House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 4: Did Aemond Kill Aegon

In Short
  • After being made mockery of by both his mother and brother, Aegon rode his golden dragon, Sunfyre, to the Rook's Rest castle to engage in combat.
  • The final plan of action of Aemond and Criston Cole was unintentionally shattered by Aegon's undesired participation during the war.
  • Taking advantage of this circumstance, Aemond gave the order for his Vhagar to start shooting fire at them.

The dance of the dragons officially commenced in season 2’s episode 4 of the House of the Dragon series. This episode was an absolute blast, as it featured three dragons in action. However, during this battle, there was bad blood between the brothers Aegon and Aemond. Aemond even went to the lengths of immolating his brother, so did he kill his brother Aegon in House of the Dragon? Find out more about Aemond’s motive behind killing Aegon by reading on.

Spoilers Warning: This article includes heavy spoilers about Aegon and Aemond in House of the Dragon. Thus, read on if you want to learn about the conflict between the brothers as mentioned in the books.

The Targaryen Brothers at Each Other’s Throats

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 4: Did Aemond Kill Aegon
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Before the blazing battle of the dragons began, there was an important conversation between the brothers Aegon and Aemond in Valyrian. Aegon confronted Aemond about how he could plan something with Ser Criston without consulting him first. Aemond sneered at his brother for playing the King’s role so fatuously and so he decided to take this matter into his own hands. Thus, Aemond’s desire to take over and play the ‘Game of Thrones’ could be felt clearly in this scene.

Upon being belittled by his own brother and mother, Aegon reverts back to his old plan, which was to fight on the front lines bravely with his dragon. Thus, he took his golden dragon, Sunfyre, and flew to the castle of Rook’s Rest, where he would eventually face his brother Aemond.

So, Did Aemond Want to Kill Aegon?

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 4: Did Aemond Kill Aegon
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Aegon’s unwanted presence at the battle inadvertently crumpled the ultimate plan of Aemond and Criston Cole. Aemond became furious upon seeing Aegon in the skies and remarked how idiotic he was in Valyrian. Aegon was an inexperienced dragon rider and fought against the highly experienced Princess Rhaenys and her Red Queen dragon, Meleys. Thus, as expected he was in a losing position as Rhaenys dominated him with Meleys. This is when we thought Aemond would come to the rescue, but did he? He didn’t undoubtedly, as he took advantage of this situation and commanded his Vhagar to unleash the fire at them. He did this despite him knowing that his brother Aegon would also be caught up in this turmoil.

Fun Fact: Nothing in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire novel suggested that Aemond targetted Aegon intentionally. Thus, this moment is rather a change the writers wanted to be included in this show evidently.

Throughout both seasons of HOTD, it was clear that Aemond regretted killing his nephew Lucerys accidentally. However, he didn’t hesitate even a bit when it came to the life or death situation for his brother Aegon. This scene indubitably showed that Aemond disliked his brother from a young age and now yearned to take charge of the crown. In a nutshell, Aemon did want to kill his brother at that moment, and if you are wondering “Is Aegon Dead?” after this incident, find the truth in our linked article. That said, let us know your thoughts about episode 4 of HOTD season 2 in the comments below.

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