‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 2 Breakdown: Queens and Kings

A spoiler-free examination of the history of female authority in Westeros, the war in the Stepstones, the hatching of dragon eggs, and more

Episode 2 of House of the Dragon was somewhat subdued in comparison to the pilot.

I'll consider it a win because this time around there weren't any severed ballsacks.

Welcome back to your weekly recap of "The Rogue Prince," where there is still plenty to discover.

Let's start out with a major question: Can a woman govern Westeros?

We get to see Rhaenyra and Rhaenys interact for the first time in this episode. They not only share names, but also struggle with the same issues as they seek power.

Rhaenys longed to rule the Seven Kingdoms, but she was repeatedly denied a seat on the Iron Throne, giving her the moniker "The Queen Who Never Was."

She tells Rhaenyra the following "hard reality" as a result: