House of the Dragon Episode 6 Recap and Reactions


Spoilers underneath.

10 yrs have passed considering that Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Lord Laenor Velaryon’s “red wedding” and since Queen Alicent designed her very first insurrection from Household Targaryen with a symbolic green dress. When we reunite with Home of the Dragon’s leading females this 7 days, much has altered. They are not only played by new actresses (Olivia Cooke for Alicent and Emma D’Arcy for Rhaenyra), but also in distinct sites in their life. They’re both of those mothers now every 1 is seeking out for her individual blood. They’ve drifted even even further aside, with petty electricity moves and paranoia in excess of succession wedged deeply between them. And they are also extra absolutely sure of by themselves, primarily Alicent, whom audiences came to know as a meek younger female (played wonderfully by Emily Carey). Now, a decade later, she’s a lot more aware of her electricity and how to use it: She pushes versus her getting older spouse King Viserys, she orders servants to go away the place, she strategies, and she is extra targeted than at any time on putting her son on the iron throne. (Do I scent a trace of Cersei Lannister?) Rhaenyra is a deserving match. She was always headstrong and rough as a woman, but her childhood petulance has advanced into a experienced confidence—and stubbornness—and her tough exterior has developed even more difficult. She’s nothing like her spouse Laenor, who is primarily viewed laughing and ingesting with his magic formula lover, or craving for struggle, when he’s not with his spouse. With Rhaenyra and Alicent grown up and empowered, and with allies at each individual of their sides, a new match of thrones is in motion.

But initial, yet another beginning scene. The episode opens on Rhaenyra’s sweaty face mid-labor. She’s pushing, if you couldn’t explain to from the midwife’s coaching, her weighty grunts, or the squelching noises of an toddler rising from her body off-screen. Right after seeing her mom Queen Aemma die brutally through childbirth in the premiere episode, I viewed this sequence cautiously and on-edge, expecting to be bombarded with but a further gory visual of a lady enduring violence or a supply gone wrong but thankfully Rhaenyra’s birth is a accomplishment. And to the court’s delight (apart from for Queen Alicent), it’s a boy! Rhaenyra holds her boy or girl proudly in her arms for only a several times prior to a messenger comes in indicating the queen has requested that the kid be brought to her. Rhaenyra understands the preposterous request is just Alicent’s try at pushing her buttons, but she won’t acquiesce very easily. She’ll carry the toddler to the queen herself, even although she really should be resting, and even nevertheless her placenta is slipping out of her as she struggles to get dressed. She won’t give Alicent the pleasure of looking at her weakened.

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Laenor (John Macmillan) is no help, 50 percent-jokingly inquiring, “Was it terribly distressing?” as he walks Rhaenyra to Queen Alicent’s space. You should, Laenor, not now. Not even though your wife is keeling more than in suffering on a flight of stairs to her former buddy-turned-stepmother’s chambers put up-labor. Ser Criston coldly greets the few in the doorway just before they present the little one to Queen Alicent, who’s shocked to obtain Rhaenyra standing. She’s not stunned, on the other hand, that the youngster bears no resemblance to his father she’s informed that the child isn’t Laenor’s and doesn’t hesitate to enable him know. “Sooner or later on you are going to get one that appears like you,” she tells him. Ouch. On the other hand, King Viserys, withering with age, is satisfied to welcome another grandchild. When he asks for the baby’s name, Laenor interjects, “Joffrey!” in advance of consulting with the child’s mom. When the couple exits, Rhaenyra leaves a trail of blood driving her.

