In 'residence of the Dragon' episode 4, a misplaced crown & an night on the metropolis : NPR


Daemon (Matt Smith) is artful; his crown, nonetheless, is artsy-artful.

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Daemon (Matt Smith) is artful; his crown, nonetheless, is artsy-artful.

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fact in promoting; you want to see it.

for people who’ve hung in with residence of the Dragon up up to now, be assured that this week’s ep is an unfailingly right illustration of precisely what you have signed on for, and of what’s to return. particularly:

Palace intrigue (be taught: secret doorways, trysts, spies, rumors, scandal, lies). particular sexual pairings involving kinfolk who’re nearer to at least every completely different chromosomally than they’re chronologically. The odd disembowelment. dangerous wigs a-go-go.

that is residence Targaryen for you, and that is what this current is, for now. quickly, however not very quickly, it is going to even be about all of that, plus a hell of an superior deal of dragons, which is one factor this episode does not do a very good job of representing. truly, the one dragon we see in movement is one we have already added to our Dragon Watching Log book: Daemon’s dragon Caraxes, executing a fly-by jostling.


what quantity of people does she want? Boremund Baratheon (Julian Jones), Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) maintain open auditions for a prince.

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what quantity of people does she want? Boremund Baratheon (Julian Jones), Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) maintain open auditions for a prince.

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The prodigal jerk returns

however earlier than that, we drop in on what goes to vary into the final date of Rhaenyra: The White-Blonde Ambition Tour. solely as a substitute of Rhaenyra performing in a cone bra for the tons, it is a sequence of hopeful lords lining up in a humble, smoky throne room to plight their feeble, unwell-fated troths.

(I first assumed that this was meant to be Storm’s finish, the seat of residence Baratheon, on condition that that is Boremund Baratheon seated at Rhaenyra’s facet, strolling her by way of the approach. however as lots of the suitors lined up earlier than her are from homes inside the Riverlands — Frey, Mudd, Blackwood, and so forth. — i might guess we’re as a substitute at Riverrun, the seat of residence Tully.)

The aged, pompous Lord Dondarrion of Blackhaven is blathering away about his fortress’s “deep, dry moat,” simply like the shameless flirt he is.

subsequent up, Ser Squeaky Voiced Teen of residence Simpsons. (Kidding: residence Blackwood, technically.) He quavers out his pitch, and promptly will get trash-talked by a jerk from residence Bracken. Which is a nice contact, as inside the books, Blackwoods and Brackens have hated every completely different for generations. That hatred flares up anew inside the throne room, and Ser Squeaky prevails, gutting Bracken like a river trout.

Rhaenyra’s had ample of this sword-measuring contest, and cuts off the tour two months early. On her means again to King’s touchdown, her ship is overtaken by ol’ Uncy Daemon, astride Caraxes, who gives her sails a love-faucet as he passes by.

on the Iron Throne, a crowd gathers to watch Daemon’s return. he is sporting a kicky new ‘do — Jim Jarmusch by approach of Johnny Bravo — and a crown of what seems to be bamboo and seashells. Now that he is conquered the Stepstones, they name him King of the slender Sea — however he promptly kneels earlier than Viserys and gives up his crown. do not really feel too dangerous for him; that factor seems to be like he found it at a surf store between the driftwood seagulls and the cage of hermit crabs.

Viserys welcomes him again. inside the purple preserve’s godswood courtyard, Viserys will get fortunately drunk and gassy and is thoughtlessly impolite to his queen. Rhaenyra and Alicent get a second collectively to admit how a lot they’ve missed every completely different, however not earlier than Rheanyra additionally means that the queen’s lifetime of “squeezing out heirs” would not curiosity her. The hits simply preserve coming, however Alicent takes all of them in stride; she’s out right here turning extra cheeks than a plastic surgeon.

For now.

(Given Viserys’s flatulence inside the prior scene, there is a “squeezing out airs” joke to be made right here, however let’s us simply soldier on, you and that i.)

There follows a scene between Daemon and Rhaenyra whereby Daemon urges his niece to see marriage as a political association that leaves one free to pursue no matter pleasures one wants. He would not pretty waggle his eyebrows at her when he mentions “pleasures,” however that is clearly the subtext. Then as quickly as extra, the man’s eyebrows are the identical colour as his pores and skin, so presumably he does waggle them. Even in HD, it is inconceivable to say for constructive.

reduce to: the Small Council. it seems that evidently Corlys Velaryon is fixing to wed his daughter Laena (preserve in thoughts her? The 12-12 months-outdated inside the white Harpo wig?) to the son of a Lord of the Free Cities, effectively turning his again on the Seven Kingdoms. (We get a nice quick shot of the perpetually nervous Tyland Lannister wanting nervous, as quickly as extra, nonetheless, some extra.)


