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‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 4 Recap: Daemon Makes His Move

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Home of the Dragon’s third episode gave us a taste of the set-piece battles that Game of Thrones was famous for. Within the present’s climax, Daemon Targaryen blitzed the competitors in a brilliant candy motion scene that set the stage for the Targaryen prince’s return to King’s Touchdown.

Episode 4 featured much less slicing and dicing, however extra ruthless politicking. These lords and girls of Westeros: they love the politicking.

Not like episode 3, which occurred three years after episode 2, there is no main time leap between episodes right here. Which means Rhaenyra Targaryen remains to be grappling with the wedding duties King Viserys Targaryen has thrust upon her. That is the place the journey begins this week.

Under is a full recap of Home of the Dragon episode 4, The King of the Slim Sea. Beware: Spoilers for Home of the Dragon and Sport of Thrones are forward.   

Royal wedding ceremony

In a second of fatherly generosity, King Viserys Targaryen on the finish of Home of the Dragon episode 3 proclaimed his daughter Rhaenyra Targaryen might select who she married. Episode 4 begins with Westerosi lords presenting themselves to the inheritor obvious, hoping she’ll settle for their hand in marriage.

Rhaenyra is having none of it. 

She first rebuffs an previous man, then a teenage lord. The teenage boy will get heckled by one of many different lords within the line, and Rhaenyra decides it is time for her supper. A combat breaks out as she leaves, ending with the little lad disemboweling the smug heckler. Love actually is a battlefield.

On a ship again to King’s Touchdown, Ser Criston Cole, the knight Rhaenyra selected to add to the Kingsguard in episode 2, notes the king is prone to be unimpressed that Rhaenyra rejected each potential suitor. Their chit chat is interrupted by the sudden roar of a dragon, which flies previous them into King’s Touchdown. 

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King Viserys Targaryen welcomes Daemon Targaryen again to King’s Touchdown. 


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It is Daemon Targaryen, who’s returned from the Stepstones contemporary off his victory in opposition to the Crabfeeder. Daemon is obtained by the court docket within the Nice Corridor. Having not seen his brother in years — Daemon was expelled from the capital on the finish of episode 1 — he opens by presenting the Crabfeeder’s sword: “Add it to the chair” he says to Viserys as he drops it on the Iron Throne.

Daemon explains that he is been named the King of the Slim Sea after his victory over the Triarchy. However in an obvious act of reconciliation, Daemon bends the knee and says there is just one true king. “My crown and the Stepstones are yours,” he says. After a tense few moments, and some glares from a suspicious Otto Hightower, King Viserys accepts Daemon’s gesture with a heat hug.

“The realm owes you an excellent debt, brother,” Viserys says because the court docket applauds Daemon.

Rhaenyra’s reception by Viserys was conspicuously colder. With celebrations occurring in considered one of King’s Touchdown’s courtyards, Rhaenyra approaches Viserys, Daemon and Queen Alicent. Rhaenyra congratulates Daemon, who can rapidly intuit that the king and queen do not desire a bar of the princess. A rejected Rhaenyra goes to take a seat on a bench within the nook of the social gathering. Alicent follows her.

“It’s uncommon for women on this realm to get a alternative between two suitors, no much less two rating,” Alicent reprimands Rhaenyra. The princess rebuffs the Queen, eye-rolling that these “males and boys” solely need her identify and her Valyrian blood. 

“How romantic it have to be to be imprisoned in a citadel and made to squeeze out heirs,” Rhaenyra scoffs. She then realizes that saying this to the queen is in poor style, and he or she winces in embarrassment. 

“The king went by way of nice effort to rearrange your tour,” Queen Alicent mentioned. “He’s annoyed. However I’m glad you are dwelling. I discover I’ve few associates currently. I wish to imagine I am nonetheless the Girl Alicent, however all anyone sees after they take a look at me now could be a queen.” 

Bizarre flex, however OK.

Rhaenyra finds Daemon alone beneath the Godswood tree and asks why he is returned, however quickly thereafter goes again to complaining in regards to the marriage tour factor. Daemon tells her that marriages are solely about politics, that she will be able to nonetheless do as she pleases as soon as she’s wed. Simply take a look at him: He is married to a woman within the vale, and we’ve not even seen her but. 

“For males marriage may be a political association,” Rhaenyra replies. “For ladies it is a loss of life sentence… My mom was made to supply heirs till it killed her. I will not topic myself to that destiny.” 

When Daemon tells her to not reside a lifetime of concern, she says she has no need to reside in concern — solely solitude.

“Such a lonely prospect,” he says with a faint grin. 

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Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen, niece and uncle. 


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Obligation and pleasure

Conspicuous by his absence from the frivolities is Lord Corlys Velaryon, who was preventing the Triarchy alongside Daemon. That is as a result of Lord Corlys has sailed again to his dwelling of Driftmark, the place he is apparently been scheming. 

