The second season of House of the Dragon is on the way. When last we left our heroes (or what passes for heroes in Westeros), Rhaenyra Targaryen was ready to wage all-out war against her half-brother Aegon for control of the Iron Throne. Things are about to heat up in a major way, and I mean that very literally, since most of the characters on this show can ride dragons.
And not all of those dragons like visitors. On Twitter (or X, or whatever you want to call it), @housethedragons posted some terrific behind-the-scenes photos of a group of people visiting what looks like the entrance to a dragon’s lair, only to get a face full of fire for their trouble:
@housethedragons speculates that this is the entrance to the chamber on Dragonstone where the dragon Vermithor lives. Vermithor is an old dragon once ridden by King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, although by the time of House of the Dragon, he’s riderless. If you remember, Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) visited Vermithor in the season 1 finale:
And what is Vermithor doing burning all those people? Well, in Fire & Blood, at one point in the war, Rhaenyra and her advisors decide to put out a call to the masses: they will give lands and titles to anyone who can tame and ride the riderless dragons living on Dragonstone (provided they fight for Rhaenyra afterwards, of course). This event is known as the Sowing of the Seeds. Many people try to tame riderless dragons like Vermithor. But dragons do not always take kindly to being poked and prodded by strangers. Most likely, the people in the pictures are learning that the hard way.
@Housethedragons says that this scene occurs in Episode 7, which we’ve heard is the episode where we’ll see the Sowing of the Seeds. There are eight episodes of House of the Dragon season 2 in total. They’ll start airing on HBO and Max in early summer of next year.