“Marry me; you are little!” Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Daemon (Matt Smith) get bizarre by the weirwood.

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“Marry me; you are little!” Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Daemon (Matt Smith) get bizarre by the weirwood.

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the place did you sleep final evening time, and was she worth it?

In her bedchamber, Rhaenrya finds a bundle of outdated garments and a diagram stating a secret door behind her mattress. She outfits herself in pageboy drag, skulks by way of the catacombs and finds her approach to Daemon, ready for her in an not simply seen hood and cloak that is hilariously conspicuous.

They make their means collectively into the slender streets of King’s touchdown, that are alive with pyromancers and tightrope walkers and fortune tellers and drunks and peasants rutting away in alleys. it is unique but soiled: Cirque du Soleil meets Circus Circus.

They witness a playlet which lampoons the royal household, and the wrestle for the Iron Throne, and Rhaenyra, principally, rolls with it, even when the group boos the notion of naming a lady rightful inheritor.

This, by the means whereby, is the showrunners telling us that she’s possessed of the proper temperament to rule. A tyrant like acquired‘s Joffrey would order the gamers’ heads on pikes, whereas a weaker ruler might sulk and stew that the people did not love them ample. Rhaenyra, for her half, rolls her eyes and shrugs her shoulders, accepting that the frequent people want their outlet. This, it seems to me, is the Goldilocks Response — it is glorious.

again on the purple preserve, Alicent tends to the rising quantity of Iron Throne ouchies that the king’s steadily accruing, none of which appear to be therapeutic properly. She is then summoned to his bedchamber to lie again and think about Oldtown, as a end result of the king makes assiduous, dutiful, yeomanlike want to her.

that is provided in distinction to the presumptively extra erotic goings-on between Daemon and Rhaenyra, who current as a lot as a brothel, ditch their disguises after which proceed to ditch completely different objects of clothes as properly. After a lot to-ing and fro-ing, Daemon can’t appear to coax his Caraxes out of the ol’ Dragonpit, and abandons Rhaenyra, who makes her means again to the purple preserve. She’s seen by a avenue urchin, who skulks off to report this information to … somebody.

Rhaenyra invites Ser Criston Cole into her bedchamber, and there may even be an superior deal of nonsense involving the elimination of his armor that performs like a sort of montages in ’80s movement movies the place the hero matches up for battle with extreme shut-ups of weapons (LOCK! LOAD! SNAP! GUN! AFFIX! SNAP! ZIP! KNIFE! completely different KNIFE! nonetheless one other KNIFE, FOR SOME motive!). solely this one takes place in reverse.

This intercourse scene is obtainable as a lot as us as one we’re meant to see as extra tender, extra playful and even downright loving than that nasty enterprise with Daemon. Plus an whole let much less V.C. Andrews, for good measure.


Now ask your self: are you able to ever forgive her? Alicent (Emily Carey) confronts Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock).

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Now ask your self: are you able to ever forgive her? Alicent (Emily Carey) confronts Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock).

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The lair of the White Worm

Otto Hightower is summoned to the purple preserve gate, the place “A messenger brings phrase from the White Worm.”

Now: book readers will know who the White Worm is, nonetheless the current would not come out and say it explicitly. as a substitute, this is what what we see:

1. The urchin reviews to Otto what he noticed.

2. the subsequent morning, Daemon wakes up, hungover, in his outdated mistress Mysaria’s place.

three. We be taught that they are now not collectively, and he speaks rudely to her.

4. whereas they’re talking, the identical urchin who noticed Rhaenyra the evening time earlier than and ratted her out to Otto displays up, and arms Mysaria some cash.

5. Not for nothing, however Mysaria’s carrying white on this scene. Okay? Get it? people inside the again?

Otto meets with Viserys inside the king’s bedchamber, the place, I simply now discover, the man has hung some wildly particular tapestries on every wall. Between his huge scale fashions that take up lots of the room and the fact that he is given this actually porny artwork satisfaction of place, the current is painting a terribly particular picture of the king.

