Awkward 'House of the Dragon' family reunion ends with a beheading and a big misunderstanding

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Episode 8 of House of the Dragon.

It was a tense and awkward family reunion during Episode 8 of House of the Dragon titled "Lord of the Tides," as the whole family gathered in Westeros to determine who will be the next Lord of Driftmark and the head of House Velaryon. All the drama and arguing came to a head, when the Sea Snake's brother, Vaemond Velaryon, said the one thing no one is supposed to say.

Vaemond, who was largely against Rhaenyra's sons being heirs to the throne, screamed, "And gods be damned, I will not see it ended on the account of this… Her children are bastards! And she is a whore!"

"I will have your tongue for that," said King Viserys. Though before he could stand up, Daemon (the king's brother) slashed the upper half of Vaemond's head off clean and stated, "He can keep his tongue."

Daemon unexpectedly and shockingly slicing Vaemond's head off was everything House of the Dragon fans live for, so there were a lot of comments on Twitter from viewers praising Daemon:

Me after Daemon said "He can keep his tongue"

— Neurokida (@AshleyG84288214) October 10, 2022

The way Daemon beheaded the man who called his wife a whore and his stepsons bastards, in front of the court, his family and the guards is peak daddy material!

— May H (@Mayham_H) October 10, 2022

not daemon saying “he can keep his tongue” after he decapitated vaemond IM

— ruby | hotd spoilers (@fortargaryen) October 10, 2022

Everyone horrified at Daemon beheading someone

— Gabby (@wonderlandgabby) October 10, 2022

However, the joy of fans didn't last long, as the episode ended with King Viserys, on his deathbed, confusing Alicent for Princess Rhaenyra, telling her he believes in Aegon I's Song of Ice and Fire prophecy of "the prince that was promised."

"It is you," says Viserys to Alicent, assuming it's Rhaenyra. "You are the one. You must do this." In Viserys's mind, he is telling Rhaenyra that he believes she is the one who will unite the kingdom and carry on the Targaryen line. However, Alicent thinks the King is talking to her and referring to their son Aegon II, saying that he should be the heir to the throne.

Does it sound confusing? Well, apparently it was to Alicent, who is seen in the preview of next week's episode stating, "He told me he wished for Aegon to be king." So this little, but big, misunderstanding is apparently what is going to lead to the Dance of the Dragons and next week's epic drama.

House of the Dragon airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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