In the world of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, happy endings rarely exist. In a lucky twist of fate, it seems that the latest episode finally gave the viewers a happy ending, the only one they will ever see.
The last scene of House of the Dragon Episode 7 saw Laenor Velaryon escaping Driftmark with his lover Qarl Correy on their way to Essos using a boat after faking his death. Laenor had a different fate in the book, Fire & Blood, where he actually died and was killed by Correy. It was said that Qarl grew jealous of Laenor flirting with another man, while another account said that Daemon gave the order to Qarl so he could marry Rhaenyra. In the end, Laenor and Qarl are finally free of the woes of the Targaryen civil war.
Why Laenor Velaryon Had A Happy Ending
Many would ask why Laenor was granted a happy ending while other characters perished without a word. He already suffered the loss of his first lover, Joffrey Lonmouth, during his wedding with Rhaenyra, and this event already pushed the story forward. Besides, all the other LGBTQ characters in the Game of Thrones saga suffered tragic deaths. This time, they wanted to turn the tides and give Laenor a sweet ending.
While other characters in House of the Dragon fight for the Iron Throne, Laenor had no interest in politics. He has no other important ties aside from becoming the king’s consort when Rhaenyra ascends the throne. Letting him go won’t affect the plot as much as fans would hope so it’s better to set him free unharmed.
More Tragedies In The Next Episodes of House Of The Dragon
The rest of the characters will have tragic endings, just like any other characters from the world of Game of Thrones. The foreboding civil war called the Dance of the Dragons will come sooner as King Viserys grows weaker in each episode. Alicent Hightower will do everything to secure Aegon’s claim as the son of the king, while Rhaenyra will defend her position as the heir to the throne.
Their children will have their own battles as well, blood against blood, hence House of the Dragon will see the fall of the Targaryen empire. The sins of the parents will be carried throughout the generations that will follow. Everyone has their own ugly fate to deal with, and Laenor is the lucky one who got spared.
Set two years before the events in Game of Thrones, the prequel series presents the gripping tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and power between members of the most powerful family in Westeros. House of the Dragon airs every Sunday on HBO.