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  • Published on Nov 26, 2022

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  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  2 months ago +333

    Mushrooms in the chat 🍄🍄🍄
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    • Imperial Histati
      Imperial Histati Month ago

      “He will outgrow it”
      Not the first time I’ve heard sh*t

    • Rohaan Khan
      Rohaan Khan Month ago

      Hey
      Unrelated suggestion here
      You should make a video on the dark crystal book series like you did with dune and all tomorrow's
      Plz 🥺 🙏

    • Jae
      Jae 2 months ago

      Usually both

    • V
      V 2 months ago

      🍄🍄🍄🍄

    • D S
      D S 2 months ago

      sorry but there was no tea in the middle ages

  • Quinn The GM
    Quinn The GM 2 months ago +2524

    If Daemon is ever completely silent, he’s about to commit either a war crime or a murder.

    • FlyingFox1994
      FlyingFox1994 Month ago +1

      @Videre Vero What isn't mentioned in the show (much) is that everyone wages war like what Tywin did. Burning fields and raiding villages and towns are an integral part of warfare in Westeros (as they were in the real world for most of history), and all murders and raping and theft etc that come with it are just accepted. 'I hear that's called war', as Tyrion said. All the great houses and nobles fight the same way, the Riverlords raid each other, the Northerners under Robb do the same when they invade the Westerlands after bypassing the Golden Tooth. Historically raiding has been an essential part of warfare, so in war it's the innocents who often suffer the most. Nothing Tywin did was surprising or condemned by anyone in the Realm, only the Riverlords were complaining because they though he was doing so for no reason, not knowing about Catelyn's kidnap of Tyrion. Nothing Tywin did was illegal as by his perspective he was at war, the Riverlands had declared war on his House by abducting his son. Ironically, if Tywin had obeyed Ned Stark's commands and gone to King's Landing to answer for his 'crimes', he would have gotten away with it as he would have ample justification under the law, as it was his House that was attacked first. Clegane was unusually brutal about it but that's as far as the complaints would get. War crimes is a modern term and is no way applicable to medieval warfare, not until WW2 was anyone actually properly punished en masse for it. Before that there were only a few isolated cases of legal charges for crimes in war being prosecuted. Most times during the medieval period when a soldier was hanged for rape, murder, looting etc, it was to enforce discipline, not because of violating the 'laws of war'. In fact, one of the main parts of peace agreements was a general amnesty to soldiers for all illegal actions they may have undertaken during the conflict and we still see it today. How many Allied soldiers were prosecuted for rape and murder during WW2 for instance? Or in Vietnam? Or the Middle East?

    • Videre Vero
      Videre Vero Month ago

      @Greywolf757 Does Westeros even have War Crimes? Doesn’t seem like it with everything Tywin just got away with for most of the show.

    • Alexander Zippel
      Alexander Zippel Month ago +1

      @TheSunken but not further crimes

    • TheSunken
      TheSunken Month ago

      @Alexander Zippel Crimes justify punishment.

    • TheSunken
      TheSunken Month ago

      @Valencia Saintilus Thats nit how that works.
      Pirates dont get geneva protections

  • Mohsin Akhtar
    Mohsin Akhtar 2 months ago +1897

    "A Westerosi wedding without at least one dead joffrey is considered a dull afair"
    -Criston Cole

    • Tommy Soliz
      Tommy Soliz 2 months ago

      Based

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago

      @Chris Berry Ramsey's was definitely satisfying. The issue was by that point, GoT was starting it's decline so you saw it coming a bit. GoT had by that point left the books and the storylines were more traditional TV type archs with more predictable endings(I would argue that the Battle of the Bastards would have ended differently if it happened in season 3 or 4 and based on the books(at this point if Martin does follow the show's ending, it still might just be because he wants to follow the show).
      Joffrey's death came out of nowhere.
      Ramsey as a character was IMO more "evil" than Joffrey. Joffrey was a monster because his parents never disciplined him, so he was just super spoiled and had the ability to kill people.
      Ramsey was truly a sadistic psychopath who enjoyed inflicting pain on others with 0 empathy.

    • Mohsin Akhtar
      Mohsin Akhtar 2 months ago

      @LVB🦅 Next time bring the party with you 🔪🎉

    • Chris Berry
      Chris Berry 2 months ago

      @Matt M I loved Ramsey's more actually

    • LVB🦅
      LVB🦅 2 months ago +1

      Last week I went to my cousin's wedding, I told him "a wedding without at least three deaths Is considered a dull affair."
      For some reason he looked at me like I was crazy?
      Unfortunately it was very uneventful, literally nobody died. So lame..

  • BUB
    BUB 2 months ago +2839

    You can feel in each episode the tension boiling up it’s so refreshing to have this type of show back on

    • FantasyQue
      FantasyQue 2 months ago

      Not really

    • Gohan Exposes Satan
      Gohan Exposes Satan 2 months ago

      @Daquavious bingleton The women look like men in this show. They all have more chiseled jawlines, deep eye sockets and brow bones and bone structures than most of the men I know. Deep voices too. Ehh, maybe I'm going crazy.

