Who is Otto Hightower from House of the Dragon: history | Hand of the King | HBO Max Series | FAME

Soon, we will be able to learn more about the history of the Dance of the Dragons with the premiere of the second episode of “House of the Dragon”. Until now, the first look has fulfilled its role of raising interest in the conflict that is emerging within the House Targaryens and other important characters such as Otto Hightower.

The episode titled “The Rogue Prince” will be released on August 28 and probably we can see more than Daemon Targaryens and other events in the court of the Red Keep.

In “House of the Dragon” Otto Hightower is played by Rhys Ifanswho previously gave life to Dr. Curt Connor in “Spider-Man: No Way Home. This occupies the position of Hand of the King, since we have seen fill various figures such as Ed Stark, Tyrion Lannister and Tywin Lannister.

Otto Hightower is the younger brother of Hobert Hightower., the lord of Antigua and one of the most important houses in the west. Also, he is the father of Alicent and Gwayne Hightower.

During the reign of Viserys I, served as Hand of the King, helping to rule the monarch In different aspects. Meanwhile, he also sought to benefit his family in some way.

Had one Fairly public feud with Daemon Targaryenthe younger brother of the king.

  • Title: hand of the king
  • House: tower
  • Date of Birth: AD 76
  • Date of death: 130 AD
  • Brother: Hobert Hightower
  • Wife: unknown identity
  • Sons: Alicent Hightower and Gwayne Hightower
  • Faction: Green

Otto Hightower’s physical appearance is not described as much in the books, but in “House of the Dragon” we can see that She has brown hair similar to her daughter Alicent’s.. In addition, he has a thick beard.

Meanwhile, his personality is what stands out the most in the books, as he is considered someone very intelligent and eager for knowledge. Also, she had a domineering and controlling personality.

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Otto Hightower in the “House of the Dragon” trailer, wearing the typical green color of his faction (Photo: HBO)

In reality, Otto Hightower became Hand of the King long before Viserys I’s rise to power. During the reign of Jaehaerys I, his son Baelon Targaryen held that position. However, before the sudden death of this and also of his wife Alysanne Targaryen, the king was so affected that this also affected his health.

While the Old King, as he was known, lay in his chamber, Otto Hightower was appointed Hand of the King and ruled for the last two years of his life. In turn, his 15-year-old daughter, Alicent Hightower, was in charge of caring for and accompanying Jaehaerys I.

After the death of the monarch, continued his role for his grandson, Viserys I Targaryen. However, this time he had an opponent: the younger brother of the new king, Daemon Targaryen, who had been Master of the Currency, something like a Minister of Finance.

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Viserys Targaryen, Aemma Arryn, King Jaehaerys I, Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen in the Great Council of “House of the Dragon” (Photo: HBO)

As Viserys mentioned in the series, during an argument they had, Otto Hightower had convinced him to depose the princeso he went through various positions until appointed Lord Commander of the City Watchknown as the “Golden Layers”.

In this position, Daemon Targaryen implemented various measures to improve the working conditions of the soldiers and ruled the streets of the city with a heavy hand. In the first episode of “House of the Dragon”, we could see that he carried out dismemberments corresponding to the crimes committed.

Thus, Otto Hightower considered that the princethe assumed heir of Viserys, had a personality similar to that of Maegor Targaryenone of the cruelest kings up to that time in the family dynasty.

Furthermore, it is rumored that the feud arose because Daemon “deflowered” Alicent Hightowerhis daughter.


In the “House of the dragon” series, we can see how cunning Otto Hightower is in sending his daughter to comfort King Viserys after the death of Queen Aemma Arryn. For later, the Hand of the King achieves his purpose: that the monarch marry Alicent Hightower.

The 18-year-old becomes Viserys’s second wife and eventually she gave birth to the sons she had wanted so much. However, the king had already appointed Rhaenyra as his heiress and did not change his mind.

A few years later, Otto was removed from his duties as Hand of the King for constantly insisting that his grandchildren be appointed successors to the Iron Throne. instead of the princess. Viserys, although a kind and patient man, grew fed up and replaced him with Lord Lyonel Strong, the lord of Harrenhal.

Not having his position as Hand of the King, returned to Antiguathe city of his family, leaving his daughter in the Red Keep.

According to George RR Martin’s books, Otto Hightower resumes his duties as Hand of the King after the death of Lyonel Strong. This was another mistake that Viserys made because, after his death, the character of Rhys Ifans joined his daughter and his grandson to usurp the throne of Rhaenyrawho had been designated as heir by the king.

The betrayal of the Green faction involved the start of the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

During the Dance of the Dragons, Otto Hightower remained Aegon II’s Hand of the King, until he was too diplomatic in his grandson’s eyes. Therefore, he was replaced by Ser Criston Cole.

When Rhaenyra managed to retake King’s Landing, Otto was the first to be beheaded as a traitorin front of her daughter Alicent, who was put as a prisoner.

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