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House of the Dragon: All the Fire and Blood Easter Eggs in Episode 2

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That Game of Thrones franchise you like has come back in style, with a record-smashing series premiere for House of the Dragon paving the way for a swift season two renewal. The promise of a full additional season of stories about the Targaryens is wonderful news indeed for the Westeros faithful—but before you get too excited, there’s still plenty of fire and blood to deal with here in season one.

Speaking of which: let’s talk about Fire & Blood. George R.R. Martin’s fictional history text provides the spine for House of the Dragon, chronicling the reign of the Targaryen kings from Aegon’s Conquest and onward. (A second book is planned but not yet written or published; it’s set up to conclude the story of the Targaryens with a closer look at the Mad King’s dark reign.) Given the nature of the novel, Fire & Blood is an invaluable resource for understanding House of the Dragon, but also a deeply dangerous one. Reading the full book will tell you what lies ahead for Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) and the rest of the cast, with their full series arcs laid bare across a few hundred pages of text.

Of course, Fire & Blood won’t tell you everything about what’s coming up in House of the Dragon. Faithful readers were caught off guard by the series premiere’s Song of Ice and Fire name drop, as the Targaryens’ knowledge of the White Walker threat has yet to be revealed in Martin’s work. What’s more, the show takes its cues from the book, but has already demonstrated how much it can and will expand upon the text. Look no further than Queen Aemma’s death in the premiere as an example. One of the most disturbing scenes ever rendered in the greater Game of Thrones universe, sprang forward from just a handful of words:

“Thus did matters stand in King’s Landing late in the year 105 AC, when Queen Aemma was brought to bed in Maegor’s Holdfast and died whilst giving birth to the son that Viserys Targaryen had desired for so long.”

In other words, creative license is in full effect here. What’s more, Martin’s role as a hands-on executive producer provides showrunners Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik the opportunity to infuse their show with even more Targaryen secrets than what’s found in the book. But some major beats (such as character deaths, of which there are several) are likely to remain intact from book to screen. Read with caution, in other words.

With all that sprawling preamble out of the way, if you’re curious about details from Fire & Blood that can inform the show, but don’t want to know absolutely everything, then look no further. Here are a few key moments from House of the Dragon’s second episode that gain added value with the help of Martin’s books.

Age of the Queen

Much of “The Rogue Prince” centers on Viserys’s decision of who to marry following the death of his wife. He ultimately selects Hand of the King Otto Hightower’s daughter, Lady Alicent, as the next queen of Westeros. It’s a shocking choice for everyone in the room, and a hard pill to swallow for the audience, given the significant age difference between Viserys and Alicent. Earlier in the episode, Viserys says his daughter is 15 years old, and it’s not a big leap to think Alicent is similarly aged.

Here, we run into one of the most significant changes from the book yet. As written in Fire & Blood, Alicent is roughly ten years older than Rhaenyra. The show closes that gap significantly, heightening Alicent and Rhaenyra’s friendship to a place never quite achieved in Martin’s book — and setting up an even steeper fall, as a result.

The change in age also changes a key component of Alicent’s backstory. In the book, she was close with the previous king, Jaehaerys the Wise, keeping him company in the final years of his life. Alicent was even present during the Old King’s death, reading to him as he died. It’s unclear if House of the Dragon will offer its own spin on Jaehaerys and Alicent’s relationship, but so far, it hasn’t.

A Strong of Ice and Fire

Toward the end of the episode, Viserys seeks guidance from Lyonel Strong (Gavin Spoke), the Master of Laws. Lord Strong is a rare example of a political operator who actually cares more about the rule of law than his own power.


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Exclusive: Rita Ora Models See-Through Dress With Red Underwear & Facial Prosthetics At British Fashion Awards –





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“Your Song” singer Rita Ora, 32, looked smoking hot on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards on Dec. 5, and turned heads in a transparent red dress. The bombshell wore a gown by the designer Nensi Dojaka, and paired the look with a red bra and matching thong. In addition, Rita completed her look with facial prosthetics that gave her a futuristic look, along with open-toe red heels and a heart-shaped bra underwire.