Joffrey is Rhaenyra’s 3rd youngster and son, subsequent Jacaerys (or “Jace”) and Lucerys. To the world, their father is her husband Laenor Velaryon, but biologically and secretly, it’s Ser Harwin Solid, aka Breakbones, commander of the City Watch. It’s clear seeing him in a area with the boys they have all inherited Ser Harwin’s dark brown hair instead of their parents’ silver Targaryen-Velaryon locks, and none of Laenor’s capabilities. Alicent and Viserys’ 3 young ones, Aegon, Halaena, and Aemond are all platinum-headed. The variation in appearances is no make any difference to the young children them selves, who appear to be to expend a large amount of time alongside one another as they improve up in the castle. For the duration of dragon schooling, three of them workforce up to prank Aemond, together with his more mature brother Aegon, by providing him a “dragon” of his very own: a pig with bogus wings tied onto it. When Alicent finds out about this, she’s speedy to blame the stunt on Rhaenyra’s boys, even though her youngest says Aegon was associated. Her daughter Halaena stays out of the quarrel, playing with a substantial centipede and exuding overall Luna Lovegood strength.

Alicent brings this issue to Viserys, not only complaining about Rhaenyra’s youngsters, but also insinuating that they had been born out of wedlock. Viserys will not listen to it, and tells Alicent to under no circumstances speak of these allegations once more. The queen vents about her frustrations to Ser Criston Cole. How could Viserys not see what she’s looking at? Why does he have to keep guarding Rhaenyra? Criston allows out a few problems of his own about the princess, contacting her a “spoiled cunt,” which stops Alicent in her tracks. He speedily apologizes. Plainly he is continue to not over that breakup.

Alicent finds her pubescent eldest son Aegon stark naked, jerking off in his bed room window to the view of King’s Landing. (Is this your king?) But his mother’s unannounced presence sends him operating beneath the covers. Evidently this youthful man is unaware of the difficulties that lie in advance of him, so Alicent teaches him a few lessons. Initially, he has to stand with his brother fairly than mock him. (Even if he thinks he’s “a twat.”) In these occasions, he need to defend his family—like how Alicent has stood with Property Hightower. Aegon may participate in with Rhaenyra’s young children now, but when Rhaenyra ascends the throne, the enjoyable will be over for him, Alicent says. And here comes the second lesson: Aegon’s existence, as King Viserys’ to start with born son, worries Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne. He ought to and will be king, and there are persons during the land that would like it so.

Meanwhile, Daemon is in Pentos with his pregnant wife, Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell), their two daughters, and their dragons. The family members is staying hosted in by Prince Reggio, who’d like for them to prolong their continue to be. He offers Daemon and his spouse and children a long term home in Pentos in trade for accessibility to their dragons. The Triarchy has regained ability and fashioned an alliance with Qoren Martell of Dorne, so Pentos will want security from prospective sieges. Daemon is intrigued by the give, but Laena is not. She would like to elevate their young children in her house, Driftmark, not here.

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Again at King’s Landing, Ser Criston Cole trains Rhaenyra and Alicent’s boys in beat when Ser Harwin seems on. Harwin points out that Criston is giving the Targaryen kids particular notice, so Criston, out of spite, allows the boys spar just about every other, eldest son against eldest son. He’s remaining a difficult coach, encouraging Aegon to combat Jacaerys mercilessly. When Jacaerys falls, Harwin berates Criston for educating the boys cruelty. Criston requires observe of that: Why would the commander of the Town Watch care so much about the princess’s children’s training? “Most guys would only have that sort of devotion towards a cousin, or a brother…or a son,” he suggests, offering an ice-cold jab. The insult sends Harwin into a rage. He beats Criston until he’s bruised and bloody on the floor, which does nothing at all to assist disguise his top secret. If anything at all, Harwin’s violent response only strengthens the rumors and would make him and his family members vulnerable to allegations. Harwin’s father Lyonel scolds him right after the incident, and Rhaenyra overhears the conversation. When Laenor tells her he wishes to struggle in the Stepstones, she orders him to keep at home. With rumors about their children’s parentage swirling, he requires to be existing to assist his spouse and children.

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Laena misses her brother. It’s probably been 10 a long time considering that they final noticed just about every other. Now, she tends to her have family with Daemon, which includes her 8-year-outdated daughter who’s worried that her dragon egg hasn’t hatched however. Even worse, her father is disregarding her much too. (Is any one stunned Daemon is not a good mother or father?) Laena at the very least features her some a lot-wanted comfort and ease and tells her to be patient.

