‘House of the Dragon’ 2×04, ending explained: Who dies?

We were 3 episodes into this season 2 of ‘House of the Dragon’ in which the war was about to explode but there was always a last attempt, either by Rhaenyra or Alicent, to prevent the massacre. Fans of the HBO series on Max were already starting to get annoyed, and The Dance of Dragons (the Targaryen civil war) that seemed to promise every episode finale, even from the first season, was dragging on as long as the arrival of winter in ‘Game of Thrones’.

The season 1 finale of ‘House of the Dragon’ kicked off the showdown between Greens and Blacks with the first blood shed, that of Lucerys at the hands (or teeth) of the dragon Vhagar, ridden by Aemond. Since then, tension has been rising with new deaths and various attempts at regicide, until there has been no choice but to bring out the dragons. And, as the law of the street says, “If you take out the dragons it is to fight, the one who takes them out to show them is a fool“. So we have to warn that they are coming…

Spoilers for the end of 2×04 of ‘House of the Dragon’ below!

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Episode 2×04 of ‘House of the Dragon’ has arrived to break all the speculation once and for all and deliver The most anticipated scene by fans of ‘House of the Dragon’: The Battle of Roost’s Rest.

‘House of the Dragon’ 2×04: Ending Explained

Criston Cole hatches a plan to have the Blacks send their dragons to defend Rook’s Rest, and Rhaenyra has no choice but to fall. Rhaenys steps forward as a volunteer to go with Meleys, the Red Queen, in the face of the queen’s refusal to send one of her sons into battle. But Criston had a plan ready an ambush with the largest dragon in Westeros, Vhagar, ridden by Aemond TargaryenWhat no one counted on was Aegon, the king, who in a burst of pride also goes to battle with his dragon Sunfire in search of restoring his honor and strengthening his authority with a heroic act.

The three dragons engage in a savage fight to the death that brings us, for the first time in the series, the much-heralded Dance of the Dragons. Their duel is seen from the ground as if the three dragons were dancing in wonderful harmony, but the result is necessarily deadly. Aemond rouses Vhagar to hurl her flame at Rhaenys… but also at her brother Aegon, knocking them both down..


‘House of the Dragon’ 2×04: Does Rhaenys die?

He is one of the best characters in the series, and he had gained even more importance in this second season, but everything seems to indicate that yes: Rhaenys has died at the end of episode 2×04 of ‘House of the Dragon’And Meleys, the dragon they called the Red Queen, has also succumbed to the flames of Vhagar.

This is a huge blow to Rhaenyra, since Rhaenys was her main support at the council table and the one who most aligned herself with her pacifist attempts. But, in addition, Rhaenys’ death may provoke Corlys Velaryon’s angerher husband, with Rhaenyra, and that there are internal rifts within her own side.

‘House of the Dragon’ 2×04: Is Aegon dead?

Rhaenys dies in the fall, and it may seem that Aegon does too. But the end of the episode leaves the door open for her return. You know the unwritten rule of television: If the corpse is not seen….

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Aemond approaches the remains of Sunfire and draws his sword, intending to finish off his brother, but is interrupted by the presence of Criston Cole. Aemond then picks up the king’s dagger, the same one that stars in the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ that Rhaenyra gives to her heir, Luke, and leaves. However, Even if Aegon were alive, if the injuries he has suffered are as serious as they seem, his brother Aemond will have to replace him on the Iron Throne.And then, let’s see who dares to take it away from him…

Does this mean Aegon is still alive? We’ll have to wait for the next episode to find out, but our bet is yes. The novels also give us hints as to where things might go, though The end of episode 2×04 of ‘House of the Dragon’ has substantially changed what happens in the books in the Battle of Rook’s Rest. Which option do you lean towards?


Fran Chico is an expert in film and series, specialising in cultural dissemination and film criticism. He is a recognised critic on Rotten Tomatoes and Filmaffinity. Although his favourite genre is horror, he can talk to you about the new Marvel MCU blockbuster or about an auteur film to be claimed from the festival circuit. There is no Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video or Disney+ series that escapes his radar, delving into the catalogue of each platform to recommend and analyse their best content.

Fran has been writing for Fotogramas for over a year, but his beginnings date back almost two decades in film forums and blogs such as Planeta Claqueta or Moviementarios. He was the founder and member of the board of directors of the digital publication of film reviews and analysis Revista Mutaciones and a member of the Association of Film Informers of Spain (AICE), the organization that awards the Feroz Awards, as well as a voter for the Blogos de Oro for independent cinema. After completing the Master’s Degree in Film Criticism at the Madrid Film School (ECAM) taught by Caimán Cuadernos de Cine, he has collaborated and/or covered film festivals such as San Sebastián, Sitges and Filmadrid for more than 10 years as a member of the specialized press, interviewing along the way relevant directors, actors and actresses from the national industry such as Penélope Cruz, Carlos Saura, Ana de Armas, José Luis Cuerda or José Sacristán and international ones such as James Wan, Edgar Wright or Dario Argento.

His knowledge and experience have led him to become a film video blogger for Fnac Spain and director and presenter of the podcast Holocausto Zinéfago, with more than 150 programmes broadcast and available in which cinema and humour are mixed from a unique and original point of view.

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