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Rita Ora stuns in red at British Fashion Awards. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock)

The 32-year-old also made sure to turn around when she walked the red carpet to show off her bare backside, high-slit, and her many tattoos. Many of Rita’s fans took to Twitter to react on this stunning look. “In this weather as well!!! I respect the sacrifice for the fashion,” one admirer wrote, while another added, “I love bleached eyebrows.” However, there were still some members of her fanbase that were not sure how to feel about her siren-red look. “Honestly it’s camp in a bad way and a good way,” a third user penned, while another added, “i’m trying to like it i really am.”

Rita’s see-through gown comes just a few days after she appeared on Louis Theroux‘s podcast, Louis Theroux Interviews on Dec. 1. During this interview, the beauty told Louis whether or not she was “Becky” from Beyonce‘s famous Lemonade album. “I didn’t even think about it, I swear. And it wasn’t a J, it was an R. They flipped it ’round and then it looked like a J,” she said in reference to a 2016 initial necklace that was spotted in a 2016 snapchat. This necklace sparked rumors about who the woman was in the hit song “Sorry” by the 41-year-old.

Rita Ora shows off her thong at the British Fashion Awards. (Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock)

“No, it had nothing [to do with it],” she said, via PEOPLE.  “No, that was my own design with an underwear company called Tezenis that I was working with,” Rita further explained. “This is what I mean, man. A pinch of salt. You’ve got to take things with a pinch of salt. And that’s what’s insane. I had to just sit through that until a good friend of mine, Katy Perry, gave me a hilarious badge that said ‘not Becky’.”

Of course, the gorgeous cherry-red dress was not the only jaw-dropping look Rita gave this week. She also took to Instagram and TikTok to share her silky blue backless dress from Dec. 4. “Thank you so much @britishvogue and forces for change for having me tonight on such an important night,” she captioned the carousel of photos. One of her celebrity pals included in the snapshots was Avatar star Zoë Saldaña, 44, who stunned in a black pantsuit.

Rita also created a TikTok video that included audio of Kylie Jenner, 25, from the latest episode of The Kardashians. “I’m still a mom, but these are the years I’m supposed to be naked,” the makeup maven’s voice chimed through Rita’s video of her blue dress. “With my t*****s out, a** out, f*** yeah.” The frequent Calvin Harris collaborator captioned the sexy clip, “Not a mum yet but I totally relate.”

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Exclusive: Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning actor of ‘Cheers’ fame, dies at 71 –




Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning actor of ‘Cheers’ fame, dies at 71

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Kirstie Alley, the Emmy-winning actor best known for her breakout role in the hit sitcom Cheers, has died after a battle with cancer, her family announced Monday. She was 71.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead,” said a statement posted to Alley’s social media accounts and attributed to her children True and Lillie Parker.

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”

The statement said Alley’s cancer had only recently been discovered.

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Alley replaced original cast member Shelley Long as the female lead on Cheers, where she played bar manager Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding comedy actress in 1991 and was nominated for every other season she appeared in.


Alley won her second Emmy in 1994 for her lead role as the parent of an autistic teenager in the made-for-television movie David’s Mother.

She also starred in the hit film Look Who’s Talking opposite John Travolta, as well as its two sequels.

Travolta paid tribute to Alley in an Instagram post Monday night, calling their relationship “one of the most special” he ever had.

“I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again,” he wrote, along with two photos: one of her and the other of the two of them laughing together.

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After Cheers ended, Alley led her own NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 2000, which earned her another Emmy nomination. She later starred in the sitcoms Fat Actress and Kirstie, each for one season.

and led the sitcoms Veronica’s Closet — which earned her another Emmy nomination — Fat Actress and Kirstie.

She also appeared in several reality television shows, earning second-place finishes on both Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother and leading her own series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Alley attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.

Her first television appearances were as a game show contestant, on Match Game in 1979 and Password in 1980.

She made her film debut in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

—With files from the Associated Press

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Exclusive: ‘My Soulmate!’ Kirstie Alley and John Travolta’s Quotes About Each Other –




‘My Soulmate!’ Kirstie Alley and John Travolta’s Quotes About Each Other

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