‘House of the Dragon’: 10 burning questions before the finale

Season 1 of House of the Dragon wraps up Sunday (October 23) and is sure to end with reconciliation, laughter, joy and generally warm fuzzy.

Or not.

The Game of Thrones prequel series is guaranteed to end the season with heartbreak, bloodshed and excruciating cliffhangers, because that’s what we all signed up for. In anticipation of the Season 1 finale (and the long wait for Season 2), here are 10 burning questions we have leading up to Episode 10.

1. Is Corlys okay?

Corlys Velaryon, Lord of the Tides, has apparently been at war in the Stepstones for six years and has recently suffered a serious injury and fever. The Sea Snake has two kids and a brother but most of all he is awesome and we were hoping to see more from him. With Viserys gone, the realm needs a king, but it also needs a daddy. We’re hoping Corlys makes an epic entrance in the eleventh hour to join Rhaenyra’s forces and defeat the Greens with nothing but utter swag (and we’re hoping he did Not catch whatever the king killed on Targaryen Leprosy).

2. What about Helaena?

Alicent and Viserys’ only daughter doesn’t talk much, but when she does, she imparts critical wisdom that no one can analyze. Case in point: in Episode 6, she muttered that Aemond “needs to close one eye” – and just one episode later, he decidedly did so after being slashed during a fight with his nephews. For the past few episodes, Helaena has been muttering about a “beast under the boards,” but no one is paying attention to her mutterings. At least Helaena seems to be the least of the culprits in her family’s role in Dance of the Dragons so far, and we want her to have nothing but peaceful time alone with her spinning and embroidery.

3. Is Mysaria alive?

Medium shot of a seated woman with brown braided hair and a blue-green shawl; still from "house of the dragon"

Sonoya Mizuno in “House of the Dragon”

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Episode 9 is heavily implied that Larys Strong had the White Worm killed, which would indeed be a harrowing and tragic ending for that character. Has Larys thought about it… not murdering people? Or more humane methods? Do we even want more Mysaria, or can we just kill that accent?

4. Who will die?

Season 1 has already seen many minor deaths and the large but expected death of King Viserys. Now that his surviving relatives are embroiled in a full-blown succession war, there’s no chance of anyone making it out of this conflict alive — or even this season (“Fire & Blood” Readers: Stay Strong and Watch As madness unfolds.

5. Have we seen the last of Laenor Velaryon?

That question may linger long after the Season 1 finale, but Laenor’s fake death and his secret departure from Westeros are still fresh after Episode 7. We’re all for Laenor and Qarl living their best lives across the straits, but could he at least call his mother?

6. Will Criston Cole freak out?

Not that he hasn’t already done so – first by beating someone to a pulp at a royal wedding and then holding Lyman Beesbury in his chair so physically that he was impaled on his eye and died – but we have the sense about that Last several episodes where Criston won’t let go of his resentment and just waits for the opportunity to vent all his bitterness. Joke is on him when he tries to pull shit with Daemon…

7. Will Alicent and Rhaenyra ever reconcile?

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Young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Alicent (Emily Carey) in The House of the Dragon.

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It’s highly unlikely, but the former best friends seemed to reach some kind of agreement in Episode 8 – before Alicent misunderstood her husband’s dying words and the Greens decided to risk it all by putting Aegon on the Iron Throne. Rhaenyra probably won’t approve of this, but recent episodes suggest that the dance’s enmity was inherited from Alicent and Rhaenyra’s sons, while the two women are more on the side of practicality and sanity.

8. Where is the north?

This may not be important or even answered, but we miss the rest of Westeros! A little check-in with the Starks – er, their ancestors – wouldn’t be unwelcome.

9. Will the other shoe ever fall for Larys?

Pardon the foot play, but Larys really is out here having people burned alive in exchange for the queen’s sweet sweet feet, and it feels like something even the house of incest would find unsettling. Other characters barely interact with Larys, and now that Aegon is officially king, he has the power to fire Mama’s creepy lackey without ceremony. Aegon, add it to your first 100 days!

10. Why did Viserys not have a will?

This is a stretch, but it would – and will – save everyone a lot of trouble. Maybe the rest of his family will learn something from this! (They won’t.)

The Season 1 finale of House of the Dragon airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Lindsay Lowe

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