Matthew Needham is a British actor born on April 13, 1984. He has worked on stage and in movies and TV shows, including Casualty, Endeavour, and Sanditon. He was up for the 2011 Ian Charleson Award for his role in the play Britannicus.
Needham has played Larys Strong on the HBO fantasy show House of the Dragon since 2022. Critics have praised his work in the series.
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Matthew Needham as Larys ‘The Clubfoot’ Strong
He was the Lord of Harrenhal and the head of House Strong during the last few years of Viserys I Targaryen‘s rule and the beginning of Aegon II Targaryen‘s reign. He was also known as Larys Clubfoot or the Clubfoot. He was the leader of the small council and the Lord Confessor for both kings.
How Larys Strong Looks Like and Character Overlook
Larys was born with one foot turned outward, so he walked with a limp on it.
Larys didn’t talk much; he liked to listen. When he did that, it was either to joke around or say something significant. The Clubfoot was a mysterious and smart person. He was friendly and charming when he needed to be, but he mostly kept to himself and didn’t have many friends.
Historians still don’t understand Clubfroot’s goals and allegiances during the Dance of the Dragons. He didn’t seem to be utterly faithful to Aegon II. Instead, he sided with him against Rhaenyra, who was an enemy of both of them because she had an affair with House Strong’s older brother, which made her look bad.
Larys Strong in the Reign of Viserys I
Larys, his older brother Ser Harwin, and two sisters were brought to court by their father, Lord Lyonel Strong, in 105 AD. Larys joined the people who were confessing to King Viserys I Targaryen.
Lyonel and Harwin died in a fire at Harrenhal in 120 AD. Larys took over his father’s place and title as Lord of Harrenhal. Even though no one could prove that Larys started the fire, that was one of the ideas that were put forward. It was also thought that Prince Daemon Targaryen, Lord Corlys Velaryon, King Viserys I, and the curse of Black Harren were to blame.
Ultimately, Larys was Viserys’s Lord Confessor and the leader of the whisperers on his small council.
Larys Strong in the Dance of the Dragons
Larys was a member of the Green group at court when King Viserys I died in 129 AD. At the small council meeting, they all decided to back Aegon II Targaryen against Rhaenyra Targaryen, his older half-sister. Larys cut his hand and made the men who were with him swear an oath in blood.
As part of the attack on Harrenhal during the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Daemon Targaryen took Larys’ castle. Queen Alicent Hightower, Aegon’s mother, is said to have told Larys to abuse Blood after Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen was killed. The Clubfoot made a list of black people that Ser Criston Cole could march against.
During the fall of King’s Landing to Rhaenyra in 130 AC, Larys missed being caught. He stole Aegon, who was still healing from the battle at Rook’s Rest, and the king’s two remaining children, Prince Maelor and Princess Jaehaera, from the Red Keep. They exited the capital without going through the city’s gates using a secret passageway.
Larys told the group to split up. He told Ser Rickard Thorne of Aegon’s Kingsguard to take Maelor to see Lord Lyonel Hightower in Oldtown, and he told Ser Willis Fell of the Kingsguard to take Jaehaera to see Lord Borros Baratheon at Storm’s End. Larys put King Aegon in a commoner’s clothes and sent him to Dragonstone to be cared for by Ser Marston Waters. She thought that Rhaenyra would not think to look for her half-brother in her fortress.
Prince Aemond Targaryen thought Larys had helped Rhaenyra take down the city while he was on a campaign in the Riverlands. Aegon’s brother killed every member of House Strong at Harrenhal.
Larys stayed in King’s Landing and planned how to weaken Rhaenyra’s control over the city while working behind the scenes. Someone in the city said that Rhaneyra ordered Queen Helaena Targaryen to kill herself after she killed herself. In his works, Mushroom said that Larys was the one who spread this false information.
Rhaenyra left the city, King’s Landing, because of the enormous chaos there. Larys emerged and walked into the Red Keep, where he was greeted by Perkin and given a place of honor next to Trystane, when Ser Perkin the Flea and his followers gained control of the Red Keep and crowned Trystane Truefyre during the Moon of the Three Kings.
Larys pretended to back the fake Trystane and got Alicent, Grand Maester Orwyle, and Lord Corlys Velaryon released. When Lord Borros Baratheon’s army arrived outside of King’s Landing, Larys offered to talk to the Lord of Storm’s End on Trystane’s behalf. Along with Perkin and the Greens, Larys instead planned to abandon Trystane and hand over the city to people who supported Aegon II.
Perkin and all of his followers were offered a full pardon if they helped King Aegon get the capital back. King Aegon had killed Rhaenyra after Dragonstone fell. But Trystane was not given the pardon; he was later put to death. Borros’s daughter Floris Baratheon, was chosen as Larys’s bride-to-be.
Larys told Alicent that her son Aegon was on Dragonstone, ringed by a Velaryon fleet, and that Corlys should be killed for having helped Rhaenrya. The Clubfoot told Alicent that they should forgive Corlys and wait until the war is over before getting rid of him gently.
Ser Tyland Lannister wanted to kill Prince Aegon the Younger, Rhaenyra’s only living son who was being held captive by the Greens. This made Corlys Velaryon angry during a council meeting after Aegon’s return. Lord Strong talked Aegon II out of punishing Corlys because that would make Alyn Velaryon an enemy. Following the meeting, Larys cleverly told Corlys about the plan to kill him, and the Clubfoot convinced the Sea Snake to help him carry out his plan.
After Lord Borros and his army lost the Battle of the Kingsroad, King Aegon turned down Lord Velaryon’s advice to give up. Larys took away Princess Baela Targaryen in secret so she could not be used as a hostage against Corlys. He was found soon after, dead with blood on his lips from poison. As the Lads advanced on the city, Larys and Corlys killed or jailed the remaining loyalists and convinced the last few Greens to give up.
Aegon the Younger, who married Princess Jaehaera, became king after Aegon II. When the Riverlords got to King’s Landing, the smallfolk met them with joy, which was probably an idea from the Clubfoot.
Larys Strong in the Hour of the Wolf
When Lord Cregan Stark’s northern troops showed up, things went badly for Lord Strong and his plotters. During the Hour of the Wolf, Lord Cregan Stark was the Hand of the King to the new King Aegon III Targaryen. Even though Cregan backed Rhaenys, he disagreed with the killing of Aegon II. Grand Maester Orwyle admitted that he gave Larys the drug that killed Aegon, and Ser Perkin admitted that he worked for the Clubfoot.
Lord Corlys said that he and Larys worked together to get rid of Aegon for the good of the Seven Kingdoms, but Larys wouldn’t confirm or reject Cregan’s claims. Both of the great lords were put to death by Lord Stark, but Alysanne Blackwood persuaded him to spare Lord Velaryon.
Most of those found guilty took the black, like Perkin, but Lord Larys and Ser Gyles of the Kingsguard chose death over the Wall. Cregan cut off their heads with Ice, his Valyrian steel greatsword. Cregan gave Larys his last wish, which was for his Clubfoot to be taken off of his body so that he would be free of it even in death.
The heads of Larys and Gyles were set on spikes by the Red Keep’s walls. The quiet sisters were given Lord Strong’s body, and many years later, his bones were taken to Harrenhal to be buried there. Cregan told them to bury the foot cut off in a field, but the part vanished before they could do that. Larys’ death ended House Strong because he was the last of his line.