“House of the Dragon” options several great Houses vying for power, together with ones we have not beforehand met on “Game of Thrones.” One home that appears to be rising in energy is House Strong. Led by Lord Lyonel Strong and his two very completely different sons, this nice House has an enormous half to play in the drama that is to come.
Fair warning: there are some mild spoilers for the book “Fire & Blood” and for potential future “House of the Dragon” plot factors forward! With that in thoughts, this is what to learn about the three most necessary members of House Strong to date.
Who Is Lord Lyonel Strong?
After King Viserys removes Otto Hightower as Hand of the King, he promotes Lord Lyonel Strong to the place as his chief advisor. Lord Lyonel has been a member of the king’s council since the starting, however he has often been a quieter, extra steady voice in distinction to his louder colleagues.
So far, he is been seen as a reasonably affordable councilor, even telling the king issues he most likely would not need to hear. He’s the one who recommended Viserys marry Laena Velaryon to carry unity to Westeros, and he is the one who proposes the match between Rhaenyra and Laenor Velaryon for the identical causes. His recommendation is not at all times enjoyable or likable, nevertheless it’s pragmatic, which is a marked distinction from the excessive drama throughout him.
In the guide “Fire & Blood,” we study a little bit bit extra about Lyonel. Prior to inheriting Harrenhal (the seat of House Strong) and the headship of his household, he was learning to turn out to be a maester. He studied for a number of years, progressing far in his coaching, earlier than deciding to not observe by way of. His causes will not be made clear both on the TV present or in the guide. Either manner, he winds up utilizing that data to advise the king, and he has two sons who’ve a task to play at courtroom as properly.
Who Is Ser Harwin Strong?
There have been rather a lot of knights roaming round on “House of the Dragon,” nevertheless it’s at all times been simple to identify Ser Harwin Strong, the elder of the two Strong brothers. Nicknamed “Breakbones” for his unimaginable energy, he has been lurking in the background all through the season however has wound up being linked to Rhaenyra on a number of events. In the second episode after she returns from her hunt lined in blood, he’s the solely member of the assembled firm to look at her with an approving grin somewhat than disgust or worry. He can also be the knight who bumps into Rhaenyra in disguise throughout her wild evening out with Daemon, and as an alternative of taking her dwelling or telling anybody, he simply warns her to be extra cautious.
He’s seen but once more lending assist to Rhaenyra when her pre-wedding banquet takes a horrific flip. As the battle between Ser Criston Cole and Joffrey Lonmouth turns lethal and the brawl grows greater, Ser Harwin dives into the fray, finds the place Rhaenyra has been knocked to the floor, and will get her to security.
Readers of “Fire & Blood” will see these interactions as some critical foreshadowing given rumors unfold about just how close Rhaenyra and Harwin really are.
Who Is Larys Strong?
It’s simple to miss Larys Strong, however that is precisely what makes him price maintaining an eye fixed on. Born with a membership foot, he’s regarded down on and even mocked by the knights and others at courtroom. His skill to go unnoticed, nonetheless, means he overhears issues and has a knack for scheming. We get a glimpse of that forward of Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding celebrations when he “by accident” lets slip to Alicent that Viserys had moon tea despatched to Rhaenyra after her adventures with Daemon. He’s additionally seen with a sly smile when Alicent enters the banquet sporting a inexperienced gown — House Hightower’s shade for a name to arms.
“Fire & Blood” explores extra of Larys’s life, and we’re prone to see some of it unfold on “House of the Dragon,” too. His future sees him rising in the ranks by way of intrigues, just like the path of Petyr Baelish on “Game of Thrones.” Larys additionally performs a important function throughout the Dance of the Dragons — however how lengthy will his scheming preserve him secure?