of HBO’s was surprising for quite a lot of causes. The prequel episode ended with a fiery bang for one character. It was sudden and never in a great way for some. Let’s talk about within the spoiler-filled part beneath.
Warning: Spoilers forward.
What resolution does Laena make?
Two massive selections come up on the finish of episode 6.
Much like Aemma Targaryen, Laena Velaryon suffers a troublesome childbirth, unable to push the toddler out. The maester suggests to Laena’s husband Daemon Targaryen that he might “lay open the womb, attempt to take away the toddler by the use of the blade.” However there aren’t any ensures the infant or the mom would survive.
Not like Aemma —— Laena realizes what is going on on early sufficient to take issues into her personal fingers. Earlier than Daemon can have a say, Laena escapes the birthing room and limps outdoors, imploring her dragon Vhagar to breathe hearth onto her. “Dracarys!” she instructions — the Excessive Valyrian (language of the outdated Valyrian Freehold) phrase for “Dragonfire.” Vhagar hesitates, visibly confused by his rider’s surprising request. However ultimately he appears to grasp her ache and helps to finish it, incinerating her in a strong blaze.
Why does Laena kill herself?
Sadly, earlier than going into labor, Laena was already in a foul place.
We first meet Laena when she’s 12 years outdated, having been carted as much as King’s Touchdown as a younger bride provided to King Viserys. Greater than three years after Viserys rejects her, Laena reunites with the King’s youthful brother Daemon. Daemon, childless, had simply murdered his spouse. He instantly takes a shine to Laena.
Ten years later, the pair are married with two daughters. However as Home of the Dragon by no means fails to remind us, sons are what everyone seems to be after. In a scene earlier than Laena’s loss of life, she and Daemon discuss concerning the struggles of their marriage. It is a marriage that is “slowly unraveling in the midst of nowhere,” in accordance with the episode 6 making-of featurette. Daemon is stressed, eager for residence (they moved to Essos, throughout the Slender Sea) and unable to sleep. Additionally they talk about Rhaenyra, Daemon’s ex-lover, delivering one other son. Laena clearly laments she hasn’t produced one for Daemon.
“Maybe, I too, am not the spouse you’ll’ve wished for your self … It doesn’t ache me. I’ve made my peace.”
This scene seems to foreshadow what’s to come back. Even the scene wherein Laena speaks to her youngest daughter Rhaena appears to offer a contact of vital exposition, making it clear Laena is sure to Vhagar, “the biggest [dragon] on the earth.”
Within the birthing room, Laena overhears the maester inform Daemon that she will not survive a cesarean part to take away the toddler. With out with the ability to see Daemon’s response or hear what resolution he makes, Laena instantly flees. This implies she is aware of Daemon will undergo with the surgical procedure, sacrificing her for the smallest probability their youngster will survive. She thinks Daemon will make the identical selection as his brother Viserys and is “unwilling to go the identical method Aemma did,” says co-showrunner Ryan Condal within the featurette.
“She’s a dragon rider. She desires to die a dragon rider’s loss of life.”
It seems Laena, caught in an sad marriage, thinks she’s going to die it doesn’t matter what. Moderately than undergo with the surgical procedure and bleed to loss of life, she has the company to decide on her ending, one which no prince or king decides for her. Albeit this means she sacrifices any probability, even a small one, for her son to outlive.
One other studying: Daemon wished to save lots of Laena
Laena’s birthing scene mirrors the identical state of affairs King Viserys confronted with Queen Aemma. Nonetheless, on this case, the maester would not current Daemon with a powerful probability his son will survive a C-section. After Daemon discovers his spouse would die from such a surgical procedure, he seems to present a tiny shake of his head, indicating he would not want to undergo with it. Not like Viserys, Daemon would not need to danger his spouse’s life.
Having moved throughout the Slender Sea to Pentos, one of many Free Cities in Essos, Daemon has “tried to take away himself from Westerosi politics,” in accordance with Condal, “in a spot the place it could actually’t have an effect on him and twist him the way in which that it all the time did when he was residence.” From this angle, it may very well be mentioned that Daemon additionally wished to distance himself from his brother’s resolution making. He chooses to not sacrifice his spouse — the mom of his two daughters — for an inheritor.
On listening to concerning the birthing issues, Laena probably feels disgrace that, as soon as once more, she may not be capable of produce Daemon a male inheritor. She decides to finish her life, after failing to fulfil the aim she was introduced up from a younger age to honor.
Laena additionally seems to need the very best for Daemon. They talk about Daemon losing all his time studying accounts of “the identical useless dragonlords.” Laena says, “However you might be greater than this Daemon. The person I married was greater than this.” Laena seems to have accepted the concept that she has disenchanted Daemon. By taking herself out of the image, she permits Daemon to be free to discover a new spouse and have one other probability at producing the male inheritor he wishes.
A deleted scene with Daemon and his daughters
A press picture labeled to be from episode 6 seems to point out Daemon talking along with his daughters on a Pentos rooftop. This scene may also give a tiny ounce of credence to the studying Daemon liked his household, together with his spouse, and did not need to see her endure. Nonetheless, this scene would not seem within the episode.
Within the e book
In George R. R. Martin’s Fireplace & Blood, the e book Home of the Dragon relies on, Daemon is not pressured to decide on whether or not to place Laena by a life-threatening C-section. As an alternative, Laena suffers a tricky delivery and delivers a boy who, like Aemma’s son Baelon, dies after a short while. Laena turns into severely unwell from grief and fever. Daemon orders a famend maester to save lots of her, however he arrives too late. Laena makes an attempt to fly Vhagar one final time earlier than she dies however, fatigued and unwell, she passes away earlier than she will attain the dragon.