Alicent in House Of The Dragon: Not the Cersei copy you thought

There are similarities between Alicent Hightower and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. But Alicent is not the same enemy as the Game of Thrones evil.

The Velaryons and Hightowers, who both marry into the main dragonriding line, are the two other most significant families in House of the Dragon apart from the House Targaryen. The two most well-known Hightowers are Viserys Targaryen’s Hand of the King, Otto, and his daughter Alicent, who marries Viserys twice and becomes the Seven Kingdoms’ queen consort.

As the Iron Throne’s succession is called into doubt, Alicent’s place in House of the Dragon becomes more and more crucial, especially as she develops a spooky rivalry with her dearest friend who is now her stepdaughter, Rhaenyra Targaryen. The kingdom will be divided between allegiance to the princess’s black party and the queen’s green party as tensions between the two women grow, with the colors of the parties signifying the gowns they wore to a tourney.

A significant distinction between House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones is in its feminism in depicting Westerosi history, which even goes against some interpretations found in George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel. Although Alicent was portrayed as a villain in Fire & Blood, she is hinted to be significantly more nuanced in House of the Dragon, since the subtext of the novels appears to favor Rhaenyra’s claim to the Iron Throne over that of her younger half-brother, Aegon II Targaryen.

The heroes and villains of House of the Dragon are less obvious than those of Game of Thrones, with each character having contradictory qualities that make them either evil or admirable. Thus, while Alicent’s hostility isn’t as clear-cut, Cersei Lannister has always been a key antagonist in Game of Thrones—though some theories suggest that this is because of the ingrained sexism that House of the Dragon is challenging.

The Reason For Comparing Alicent To Cersei

The primary similarity between Alicent and Cersei is their plot to place their son, even if he may not be the legitimate successor, on the Iron Throne. Even after Alicent gave birth to three boys, King Viserys I Targaryen openly acknowledged Rhaenyra Targaryen as his successor. After Viserys passed away, Rhaenyra was still residing on Dragonstone and was not informed of her father’s passing.

Therefore, Alicent plotted with the Green Council to have her oldest son, Aegon II Targaryen, crowned king. The Fire & Blood novel implied that Alicent always intended her children to sit on the Iron Throne, even before Viserys passed away. King Viserys chastised his wife for suggesting the marriage just to guarantee a place for her offspring on the throne, after Alicent proposed that young Rhaenyra Targaryen marry her younger half-brother Aegon, with whom she never got along and who was ten years younger than her.

This was a crucial tactic for Cersei Lannister in the television series Game of Thrones, since they would constantly plot to install her children on the Iron Throne even if she was aware of the legitimacy of their claims. After Robert Baratheon passed away, Joffrey and Tommen Baratheon assumed the Iron Throne, although they had no right to it as Cersei’s twin brother Jaime was their biological father.

In order to grant herself authority in the kingdom, Cersei gave her children’s right to sit on the Iron Throne priority, even though the queen regent was the one holding the true power throughout their reigns. Some people think that Alicent of the House of the Dragon is attempting to install Aegon II Targaryen on the throne so that she may reign from the shadows. This eventually led to Cersei Lannister inheriting the throne after Tommen’s murder.

Although Alicent’s objectives are different than Cersei’s, making her less of a ruthless and power-hungry character, the queen of Game of Thrones and Alicent share a significant role at court. Similar to Cersei during Tywin’s tenure as King Aerys II Targaryen’s Hand, Alicent was taken to court as a young girl when her father assumed the role of Old Jaehaerys Targaryen’s Hand of the King. upon the assassination of King Aerys, Tywin assumed the role of Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon, and upon the death of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Otto Hightower assumed the role of Hand of the King to Viserys I. The Hand’s daughter was married to the new rulers in both instances.

Alicent Is Not Quite As Evil As Cersei

Since there aren’t many real villains in the prequel series, comparing Alicent to Cersei makes it seem like she’ll be one of the main antagonists in House of the Dragon. Even if many of the House of the Dragon character’s activities would be divisive or self-serving, Alicent isn’t as cruel or wicked as Cersei. In House of the Dragon, she will mostly face off against Rhaenyra Targaryen, whose rivalry will lead both ladies engage in heinous but justified deeds.

Alicent is still a rather good and appealing woman, but Cersei has very little opportunities to atone for her evil disposition. Though she isn’t quite as evil as Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones, she is still something of an adversary who has contributed to the violent Dance of the Dragons conflicts.

Alicent and Cersei Do Have One Very Important Thing in Common

The main source of Alicent’s occasional inspiration for evil in House of the Dragon is her love for her kids. With Tyrion pointing out that despite all of her evil and selfishness, Cersei Lannister enjoyed being a mother and her children, this was considered as the one redeeming quality in her. Similar to Cersei in Game of Thrones, Alicent’s hostility and moral decline will become worse when her kids are hurt or worse, perish, during House of the Dragon.

But Rhaenyra Targaryen of House of the Dragon will also be impacted by this enhanced villainy, since her terrible deeds only become worse when her offspring are involved. A major theme in House of the Dragon will be motherhood, as it depicts the extreme measures used by characters like Catelyn Stark, Cersei Lannister, and dragon mother Daenerys Targaryen to protect their offspring.

Alicent’s Comparisons to Cersei May Signify A Significant Shift In Her HOTD’s Resolution

The HBO adaptation of House of the Dragon might significantly alter Alicent’s character’s fate in George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel if she does become into a more devout antagonist. Even though Cersei was a major antagonist in Game of Thrones, her demise was somewhat underwhelming—she and Jaime were killed by the crumbling Red Keep.

Given that this was among the most harsh criticisms leveled at the conclusion of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon could have to offer its most troubled characters even more spectacular deaths. If you read the novel, Rhaenyra Targaryen’s death will be very graphic, while Alicent Hightower’s is far more subdued.

Alicent Hightower, in contrast to many of her peers in the Dance of the Dragons, makes it through the civil war before passing away two years later from an illness that strikes the whole realm. After King Aegon III Targaryen was crowned, Alicent also had a difficult time since she would not make amends with Aegon and the Black people. As a result, she spent the remainder of her life alone and sequestered in Maegor’s Holdfast.

The historical figure Alicent Hightower had started talking to herself and often cried by the time she died of the Winter Fever, and she was surrounded by relatively few people. Even if Alicent’s death may be seen as a turning point in the story that makes up for Game of Thrones’ mishandling of Cersei, this is still a devastating conclusion for the major character in House of the Dragon.

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