The new promotional stills from episode 7, taken by Ollie Upton, show us Targaryens and Velaryons attending Laena’s funeral together and hint at yet further family dysfunction.
After last week’s hard-hitting (heh) wedding episode we’ve jumped ahead in time by 10 years this week on House of the Dragon, to see that Princess Rhaenyra has just given birth to her third child, albeit of questionable parentage — and that tensions are high surrounding the line of succession.
They weren’t kidding around about those Targaryen house words, were they? Fire and Blood reigned (and rained) on this week’s episode, “The Princess and the Queen.” What’s House of the Dragon without a little heartbreak, or a lot, as it were. This week, Twitter lost it over the fiery ends and the betrayals. There was a shit ton of “NOOOOOOOOOO”s for the Strongs and Laena, and a lot of loathing for Larys, Alicent and Criston.
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House of the Dragon ratings continue to climb six weeks into its first season.
The tension (and the heartbreak) is ramping up as we head into the second half of House of the Dragon’s first season. “The Princess and the Queen” introduced new characters, killed off existing ones, and had us questioning where our loyalties should lie. The drama will only get more intense as we hurtle toward the finale, so let’s shout “dracarys” and bathe ourselves in the fire of today’s interviews and videos!
Guns do not exist in Westeros. But by God, there are plenty of men shooting bullets.
Holy shit. Where did all these kids come from? Who the hell are they? Where the hell are your parents? And who are these little dark-headed shits? The show skipped ahead ten years because they knew we had no interest in watching a full season of Romper Room. Good move, showrunners.
Happy House of the Dragon Week episode 6 week, everyone! Remember me? It’s me from just last week! Honestly, though, I would forgive you this time. I’m 10 years older. I’m 10 years more balding. I might even be played by a different writer on WOTW this week, who knows? As you remember (or in case you’ve forgotten), 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.
This week I sit the Recap Throne as we leap forward a decade in time to reconnect with our cast of maladjusted, well-dressed royals, some of whom have been aged up via recasting, some via prosthetics, and some of whom haven’t aged at all.
Spoiler note: This recap and the comments section may contain mild spoilers from George R.R. Martin’s novels and Westeros histories, whether or not that material has appeared on the show yet. If you have not read the books and wish to remain completely Unsullied, we encourage you to check out our non-book-reader recap by Oz of Thrones!
Time jump time!
Writer: Sara Hess
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Runtime: 67 min.
Content Warnings: TV-MA: Adult Content and Language, Graphic Violence, Nudity
Video Preview: Episode 6 Preview
Tonight’s House of the Dragon episode should be quite special: by jumping ten years forward and swapping the younger cast, “The Princess and the Queen” will serve as a new premiere of sorts. It has the runtime to justify that, too, as the second longest of the season. We’ll see if it excels in quality as well as quantity!
Before House of the Dragon returns tomorrow, watch our roundup of video reviews, breakdowns and reactions for last week’s episode, “We Light the Way”!