'House of the Dragon' Season 2, episode 1: What exactly is Larys Strong planning?

'House of the Dragon' Season 2, episode 1: What exactly is Larys Strong planning?

Okay fine. A lot happened to me. Home of the Dragon Season 2episode 1. But while many of the key players were out there making quick decisions and moving on, some of the Red Keep's biggest snakes were just getting started.

Enter Lauris Strong (Matthew Needham), Murderer of family members, Foot fanand emerging little finger. The Lord Confessor of the royal court didn't have much to do in his first outing of the new season — at least not yet — but there was one important conversation that made us think he was up to no good again.

So what did Larris say, and what might it mean for his future intentions?

What did Larys Strong say to King Aegon?

There is a sequence in the middle of the episode where The new crown king is Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) holds court in the Great Hall, hearing various petitions from the “little people” while his grandfather and the King's hand Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) advises him. Meanwhile, Larys watches from the hall—and when Aegon is finished, he pulls the young king aside for a quiet word. Here is the exchange between them, in full:

Laureus Strong: “This hand wants to have a firm grip on things. That's how it controlled your father.”

Aegon Targaryen: “I'm aware.”

LS: “I would think, as we find ourselves standing within a hair's breadth of battle, that you would like to be seen differently.”

On: “How?”

LS: “Otto Hightower was your father's hand, your grace.”

So… what is he doing?

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What is Larys Strong planning?

Laureus' key goal from the start Home of the Dragon It seems to be similar to Littlefinger's goal. game of thrones: His own rise. In Season 1, Laureus aligns himself with Queen Alice Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and Arranges the murder of his own brother and father. to inherit the title of “Lord” for himself. The Red Cap's chief information extractor (by whatever means necessary), he likes to be as close to power as possible, and wants to have the ears of the higher ups.

King Aegon II, it seems, is his new target. But as Laris observes in the throne room, Aegon is currently under the thumb of his grandfather, Otto Hightower. Lyris has played carefully around Otto, even weakening the alien with him at times. Our guess is that Lyris is trying to get Aegon to get rid of Otto so he can make more room for himself on the Small Council.

With Otto out of the way, Laureus will have even more influence over the king.

Home of the Dragon Season 2 airs weekly Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO and Max.

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