If there is an HBO character Dragon House who deserves more attention is Helaena Targaryen. The daughter of King Viserys I Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower has a special prophetic ability to predict the future, or at least give some clues.
Viewers met Helaena in episode 6, where she appeared playing with insects and saying cryptic messages. So far she has a very marginal role in the story, but no less. His divination is one of the most important parts of the series.
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The role of Helaena in House Of The Dragon
In one of the scenes in the same episode, Aemond revealed his desire to own a dragon, and Helaena, still playing with her insects, said: “he should close one eye.” Indeed, a lot of people didn’t catch that line or probably just ignored it, but it turned out to be a hint of what would happen in the next episode.
Episode 7 saw Aemond steal and claim Vhagar, the largest living dragon previously owned by Laena Velaryon. His nieces and nephews confronted him, and they fought during which Lucerys Velaryon cut out one of Aemond’s eyes – a testament to Helaena’s prediction. Later, he remarked that he may have lost an eye, but gained a dragon.
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Who is Patchface?
Helaena’s ability to see the future is reminiscent of that of a supporting character in game of thrones. Patchface, a character in Stannis Baratheon’s story arc, is a court jester who speaks strange prophecies that eventually become major events in the novel. He serves as a court fool and spends a lot of time with Shireen Baratheon, Stannis’ daughter.
Patchface was originally scheduled to appear in game of thrones before writer Brian Cogman decided to omit it. He thought Stannis’ story was already too much to handle and that adding another character might complicate things. Instead, Patchface’s presence was alluded to in the most subtle way. Shireen’s Song”It’s always summer under the seais actually sung by the jester in the prologue of A Clash of Kings.
Helaena’s prophecies will remind fans of the mystery-loving jester who likes to foreshadow events. Like the story of the Dragon House progresses, many of Helaena’s cryptic predictions will be revealed, especially now that a preview for Episode 8 has been revealed. Hopefully the young Princess Targaryen will play a bigger role in the upcoming Dance of the Dragons.
Set two hundred years before the major events of game of thrones, Dragon House unveils the history of House Targaryen and their impending doom. The prequel series is based on George RR Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood.
Watch episode 8 this Sunday on HBO Max.
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