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What happened at the Battle at Rook’s Rest? Here’s what to expect in House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 4

Get ready for a battle of epic proportions.



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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the Targaryen civil war infamously known as the ‘Dance of the Dragons’ didn’t end in a single night. Smaller conflicts snowballed into massive massacres. The result was the unprecedented destruction of a once mighty family by their own hands.

A bloody chapter from George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon will continue the path it set on at the end of Season 1, i.e. death, despair, rage, and funerals.

As House of The Dragon filming wrapped up, a number of pictures from the production sites became public thanks to the various leaks. Game of Thrones shooting sites have always piqued the fans’ interest. People flocked to the sets of House of The Dragon to catch a glimpse of their favorite characters in action.

What do we know from the House of The Dragon leaked pictures so far?

Most of the leaks, which have also provided much of the information behind the scenes, come straight from the Spanish cities Cáceres and Trujillo. At least two important scenes from the second season of House of The Dragon were shot here.

From the pictures, it is easy to see that one scene belongs to a victory procession, held by the new King Aegon II Targaryen. It shows off a massive prop that resembles a huge spikey head being pulled on a cart through the streets of the King’s Landing.

The other sequence that was filmed was that of a royal funeral, with a little golden casket being carried to the Sept. Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke) and her daughter Queen Helaena (Phia Saban) were spotted in a dark funeral attire following the prop.

Olivia Cooke Phia Saban

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All these clues hint towards the first major battle sequence of the series, called the Battle at Rook’s Rest, that is supposed to take place in Season 2 of House of The Dragon.

Filming updates after House of the Dragon moved from Spain back to the UK

House of the Dragon crew arrives in Surrey: After several days of filming in Wales and Spain, the crew was spotted setting up camp in Aldershot and Bourne Woods in Surrey.

Aemond Targaryen spotted in Leavesden Studios: A series of leaks sent the internet into a frenzy when a YouTuber with a drone revealed secrets from within the WB studio.

A fiery crater appears: One of the several props that popped up in Bourne Woods confirmed that the place was indeed a site being used to film the Battle of Rook’s Rest. Most probably the death of a famous dragon and key character.

House Lannister prepares camp: Actor Jefferson Hall (Jason & Tyland Lannister) is spotted in Aldershot leading some Lannister soldiers.

Filming in Salisbury Plain: Crew sets up camp in Salisbury Plain, though it is not clear yet what scene is being filmed here.

The Greens headed by Criston Cole arrive: Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) and Gwayne Hightower (Freddie Fox) lead the Aegon and Hightower army to battle.

Soldiers screaming and running: A recent clip shows the soldiers of the Green Army terrified of something from up in the sky and running away.

We’ve also seen some videos of the filming leaks:


BATTLE OF ROOKS REST | House Of The Dragon Episode 4 Season 2

What happens after Lucerys’ death in Fire & Blood?

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Here’s an abridged version of the events that take place in Westeros after Lucerys’ death, the point where House of The Dragon Season 1 ended, in chronological order.

Death of Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen

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Lucerys’ death at the hands of Prince Aemond officially triggered the civil war, with Rhaenyra’s young son as the first casualty. However, the Blacks wouldn’t sit quietly and Prince Daemon retaliated with the principle: ‘eye for an eye, son for a son’.

At Daemon’s behest, Mysaria employed Cheese, a ratcatcher, and Blood, a former Sergeant of City Watch, from Flea Bottom, to infiltrate Helaena’s chambers. Blood brutally murdered Jaehaerys, Aegon II and Helaena’s oldest son, in front of Helaena’s eyes, turning her mad in despair. He would later be caught and tortured to death by the Greens. We’ve already seen Blood and Cheese happen in House of the Dragon, as well as Aegon II torturing Blood.

Aegon II Targaryen’s campaign

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The Greens had already suffered a few losses, after the assault on Harrenhal, the Battle of the Burning Mill, and the taking of Stone Hedge, all steered by Daemon. Aegon II was getting restless and fearful, and replaced his grandfather Otto Hightower with Lord Commander Criston Cole as his new Hand. Together they started a campaign to bring down the lords supporting the Blacks, concluding at Rook’s Rest. They first arrived in Rosby and Stokeworth, whose lords were Blacks but had been arrested in King’s Landing during the initial coup and consented to bend the knee to save their own lives.

Sack of Duskendale

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A force of around 3,000 men arrived at Duskendale comprising knights, sellswords, and men-at-arms, reinforced with dragons. The Greens took House Darklyn unawares with the surprise attack. Cole executed the head of the House, Lord Gunthor Darklyn. The news had reached Rook’s Rest, the seat of House Staunton, and they began to prepare and sent for help.

What happened at the Battle of Rook’s Rest?

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The Battle at Rook’s Rest was the first large battle where the Targaryens’ dragon clashed in the civil war. The Green army laid siege to the castle at Rook’s Rest led by Lord Commander Criston Cole.

After nine days, Rhaenys arrived with her dragon Meleys to defend Rook’s Rest. She proceeded to burn down a good number of the Green soldiers. Cole was undeterred as this was part of his plan.

King Aegon II arrived to fight atop his dragon Sunfyre. The young Targaryen is no match for the Queen Who Never Was’ experience.  Aegon and Sunfyre sustained massive injuries in the fight. Prince Aemond then descends on Rhaenys and Meleys with Vhagar, killing both of them.

The Greens capture and kill Lord Staunton along with all of his men after Rhaenys’ fall. They then parade the heads of Lord Staunton and Meleys through the streets of King’s Landing.

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