The End of Episode 6″House Of The Dragon‘ comes with a dramatic twist, after we’ve also seen the shocking suicide of Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell) in the flames of her dragon Vhagar: after Lyonel Strong / Kraft (Gavin Spokes), the Hand of the King, with his son Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr) arrives on Harrenhal to take him out of the line of fire in King’s Landing, and a fire breaks out there. Both men die. And it also becomes clear who started the fire: Mysterious hooded men wearing a bee badge…
The bee badge reveals who ordered the fire and thus the murders: Larys Strong (Matthew Needham), the younger son of Lyonel Strong. Anyone who looked carefully noticed it: When Larys has some men’s tongues cut off in the dungeons, his walking stick has his bee seal on his walking stick (it could also be another type of insect, which is not exactly recognizable, it would be possible also a firefly) to see.
Larys saved the men from execution in exchange for carrying out the assassination assignment – which they cannot tell anyone about since they are mute now. Wearing Larys’ telltale bee badge, of all people, seems a bit counterproductive, but perhaps the men needed that badge to even be admitted to Harrenhal, the Strongs’ residence.
But why did Larys Strong have his father and brother killed? There are two reasons. For one thing, Larys has thus made himself the heir to the Strong family. Otherwise, the ambitious Larys would be left behind as the second-born son, and his clubfoot also prevents him from making a name for himself as a knight and being honored elsewhere.
But the other reason is even more important: Larys did Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke) a favor, by clearing the way for the return of her father Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) to the royal court. Now the Queen owes him – and also has to cover for Larys, because if someone accuses him of the contract killing of his father and brother, he could simply claim that Alicent made him do it. He even claims to her that she “expressed the wish.”
She doesn’t have that directly, but here Larys shows once again how good he can twist words. We recall: Alicent had previously admitted to Larys that she was concerned about Lyonel Strong’s position as the Hand of the King. Because his son Harwin is the father of Princess Rhaenyra’s (Emma D’Arcy) three children, Lyonel would now be biased and would defend the claim to the throne of Rhaenyra and her children, since they are his grandchildren. If her father Otto (again) acted as the hand of the king, he would also be on one side – but on hers.
By the way, Larys does not have to fear too much investigation because of the fire on Harrenhal. The schemer, who is a little reminiscent of Littlefinger from “Game Of Thrones”, cleverly refers to a curse that is said to weigh on Harrenhal and of which everyone knows. The castle judges anyone “who dares to enter its walls” – so superstition plays Larys into the cards here, because the fire could simply be a judgment of a “higher power” over the adulterous Harwin and his father, who kept the secret true, to be explained.
Episode 7 of “House Of The Dragon” is coming to Sky and WOW (formerly Sky Ticket) on September 3, 2022.