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Who Is Alicent Hightower? What Is Her Role In House Of The Dragon?

By Sumit Sahu
August 30,2022

Alicent Hightower is the daughter to Ser Otto Hightower, Hand of the King Viserys. Now, after the second episode of House of the Dragon, is King Viserys Targaryen. Otto Hightower is king to Jaehaerys I, following to which Viserys I and then was Hand to Aegon Targaryen, his grandson.

The Character Portrayal

Olivia Cooke

Olivia Cooke

Alicent Hightower has a tendency of biting off her nails and tearing off the skin around her fingers when she is stressed or is asked to do something that is not of her choice. And this is something that the writers have replicated from the original story and the actress is doing wonders in expressing every emotion behind the lines in her script.

Olivia Cooke is representing the character of Alicent Hightower. So far, she is fabulous in the way she is portraying her character. People who are not aware of the actual story should know that Alicent is mostly going to replicate the character representation of Cersei Lannister. 

Aegon Targaryen is going to compete with Rhaenyra Targaryen to be the heir to King Viserys. Even though King Viserys has announced Rhaenyra as the heir to Iron Throne, but it was the time when Viserys had no thought about re-marriage or trying to have another son to take the mantle of King to Iron Throne.

Now that, we know Viserys is going to marry Alicent Hightower, she will want her son Aegon to take over Iron Throne, and not Rhaenyra. And this conflict between best friends will be cherished by the fans.

The Future Role Prediction Of Alicent Hightower

Alicent Hightower

Alicent Hightower

Alicent Hightower will be guided by her father, Otto Hightower. It was the plan of Ser Otto to send his daughter to Viserys for comforting him when his wife and son died during labor. In the next 8 episodes, we will see how Otto and Alicent will set up conflicts and backstabbings to win over the throne.

The rightful first born son to King Viserys, Aegon is a strong character in the storyline of House of the Dragon. And his mother, Alicent will be the mentor to him and will support him in his quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Alicent will learn politics over time and will try to convince Viserys to bend by her will.

A queen can either make the kingdom or break it to the roots. We have seen it with Cersei Lannister. And this time, as Alicent is the queen who gave birth to not one but two sons, she will have the power to bend the courtroom to her decisions.

And Rhaenyra is a girl who seems rebellious and wants to infuse power to amend the wrong laws and rules being implemented around the seven kingdoms. Rhaenyra will not let her guard down, just because Aegon was born after she was declared as the heir. She won’t take the disrespect as people want her to be.

What Does The Book Say?

Friends about to become Enemies

Friends about to become Enemies

As per the story in the book, after the death of King Viserys I Targaryen in sleep, Alicent calls in the council meeting and orders everyone to crown Aegon Targaryen as King to Seven Kingdoms and rightful heir to Iron Throne. But, Viserys never changed his opinion on Rhaenyra to be his heir.

At the time when Alicent used Viserys’s sudden death as opportunity to make Aegon king, Rhaenyra was out at Dragonstone for some important work. Aegon was to offer generous terms for Rhaenyra. Rival coronation urge by Rhaenyra will be the signal to a forthcoming war. She was ritualised as the heir to King Viserys, and to keep up with it, the war is inevitable.

Rhaenyra rejects all generous terms and didn’t accept to be the Lady of Dragonstone, when she was to be the Queen to Iron Throne. Alicent will run through politics to win over Rhaenyra and will be the reason to bring in war to the kingdom.