At a compact council conference, Rhaenyra and Alicent butt heads whilst talking about coverage, but Rhaenyra wishes to set an close to it. In a surprising go, she apologizes for any strife concerning her and the queen. She even makes a generous proposition: Her son Jacaerys need to be betrothed to Alicent’s daughter Helaena, and she’ll even present Cyrax’s next dragon egg to Aemond. Alicent doesn’t bite. As a substitute, she factors out that Rhaenyra’s breast milk is leaking by her gown. Just after the assembly, Viserys tells his spouse that he really likes Rhaenyra’s proposal, but even now, she refuses. “You may do as you wish, husband, when I am chilly in my grave,” she hisses at him. (Damn!)

Lord Lyonel Powerful approaches the few with some individual news: He desires to resign as Hand of the King as shameful rumors encompass his son Harwin. Even however Harwin has been expelled from the City Observe, he can not provide with integrity, Lyonel claims. Alicent attempts to pull a lot more particulars out of him, but he can not bear to repeat the gossip aloud. Viserys won’t allow Lord Sturdy to action down, but permits him to get leave to escort Harwin back to Harrenhal.

Alicent fulfills Lord Larys, Lyonel’s more youthful son and Harwin’s brother, for what looks like a non-public dinner in his area. It looks the two have developed shut due to the fact they very first achieved, and she’s capable to confide in him. She needs another person in King’s Landing would get her facet. If her father was nonetheless all-around, he would be partial to her. Larys, having said that, has a approach, which involves hires prisoners for a magic formula mission.

Back in Pentos, Laena is in labor, and it is torturous. She’s pushing and screaming on her knees, but the youngster will not arrive. (Again, I brace myself for another harrowing delivery.) The health care provider tells Daemon that they could execute a c-area, but it’s unidentified if the toddler will live and mother will definitely not endure. (Just like Queen Aemma.) While Daemon mulls it over—it’s unclear what he finally decides—Laena stumbles exterior to her dragon, Vhagar, begging her to put her out of her misery. “Dracarys!” Laena orders her once again and all over again, but the dragon won’t obey. In the stop, maybe after she realizes Laena’s discomfort and desperation, Vhagar burns her alive. Daemon has just stepped outdoors to glance for his spouse when he sees her having engulfed in flames. It was claimed that just about every of the births in Household of the Dragon has a unique theme. And if Queen’s Aemma’s was meant to establish that the birthing bed is a woman’s battlefield, then just about every labor equates to a diverse end result of war: death and defeat (Aemma), victory (Rhaenyra), and surrender (Laena).

Again at King’s Landing, Harwin is stating his goodbyes to his and Rhaenyra’s small children, promising to return. Jacaerys follows him out the doorway, sensing some thing is up. He asks Rhaenyra if Harwin is his father. “Am I a bastard?” Rhaenyra responds, “You are a Targaryen. That is what matters.” After almost everything which is took place, the princess thinks it’s time to get out of King’s Landing and shift to Dragonstone, away from the insanity. She tells Laenor the program and states he can bring his lover, way too.

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As Harwin and Lyonel arrive to Harrenhal, the prisoners hired by Larys surface in the distance, ready to start hassle. That evening, they set hearth to the castle, killing Harwin and Lyonel. (Certainly, Larys organized to have his brother and father killed, in scenario you had been asking yourself if he’s a great dude.) Back again in the Purple Preserve, a rat scurries into Viserys’ area to feed on scraps. The king might nonetheless be respiration, but the vermin visual is a crystal clear symbol of his decay. His days are numbered.

When Alicent hears of the fireplace at Harrenhal, she’s shaken. She didn’t want for this, she tells Larys, but he’s now ways in advance of her. He tells her to create to her father with the Hand of the King dead, Otto could return to court docket to resume his outdated submit, granting Alicent’s wish of possessing him closeby as an ally. Larys is particular the queen will reward him when the time is right, which implies it is very likely he could blackmail her into executing his bidding. We might’ve just met Larys an episode back, but he’s just one to preserve an eye on.

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