Lord Corlys plans to marry his daughter Laena to the son of Braavos’ Sea Lord. That is apparently an enormous deal — large enough to get Hand of the King Otto Hightower sweating. Hightower says that the Small Council should organize its personal marriage pact. Everybody turns their head to Rhaenyra. 

With that ominous marital cloud hanging over her head, Rhaenyra retires to her room. There she finds a scroll of parchment with directions main her to a secret exit. Cloaked in a commoner’s garb, the key path leads her to Daemon, who escorts Rhaenyra out into the streets of King’s Touchdown.

For one night time, she’s not the princess — she’s only a woman.

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Daemon and Rhaenyra in commoner’s garb.


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In a scene paying homage to Arya Stark watching a play depicting the loss of life of her father, Rhaenyra and Daemon watch a road efficiency recounting her ascendance to inheritor obvious over Daemon. It will get much more awkward when the thespians get to the subject of Aegon Targaryen, King Viserys’ son with Queen Alicent.

“Would she make a strong queen or would she be feeble? Aegon the babe prince may lengthy proclaim, he has two issues Rhaenyra can not: A conqueror’s identify and a cock.”

Rhaenyra, nonetheless within the disguise of a commoner, begins jeering earlier than strolling away. Daemon reminds her that many in Westeros will all the time need a person over a girl as ruler.

“Their desires are of no consequence,” she says, brushing him off.

“They’re of nice consequence in the event you count on to rule them at some point.” 

Eager to unshackle herself from the burdens of royalty, Rhaenyra indulges in some traditional horseplay: Stealing items from a service provider. She runs off, Daemon following, till she turns a nook and bumps right into a Metropolis Watch soldier. He acknowledges her because the princess, however she begs him to go away her be. Seeing Daemon, the soldier lets them off.  

Rhaenyra says she would not know when she’ll subsequent style freedom, so she has to take advantage of it at this time — at which level she and Daemon begin holding palms as they stroll into the gap.

Uh oh.

It will get a lot worse, as we see subsequent that Daemon has led Rhaenyra right into a pleasure home. As she wanders in any respect the chicanery round her, she asks what everybody’s doing right here.

“Fucking is a pleasure, you see, for the girl as it’s the man,” Daemon says earlier than making out along with his a lot youthful niece.

All of that is interspersed with a bleak scene by which a sickly King Viserys, with scabs throughout his torso, is having intercourse with a very-not-into-it Queen Alicent. 

“A wedding is for obligation, sure. However that does not cease us from doing what we wish. From fucking who we wish,” Daemon says as they proceed to kiss. He undresses her, however fortunately shoves her away and leaves the pleasure home earlier than issues escalate. 

Incest may be a Targaryen custom, however I type of have to take a bathe now.  

Rhaenyra’s night time is not performed but, nevertheless, as she sneaks again into her quarters. Ser Criston Cole hears a noise and thinks she’s harm herself, and yells that he’ll alert the Lord Commander. She pops out of her room, tells him to shush after which snatches his helmet. 

Rhaenyra beckons Ser Criston into her room and, finally, they do the factor. 

All of it feels tremendous bizarre to look at, since Rhaenyra is such a younger character. It is once more paying homage to Arya Stark’s intercourse scene with Gendry, which was additionally bizarre as hell. To avoid wasting you a Google: Rhaenyra is eighteen within the story, and the actress who performs her, Milly Alcock, is 22. 

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Queen Alicent and Rhaenyra Targaryen. 


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Fallout

You may’t count on to idiot round together with your royal uncle and have nobody discover out, even if you’re in commoner’s clothes.

Earlier than the night time is over, Otto Hightower receives a report that Rhaenyra and Daemon had been seen collectively on the White Worm pleasure home. With a lot awkwardness and pause, Hightower informs King Viserys of the report he obtained — that Daemon and Rhaenyra had been seen “coupling” within the “bowels of a pleasure den.”

Viserys suspects foul play, at first from Hightower’s spy after which from Hightower himself. 

“Are you so sick with ambition that you’d have my daughter stalked, spied upon, awaiting your finest likelihood to destroy her repute?” an incredulous Viserys snarls at Hightower. “You suppose your self a crafty man? Your designs are apparent. You need your blood on the Iron Throne so badly that you simply’re keen to destroy mine personal.”

Whereas Viserys writes the allegations off, Queen Alicent would not. Alicent summons Rhaenyra to the Godswood tree.

Rhaenyra mentioned Daemon took her into the town for harmless enjoyable, and calls the allegations vile lies. Rhaenyra flits between endearing herself to the Queen (“your grace, pricey sister, you have to know I’d by no means”) and indignation (“I’m the princess, to query my advantage is an act of treason”). 

