Why did Laena commit suicide?

Dragon House Episode 6 brought a shocking turn of events to many aspects of HBO’s ongoing fantasy series, including an unexpected death. But why did Laena commit suicide in Dragon Houseand was her fate the same in the source material, or is it another unnecessary death for a female character?

What happened to Laena in the decade time lag?

Dragon House is split into two parts, each functioning almost like its own miniseries.

The first part sets the stage for the civil conflict that will be known as the Dance of the Dragons.

Part 2, which begins with Episode 6, takes place about a decade later, during which many changes have occurred, including Laena’s marriage to Daemon Targaryen.

Daemon and Laena met at Rhaenyra Targaryen and Leanor Velaryon’s wedding feast and there was an obvious attraction between the two.

The TV show, however, quickly moved on to a time when they had been married for several years.

In the Fire & Blood book, Laena was initially engaged to another, though her father delayed the wedding as he was unhappy with the match but couldn’t find a gracious way to call it off.

Later, Daemon killed Laena’s fiancée in a duel, and the two soon got married.

Knowing that the court would not approve of their union, they flew to the Free Cities, where they had their two daughters, Rhaena and Baela.

The TV show doesn’t elaborate on any of the above, so it’s unclear if these events happened, weren’t part of the show at all, or were just deemed irrelevant and omitted.

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Why did Laena commit suicide?

In a scene that mirrors the death of Queen Aemma after a forced birth in Episode 1, Laena suffers fatal complications in the marriage and forces her dragon to kill her with fire. It is implied that she did this to end her suffering and to die as a missed member of her people.

Earlier in the episode, Daemon insists he’s happy to stay at Pentos indefinitely, causing a rift between him and Laena.

The latter had missed her own family and people and wished to live as Westeroshi once more and die as part of his people.

When she suffers complications during labor, Daemon faces the same dilemma Viserys faced in Episode 1.

Knowing Daemon, it’s unclear if he would try to save Laena or their unborn child, though given the way he shakes his head, it’s likely he doesn’t want to impose Aemma’s fate on Laena.

Before this is further discussed, Laena takes matters into her own hands, ending her life by her dragon’s fire.

It’s a stark difference from Laena’s disappearance in the book where she goes into labor and gives birth to a malformed baby who doesn’t survive, only to die herself days later after a failed attempt to reach her. dragon.

In a recent interview, showrunner Ryan Condal revealed details about why Laena’s death was changed on the show:

“Laena is a valkyrie. She’s a dragon rider. We met this little girl in Episode 2; this little girl went on to claim the greatest dragon in the world years later. It was as if she didn’t want to release the as the storybook says. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the season and the storytelling, we weren’t able to spend as much time as I think we would have preferred with Laena. We had to move the story forward.So we wanted to give her a memorable outing that felt active and in character.Even though we’re only with Nanna Blondell’s portrayal of her for a very short time, at this time- there, that tells you a lot about who Laena is and was.”

While Laena’s death might in some ways seem less gruesome than the first episode’s forced birth scene, it might fall a bit flat given how little time we’ve had with the character.

We only see Laena in a few scenes, and the huge time jump leaves her marriage to Daemon, her relationship with her dragon, and with her daughters underexplored.

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That being the case, one can’t help but think that if things were to change in the series anyway, his fate could have been avoided or at least postponed.

While this is not news game of thrones is inspired by scenarios from the Middle Ages where birth complications were very common, it gets a bit repetitive in a 21st century fantasy show, especially considering the other forms of violence against women in said show.

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