

Eventually, Aemond Targaryen became the most accomplished warrior of his generation. Moreover, he also had Vhagar by his side which further boosted his confidence. He never missed an opportunity to despise Lucerys. It was almost as if the boys of Rhaenyra were intimidated by him, and why wouldn’t they be? In the 8th episode of the “House of the Dragon”, we saw that Rhaenyra wanted to drop off her sons at Dragonstone as she felt they weren’t safe at King’s Landing. Although Aemond hadn’t done anything explicitly at the time, he had these barbaric instincts, and sometimes he felt like he was capable of doing anything.

In the 10th episode of “House of the Dragon”, something unprecedented happened that changed the course of things. Rhaenyra wanted to make as many allies as possible. For the same purpose, she had sent Lucerys to Storm’s End to deliver the message to Borros Baratheon. Borros’ father had sworn allegiance to Rhaenyra when she was named heir to the Iron Throne by Viserys Targaryen. Now it’s a matter of debate whether the tone of Rhaenyra’s message could be seen as authoritative or not. She wanted to remind the lords of the oath they had taken, but she also didn’t fail to mention the cost they would incur if they broke it. It could also be said that Rhaenyra may have taken Lord Borros and his House Baratheon for granted. She had assumed they would choose her over Aegon II Targaryen. That’s why she sent Lucerys, because she knew Borros didn’t need convincing. She misjudged the situation and Otto Hightower played it to his advantage. Otto knew that Boremund Baratheon shared a close bond with Rhaenys Velaryon. He also knew that it was possible that Borros would side with Rhaenyra. So he sent Aemond with an offer of a marriage alliance. Borros, feeling overwhelmed by the offer, gave Aemond special treatment and asked her to choose one of his four daughters.

As soon as Lucerys arrived, he saw a colossal shadow behind Storm’s End Tower. He gasped when he saw the evil creature. He instantly knew the beast was Vhagar. Lucerys crossed the corridors and entered the round hall to find Aemond standing there. Borros asked the maester to read the message Rhaenyra had sent. Borros felt disrespected when the maester told him that Rhaenyra wanted to remind him of his father’s oath. He asked Lucerys if, in case he accepted her offer, would he marry one of his daughters? A naive Lucerys told her that he was already engaged to his cousin. This is where we felt Rhaenyra needed someone with the power of persuasion. Obviously, Lucerys was foiled by Aemond. He had no idea what to say or what to do. He was already nervous due to Aemond’s presence. To make matters worse, Aemond again addressed him as Lord Strong and demanded that he want his eye. Aemond pulled out his eye patch and, for the first time, we saw the blue sapphire that constantly reminded him of what he had been subjected to as a child. Aemond stopped because Borros asked him to, but he didn’t want to let go of his nephew so easily.

Aemond Targaryen pursued the already petrified prince on his deadly dragon, Vhagar. After seeing Aemond’s ferocious and savage behavior, it was believed that he would have been in complete control of his dragon. Even though it was a beast, the fact that someone or something could defy the orders of one-eyed Aemond was not noticeable. But Vhagar was feared for a reason. People said that the beast was equivalent to two dragons. Daemon never intended to kill Lucerys (which we realized at the end of the episode). He just wanted to play with him. He just wanted to intimidate her. He just wanted to give her the scare of her life. But they were called wild beasts for a reason. The illusion that the dragons were under the control of the Targaryens has been shattered. It reminded us of what Viserys had once said to Rhaenyra. He had told the young princess that dragons were forces that should not have been tampered with. Lucerys’ dragon, Arrax, was young, and he began to panic in the presence of the old beast. He apprehended the danger and breathed fire at Vhagar. Lucerys felt a sense of foreboding. He tried very hard to escape his loss, but he couldn’t. Vhagar came and ripped Arrax and Lucerys to pieces. At that moment, Aemond knew he had made a mistake. He knew that even if he tried to justify what happened, people wouldn’t believe him. He knew the blame would fall on him. For the first time, we saw the fear on Aemond’s face. It reminded us of that shy boy who once tried to enter the dragon pit, trying to claim a dragon, but got out when he heard the roar. Aemond may have been a savage, but he was still bound by duty. He knew this was not his war to start. He knew it was not the right time to take his revenge. He was well aware that his mistake had the potential to burn King’s Landing to ashes. But it was too late now. The damage was already done and there was no turning back. Aemond knew he had sealed his fate.

According to the book “Fire and Blood”, Aemond intended to hurt Lucerys intentionally (although this cannot be substantiated if he intended to kill him). If the tales of Mushroom are to be believed, then Aemond found the corpse of the young prince, which had been washed up in the wild waters, and then removed both his eyes. “House of the Dragon” polishes up the narrative, adding more layers to Aemond’s personality and refraining from making him seem completely evil.

If Vhagar hadn’t killed Lucerys, maybe Rhaenyra could have avoided the war. She wanted to keep the promise she had made to her father. She wanted to solve the case without shedding blood. But it seemed that fate had decided otherwise. This was the moment that turned the tide and changed Rhaenyra’s mind. A mother had lost her child and her grief was incomparable. The anger that showed in his eyes had the potential to burn anything that came his way. Rhaenyra had decided that she was going to force the Greens to repent of their action. She was finally ready to go to war with them.

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