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.
What did the Internet think of HBO’s House of the Dragon episode 5, “We Light the Way”? Sue took the night off so I filled in last night. Hey, here’s a recommendation: Before you dive into any of these other critics I’ve rounded up (pfft – boring! Who would do that?), why don’t you check out my own recap of last night’s episode…Did you do it? Did it spark joy? It did? Oh, I’m so glad. Anyway, here’s what the rest of the Internet had to say about last night’s episode:
Alec Bojalad, Den of Geek – In which as a visual document, HOTD must depict certain moments onscreen, and must show something rather than leaving it to the annals of the Westerosi gossip mill, which for the most part, it has succeeded in filling in the details, but episode 5 fell short on several occasions.
Belen Edwards, Mashable – In which the ways by which Fire & Blood was changed on its journey to the screen as HOTD are broken down, most notably in this episode, the show version of Alicent delves deeper into her motivations in order to make her more of a compelling human being, rather than the book version of Alicent where she is villainous, self-serving, and the all-around worst.
Glen Weldon, NPR – In which the episode introduces two new characters and both of their murders bookend the episode.
Hillary Kelly, Vulture – In which HOTD is still learning how to pace itself.
Jamie Broadnax, BlackGirlNerds – In which Corlys and Rhaenys agree to terms.
Jeremy Egner, New York Times – In which momentous, world-changing events erupt from recognizable human impulses and flaws.
Jenna Scherer, AV Club – In which the episode has an ignominious ending for a character we’ve only just met, and it’s part of a persistent problem on modern television.
Kim Renfro, Insider – In which F&B is a subjective account written from the perspective of men, but HOTD is undoing that bias, and showing all the ways Viserys failed to ensure that the realm would remain prosperous without him.
Kimberly Roots, TVLine – In which Daemon does his best Obi-Wan impression.
Lauren Puckett-Pope, Yahoo – In which if we weren’t to love Rhaenyra and Alicent in their youth, there’d be little reason to love them in adulthood, when we can expect them to be more ruthless in the coming episodes.
Meghan O’ Keefe, Decider – In which it is clear that Ser Criston Cole is switching sides.
Rob Bricken, Gizmodo – In which Director Claire Kilner uses quick, tight shots to intensify the anxiety building both in the viewer and the characters when the fight between Criston and Joffrey suddenly breaks out and none of us see who’s fighting.
Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone – In which this is a rich and complicated episode, in which virtually every main character has their story advanced in memorable and dramatic ways.
Summary: Episode 5’s We Light the Way seems to have been well received, though some were disappointed with the handling of the “bury your gays” trope, or the overbearing nature of the green-dress exposition of Alicent’s wedding arrival.
My Review: Thanks for asking. You probably already read it when you first clicked this page, since I advertised it up above, but in case you want to read it again, here you go:
Well, anyway what do you make of these reviews/recaps? Sound off in the comments below, politely, but with a firmly gloved hand. Just don’t throw any gloves.