Can ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Afford To Lose This Pivotal Character?

About ‘House of the Dragon’

House of the Dragon‘ returns in the summer of 2024, continuing the story of the Targaryen civil war between Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and her half-brother Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) as both claim their father’s throne. Season 1 concluded with the first death, suggesting an all-out war in Season 2. Though the details of the upcoming plot are still unknown, officially, the story is based on the Westerosi history documented in George R. R. Martin’s novel ‘Fire & Blood’, meaning many fans know what’s next in the story.

As casting details are released, fans wait to hear about the anticipated additions to the cast, including Cregan Stark and Alys Rivers (Gayle Rankin). Yet some characters’ casting has remained oddly absent from official announcements, and a rumor suggests there is a reason for that. The Twitter account @housethedragons recently claimed that neither Prince Daeron nor Nettles will appear in Season 2. Certainly, both are memorable characters in ‘Fire & Blood’, and there hasn’t been any word on their casting, despite fan speculation. Of course, even if this rumor is true, it doesn’t mean either character will be cut from the show altogether.

Who is Nettles in ‘Fire & Blood’? And Why Is She Important to ‘House of the Dragon’?

Nettles joins the story by claiming a dragon despite her uncertain birth. While looking for new dragonriders, the Blacks allow Valyrian bastards, referred to as dragonseeds, to try to bond with the unclaimed dragons in an event called the Sowing of the Seeds. This is the introduction for four major characters as they succeed in becoming dragonriders and agree to fight for Rhaenyra. The key to Nettles’ importance is in her dragon, Sheepsteeler. Any dragonrider in the war has the ability to have a significant influence on events, and Nettles and Sheepsteeler fight many battles for the Blacks. In the Sowing of the Seeds, many tried to claim Sheepsteeler for their own and failed. Unlike the others, Sheepsteeler grew up with no rider, making him one of the more volatile dragons, hurting or killing most who attempted to ride him. But, at only sixteen, Nettles manages to claim the wild dragon, and she is the only of the dragonseed to do so. But Nettles didn’t use conventional methods to claim her dragon. Little is known about the bond between a dragon and its rider, but ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 1 shows the process when young Aemond (Leo Ashton) claims Vhagar. Like Aemond, many of the dragonseeds rush in to mount the dragons, and several people die in the attempt. But Nettles is more patient, spending days to earn Sheepsteeler’s trust by bringing him his favorite food. Only after the dragon is familiar with her does Nettles mount him, and that’s how she succeeds.

But her unconventional strategy for claiming her dragon isn’t the only thing that sets Nettles apart from her fellow dragonseed. Another distinction is that Nettles is the only female dragonseed to get a dragon, which seems like it should count for something in the show that has given specific focus to the women of the story. Nettles defies the prim and proper stereotype for women with the description

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