House of the Dragon Review/Recap Roundup Season 1 Episode 5 – We Light the Way

1x05 King's Landing Red Keep Throne Room Wedding Laena Velaryon (Savannah Steyn), Daemon (Matt Smith) (1)Happy House of the Dragon Week episode 5 week, everyone! Remember me? It’s me from just last week! Guys, come on, this is getting old. I do this every week. Next you’re gonna tell me that you don’t refresh the WOTW page every hour on the hour….You WHAT?! Well, anyway. I’ll continue to remind you what I’m doing here. Every week, for each new episode of HOTD, I’ll be deconstructing the multitude of reviews out there, boiling them down to one short summary sentence that will perfectly encapsulate what the original author was saying, no questions asked…and by that I mean that I will deconstruct whole essays down to one sentence apiece, often quoting them verbatim.

What I will do is attempt to summarize the original review as best I can, and if my tease whets your appetite for their style of review, you are encouraged to head over to their site and let them know…after of course letting us know your thoughts in the comments below. At the bottom, I will summarize my review of the reviewers’ reviews.

All squared? Jolly good, let’s dive in.

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House of the Dragon Post-Mortem of “We Light the Way”

1x05 King's Landing Red Keep Throne Room Wedding Viserys (Paddy Considine), Young Alicent (Milly Alcock) (1)
Weddings in Westeros are never dull affairs (even if they don’t always live up to Dothraki standards), and the marriage of Rhaenyra to Laenor in last night’s episode of House of the Dragon did not disappoint. In “We Light the Way” there were several broken hearts – and a couple of broken skulls – as well as plenty of intrigue and backstabbing, setting up the conflict to come. While we wait to see what excitement next Sunday will bring, let’s make like Criston Cole on Joffrey Lonmouth and tackle today’s interviews and videos!

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House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 5 “We Light the Way” Recap

1x05 Vale Runestone Rhea Royce (Rachel Redford), Lord Royce (1)

“A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair.” OK, so what do we think about a Targaryen/Velaryon wedding with yet another Joffrey death? Dull? Mild-mannered? Just plain impolite? In episode 5 of House of the Dragon, we have (in my humble, and usually correct opinion), the most eventful storyline all season. It’s not that other episodes didn’t have major plot, it’s that the meat and potatoes of this episode very clearly will have such consequential rippling effects into and beyond a post-Viserys Westeros.

Recap Note: I’m stepping in for Sue today, so while I’m sure you’ll voice your displeasure in the comments below, I welcome those who are open to my own style of review.

Spoiler(ish) Note: It’s theoretically possible that the bare bones knowledge I halfheartedly remember from that one time I read Fire & Blood could affect portions of this recap, but in all honesty, this is incredibly unlikely. I do not remember most of it, and frankly, I rather like it that way. As a TV purist, I prefer to analyze the episode we just watched, rather than speculate about episodes of TV that haven’t happened yet. TL;DR, you’re probably safe, but take heed as you will.

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House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 5 – We Light the Way – Open Chat

1x05 KL Wedding Velaryon Vaemond (Wil Johnson), Corlys (Steve Toussaint), Laenor (Theo Nate), Rhaenys (Eve Best)

You are cordially invited…

Writer: Charmaine DeGraté
Director: Clare Kilner
Runtime:  60 min.
Content Warnings: TV-MA: Adult Content, Adult Language, Brief Nudity, Graphic Violence
Video Preview: Episode 5 Preview

The motto of House Hightower as the title for a dragon wedding episode is an interesting choice, wouldn’t you say? With Otto’s fall from grace last week, we can expect to see some  serious scheming as all the major players come together to celebrate the union of Laenor Velaryon and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

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Glass Candle Dialogue: House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 4 – King of the Narrow Sea

Daemon (Matt Smith), Young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), Red Keep Godswood 1x04 (4)

In this week’s dialogue, Petra and I focus on Rhaenyra’s fitness to rule and the depiction of sex in “King of the Narrow Sea,” especially in regards to how it highlights issues of gender, what it means for Rhaenyra and Alicent’s future, and just how okay we should be with finding that uncle/niece hookup rousing.

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Schwing! of the Narrow Sea: A House of the Dragon Twitter Recap

Young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), King's Landing, Red Keep 1x04

This week in House of the Dragon Twitter, people mostly tweeted about all the boning, both incestuous and the acts occurring with people outside of the Targaryen family. The episode’s sexual shenanigans drew a variety of reactions and inspired debate (and some envy). Fans also loved the scrappy Blackwood kid and enjoyed the inglorious sacking of Otto Hightower, now-former Hand of the King. I would say more but I drank entirely too much wine while enjoying all your funny tweets so here’s your weekly twitcap, you clever bastards.

PS Next week, we have a wedding to look forward to which always ends well in Westeros!!!

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Week 4 House of the Dragon Ratings Continue to Rise

Mellos (David Horovitch), Red Keep 1x04

In news that might surprise only some of us, House of the Dragon continues to carry on the torch of Game of Thrones, in seeing its episodic ratings rise throughout the season. That’s right. HOTD Episode 4, King of the Narrow Sea, has done the impossible once again. As you’ll remember, back in the day, GOT was that extremely rare gem that was somehow able to pull record audiences in the middle of its 8th and final season. That rare feat is enough to keep the statisticians churning, but now, here we are, 3 years later, and once again, the first (of many proposed) spinoff show(s), has – yet again – beat the unbeatable odds to continue into the Guinness World Records of TV Ratings (what we in the GOT math community call the GWRTVR for short). Just how well did it do? Let’s find out.

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