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Why Did Larys Strong Kill Lord Lyonel Strong And Ser Harwin Strong In House Of The Dragon?

By Sumit Sahu
September 26,2022

Larys Strong, the Lord of Harrenhal and son of Lyonel Strong, Hand of the King was seen as the chief advisor of Queen Alicent. He got a short screen time in the fifth episode of House of the Dragon, where we saw him talking to Queen Alicent about her father and Rhaenyra. After a 10-year jump in the series for the sixth episode, we finally get to see some stuff on death conspiracies.

Larys Strong didn’t just kill his father but also his brother, Ser Harwin Strong, by setting up a fire in the castle of Harranhal. He believes he did this to earn the favor of Queen Alicent, but even she was shocked by the reciprocating actions of Lord Larys. Why did he kill his father and brother anyway? Queen’s wish was to have someone in the courtroom and in the palace to take her side. And, that is why she expressed her feeling about missing her father.

Lord Larys and Queen Alicent

Lord Larys and Queen Alicent

She never meant Larys to kill Lyonel and Harwin to force the King on calling back Ser Otto Hightower. Alicent will most likely pitch her father’s name to be re-hired as the Hand of the King. And as there are no other worthy candidates to compete, King might agree to it. And that will help resume Queen’s quest to make Aegon take over the Iron Throne.

But is this all why Larys killed his way out for the Queen? Was this the only reason why Larys was ready to kill his own family? Fans can sense something more evil in this mindset.

Possible Reasons Why Larys Strong Got His Family Killed

Lord Larys

Lord Larys

There are various reasons why this could have possibly happened, one is to earn Queen’s favors, as stated above. But apart from that, one evident reason is that he wants the seat at Harrenhal to be open for inheritance. And as the elder brother and Lyonel’s heir, Ser Harwin would have been a threat to his personal interests. So, it seemed like a win-win situation for Larys, as he can portray that he did the killings to impress Queen Alicent, while he fulfilled his own personal vendetta.

Ser Harwin Strong is the rumored father to all three children of Princess Rhaenyra and was a secret lover as well. And this is what makes him protective of Rhaenyra Targaryen, which is again a threat to Alicent and her quest in the future. So, eliminating him will pick one more enemy off the tracks for dethroning Rhaenyra and making Aegon their next king.

Irrespective of the reasons, it is clear that every step he takes is for his own self-interest. He wants to survive and earn the best for himself. And this is the reason he made these killings happen. He has spies and informers all across the realm, which is why he shares a mirror reflection of Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish of Game of Thrones. There is more of him that we fans have to see before we can finally judge him on his actions!

One thing is evident the actions of Lord Larys will eventually make Queen Alicent believe that blood and death can help her win over everything she wants. And this is how we will be getting ruthlessness like Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.