House of the Dragons Season 2 Episode 3: Book Vs. Series Comparison

In the third episode of the second season of House of the Dragon, titled The Burning Mill, viewers witness the streets of King’s Landing overflowing with people. This recently aired episode serves as a precursor to the intense Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

This episode of House of the Dragon serves as the catalyst for the impending danger, beginning with the conflict between the Blackwoods and the Brackens. Viewers are treated to the first battle, resulting in the fall of a castle. The episode also offers intriguing revelations, as four dragon eggs are discovered and connected to Daenerys’ dragon eggs in Game of Thrones.

1. Rhaenyra and Alicent’s meeting

The Temple of the Seven scene depicting Rhaenyra and Alicent’s meeting differs significantly from its portrayal in the book.

Although the show depicts these two characters discussing and resolving the confusion surrounding King Viserys’s death, this event does not occur in the books.

During his final moments in the show House of the Dragon, Viserys mentioned Aegon the Conqueror and not Alicent’s son in relation to the song of Ice and Fire. Rhaenyra clarifies this to Alicent, who goes into denial and insists that nothing can be changed at this point.

However, in the books, this plan never came to fruition, as Grand Maester Oryle suggested it during a council meeting with the king, but it ultimately failed.

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 3 Book vs Series
Olivia Cooke in House of the Dragon | Source: IMDb

2. The Dragon Eggs

Rhaenyra presents Rhaena with four dragon eggs in the show, before sending her and her children, Aegon and Viserys, to Pentos.

In the book, Rhaenyra gifted Rhaena with three eggs which eventually transformed into Daenarys’ dragons in Game of Thrones. This allows fans to establish a direct link between the four eggs portrayed in the show and the three eggs mentioned in the book, creating a sense of engagement and attachment to the narrative.

The audience will be given a spoiler alert as the show prepares to reveal the hatching of the other dragon egg, which becomes Rhaena’s dragon Morning. This unexpected turn of events also takes place in the books, although the circumstances are significantly different. This will surely keep the viewers intrigued and excited to witness its portrayal on screen.

3. The character of Helena

Indeed, our sympathy for her remains unchanged. Helaena Targaryen, the daughter of Alicent in House of the Dragon, is depicted as a complex and sorrowful figure, a departure from her portrayal in the books after the tragic events of Blood and Cheese.

In the books, her descent into madness leads to her isolation. However, in the show, the writers delve deeper into her character, portraying her as a product of her royal upbringing and denied a normal life. Despite this, they also give her a rich inner world filled with prophecies.

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 3 Book vs Series
Phia Saban in House of the Dragons | Source: IMDb

4. Ulf The White

The intriguing Mystery Man has arrived! According to Ulf in the series, he proclaims himself to be the illegitimate son of Baelon the Great, who is the father of Daemon and Viserys Targaryen. This would make him their half-brother, though born out of wedlock.

Although the book Fire and Blood does not explicitly state Ulf’s lineage, it is mentioned that Baelon was very close to his sister Alyssa from a young age. This closeness ultimately led to Alyssa becoming the mother of Baelon’s legitimate children.

Despite Viserra, Baelon’s sister, making attempts to seduce him, he remained unwavering in his loyalty to her, even after her death. While there may have been rumors of him siring a bastard at a young age, it is highly unlikely.

The Battle of the Burning Mill

The Battle of the Burning Mill, also known as Bracken Vs. Blackwood, occurs chronologically before Daemon’s conquest of Harrenhall in the series, but it is depicted as taking place after in the book.

Ser Arryn Bracken is a new addition to the House of the Dragon, while Ser Amos Bracken was already established in the books. However, even though the role of Ser Amos has been filled for season two, the showrunners may have a different vision for his character.

In the original version of the books, Ser Amos Bracken was victorious in single combat against Lord Blackwood during the war of the burning mill. However, he met his demise when he was struck by a Weirwood arrow through the skull.

Alys Rivers: The Witch of Harrenhall

In House of the Dragon, Alys Rivers is first seen when Daemon Targaryen and Caraxes invade the castle of Harrenhall.

According to historians of the Seven Kingdoms, Alys Rivers is portrayed in different ways in the Fire and Blood book. Munkun characterizes her as a wench who dabbles in potions, while Eustace refers to her as a wood witch.

About House Of The Dragon

The upcoming series House of the Dragon serves as the prequel to the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, adapted from George R. R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood.

Taking place three hundred years prior to the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon will depict the Targaryen family’s reign over Westeros before the dragons became extinct. The series will revolve around the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war between siblings Aegon II and Rhaenyra, as they battled for the throne following the death of their father, Viserys I.

Paddy Considine takes on the role of Viserys I Targaryen, while Emma D’Arcy portrays Rhaenyra Targaryen and Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower in the show directed by Ryan Condall and Miguel Sapochnik. Matt Smith joins the cast as Daemon Targaryen, and Tom Glynn-Craney plays Aegon II Targaryen. Other notable cast members include Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Rhaenys Velaryon, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, Fabien Frankel as Criston Cole, and Graham McTavish.

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