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What Happened at Harrenhal? Is House of the Dragon's Fire in the Books?

**Warning – Spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon**

Fans appreciated having Ser Harwin Strong in the forefront during House of the Dragon Episode 6, only for the entry’s ending to go up in flames. We explain what happened at Harrenhal and compare it to the books’ events.

Episode 6 saw Rhaenyra and Laenor leave for Dragonstone after doubts about the father of the Princess’ sons were cast. Daemon’s wife Laena also met her end during childbirth and chose to die a Dragonrider’s death. 

Created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO, House of the Dragon will serve as a prequel to Game of Thrones starring Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and more, following the beginning of the end for House Targaryen including the family’s war known as the Dance of Dragons.

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What Happened at Harrenhal in House of the Dragon?

After whispers of Ser Harwin being the true father of Rhaenyra’s sons spread, Lord Lyonel explained to King Viserys that his son had brought shame to House Strong and they were to be exiled.

Lord Lyonel also stepped down as the King’s Hand and both himself and Ser Harwin returned to Harrenhal – a fortress located northwest of King’s Landing in Westeros.

The conclusion then saw a fire break out in their quarters, where Ser Harwin and Lord Lyonel both burned to death.

It was also revealed that Larys was behind the fire working to fulfill the Queen’s indirect wishes, tasking prisoners to set fire to the prison sporting the same bee broach that Larys has on his staff. The prisoners had their tongues cut out so they could never tell who hired them.

House of the Dragon – Cr. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO, 2022. Warner Media, LLC

Does the Fire Occur in the Books?

Yes, Lord Lyonel and Ser Harwin were both engulfed in flames within George R.R. Martin’s source material – Fire and Blood.

The only difference between the events of the series and the books is that the culprit behind the fire was never identified in the source material.

The show confirmed that Larys was behind it, however, in the book Larys was one of many culprits, including Prince Daemon Targaryen, Lord Corlys Velaryon, and King Viserys.

House of the Dragon – Cr. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO, 2022. Warner Media, LLC

How Many Episodes Are In House of the Dragon? 

House of the Dragon has ten episodes to air within its first season and has settled into the release pattern of airing every Sunday until the end of October.

Going by the release schedule outlined below, the House of the Dragon finale will air on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Below we have included the release dates of the show to mark in your calendar alongside the episode titles:

  • Episode 1: The Heirs of the Dragon – Sunday, August 21, 2022
  • Episode 2: The Rogue Prince – Sunday, August 28, 2022
  • Episode 3: Second of His Name – Sunday, September 4, 2022
  • Episode 4: King of the Narrow Sea – Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Episode 5: We Light the Way – Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • Episode 6: The Princess and the Queen – Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Episode 7: Driftmark – Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • Episode 8: The Lord of the Tides – Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Episode 9: The Green Council – Sunday, October 16, 2022
  • Episode 10: The Black Queen – Sunday, October 23, 2022

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBO Max.

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Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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