Viserys is that one creep in your school dorm who scored the one single in your flooring when his roommate dropped out all of a sudden sophomore 12 months. The man who constructed fashions of German WWII plane. satisfying-Takked Penthouse and Hustler centerfolds over his mattress. by no means went to class, however every from time to time you’d see him behind the eating hall hucking throwing stars at outdated mattresses. you already know? That man.

Otto stammers out the information that Rhaenrya was seen coupling with Daemon “inside the bowels of a pleasure den” (Reader, I chuckled). The king refuses to ponder it, and accuses Otto of scheming for the throne. Alicent overhears this …

… and confronts Rhaenyra inside the godswood. Rhaenyra denies the accusations and makes an superior current of offense. (there is a nice little bit of blocking right here: As Alicent accuses Rhaenyra, she stands greater up on the hill ensuing in the weirwood tree, wanting down on the princess. however as quickly as Rhaenyra clocks that Alicent has no proof, and launches into her affronted denials, she climbs up the hill and prompts the queen, peering down at her. Seizing the extreme floor, morally and actually.)

Rhaenyra makes a selection right here. She may merely say that she and Daemon did not … um, “couple,” and he or she’d be telling the fact. however she goes further, swearing upon the reminiscence of her mom that Daemon “by no means touched” her, which: lie. Snopes.com. 4 Pinocchios.


Daggers and daughters: Viserys (Paddy Considine) cuts to the chase with Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock).

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Daggers and daughters: Viserys (Paddy Considine) cuts to the chase with Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock).

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The letter opener … of DOOM

Daemon stumbles again to the purple preserve and is launched earlier than the king, who confronts him with the White Worm’s intel. Daemon, pointedly, would not deny that he and Rhaenyra had intercourse. he isn’t merely being a poisonous mendacity creep, right here; he wishes Viserys to ponder it, as a end result of he thinks it goes to make the king extra receptive to his pitch to wed Rhaenrya.

The king … very will not be. He exiles Daemon to the Vale, to rejoin his lawfully wedded spouse. (Whom we have not met but, however possible will subsequent week — she’s the one Daemon referred to earlier as his “bronze bitch.”) exact charmer, this man.

Alicent, we be taught, believes Rhaenyra, which convinces the king to summon his daughter to his porny, porny bedchamber. He displays her a dagger that after belonged to Aegon the Conqueror, which ties in to the prophecy he talked about to her again in episode 1. It goes further, invoking the prophecy of The Prince That Was Promised. (recreation of Thrones ended with Jon Snow being TPtwP, in spite of all the things, however it is nonetheless doable that George R.R. Martin might go a particular means inside the books.)

Viserys orders Rheanyra to wed Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys the ocean Snake (the kid who dracarysed all these archers inside the Stepstones final week), thereby becoming a member of the Targaryen dragons to the Velaryons’ enormous fleet of ships. Rheanyra agrees however — nonetheless smarting from getting ratted out by Otto — insists that the king relieve his most trusted advisor of his responsibility.

Which the king does, eradicating Otto’s Hand pin and giving him the Westerosi equal of a gold watch and sheet cake inside the breakroom.

We finish with Grand Maester Mellos moving into Rhaenyra’s bedchamber with a potion that will guarantee she’ll be ready to go well with into her marriage ceremony gown in subsequent week’s episode.

Parting ideas:

  • We’re almost midway by way of the season, at which level we’ll swap out Milly Alcock and amongst the different the rest of the forged for actors who’ll play their characters as adults. Alcock was given tons to do this episode, and he or she nailed all of it — particularly that second when Rheanyra realizes she will be ready to grab the greater hand as Alicent is dressing her down. i am going to say it as quickly as extra: Alcock will most possible be missed.
  • i do not know why the sequence retains going again to the prophecy nonsense. constructive, it ties the sequence into recreation of Thrones, however we already understand how all that stuff performs out. All it does is remind us how a lot much less there may even be at stake now than there’ll most possible be later, on a completely completely different current.
  • We missed out on Viserys’ marriage to Alicent; this is hoping all of us get an invite to an exact Seven Kingdoms royal marriage ceremony subsequent week. The swag baggage alone!
  • there is a civil warfare coming, nonetheless the cracks that will develop into the break up that models all of it off are nonetheless surprisingly skinny and spidery. we’re in for an prolonged haul, people.

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