Tuesday, September 27, 2022

What I’m Watching: House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 5 “We Light the Way” (B+)

This episode felt a lot more intimate and character-focused than I feel like the original series ever did, with so many glances being exchanged during a wedding festivity that wasn’t nearly as violent as so many other such celebrations have been in the past (well, the future for this show’s universe). The episode got off to a vicious start with Daemon going to cruelly kill his wife (Rachel Redford’s brief performance as Lady Rhea was Emmy-worthy in my opinion), yet he still doesn’t want to take Rhaenyra as his wife, something that she was still suggesting even as she was about to be wed to someone else. Ser Cole was crushed by the dishonor of what he did, and his eagerness to confess when Alicent brought him in to confirm the truth of a different rumor has now set the two former friends on a collision course, with Alicent wearing battle colors to the ceremony she so memorably disrupted and then seemingly convincing Ser Cole not to take his own life for whatever purpose she has planned. Rhaenyra and Laenor seemed set for a mutually beneficial coexistence where they could indulge in their own happinesses, but Joffrey had to try to cozy up to Ser Cole in a move that ultimately cost him his life. Viserys’ seasickness and wailing health reminded me a lot of Robert Baratheon and his untimely demise so early on in the original show. We’ll see if he’s actually dead and how things look different when episode six begins.

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