IN HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, LEARN WHAT THE APPEARANCE OF THE WHITE STAG MEANS FOR RHAENYRA!
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Everything makes sense in Westeros, and Rhaenyra Targaryen experienced a watershed moment in House of the Dragon Episode 3. Read on to learn everything there is to know about the release of Episode 4.
High lords and ladies from across the realm gather in King’s Landing to celebrate Prince Aegon Targaryen’s second feast with a celebratory feast and hunt.
During the royal hunt, Rhaenyra flees the festivities, dissatisfied with how the nobles regard her as heir to the Iron Throne.
During her escape into the wilderness, she is confronted by a white stag, the forest’s king.
This scene is more significant than it appears. Everything about Rhaenyra’s encounter with the White Stag is revealed!
WHAT DOES RHAENYRA’S MEETING WITH THE WHITE STAG MEAN?
The discovery of a white stag in the royal wood, which Otto Hightower mentions subtly as a sign that the gods have bestowed their favor on Aegon, is the king’s greatest distraction.
That same morning, Rhaenyra and Criston are riding their horses through the woods when the white stag approaches them. Read this for a detailed explanation of the ending of Episode 3.
Ser Criston Cole tells Rhaenyra to let him go as she and the White Stag stare in awe at each other. Rhaenyra seeing the coveted white stag of House of the Dragon is further confirmation that she is the rightful heir after Viserys’ choice was constantly questioned in Aegon’s favor.
Rhaenyra didn’t just go looking for the white stag to prove her point: he found her.
This clearly shows that Rhaenyra is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne; she didn’t have to cast him out; he came to meet her, a sign that the gods favored her.
It’s also another example of what Rhaenyra will have to put up with for the rest of her life as she fights for her rights.
While her father named her heiress and the symbolic white stag chose her, men will always try to disprove her claim simply because she is a woman.
The white stag in Game of Thrones represents royalty, much like the animal’s symbolism in real life.
Hunting one is an incredible prize that represents incredible strength and, in the case of the Targaryens, royalty in Westeros.
Sansa Stark reveals in the Game of Thrones books that white stags are considered magical. Read this to find out why Laenor rides a dragon.
One of the white deer myths is based on Arthurian legends, which inspired certain elements of the Game of Thrones universe.
The white stag, which represents a journey to spiritual knowledge or glory in King Arthur legends, can never be caught.