What the Red Wedding at “House of the Dragon” Will Entail (& When It Could Happen)

What will the corresponding scene in “House of the Dragon” be to the most notorious and shocking moment in Game of Thrones, The Red Wedding? The prequel series is the first of HBO’s anticipated numerous Game of Thrones spinoffs and the first new Westeros-based media since the parent show’s contentious 2019 finale. Therefore, “House of the Dragon,” which picks up about 200 years after the events of that series, will need to both expand on its legacy and win back fans who were dissatisfied with Game of Thrones season 8 at the same time. House of the Dragon will be distinct, but there will still be certain parallels and comparisons, including its monumental moments that will astound audiences, akin to the Red Wedding.

The Red Wedding, which took place near the end of Game of Thrones season 3, was a significant change for the program in numerous ways. It ended several important plot threads and several crucial characters, and it also marked a significant shift in the audience. That holds true for both the program turning from a decent suggestion into a transcendent one and for further solidifying the idea that anyone may die if Ned Stark’s passing in Game of Thrones season 1 hadn’t already. The Red Wedding resonated across the internet and became a shared cultural experience, and the TV itself was altered as other shows tried to have their own version. The series jumped from an average of just under five million viewers per episode in season 3 to almost seven million for season 4.

In a manner, that also applies to “House of the Dragon.” Knowingly, “House of the Dragon” won’t merely mimic Game of Thrones; rather, there will be similarities, one of which will be the timing of its Red Wedding. Given how surprising it was, it makes sense to consider when a moment like this may occur in “House of the Dragon.” The answer can be found in two characters: Blood and Cheese. Prince Lucerys Velaryon, the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen, is slain early on in the Dance of the Dragons by his cousin Aemond Targaryen (son of King Viserys and his second wife, Alicent Hightower). Daemon Targaryen declared it must be “a son for a son,” which eventually calls for retaliation. Daemon hires Blood, a butcher, and Cheese, a ratcatcher, to kill one of King Aegon II Targaryen’s sons, and they carry out their task in the most gruesome manner imaginable, including making Aegon’s wife, Queen Helaena, decide which son will perish.

Fire & Blood: The Story of Blood & Cheese

Blood and Cheese, as described in Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, slip into the Red Keep and to Alicent Hightower’s bedchamber where they bind and gag her while anticipating the arrival of Helaena and her three children, Prince Jaehaerys, Princess Jaehaera, and Prince Maelor. Helaena is forced to decide between her two sons by Blood and Cheese; although she offers her own life in exchange, they reject her offer; if the situation drags on too long, they threaten to sexually abuse her daughter; and, in the end, the Queen chooses Maelor, the youngest of her two sons. Jaehaerys’ head is instead severed by Blood, and the two leave the Red Keep together. It’s an incredibly awful, mind-blowing moment, not just for its gory and upsetting content but also for its lasting effects, as Helaena never fully recovers from it and eventually becomes insane, as the book puts it.

When Will Red Wedding Of The House Of The Dragon Take Place?

Blood and Cheese occurs quite early in the Dance of the Dragons; however, the precise timing of its occurrence in “House of the Dragon” will depend on how much the plot is expanded and how much time is spent on the prelude. Aegon II’s coronation at King’s Landing and, if it wants to go out with a bang, the dragon battle between Aemond and Lucerys at Storm’s End are likely to be included as part of the Dance by the end of “House of the Dragon” season 1 based on what has so far been revealed (which would make sense as a finale event). Given all that has previously occurred, it is improbable that Blood and Cheese would appear in season 1, but it also can’t happen too soon after because it is such a direct response. That would indicate that the “House of the Dragon’s” Red Wedding will occur early in season 2, maybe in a manner similar to how King Joffrey was killed in episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 4.

How Will Blood & Cheese In House of the Dragon Compare To The Red Wedding In Game of Thrones?

Making a scene as startling and gruesome as the Red Wedding is one thing, but the Red Wedding resonated in Game of Thrones not only because of that but also because of how much the audience cared about the characters and saw them as essential to the plot. Because Jaehaerys is not a hero at war with the main antagonists, his death doesn’t nearly have the same impact as Robb Stark’s did, but it does greatly contribute to the escalation of the conflict and the extent to which both sides will go. Of course, it is also a child’s killing and one that has a lot of unsettling menace surrounding it, so this will be compared to Shireen Baratheon’s murder and the Red Wedding.

Helaena isn’t given as much room in Fire & Blood as some other characters, but the show might offer her a lot more depth. A lot may also rely on how “House of the Dragon” handles her character development (and, among those involved, she is one of the most decent). That might increase interest in Aegon’s side of the civil war among viewers, which would increase the impact of Blood and Cheese. A further consideration will be how much “House of the Dragon” will display. It’s a crucial moment that would be tough to completely erase, but it might not depict it with the same graphic intensity as the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones since there might be more room for implication or for viewers to hear than see. In either case, it’s a cruel scene that is probably going to be the most stunning in the entire “House of the Dragon.”

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