House of the Dragon will also show a horrific moment, just like Game of Thrones.
At the end of the third season of Game of Thrones the Red Wedding took place. It was a turning point, in which several important characters were killed and certain plot points ended completely. It was now also really clear to the audience that no one would be safe anymore. Of course, the death of Ned Stark was already hinted at, but the Red Wedding made it clear.
A horrible moment
House of the Dragon also contains such a horrific moment. You almost have to.
Early in the Dance of the Dragons, the civil war that takes place between the Targaryen family, Prince Lucerys Velaryon, the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen, is killed in a dragonfight with his cousin, Aemond Targaryen (son of King Viserys and his second wife, Alicent Hightower ). With that, Daemon claims revenge: “a son for a son”.
That calls for revenge, with Blood (a butcher) and Cheese (a Pied Piper) being hired by Daemon to kill one of King Aegon II Targaryen’s sons. They do so gruesomely, forcing Aegon’s wife, Queen Helaena, to choose which son will die.
Blood and Cheese demand that she choose between her two sons. She offers her own life, but they refuse and if it goes on too long, they threaten to sexually abuse her daughter. The queen eventually chooses her youngest son Maelor, but Blood then cuts off the head of son Jaehaerys. The pair flee from the Red Keep with their heads. It’s a brutal, horrific moment, and Helaena never recovers from it.
It all happens quite early in the Dance of the Dragons, but it’s one of the most horrifying moments.