Good kings make bad characters. Every time they wisely agree to the recommendations of their fanatical advisors, a few narrative plots die. Viserys has proven to be a distant father and a selfish husband – if he sometimes has to sacrifice a wife for the surgeon’s initial blade, well, he’ll do it for Westeros – but he mostly aims to check all the royal chests: Produce heir, just rule, rule wisely, such And so and so and so.
In Episode Two – heavy on explanation and light on adultery – Viserys can’t stop making good, or at least well-meaning, decisions. someone Drakaris Me, please, because that’s not why we tune into Westerosi’s policy. We don’t need a mad king, but I’m going to accept something bad in the Times King. Instead, Viserys cleverly responds to Otto’s advice not to start a Falkland Islands-style war with his demon brother over the Dragonstone; It blurs what we all think (“She’s 12!”) when a counselor encouraged him to marry Laena Velaryon; He possesses the poor paternal instincts that have kept him away from Rhinera since the death of Queen Emma. Until he turns away and decides to marry Rhaenyra’s teenage best friend and only close friend, Viserys is too close to running his government efficiently and humanely. We simply can’t get enough of that on our lovable little dragon show!
Behind some of this problem in Episode Two is the fact that the overall stakes seem relatively low, considering the audience knows that in 200 years in the future, a swarm of zombies will crash through the wall and nearly wipe out civilization. It’s hard to compete with the apocalypse, especially when the kingdom is in the midst of 17 years of peace. Not to mention, the characters are so used to the strange magic of Old Valyria that they don’t even question the mysticism that shrouds it all. In the first episode, Syrax flies over King’s Landing and no spirit looks up to marvel at the golden dragon in their midst. (Compare that to scenes of Daenerys rising in Drogon in Season 8 of I got.)
There’s also an overview of a handful of the main characters. Beautiful, beautiful and a little sad, Alicent Hightower is choosing a skin for her, but that’s about all the development we get for a young woman who will soon be at the center of a kingdom-wide power struggle. Lord Lionel Strong, the master of the law, encourages Viserys to marry Laena Velaryon, and never reveals any character in the process (besides being perfectly fine with the sexualization of a prepubescent girl). Grand Maester Milos naughty. Ser Harrold Westerling, captain of the Kingsguard, is a rugged teddy bear who watches over Rhaenyra faithfully, but what else? Sure, they’ll all grow in complexity and depth over the next few episodes, but even little hints will do a lot to add plenty of color to the rest of the cast like Daemon, Otto, and Rhaenyra.
But don’t worry, because Dragon House He has an amazing new way of torturing people, just annoying enough to keep you screaming and catching your stomach. Down in Stepstone, Triarchy – a group of free towns across Narrow Bay – nail Westerosi sailors to chunks of driftwood and then lay crabs on them to tear off their skin and then eat what’s inside. (It is a novel collection of atrocities from Game of thrones: crucifixions outside of Meyrin plus the gut-eating rats that Tickler used at Harrenhal.) Lord Corliss – eel, owner of more than half of Westeros’ sailing ships, and lord of ships – sees a direct threat to his livelihood and a threat to the Crown. If the shipping lanes go down, Viserys warns, it will be terrible for the kingdom.
This entire episode is a piss-off exercise for Corlys, which is definitely a shocking thought given his vast wealth and life history spent defeating bandits and pirates at sea. His recommendation that Viserys marry Laena, a witch (very, very, very, can I be more clear? very) The young girl who spends her walk with the king asking him about dragon traditions, is more demanding. From a logistical point of view, this makes a lot of sense. Both houses are of “pure Valerian blood,” a Targaryen factor that they readily accept incest when necessary. Corlys’ wealth would cement the crown, and his dominance of the sea between Westeros and Essos (the Driftmark is on an island outside Blackwater Bay) would serve as a bulwark against incursion. But Viserys, who is smitten by his late-night book-reading companion, Alicent, prefers to marry a Different A young girl, even if it means giving up on his dream of raising King’s Landing and Westeros to the kind of power next to a volcano and the glory of his ancestors in ancient Valyria. (And that’s exactly what he builds out of stone in his rooms.)
