Sunday, September 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 4 “King of the Narrow Sea” (B+)

It’s disappointing to know that Milly Alcock, who I think is the MVP of this show, is soon going to be replaced by another actress playing the older Rhaenyra. This episode was a powerhouse for her, as she enjoyed the company of her uncle a little too much and then ended up spending the night with a different man, only to then be accused of tremendous impropriety. Everything in this kingdom is so incestuous anyway, not just with blood relations but also with Rhaenyra and Alicent being best friends and Alicent’s father being hand to the king. We did get to see that friendship blossom again after some steely interactions given Alicent’s new position, and she fiercely defended her friend to the king, expressing that Daemon might have reason to lie and affirm what he didn’t actually do just because he knew it would upset his brother. Rhaenyra also lobbied her father, apparently successfully, to get rid of Otto as his hand since he had given in to this accusation, something for which he should be commended given how easy it was to come across this damaging information, however true it may or may not have been. Rhaenyra is keeping her newfound relationship with Ser Cole to herself, something that will likely be used against her eventually. Being sent tea from her father to ensure that she wasn’t pregnant reminded her that he still is most concerned with who will inherit the throne from him, with her happiness always to come second.

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