HBO’s Home of the Dragon started its fifth episode with a bang by instantly answering two main questions which were hanging over the present since its debut episode in August.
One needed to do with Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), the sinister brother of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), whereas the opposite involved Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), the just lately deposed Hand of the King.
The episode opens with Daemon visiting his estranged spouse, Rhea Royce (Rachel Redford). The reunion shouldn’t be a cheerful one, and it ends with Royce’s loss of life, which Daemon perpetrated however staged to make it seem as if she had been killed in a horse-riding mishap.
Earlier than her loss of life, although, Rhea does verify Daemon has some points within the bed room by bitterly asking him if he is visiting her to consummate their marriage. Viewers will bear in mind Daemon seemingly had efficiency points throughout the debut episode when he could not carry out sexually for his mistress prostitute.
Much more just lately, Daemon started seducing his niece Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) in episode 4 however stopped earlier than going too far. Although he could have damaged off the second as a result of he had reconsidered the incestuous union—or had a longer-term nefarious plan—his late spouse’s feedback counsel he could have an ongoing concern in regard to intercourse.
Episode 5 did not lose any momentum because it went into addressing one other persistent thriller relating to Otto Hightower. His daughter, Alicent (Emily Carey), is now Viserys’ spouse, making her the queen. She’s additionally given beginning to 2 kids with the king, together with a son, Aegon.
In fact, Viserys made the controversial choice to call his daughter, Rhaenyra, the successor to his throne. (The transfer instigated Daemon’s latest sinister conduct, however it was his normal evilness that brought on him to be handed over within the first place.) After Viserys first spouse died in labor, Otto inspired his younger daughter to supply solace to the king. This left viewers questioning, was Otto pushing Alicent off to Viserys in hopes that he would make her his subsequent bride?
Viserys naming Rhaenyra as his successor has resulted in a lot debate among the many political gamers in Westeros as a result of a queen has by no means dominated the dominion. Rhaenyra has been warned by Daemon and others that the individuals will not settle for a feminine ruler, and Viserys has been requested to rethink and title Aegon as the subsequent in line as a substitute.
As Otto is bidding farewell to Alicent earlier than he leaves King’s Touchdown, he reveals that he too believes having Rhaenyra assume the throne will end in conflict. As an alternative, he argued Aegon ought to rule.
When Viserys stripped Otto of his place as King of the Hand, he accused the adviser of plotting towards Rhaenyra in favor of inserting his grandson on the throne. Otto denied the accusation to the king however now has confirmed it to the queen.