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This page is about the episode. For the short, see: The Red Dragon and the Gold (short)

"The Red Dragon and the Gold"[5] is the fourth episode of the second season of House of the Dragon. It is the fourteenth episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 7, 2024 on HBO and Max. It was written by Ryan Condal and directed by Alan Taylor.


In Rhaenyra’s absence and with no word from Daemon at Harrenhal, Rhaenys tries to keep the peace on the Black Council as Cole mounts a campaign into the Crownlands. In King’s Landing, Aemond continues to undermine Aegon’s fragile hold on authority.[5]


Main page: The Red Dragon and the Gold/Appearances





Guest starring[]



Behind the scenes[]

  • This episode premiered on July 7, 2024. In Fire & Blood, Rhaenys Targaryen was born on the seventh day of the seventh moon of 74 AC.[6] It is also a sacred day in the Faith of the Seven and the first episode of the World of Westeros to air on this date.
  • The episode title derives from the chapter of Fire & Blood it is adapted from, "The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold." It also refers to the fight between Meleys and Sunfyre, as well as the color of the Targaryen dragon on the respective banners of the Blacks and the Greens.
    • The working title of this episode was "A Dance of Dragons."[7]
  • When Rhaenys comments about Alyn's mother, her bitter tone implies she suspects that he is her husband's bastard son. According to the book, Marlida claimed that Laenor Velaryon was her children's father; the court fool Mushroom claimed they were fathered by Corlys.
  • Meleys is the second dragon to die in the Dance of the Dragons, following Arrax ("The Black Queen").
  • Oscar Tully's first name is a humorous reference to the Sesame Street character Oscar the Grouch, and so are the names of his great-grandfather (in the show - grandfather) Grover, his father Elmo, and his brother Kermit. The TV show condensed the characters of Elmo, Kermit, and Oscar into one character.
  • It is the second time Grover's unnamed son is mentioned in the show (following "The Princess and the Queen"). He is not mentioned at all in the book.
  • Inciting Oscar to kill his grandfather is not out of character for Daemon, considering that he himself committed a kinslaying ("We Light the Way"). Yet the suggestion is rather ironic, in view of the words of House Tully - "Family, Duty, Honor."

In the books[]

Main page: Differences in adaptation/House of the Dragon: Season 2#"The Red Dragon and the Gold"

This episode is adapted from the chapter "The Dying of the Dragons — The Red Dragon and the Gold" from Fire & Blood.







  1. HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (HBO). The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 4: "The Red Dragon and the Gold" (2024).
  3. 3.0 3.1 House of the Dragon. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 House of the Dragon: Season 2. HBO. Retrieved June 17, 2024.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Red Dragon and the Gold. HBO. Retrieved July 9, 2024.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign — Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain (2018).
  7. HeroOfRodden (August 27, 2023). Episode Title & Everything We Know About House of the Dragon’s Next Big Battle. Redanian Intelligence. Retrieved December 7, 2023.


  1. In "A Son for a Son," Daemon Targaryen and Otto Hightower mention that days have passed since Viserys Targaryen and Lucerys Velaryon's deaths. Unlike the first season, no major time jumps are expected; therefore, House of the Dragon: Season 2 takes place in 132 AC.

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