‘House of the Dragon’ recasts the new Red Wedding in Westeros

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Welcome to the “House of the Dragon” recaps! In episode five, “We Light the Way,” alliances are made, alliances are broken and a bloody royal wedding enters the “Game of Thrones” pantheon. Here’s the latest from Westeros. “House of the Dragon” is streaming on HBO Max.

King’s Landing has seen its share of different sources of drama — and we can add fashion (and a single costume) to the list. The fifth episode of “House of the Dragon” – called “We Light The Way,” the motto of House Hightower – seems to mark the moment when Alicent Targaryen née Hightower (Emily Carey ) to himself. Previously, we saw her endure the marriage office, a romantic relationship with Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and her new role as a mother. Yet here he stands. Before we get to his big time, we need to make a reservation.

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Big news from Westeros

Today is a good day for a new red wedding. Finally, Rhaenyra must meet her royal destiny, as the marriage between her and Leanor Velaryon (Theo Nate) takes center stage in this week’s story. It is not surprising to the fans of “Game of Thrones” that the idea of ​​​​the beginning is built from the beginning of the episode, while Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) will come out of the court promising disaster for Alicent; He thinks his children will pray for love if Rhaenyra becomes Queen. After all, the easiest way for Rhaenyra to secure her title was to eliminate her opponents – even if they were siblings.

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While Alicent trembles, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Rhaenyra rush to Driftmark to formalize her betrothal. In a courtroom scene, Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and Rhaenys (Eve Best, in a guest appearance) await the sick king before discussing their children’s relationship. Corlys plans to bring his family closer to the Iron Throne, while his wife has given him a good break by becoming queen.

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On the beach, meanwhile, Leanor and Rhaenyra enjoy a warm reunion. They have known each other since birth and immediately realize their marriage: Rhaenyra hopes that Leanor will always see her lover, Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod), while he continues his affairs. do it yourself. It seems like a perfect arrangement, until Rhaenyra’s lover and Kingsguard commander, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), asks her to forget the throne and elope with him – a Rhaenyra offered to refuse immediately.

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For Ser Criston, it appears that Rhaenyra is choosing her birthright over him – but viewers will see that Rhaenyra is trying to explain that birthright is more than a title, pointing out in Aegon the Conqueror’s prophetic song of Ice and Fire (which his father joins him in. he in the series premiere). Unfortunately, Rhaenyra’s refusal, and Ser Criston’s lack of understanding of the reasons for her choice, set the scene for the darkest moments.

Royal marriage is wrong

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Back in King’s Landing, Alicent finds a guilty Ser Criston to confess that Rhaenyra lied to his face about that wild night in King’s Landing and the state of her “young man” – no small betrayal, while Alicent confirmed Rhaenyra with King Viserys (a move that led to Alicent’s father losing his position as Hand and leaving court). So, the queen begins to light her own way for once.

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Entry: The Dress. As book readers know, the Targaryen civil war in George RR Martin’s “Fire and Blood” is often divided into “blacks” and “greens” thanks to Alicent and Rhaenyra was very competitive.

We have a similar moment in this episode, where Emily Carey perfectly plays Alicent’s stoic arrival at the engagement party, dressed in a beautiful emerald green dress. It’s a word and a half – a change in the belt of confidence that all men and women in attendance understand.

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But the dress is only one of the moments of chaos at the engagement ceremony. Daemon (Matt Smith), with a time as terrifying as ever, once again reveals the brutal murder of his wife in Vale in the opening moments of the episode. Viserys, meanwhile, tried to compose himself as his green-robed wife ignored him. Elsewhere, Laenor’s lover Joffrey tries to protect his partner’s interests. Then there’s Ser Criston Cole, watching his beloved husband marry someone else.

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The music moves fast, the camera moves quickly from one long view to another and it’s pleasantly (and unpleasantly) familiar: this is the Westeros of “Game of Thrones,” where viewing is as important as entering. , and the broken is the king (or the queen). And where royal weddings often come with a body count.

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When the mind boils over, it’s chaos. Criston brutally kills the devoted Joffrey, then moves to turn his sword on himself – but is stopped by Queen Alicent (so it’s probably safe to assume his loyalty has changed). Oh, and the wedding ceremony ends with the death of the sick King Viserys. It’s not a tornado. It was a full blown storm.

Very memorable line

Alicent calling Rhaenyra “stepdaughter” is usually dripping with poison. It’s a fun moment, but, like Rhaenyra’s relationship with Rhaenys in episode two, this writer can’t believe that women in this misogynist and patriarchal world can be on the same page.

Chapter MVP

Emily Carey’s tough love and best wishes for her father on screen. Likewise, Eve Best only uses the scenes she’s in.

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Our critics

This is the most interesting episode of “House of the Dragon”, but with some concerns. In addition, an LGBTQ + character in the world “Thrones” has a negative impact. More troubling, Joffrey’s death doesn’t add much to the character or development – a fight between Daemon and Criston, for example, would add chaos and argue in the same way. And while it’s not a serious story, the episode also featured the tired trope of the sick man in the form of Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) and his new alliance with Alicent. It’s not a big deal, but the world of “Thrones” has a long way to go when it comes to diversity and representation.

However, these are the small details in a great event. In fact, “We Light The Way,” brought us back to a time when waiting a whole week between episodes of “Game of Thrones” was almost impossible.

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Almost everything about this episode works in perfect harmony – the beautiful score from Ramin Djawadi; new fun players, like Savannah Steyn as Laena Velaryon; and some truly electrifying scenes, such as Rhaenyra cutting down a Daemon in Valyrian.

Most importantly, “We Light the Way” is the perfect send-off for the young versions of Alicent and Rhaenyra, with Emily Carey and Milly Alcock giving their best performances in the series to date. today. Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke have some big shoes to fill when they step into their respective roles next week.

Next week

It’s been 10 years.

The first season of “House of the Dragon” is a 10-part medieval fantasy series. New episodes arrive every week until October 23. Featuring: Milly Alcock, Paddy ConsidineEmma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Emily Carey, Olivia CookeSteve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, Rhys Ifans.

For the author: Chloe Johnson is a freelance writer, magazine editor and longtime Sansa Stark lover. You can find his other work at The Bookseller, The Grammys, and The Independent.

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How to watch “Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon” episode five

The first five episodes of “House of the Dragon” are currently streaming on HBO Max. They are available on On Demand for HBO subscribers.

When is the next season of “Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon”?

Episode six of “House of the Dragon” premieres on HBO on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 pm ET/PT. It will also stream on HBO Max at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT – so West Coast fans can watch at the same time. New episodes appear every week until October 23.

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