Home of the Dragon has already taken some liberties with George R. R. Martin’s Hearth & Blood, however the HBO collection has largely stayed true to the supply materials. Nevertheless, that modified in a giant method within the October 2 episode. The present made an enormous change that isn’t in Hearth & Blood.
The twist? Laenor Velaryon remains to be alive. In Hearth & Blood, Laenor is killed by his lover Qarl Correy after they get into an argument visiting Spicetown. That’s not the way it goes down in Home of the Dragon.
Laenor is left reeling after the dying of his sister Laena. When he lastly does sit down to speak to Rhaenyra, he discusses recommitting himself to her as she will get nearer to sitting on the Iron Throne. Nevertheless, it’s not what he really desires.
Laenor and Rhaenyra are each conscious that their political marriage hasn’t been all that profitable. They agreed to do their responsibility and discover their very own happiness. “However there are occasions I believe when these issues can’t mutually exist,” Laenor says.
So Rhaenyra, Daemon, and Laenor make a plan so all of them get what they need. Daemon and Qarl assist Laenor pretend his dying. Daemon kills a younger squire that appears eerily like Laenor. Qarl and Laenor are seen combating each other, and a physique is later found by the hearth that’s burned past recognition. Corlys and Rhaenys are devastated over dropping their son.
However Laenor’s not useless. Within the closing moments, Laenor is seen catching a ship with Qarl that’s leaving Driftmark. He’s fully shaved his head so he gained’t be acknowledged. The physique of the person Daemon killed is used to assist Laenor pretend his dying. Laenor will get to reside his life freely with out burdens, whereas Daemon and Rhaenyra lastly get to marry one another and work collectively to ensure Rhaenyra will get on the Iron Throne.
The implications of this twist are large. Will Laenor ever return? Given the Dance of the Dragons and the best way his dad and mom play an enormous position within the conflict, it might be odd if Laenor by no means confirmed his face in some capability to defend his household. Time will inform if Laenor resurfaces in Westeros once more, however Home of the Dragon wouldn’t have dropped this twist in the event that they didn’t doubtless have plans for Laenor down the highway.
“What Laenor actually wished was to be let out,” co-creator Ryan Condal mentioned in a post-episode interview. “And freedom, to him, is freedom from the bonds of his the Aristocracy. So if he was considered useless, that may imply he may go reside a free life nonetheless he wished.”