There are two obstacles standing in Viserys’ way when it comes to marrying Alicent. The first is the resentment of Corlys, who runs straight into Daemon’s arms in a surprising small twist. (Geographically, their meeting and alliance makes sense – Driftmark and Dragonstone are next to each other.) The second is Raineria, who has not only been afflicted by the loss of her father’s best friend, but must now imagine the two of them in bed together, which is definitely a form of emotional abuse. Rhaenyra plays a much cooler part than she really feels when it comes to any potential new sibling – as she announced to Daemon, she’s been legally and ceremoniously announced as the new heiress, but she’s smart enough to know the brother might cause chaos. Princess Rhaenys (who still needs more work, for the love of the Seven) gloatingly reminds her that “to put things in order” requires a male heir, but like her eventual descendant Daenerys (“I’ll break the wheel!”), Rhaenyra has plans of her own: “When I Queen, I will create a new order.”
Dragon House Promised more, you guessed it, dragons, though, until now, their roaring, noisy wings and giant necks had a pet-like feel (that is, if your pet could light your mother’s funeral pyre with her breath). But when Syrax and Caraxes face off on the gigantic stone cliff to Dragonstone, there’s finally some deliciously sinister tension in the air. Like Rhaenyra, who looks quite small when she walks through a horde of her father’s soldiers on those ramparts, Syrax is much smaller than the ruby-red Caraxes, and nearly unfinished in battle. (Caraxes is much older and knew the rider before Daemon – Aemon, Rhaenys’ father and former Prince of Dragonstone.) But the bond between the knight and the dragon, forged from the cradle in Rhaenyra’s case, is strong and sticky enough that it practically floats through air.
The verbal sparring between Raynera and Damon creates the most tingling moment in the neck. Maybe it’s Dracula’s sexy Valyrian feelings, or maybe it’s just the sheer talent that passes between Millie Alcock and Matt Smith, but when they meet each other, and even when Rhinea dares to kill her, they soar in admiration, as if they hug, kiss, or even laugh If one gives up. The endearment is what prevents Daemon from chipping her away and what causes him to throw the dragon egg back into her arms. But with House Velaryon’s ships appearing and the threat that more of the heir is pushing him down the ladder, Daemon may not resist the attraction of blood for much longer.
• Ser Criston Cole is the only candidate for Kingsguard who has combat experience and is extremely handsome. Really perfect.
• If Rhaenyra were a male heiress, I find it hard to believe that she would be harassed from the room for daring to make a proposal to the small council.
• Viserys’ finger is now gangrenous as well, as if the throne, which he pricked in the last episode, has physically come out to destroy it.
• Rhaenys’ sentence, “Men would sooner put the world in the torch than see a woman on the Iron Throne” appears to be a direct response to what we eventually see Daenerys do in Season 8 of Game of thrones – Put the torch in the kingdom to keep it for itself.
• Laena and Viserys around the park yielded some interesting hints about what’s to come, such as: dragons. Vhagar, the largest and fiercest living dragon, which Tyrion Lannister claims is so large that you can ride a horse below, is located somewhere on the coast of Westeros, although Viserys does not know exactly where. He never rode Vhagar, who was boarded by Queen Vicinia, wife (and sister) of Aegon the Conqueror. But if the series follows George RR Martin Dragon House In this regard, you will end up with another woman on her back.
• Damon invited Viserys to his wedding, but he has not yet asked Mesaria for her hand. He also claims that there is a baby girl, but she is not pregnant and points out that she did something to make herself sterile (pregnancy would be a huge risk in her profession). Now she is angry with Daemon for taking her to a misty and miserable island and using her as a pawn. It looks just like the fate of every other bitch in this universe.
• Finally, some smarts! “Did you call me on Driftmark to remind me of my low status, or was there another reason?”