After the long ellipsis of episode 6 of house of the dragon, alliances, rivalries and political shenanigans continue to gather momentum in episode 7 of the series. WARNING: SPOILERS!
Somewhere between ambition and obsession
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Like an unalterable cycle, episode 6 ofhouse of the dragon it began with the birth of Rhaenyra and ended with the death of Leana Targaryen, who, not in control of her life, escaped the carnage to which her husband, Prince Daemon, would no doubt have condemned her. And how widowhood is generally synonymous with remarrying in the universe of game of Thronesand that a new marriage is in itself the harbinger of a new era and political dominance, this seventh episode promised to be crucial for the sequence of events that, as we know, will lead to the Targaryens’ downfall.
Three families destined to be one
But more than allowing the expected union in good and due form between the King’s younger brother and the heiress to the throne, Leana’s funeral was also and above all the opportunity to bring together the Targaryens, the Hightowers and the Velaryons in the same place. , by Shake the cage after years of latent rivalries.
Consequently, this new episode allows the cards to be redistributed again (so far unfavorable to Rhaenyra), forging new alliances and rebalancing forces to better prepare the battlefield. Most of the action takes place at night, with the promise of a political and narrative renewal for dawn (with lights and calibrations as random as in the episode). the long night also directed by Miguel Sapochnik, but let’s continue).
An alliance of fire and blood
THE BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS
Inevitably, the question of the parentage of Rhaenyra’s children comes up again, although the rumors (representing high treason) this time are in favor of Rhaenyra who decides to confront them and force her father, King Viserys, to make a public statement. . be in his favor. A clever move, reveals the Queen’s fury and further subjects her to the obvious manipulations of Lord Larys who watches over his reputation as much as the threat.
But the quarrels, like the name or the blood, have been transmitted and now divide the children and grandchildren of the king, whose chaotic family tree will participate in one way or another in the disappearance of the House. Thus, if Aegon still does not seem to measure up to his role and is content to enjoy his privileges in the manner of a Joffrey Baratheon, his little brother Aemond took over from their motherunofficially declaring war on the offspring of Velaryon and Rhaenyra after seizing, in the manner of Aegon the Conqueror and each new dynasty, what was not rightfully theirs.
An unexpected rise
Since the Targaryens owe their strength and power to dragons, see the oldest and largest representative of the species passing into the hands of Hightower gives them an additional advantage while the Queen’s (literally) bloodshed should, at some point or another, turn against her.
What could only have been a bratty brat fight (like the clash between the Stark kids and the Lannister kids at the beginning of game of Thrones) is on the contrary the confirmation of a fall to come. Therefore, it is certain that this first season of exposure will continue its ellipses to most of the children, who will have all their role in the future war that they will lose.
The weight of the legacy and the threat of internal war
THE GOOD, THE TRADE AND THE UGLY
One of the many pitfalls that the spin-off of game of Thrones was the game of comparisons between this or that character that the public, naturally, tries to find an equivalent on the main series side. So while Lord Larys is for now a mediocre copy of Lord Baelish (although his name is more reminiscent of Varys), Alicent has managed not to fall into a characterization that would have locked her into the role of the new Cercei.
Although she is also presented as a werewolf mother eager to place her son on the throne, her character is revealed to be less monolithic and more inconsiderate, the little goodness that could still be granted having crumbled as soon as he wanted to put her. put out the eye of a child who is supposed to be her grandson by her marriage.
The episode’s writing confronts the audience with their own biases, particularly regarding Rhaenyra. If the latter doubts that Alicent can kill someone in cold blood (or give the order), the public, on the other hand, was more willing to believe that the heiress could employ such methods. While her affection for Leanor is genuine, the show has managed to write the character in such a way that it can actually be thought that she is capable of murdering her husband through political intrigue.
The episode’s edit doesn’t hide the orchestrated deception (Daemon kills someone beforehand to serve as a charred corpse), but the end of the episode clearly sounds like a reveal, the arrangement between Laenor having nothing to do with the obvious given what it is the universe. he has accustomed us. Despite the conspiracy, what stands out is Rhaenyra’s morality and piety, whereas the series had so far spent six episodes introducing a character who lacked it.
A new episode of House of the Dragon is available every Monday on OCS from August 22, 2022