“We drank in a tavern, a number of taverns, it was getting late and I requested to go dwelling, however Daemon wished to proceed,” Rhaenyra pleads. “As he was my escort I had no alternative… he took me to a present, I used to be solely a spectator, I did not do something.”

“After which Daemon sank into his cup and deserted me for some whore. I ought to have identified higher.

Rhaenyra swears on the reminiscence of Queen Aemma that Daemon by no means touched her, and Alicent buys it. “It was silly of you to position your self ready the place your advantage might even come into query.”

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A hungover Daemon Targaryen earlier than he is tossed earlier than the king. 


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Daemon is not handled with such generosity. A hungover Daemon stumbles into the Pink Preserve, the place he is accosted by the Kingsguard. They take him to Viserys, tossing him on the king’s toes within the Nice Corridor. The place Rhaenyra lied about Daemon by no means touching her, Daemon lied about going additional than they really did.

“After we had been Rhaenyra’s age we fucked our approach by way of many of the brothels on the road of silk… Rhaenyra is a girl grown, higher her first expertise be with me than some whore.”

King Viserys complains that Daemon has “defiled” his daughter, and that he ought to disinherit Rhaenyra like he already did Daemon. Daemon has different concepts.

“Wed her to me. After I supplied up my crown, you mentioned I might have something. I would like Rhaenyra. I will take her as she is and wed her within the custom of our home,” Daemon says, including that he and Rhaenyra can return the Home of the Dragon to its correct glory.

“It is not my daughter you lust for is it? It is my throne,” Viserys says earlier than as soon as once more banishing Daemon from King’s Touchdown, demanding Daemon return to the vale to be along with his spouse. 

A well-known tune

King Viserys calls Rhaenyra into his chambers. As she takes within the enormous clay mannequin of King’s Touchdown in Viserys’ lounge, she glances a dagger on his desk. Viserys breezes in, explaining that it was Aegon “The Conqueror” Targaryen’s, and that the final of the Valyrion pyromancers inscribed Aegon’s music within the metal.

Rhaenyra reads the phrases inscribed on the dagger: “From my blood come the Prince Who Was Promised, and his would be the music of Ice and Fireplace.”  

We all know from Sport of Thrones that it was Jon Snow who Aegon foresaw. The ice is his Stark blood, the fireplace his Targaryen half.  

“The accountability I’ve handed to you, the burden of this data, is bigger than the throne, the king, it’s bigger than you and your wishes,” Viserys reprimands. The king’s warning isn’t too dissimilar from the Stark phrases: “winter is coming.” 

Rhaenyra exclaims that if she had been a person her wishes would not be an issue, that she might father a dozen bastard kids and nobody would care. Viserys agrees, however factors out she wasn’t born a person and so has to take care of that drawback. Now that she’s uncovered herself, Viserys declares, she’s misplaced the proper to decide on her personal suitor. As a substitute, she’ll marry Ser Laenor Velaryon.

“The son of the Sea Snake?” she begins to protest, “so I generally is a treatment on your political complications?”

“You are my political headache.” 

Rhaenyra, ever the savvy politician, strikes a discount together with her father. She agrees that the mixed energy of Targaryen dragons and Velaryon ships will reinforce the realm’s safety for an additional technology. However she argues there’s one weak spot that needs to be addressed: The Hand of the King. Otto Hightower desires his grandson, Aegon Targaryen, on the throne, Rhaenyra says, making him too self-interested to function Hand. 

“I’ll do my obligation as inheritor, and wed Ser Laenor, however you have to first do your obligation as king.”

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King Viserys dismisses Otto Hightower as Hand of the King. 


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And so he does. King Viserys calls Otto Hightower into the Small Council chambers and speculates on simply how a lot Hightower has been plotting through the years. 

“I’ll by no means get well from Aemma’s loss of life, however Alicent, she took me by way of the worst of my grief,” he says, earlier than pointedly including, “she was a calculated distraction. I solely now notice how effectively calculated it was.”

King Viserys thanks Hightower for being a priceless servant to the realm as he plucks the Hand badge off of Hightower’s tunic. “The crown and the realm each owe you a debt that may by no means be repaid. However I can now not belief your judgment.” 

Hightower was indignant on the accusations, however accepted his dismissal with grace. But right here the seeds for a Targaryen civil conflict are effectively and actually planted, as Queen Alicent is unlikely to take kindly to Rhaenyra’s plotting to have Hightower eliminated. 

Within the Home of the Dragon episode 4’s last scene, Grand Maester Mellos brings a liquid concoction into Rhaenyra’s chambers. 

“A tea, princess, from the king,” Mellos explains to a confused Rhaenyra. “It would rid you of any… undesirable penalties.”

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