In the last episode of HBO’s House of the Dragon, fans have been introduced to another Targaryen dragon as equally important as the ones we have encountered before. Vermax, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon’s dragon, finally made its debut, and this sets up an intriguing theory about House Stark.
House of the Dragon follows the reign of the House Targaryen two hundred years before the events in Game of Thrones. The ensuing blood feud between members will cause the fall of the empire which leads to a civil war called Dance of the Dragons. The prequel series is based on George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood.
House Of The Dragon Introduces Jacaerys Velaryon And Vermax
Episode 6 reveals a new set of the cast following the ten-year time jump, now with Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Olivia Cooke as Queen Alicent Hightower. In the same episode, Prince Jacaerys meets his own dragon.
Many conflicts surfaced in the previous episode, and most of them centered on the controversy over the true father of Rhaenyra’s sons. Jacaerys, Lucerys (Harvey Sadler), and baby Joffrey all have dark hair and do not resemble even an inch of Laenor Velaryon’s (John Macmillan) features. Speculations point to Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr) as the true father of the children.
Meanwhile, Alicent is hell-bent on securing her son’s claim to the crown and is very frustrated by the threat of her former best friend turned enemy ascending to the Iron Throne instead of Aegon II. With that thought, Jacaerys will be hailed as the Prince of Dragonstone, and his dragon, Vermax, will protect him at all costs.
Jacaerys trains with Vermax, and the dragon certainly follows his orders as seen in Episode 6. We won’t be seeing them fly anytime soon as both are still young and unprepared to take on the sky. However, both Jacaerys and Vermax will have a bigger role in the upcoming civil war.
Is There A Dragon In Winterfell?
Aside from Jacaerys, Vermax seems to have a connection with the House Stark of Winterfell. None of the details about this was mentioned in the episode but, indeed, the dragon has a link to the North.
The future episodes of House of the Dragon will finally set the motion for Rhaenyra and Alicent’s feud over the Iron Throne, which will take place after King Viserys’ death. Queen Alicent will insist on Aegon’s claim to the crown as Rhaenyra defends her position as the true heir.
Jacaerys will fly to Eyrie, Whiteharbor, and Winterfell on Vermax to invite as much support as he can. The dragon will leave eggs at Winterfell which validates the theory of the hot springs in the North. Rumors said that a dragon resides beneath Winterfell, and it provides the heat for this body of water.
Aside from Dance of the Dragons, the young prince will also participate in the war against the Triarchy as illustrated in Fire & Blood. Fans will remember that Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) killed the Crabfeeder (Daniel Scott-Smith) at the Stepstones. Another plague will invade the Narrow Sea, and Jacaerys will fight the war together with Vermax.