The Best House of the Dragon, Season 1, Episode 8 Quotes

- It's been quite a night at the castle, it seems.
- Yes, my lady.

- I would like to toast to Baela and Rhaena.
- They'll be married soon.
- It isn't so bad.
- Mostly he just ignores you... except sometimes when he's drunk.
- -[whispers] Good.
- -Let us have some music.
- Excuse me.

- I will sit the throne today.
- Your Grace.
- I will be fine.
- I will be fine.
- I said I'm fine.
- -Ah...
- -Come on.
- -Steady.
- -[Viserys groans]

- more loyally by his side than his good wife.
- She has tended to him with... unfailing devotion, love, and honor.
- And for that, she has my gratitude... and my apology.

- The body will be ready for its return to Driftmark on the morrow, my lady.
- You may wish to leave the Silent Sisters to their work.
- It is ill luck to look upon the face of death.
- The Stranger has visited me more times than I can count,
- Grand Maester.
- I assure you... he cares little whether my eyes are open or closed.

- -[children crying]
- -I'm so--
- Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sor--
- Please.
- -My tea... My tea.
- -What tea? This?
- Yes. Yes.
- Yes.

Prince: [stretching]
- Oh, it was just harmless fun.
- She didn't need to go and get upset about it.
- Think of the shame on your wife, on me.
- How can you keep carrying on like this, especially on a day like today?
- Why? What is it today?

Talya: I brought her here immediately.
- She's seen no one else,
- Your Grace.
- -Come here, sweetling.
- -[crying]

- of the greatest fleet in Westeros?
- We must, of course... act in the interest of our subjects.
- The next Lord of the Tides will be deeply in your debt,
- Your Grace.
- As will Driftmark... in all its strength.

- -Alicent: Guards.
- -[Viserys groaning]
- Please, sit down.

- I will start by reminding the court that nearly
- 20 years ago, in this very--
- King Viserys of House Targaryen, the First of His Name,
- King of the Andals, and the Rhoynar, and the First Men,
- Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.

- Rhaena will rule in Driftmark, and... the seat will pass to her and Lucerys's children in time.
- A generous offer.
- -Or a desperate one.
- -What does it matter?
- You are right in this, at least.
- It does not matter.

- Well done, my Prince.
- You'll be winning tourneys in no time.
- I don't give a shit about tourneys.
- Nephews... have you come to train?
- Guard: [shouts]
- Open the gate!

- Steffon Darklyn: All hail Rhaenyra of House Targaryen,
- Princess of Dragonstone and heir to the Iron Throne and her royal consort,
- Prince Daemon Targaryen.

- He can keep his tongue.
- -[shouts] Disarm him!
- -No need.
- -Alicent: Call the maesters!
- -Father?
- -[groaning]
- -Please, my love. You must take something for the pain.
- I will not cloud my mind.
- I must put things right.

- You do know how the act is done, I assume?
- At least in principle?
- Where to put your cock and all that.
- Let it be, cousin.
- You can play the jester if you wish,
- -but hold your tongue before my betrothed.
- -Mm-hm.

- I want to have supper, Otto.
- -It is the morning, Your Grace.
- -Tonight.
- The whole of my family... are gathered at the Red Keep.
- I want us... to dine together.

- Your graciousness moves me deeply,
- Princess.
- We are both mothers... and we love our children.
- We have more in common than we sometimes allow.
- I raise my cup to you... and to your house.
- You will make a fine queen.

- I was fetching the Prince his wine, and I put it on his table, and when I turned--
- I didn't see him.
- I asked him to stop,
- Your Grace.
- I did, truly... you must believe me.

- Hyah!
- No one would question me being heir to Driftmark... if... if I looked more like
- Ser Laenor Velaryon than Ser Harwin Strong.
- It doesn't matter what they think.
- -[crowd cheering]
- -[distant grunting]

- Come on, come on.
- -That's it.
- -[breathing heavily]

- How good it is... to see you all tonight... together.
- -Prayer before we begin?
- -Yes.
- May the Mother smile down on this gathering with love.
- May the Smith mend the bonds that have been broken for far too long.
- And to Vaemond Velaryon, may the gods give him rest.

- They might think you were trying to besmirch the Prince, or worse... that you're the sort of girl that might have enticed him in the first place.
- And you know what happens to girls like that.
- I, I wouldn't dream of breathing another word to anyone, Your Grace.
- I, I swear it on my life.
- I know you won't.

- You can bargain with me all you like.
- Bring my granddaughter with you to soften my resolve.
- But tomorrow, the Hightowers land their first blow.
- They force you to your knees... and I must stand alone.

