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Aegon II agrees with Ned Stark: The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword (club)

Aegon II echoes Ned Stark’s philosophy by delivering justice in a brutal scene.



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In Episode 2 of House of the Dragon Season 2, Aegon II takes revenge for the brutal murder of his son by Blood and Cheese in Episode 1. His response to the incident shows that he agrees with the North’s way of justice: the one who passes the sentence should swing the sword. Or, in this case, the club.

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Aegon II takes justice into his own hands

Matthew Needham, Tom Glynn-Carney

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In Game of Thrones, Ned Stark famously told Bran in the first episode that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. Theon Greyjoy and Robb Stark also borrowed this philosophy in later episodes. In House of the Dragon, we see Aegon II adopting a similar approach that oddly echoes the ancient Northern philosophy.

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Aegon tortures one of the assassins, Blood, who was captured by his Master of Whisperers, Lord Larys Strong, for the murder of his son Jaehaerys. Throughout the episode, Aegon is consumed by rage because of his son’s death and how it affects his reputation in the kingdom. He declares war, finally taking out his anger on the captured Blood, beating him ruthlessly with a club. In the same scene, Blood reveals that he had an accomplice who was a ratcatcher.

Unable to identify the specific ratcatcher involved, Aegon orders the hanging of all ratcatchers in the castle. This decision causes great despair among the smallfolk, as many ratcatchers were fathers or brothers. In the process, they do manage to find and hang Cheese, and we see his dog watch his dangling corpse sadly.

Otto Hightower harshly reminds Aegon of the impact on the common people, but Aegon’s anger has surpassed logic and reasoning. By the end of the episode, Aegon’s fury has led him to a descent into ruthless vengeance, and he finally fires Otto.

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Ved Prabhudesai is an avid enthusiast of all things pop culture. He has a special interest in the field of animation and art, with a background in Fine Arts and Digital Media Arts. He has begun his first into the field of Entertainment Journalism with Wiki of Thrones, and has been writing for them since 2023. He also has experience working as a screenplay writer, animator and comic book artist. His hobbies include holding discussions and organising events focused around pop culture, dissecting the importance of media in today's world. He began reading A Song Of Ice And Fire shortly before Game of Thrones debuted on HBO. He has followed the series religiously and has spent hours reading Wikis learning about Targaryen history and possible plot points we will see in the Winds of Winter.


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