September 28, 2022
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Ep. 4 ‘King Of The Narrow Sea’

House of the Dragon’s newest episode proves that even royals could be messy b*tches.

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House of the Dragon’s newest episode proves that even royals could be messy b*tches.

“King of the Slender Sea” ramps up the drama in King’s Touchdown, starting with the return of the prodigal son (Daemon Targaryen, naturally) and ending with disinheritance, a bromance breakup, a secret tryst, and an organized marriage. In different phrases, this episode of HoTD is cosplaying as a later-season installment of Gossip Lady and we’re loving it!

Strap in, the tea is piping sizzling – until you’re a Targaryen. Then, we guess, the temperature actually doesn’t matter to you.

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Otto Hightower

Nicely, properly, properly. How the flip tables … flip. Otto Hightower’s fall from the king’s grace comes swiftly this week, propelled by his obviously apparent ambition to place his grandson on the Iron Throne. Technically, Otto did the job he was employed for. His spies in King’s Touchdown reported Rhaenyra’s discretion and he warned the king earlier than the remainder of the small council – and all of King’s Touchdown – might move their very own judgment. However Otto failed to recollect one important piece of knowledge – the messenger is all the time killed, particularly when he’s making an attempt to gossip a few woman’s intercourse life together with her personal father. Not cool, my dude.

Alicent Hightower

Talking of bizarre father-daughter relationships, Alicent actually went by it this episode. It seems, sporting a golden crown doesn’t actually make the position of “royal brood mare” any extra bearable, and, regardless of patching issues up together with her bestie, Alicent appears actually sad in her present state of affairs. She’s surrounded by crying infants and decaying husbands and fathers who overlook her price in favor of her son’s. She’s been decreased to a royal bather and intercourse doll and truthfully, it’s simply gross. If she wasn’t such a try-hard, we’d really feel sorry for her. As it’s, her father’s latest ousting can’t imply something good for her personal relationship with the king.

Rhaenyra Targaryen

Like a typical teenager, Rhaenyra spent this week’s episode relationship round, ingesting underage, and partying a bit too laborious. After being upset with the medieval velocity relationship occasion her father organized for her, Rhaenyra sulked her method by Daemon’s welcome residence occasion earlier than confiding in Alicent about her fear over getting married. As a substitute of speaking to her therapist about this deep-seated trauma response, she sneaks out of the citadel and goes galavanting round King’s Touchdown together with her mischievous uncle. Their complete escape after darkish outing was giving main “an entire new world” vibes till Daemon determined to take his intoxicated niece to a rattling pleasure home, reveal her id to all of the miscreants there, then attempt to bang her in a crowded room stuffed with bare strangers. An Aladdin remake this most actually was not. Daemon deserted her earlier than issues might go too far however Rhaenyra determined to do her personal little bit of seducing when she received residence on poor Sir Cristin Cole. On the one hand … go woman? On the opposite, Rhaenyra is clearly ready of energy and Sir Cole clearly struggled with the way to say no. What looks as if a innocent fling for her might imply his demise, or, as a minimum, the top of his knightly profession. She ends the episode betrothed (in opposition to her will, after all) however comparatively unscathed because of the plot armor of white privilege.

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Daemon Targaryen

Pay attention up ones, a ten is talking. Daemon Targaryen is firmly in his Sizzling Lady Summer time period. He’s received a brand new haircut, a brand new crown, and a devious new plan. First, he returns to King’s Touchdown and ingratiates himself to his estranged brother by revealing he’s received management of the Step Stones and, regardless of the folks there wanting to call him king, Westeros’ true ruler is already seated on the Iron Throne. In fact, any goodwill Daemon earns is shortly squandered when he f*cks with the popularity of his niece, however even that felt like a calculated transfer. Daemon’s intentions in the direction of Rhaenyra are purely egocentric. He sees her as a approach to extra energy and makes use of her insecurities – her loneliness, her worries about childbirth and marriage – in opposition to her, grooming her, abandoning her, after which falsely claiming he took her advantage. Daemon hopes his confession will result in his brother giving him Rhaenyra’s hand in marriage however Viserys surprises him (and all of us) by as a substitute disinheriting Daemon and making an attempt (in his personal method) to guard his daughter by marrying her off shortly to the realm’s strongest Home. Nonetheless, Daemon is clearly extra crafty than we first thought so greatest regulate this drama queen.

Viserys Targaryen

Poor Viserys. He begins this episode by reuniting together with his beloved brother, bro-ing out in entrance of his spouse and daughter, having fun with a sizzling tub, and getting laid. He ends it by banishing his sibling, breaking apart together with his Hand, suspecting his spouse of deceiving him in his time of grief, and having to self-discipline his wayward daughter by marrying her off to a rival Home that’s been inflicting him all types of complications. The crown is heavy and Viserys is buckling underneath its weight. However he does handle to make some surprisingly calculated selections this episode that ought to guarantee the protection of his bloodline for a bit bit longer. That’s greater than we anticipated from this moist blanket tbh.

Corlys Velaryon

The Sea Snake is proving to be simply as wily and bold as his partner-in-crime, Daemon Targaryen. This week, his negotiations with the Free Cities, and his risk to marry his daughter off to a Home of Bravos, had the small council shaking in its gold-threaded little home slippers. Now usually, such aggressive chess strikes would finish with the King declaring battle, or no less than, slicing Corlys off from the remainder of the Realm’s sources however Corlys lucked out this episode when Rhaenyra determined to Thot her method by the underbelly of King’s Touchdown. And actually, isn’t that each one one must turn out to be king? A little bit of planning and quite a lot of luck?

Aegon Targaryen

Aegon continues to be in diapers so he doesn’t do any of his personal scheming this episode however, while you’ve received Otto Hightower in your crew, you actually don’t must. The truth is, Aegon might very doubtless sit again for the subsequent decade and let his older sister and trouble-making uncle wreck their very own inheritance plans – they’re doing a bang-up job thus far – and simply ascend the throne as soon as he survives puberty. It’d be so much much less embarrassing for the poor child.

Wound Watch

*Alexa, play Sheryl Crow’s “The First Lower Is The Deepest”

As soon as once more, Viserys averted harm by merely avoiding sitting on his pointy-ended throne however his lacking fingers and discolored forearm had been on full show. And, was it simply us, or did the digicam actually give attention to his contaminated again wound throughout that torturously-long intercourse scene?

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