- For your troubles.
- The tea, Your Grace.
- It's best to be certain.

- To unite the realm against the cold... and the dark.
- It is you.
- You are the one.
- You must do this.
[softly] You must do this.

- I do not understand why petitions are being heard over a settled succession.
- The only one present... who might offer keener insight into Lord Corlys's wishes is the Princess Rhaenys.
- Indeed, Your Grace.

- Yes. It is Laena's memory she honors.
- She has no love for us.
- Has the vipers' venom spread so far?
- Those vipers rule in my father's name.
- And my father--
- What choice do I have?
- To King's Landing, then.

- if the House of the Dragon remains divided.
- But set aside your grievances. if not for the sake of the crown... then for the sake of this old man who loves you all so dearly.

- I do not... need it.
- The winds have shifted.
- The crown has good reason... to take my side.
- My cousin the King would have your tongue for this.
- But it's not a king who sits the Iron Throne these days, good-sister.
- It's a queen.

- I'm here with Daemon.
[exhales] Daemon?
- Daemon?
[exhales] Daemon.
- Help me up.
- Oh...

- I, um...
- I regret the disappointment you are soon to suffer.
- But if you ever wish to know what it is to be well satisfied, all you have to do is ask.
- Jace.

Ser: Her children... are BASTARDS! And she... is a whore.
King: [brandishes a knife] I will have your tongue for that.
[Daemon slices Vaemond's head in two with his sword]
Prince: He can keep his tongue.

- To Lucerys Velaryon.
- As is my lord husband's desire.
- I am the Sea Snake's own blood, the closest kin he has left.
- Be careful, good-brother.
- One could take your words for treason.

- Welcome back, Princess.
- Lord Caswell.

Princess: Beware the beast beneath the boards

- Your Grace... a matter has arisen that requires your attention.
- Whatever it is, Ser Arryk, it'll need to wait.
- -I'm Erryk, Your Grace.
- -Of course. My apologies, ser.
- It's about the Prince.
- There's been a delicate situation in his apartments.

- No, brother, listen to me.
- You are to affirm your position for Lucerys to be Corlys Velaryon's successor.
- Has something happened to Lord Corlys?
- Father... there's someone we wish to introduce you to.

- It's too heavy.
- My...
- My only child.
- If you wish me to bear it, then defend me.
- And my children.
[quietly] It's...

- but you will not decide the future of mine.
- My house survived the Doom and a thousand tribulations besides.
- And gods be damned...
- I will not see it ended on the account of this--
[softly] Say it.

- It's best, I think, if we go back to Dragonstone.
- You've only just arrived.
- Let me see the children home.
- I'll, um... return on dragonback.
- The King and I would both like that.

- -Rhaenyra: Jace!
- -Alicent: That is enough!
- Why would you say such a thing before these people?
- I was merely expressing how proud I am of my family, Mother.
- Mm, though it seems my nephews aren't quite as proud of theirs.
- Daemon: Wait, wait!
- Rhaenyra: Go to your quarters.
- All of you go, now.

- A king should honor the traditions of his forbears.
- Well... unless you're planning to depose your own mother, you have plenty of time to study.
- Leave us.
- Joffrey... come.

- Rhaenyra.
- "The Song of Ice and Fire."
- Do you believe it to be true?
- Aegon's Dream.
- You told me it was our duty to hold the realm united against a common foe.
- By naming me heir, you divided the realm.

King: Let us no longer hold ill feelings in our hearts. The Crown cannot stand strong, if the House of the Dragon remains divided. But set aside your grievances! If not for the sake of the Crown, then for the sake of this old man who loves you all so dearly!

- She's done well as your ward.
- You've, um... raised her admirably.
- You honor me, Princess.
- Might I speak to the Princess alone, Rhaena?
- Princess.

- which authority will sit in judgment of my son's claim on his own inheritance?
- -That would be mine... and the Hand's.
- -Daemon: Ah.
- But be assured, the Father is just and commands me to forget the accusations you have hurled in this room today.
- -Smaller than I remember.
- -It looks exactly the same.
- -Ah, Luke, come on.
- -[knights, squires grunting]

- It both gladdens my heart and fills me with sorrow to see these faces around the table.
- The faces most dear to me in all the world... yet grown so distant from each other... in the years past.

- In the fighting, his neck was slashed by a corsair's dagger.
- He fell overboard into the sea.
- The wound was severe.
- Much blood was lost.
- But the greater concern is the fever that followed.
- The ship's maester said he burns from within.