House of the Dragon: director comments on shocking moment of episode 8

the director of House of the DragonGeeta Patel, revealed what happened in Episode 8’s shocking beheading scene. The series, set some 200 years before the events of game of Throneshas all the impressive violence its predecessor is known for.

displayed on HBO Max, House of the Dragon has two episodes remaining in its first season. And the blood on the screen increases as the series approaches its climax.

Tensions in King’s Landing certainly increased in episode 8 of season one of House of the Dragon. Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) is due to ascend the throne soon, but her former friend and current rival, Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke), has a close circle of conspirators intent on preventing her ascension.

Much of the court of Westeros, including the mighty Velaryons, disagrees with Rhaenyra, because the illegitimacy of her children is an open secret that even King Viserys himself was denying. Rhaenyra, now married to her violence-prone uncle Daemon (Matt Smith), has no intention of relinquishing the throne and will punish those who try to harm her family.

Director comments on important moment

In the episode, King Viserys arrived limping and weakened by his illness and needed the help of his brother Daemon to take his throne. Before the king’s court, Vaemond Velaryon (Wil Johnson) blatantly slandered Rhaenyra’s sons as he tried to claim the Driftmark throne for himself.

In one of the most violent scenes in the series so far, Vaemond’s head is cut off by Daemon as punishment. The director of episode 8 of the first season of House of the DragonGeeta Patel, appeared on podcast officer of Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon to unravel what happened in Vaemond’s beheading, both stylistically and narratively. Read Patel’s comments below:

Ever since I read the script, I always saw his head popping out as he spoke. In my head, it was always that element of surprise. When I think of Daemon, he’s fast. When I think back to the moment, everything was so charged, and you never knew what someone was going to say, how it was all going to turn out. So that was always what I did first, just simplicity. That Vaemond is arguing with Viserys, and suddenly Vaemond’s head pops out.

There is no special outlet for that moment, per se. He could have kept talking, he could have kept arguing, and I think there’s something great about that. Because it was an important moment, we also filmed it in a way where we followed Daemon from where he was, and you saw him walk through, and then he would come and cut off Vaemond’s head..

Many times we are going to film something, if it is very important dramatically, we want the options in editing. So I tend to shoot more than one version, because I think it’s good for the showrunners to have that.

It still makes me smile, I love it. Viserys is yelling at him, and the guy’s head just pops off. It’s great! In how many jobs can you do this? That’s why I love Game of Thrones. You can do stuff like that, and it’s Game of Thrones, it’s House of the Dragon.”

What Vaemond’s Death Means For The Remaining Episodes Of Season One Of House of the Dragon?

Vaemond, as a character, had modest significance. The brother of Lord Corlys (Steve Toussaint), Vaemond was from a family that would surely be removed from power by Rhaenyra’s children, who are not of his blood but bear his name.

Vaemond’s graphic death represents how seriously the charges against Rhaenyra’s children will be handled without King Viserys around to keep the peace.

For years, slurs against Rhaenyra’s children have resulted in raised voices, scratching, threats and backroom operations. An ailing King Viserys suggested removing Vaemond’s tongue because of its lack and Daemon took his entire head.

As Patel explained, his death serves as a major inflection point in the series. O trailer from episode 9 of season 1 of House of the Dragon reveals that it is indeed a new day in King’s Landing.

Additionally, Season 1 Episode 8 also revealed that Vaemond’s nieces, Daemon’s daughters and his late wife Laena (Nana Blondell), were betrothed to Rhaenyra’s sons Jace (Harry Collett) and Luke (Elliot Grihault).

So, with Vaemond dead and Lord Corlys in critical condition, there will be no male voice from Velaryon to resist the marriages that will increase the strength of the Court of Rhaenyra.

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