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‘House of the Dragon’: Does Corlys Velaryon die in the books?


house of the dragon Episode 8 features more drama at the court of King Viserys (Paddy Considine), this time atop the Driftwood Throne. The conflict arises after Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) suffers a serious injury that puts his life on the line. We’ll never get an answer as to whether Corlys will live, but fans can look to George RR Martins Fire & Blood for answers. So, based on the books, Corlys Velaryon will die house of the dragon?

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon Episode 8 and Fire & Blood.]

house of the dragon Episode 8, aptly dubbed “The Lord of the Tides,” sees a battle for the throne of Corlys Velaryon – and it happens because the patriarch of House Velaryon is badly wounded.

The fans don’t really see what happens to Corlys, but they do witness the wrath of his brother Vaemond (Wil Johnson). Vaemond attempts to assert his claim to the Driftmark throne and questions the legitimacy of Princess Rhaenyra’s (Emma D’Arcy) children with Laenor (John Macmillan). King Viserys stands by his family, but that doesn’t mean Luke (Elliot Grihault) will immediately become the lord of Driftmark.

Indeed until the end house of the dragon Episode 8, there is no word on whether Corlys Velaryon will die or not. As all viewers know, he could recover from his injuries and return home.

So does the sea serpent die in George RR Martin’s books?

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Although the dispute over the Driftmark throne continues to divide members of King Viserys Targaryen’s court, Corlys Velaryon will not actually die house of the dragon Season 1 – at least not if the HBO show sticks to George RR Martin’s source material.

Of course, Corlys’ injury from fighting at the Stepstones doesn’t show up Fire & Blood at all. This may be an indication that the game of Thrones precursor is not stick to the script. But it resembles another part of the character’s journey: a disease that temporarily afflicts Corlys.

However, Corlys does not succumb to this disease and continues to feature prominently in the Dance of the Dragons. It’s big enough that we’d be surprised if the HBO prequel decided to kill him early. And with that in mind, we probably haven’t seen Steve Toussaint’s final character yet house of the dragon.

Unless house of the dragon takes a big step away from Fire & Blood – what it Has already done with Laenor Velaryon — we’ll probably see Steve Toussaint Corlys again soon.

That means Luke doesn’t have to worry about his successor being contested. Of course, Rhaenyra’s family will have a lot more to contend with once the Hightowers attempt to usurp the throne.

Needless to say, we have more drama ahead of us no matter what happens to Corlys. But with Toussaint putting on such a convincing performance, we want to see him involved in the coming civil war. Fingers crossed the show keeps him close.

New episodes of house of the dragon aired every Sunday on HBO.

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