House of the Dragon Season 2: Return to Winterfell – what to expect from House Stark and Lord Cregan

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In the 10th episode “House of the Dragon” we are prepared to see House Stark back at Winterfell very soon. Who is Lord Cregan and what are Rhaenyra and the Blacks’ intentions with him and the North in House of the Dragon season 2?

  • Jacaerys Velaryon is sent on a diplomatic mission to the North by his mother Rhaenyra Targaryen.
  • How will his negotiations with Lord Cregan Stark of Winterfell go?
  • Who is the ruler and guardian of the North at the time of the Dance of the Dragon?

In episode 10 of House of the Dragon, Rhaenyras’ son Jacaerys Velaryon is sent on a diplomatic mission. He is to win first the Vale of Arryn and then House Stark and the North for his mother and her claim to the throne.

While we only see his brother’s tragic journey, House Stark with its infamous Lord Cregan is already teased for season two’s “House of the Dragon.” What can we expect when we return to Winterfell?

The North is alive

The only appearance of the Starks in “House of the Dragon” so far was by Lord Rickon Stark in the first episode at the Oath of Rhaenyra as heir to Viserys I Targaryen. After that, several decades pass and Lord Rickon is succeeded by his son Cregan Stark as Lord of Winterfell and Guardian of the North.

It is to this same Lord that Jacaerys Velaryon sets out to remind him and the North of their former lord’s oath and to enlist their support for Rhaenyras’ claim to the throne. Lord Cregan, meanwhile, has his own problems with the onset of winter and raids by wildlings.

In addition, while he is considered a loyal and “true” Stark, he is also considered quick-tempered and grumpy. It will be exciting to see how Jacaerys convinces this winter lord to join Queen Rhaenyra’s cause in the far south.

This is what we know about Lord Cregan Stark

Cregan Stark is Ned Stark’s great-great-great-great grandfather. The head of House Stark in “Game of Thrones” is directly descended from Cregan and his third wife Lynara. So there is a strong connection between the two series, leading the Starks as loyal, faithful and special characters.

During the events of the Dance of the Dragons in “House of the Dragon,” Cregan is in his 20s and thus about the same age as Jacaerys. Which, as Rhaenyra notes, could be of some benefit in the coming negotiations between the two.

As Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, Cregan Stark oversees the largest, if not wealthiest or most populous, territory in the Seven Kingdoms. He is said to have been a skilled swordsman, loyal and awesome, and strong. For Rhaenyra, his support and with him the swords of thousands of Northmen would be a tremendous asset.

Will Cregan Stark support Rhaenyras’ cause?

We know from the books that Jacaerys will succeed with his request to Lord Cregan. The two young men get along splendidly and are said to spend much time together training or hunting. This forges strong bonds between them and Cregan pledges to support Jacaerys’ and Rhaenyras’ claim to the Iron Throne.

This alliance is to become known as the “Pact of Ice and Fire.” It is also said that Jacaerys, although already betrothed to his step-sister Rhaena, agreed to marry the firstborn daughter of Cregan. Whether this will be mentioned in the second season of “House of the Dragon” and happen in the same way, or Jacaerys will find other means to convince Lord Cregan, cannot be said yet.

The Stark who ends the war

Lord Cregan Stark’s later intervention in the bloody Targaryen conflict, however, is said to be decisive for the war. Together with his vassals and men, he is supposed to shift the balance of power in favor of the “Black Queen” Rhaenyra.

Among the allies of the Greens, the Norsemen, especially the group of “old winter wolves” are supposed to cause numerous casualties and fear and terror. After the war and its turmoil, Cregan Stark is also to ensure that law and order returns to King’s Landing.

He is to become, if only for a short time, one of the most important advisors to Rhaenyras’ son, King Aegon III, and serve as his Hand. After all the traitors in the “Hour of the Wolf”, have either been sent to the Wall or beheaded, Cregan retreats. As a true Stark, he has no interest in the political power games in King’s Landing.

Now that the first season of “House of the Dragon” is over, you can devote your time to the Easter Eggs and speculation about the 2nd season of the “Fire and Blood” HBO adaptation.