Alicent and Rhaenyra’s relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra?

Alicent and Rhaenyra's relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra?
Alicent and Rhaenyra's relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra? (Image Credit: HBO Max)

Last Updated on October 31, 2022 by Joydeep Ghosh

Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra? one of the most critical aspects of the House of the Dragon series is the relationship between Alicent Hightower and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

They were best friends when Rhaenyra’s mother, Aemma Arryn, was still alive.

When Aemma died, and King Viserys Targaryen married Alicent, things started going sideways for Rhaenyra and Alicent.

At first, after the marriage of Queen Alicent with Rhaenyra’s father, Viserys Rhaenyra had difficulties coping with the fact that her best friend is now her stepmother.

Eventually, she got over it and accepted Alicent as the QueenQueen.

But later in Episodes 4 and 5, things went further downhill for the two; hence Alicent’s father and the hand of king Otto Hightower informed her about Rhaenyra’s and Daemon’s relationship.

Later on, when Otto Hightower informed King Viserys, he was removed from the position at the hand of the King, one account of spreading false rumours about Rhaenyra.

After being removed as the Hand of the King and going away to his ancestral home Highgarden, Otto gave one final piece of advice to Queen Alicent: if the time comes and Rhaenyra becomes the Queen, she will compromise Alicent’s kids in order to secure her succession as the Queen of Seven Kingdoms.

Alicent and Rhaenyra's relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra?
Alicent and Rhaenyra’s relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra? (Image Credit: HBO Max)

Alicent and Rhaenyra’s relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra?

Alicent’s hatred towards Rhaenyra is developed over time, and several reasons exist.

The first one is that they were best friends earlier. But after Alicent married Rhaenyra’s father, King Viserys, and both had a son, Aegon II Targaryen, Rhaenyra started feeling awkward as she knew her succession would be challenged against Aegon II as he is King’s firstborn son.

The second reason was that when Daemon and Rhaenyra got involved romantically, and later on, when Daemon left Rhaenyra, leaving her hanging dry, and after returning to her chamber Ser Cristion got involved with Rhaenyra.

It ended up with Cole taking Rhaenyra’s maidenhood.

When Otto Hightower informed King Viserys about Rhaenyra and Daemon’s relations and based on their discussion when the King confronted Rhaenyra, she stated that she didn’t do anything of that sort.

Therefore, due to treason, Alicent’s father, Otto Hightower, was removed from the hand of the King.

But while moving away, Otto gave her daughter one final piece of advice: there is a high chance that Rhaenyra will compromise Alicent’s sons Aegon II Targaryen, Aemond Targaryen, and Daeron Targaryen to keep her succession safe.

Alicent and Rhaenyra's relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra?
Alicent and Rhaenyra’s relationship: Why Alicent hates Rhaenyra? (Image Credit: HBO Max)

So to keep her sons and daughters safe, she must choose a side now. Else it might surely put all of her children in jeopardy.

Later on, when Rhaenyra and Viserys were in Driftmark to propose the marriage between Rhaenyra and Laenor Valeryon.

Back in King’s landing in the courtyard, Larys Strong, son of the King’s new hand Lyonel Strong, further spreads the rumour about Rhaenyra to Alicent.

Larys tells to Alicent that her father was not wrong cause just after the night of the incident with Daemon and Rhaenyra, a moon tea potion was delivered from the King himself to Rhaenyra’s chamber to prevent the unwanted pregnancies.

This proves to Alicent that her father Otto Hightower was right Rhaenyra did couple with Daemon, and King also knows that very well.

So Alicent’s father was removed from the hand of the King with false charges and all because of Rhaenyra.

Later in Episode 6, to know whether Larys was correct or he was also spreading rumours, she questioned Ser Criston Cole to confirm the same, but Criston, without understanding the context or direction of the question from Alicent, said it was not Daemon but him who took Rhaenyra’s maidenhood.

Queen Alicent became sure that Rhaenyra couldn’t be trusted, so she started hating Rhaenyra.

Alicent realizes that Rhaenyra can’t be trusted as when she had asked her about her maidenhood, Rhaenyra lied to her, but now she has come to know the truth. Therefore she understood that Rhaenyra could easily compromise her and her sons if needed.

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