Who is Alyn in House of the Dragon and why is he important?

In House of the Dragon episode 4, a conversation between Rhaenys and Corlys reveals that Alyn is in fact Corlys’ son from another woman, with Rhaenys implying that Corlys has been withholding a higher position in his naval force from Alyn because he’s aware of this connection.

But why does this mean for the wider plot line of House of the Dragon season 2?

Well, both of Corlys’ children are thought to be dead (though we know Leanor is alive somewhere). With Corlys a widower by the conclusion of the most recent episode, that leaves Alyn and Addam as his only living family, with Corlys having previously spoken of his intention to establish a new heir for Driftmark.

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What happens to Alyn in Blood & Fire?

ICYMI, House of the Dragon is based on the book Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, so it provides a pretty good indication of what we can expect from the rest of the season, though it’s worth noting that a few key plot points have historically deviated slightly.

In Blood & Fire, Addam and Alyn are revealed to be Corlys’ bastard children.

After Rhaenyra’s son Jacaerys decides they need more dragonriders for the unclaimed dragons to help them in the war against Aegon, several people from Driftmark step up. Addam successfully bonds with Seasmoke, though Alyn tries to ride wild dragon Sheepstealer with lacklustre results.

However, after Addam bonds with his dragon, Corlys petitions for the boys to be legitimised, with Addam becoming Corlys’ heir to Driftmark.

While we don’t know hose closely House of the Dragon will follow the storyline, we reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more of Alyn and Addam in the coming episodes.

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