It seems that the House of the Dragon fans have a new villain to hate – Larys Strong, also known as Clubfoot and master of whisperers, played by Matthew Needham. After the shocking event at the end of Episode 6, fans express their rage on Twitter.
House of the Dragon serves as the prequel series to Game of Thrones, set two hundred years before the events in the original series. The ruling clan, House Targaryen, proves the most powerful house in Westeros until their fall from grace. The foreboding civil war between members of the family will be known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Episode 6 dives straight ahead into the story after the ten-year time jump where Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) delivers her third son and Queen Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) found allies in Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) and Larys Strong.
Why Everyone Hates Larys Strong
The hate for Larys Strong stemmed from a controversy involving the true parentage of Rhaenyra’s children. The unseen years from the time jump presumably indicate that the princess had a secret relationship with Ser Harwin Strong, Larys’s brother. Alicent clearly has knowledge of this, and she’s mad at King Viserys (Paddy Considine) for not seeing the obvious. The queen, then, vents her frustration on Larys.
The master of whisperers had a seemingly harmless aura in the earlier episode of the series that fans compared him to Varys from Game of Thrones. It turns out he has the “same energy” as Petyr Baelish a.k.a. Littlefinger. Larys orchestrated the death of his brother as well as his father, Lyonel Strong (Gavin Spokes), by burning Harrenhal.
Fans were so enraged by this devious action as people started rooting for Ser Harwin after Criston Cole’s mishap at Rhaenyra and Laenor Velaryon’s (John Macmillan) wedding. Check out their tweets below:
larys strong, there’s no worse crime than kinslaying in westeros. see you in hell 👋
— 🥀 lina | it wasn’t in fb (@rhaegarlya) September 26, 2022
— out of context house of the dragon (@oochotd) September 19, 2022
— Neurokida (@AshleyG84288214) September 26, 2022
— benedetta || rhaenyra stan (@sansasnvw) September 26, 2022
This guy is playing a way bigger game than the Dance of the Dragons and it scares me
He killed his family, the ultimate sin in Westeros
Even Alicent is horrified
This was to make her easier to manipulate but wow
Larys Strong really might be way more dangerous than Littlefinger pic.twitter.com/THvxSEEOBp
— Vincent | Bonfire of Dreams (BLEACH IS BACK) (@vincent5126) September 26, 2022
What’s Next For Larys Strong In House Of The Dragon?
Larys Strong went from a seemingly harmless gossiper to a silent murderer real quick. Although he did not execute the killing himself, he had criminal minions to carry his orders. In just one scene, he became a terrifying character, and god knows what his next steps are. After Ser Criston, Larys became the next most hated character in House of the Dragon.
After the devilish scheme of Larys, it seems that he will have a more significant role in the series and perhaps cause more conflict between Rhaenyra and Alicent. In fact, he has the power to manipulate the queen because she trusts him so much they even dine together while sharing the latest gossip in Westeros.