    • bobbieCat
      bobbieCat 2 months ago

      @Unfinished CGI one piece is just too long.

    • Luis Sierra
      Luis Sierra 2 months ago

      @Daquavious bingleton bot

    • Daquavious bingleton
      Daquavious bingleton 2 months ago

      @Gohan Exposes Satan what??

  • Fair Share Of Drowned Souls
    Fair Share Of Drowned Souls 2 months ago +493

    Viserys' illness started in his *hand.* A clever metaphor.

    • Lucas
      Lucas Month ago

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…😮

    • Dobert Jowney Runior
      Dobert Jowney Runior Month ago +4

      @Detta exactly, stabbed in the back and rotting from the hand, out

    • FRamos
      FRamos Month ago

      Y’all been saying this since episode 1! Stfu already!

    • Levi A
      Levi A 2 months ago

      @Cobalt360Degrees the biggest issue was naming Rhaenyra as heir that basically sealed their fate because the 7 kingdoms aren't gonna accept that even if they did approve it and Otto pimping his daughter could 100% save the realm since the king gets to have a son and otto grandchildren becomes a heir that's a win win otto is not a good dude but he is loyal and he cares about the realm and his king.

    • Levi A
      Levi A 2 months ago

      @Fair Share Of Drowned Souls naming his daughter as a hair sealed their fate nothing to do with Otto

  • LadyOfShalott
    LadyOfShalott 2 months ago +1139

    Loving your work. I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.

  • Olrik Eijffius
    Olrik Eijffius 2 months ago +1080

    Characters like Larys are what make GOT and HOTD great.

    • Rakib Hasan
      Rakib Hasan Month ago +1

      @mst3KGf well finally it's revealed, he has foot fetish

    • mst3KGf
      mst3KGf Month ago

      @Furkan Tarım I thought it was obvious. Littlefinger wants the Iron Throne and Sansa as his Catelyn stand-in. Varys wants a good ruler who protects the people (at least in the show; in the book it's about orchestrating one specific person gaining the throne).

    • Furkan Tarım
      Furkan Tarım Month ago

      @mst3KGf what were their motivations? especially varys

    • Anonymous Guy
      Anonymous Guy 2 months ago +5

      @Peter Joffrey Lonmouth is a knight not a lord. I agree though how tf did Crispin got away for inciting chaos, endangering the Princess, killing a Knight and punching the groom. All of that happens in the same room as the King..

    • books from Windblown
      books from Windblown 2 months ago +2

      What makes Game of Thrones good are characters that being smart and realistic as a political scammer, it’s what makes great

  • Elementroar
    Elementroar 2 months ago +920

    Rhaenyra was technically suggesting something with historical royal precedent - her great-grandparents (so Daemon’s grandparents) King Jaeharys and Queen Alysanne did elope together to Dragonstone. Their mother forbade them to marry since they just resolved the war with the Faith and feared riling them again with more incest. But Jaeharys and Alysanne were in love, and flew on their dragons to Dragonstone to marry, then defied everyone trying to separate them or get them off Dragonstone. Until finally their mother relented, and their story became a very popular love story about them.
    Rhaenyra had mentioned her great-grandma Queen Alysanne just at the start of episode 4 while on the suitor tour. I think she’s been fantasizing about how she could be with Daemon for a while, and doesn’t see why they can’t do exactly the same thing as their ancestors, and prolly believes everything would work out just the same.

    • Travis Allen
      Travis Allen 2 months ago +1

      @Regina Phalange yeah I think it was episode one if I'm not mistaken.

    • Regina Phalange
      Regina Phalange 2 months ago

      @Travis Allen "she asked him do he want to bring in a blonde" I don't remember this line during any scene in the show.

    • Travis Allen
      Travis Allen 2 months ago +2

      @Regina Phalange I don't think he had desire because when he stopped she asked him do he want to bring in a blonde. I think with Rhaenyra the plan was to soil her. He enters the brothel with her and strips her of her disguise. She shows interest and enjoys it more than what he suspected. I don't think he was prepared for that. I think ultimately he loves his family which caused him to run and leave her. I don't think it had anything to do with him not finishing. I just think he lost control of the situation and when he say she was enjoying it he knew what he was doing was wrong.

    • Regina Phalange
      Regina Phalange 2 months ago +1

      @Travis Allen No she was into it since they started kissing, and suddenly he couldn't go further. He had desire and control with Mysaria yet he couldn't finish either (also with Rhea, the double entendre "you can't finish" was pretty clear he couln't finish in bed with her either)

    • RedRoseSeptember22
      RedRoseSeptember22 2 months ago +2

      @Fariyan Ahmed He does want her.

  • Lucia
    Lucia 2 months ago +888

    I feel bad for Lyonel Strong. He's trying so hard to keep everything together and it's only going to get worse for him.

    • ncika
      ncika 2 months ago

      He dies

    • Connor Hogan
      Connor Hogan 2 months ago +2

      This aged well

    • Hoon Sol
      Hoon Sol 2 months ago

      @Johnny Damon:
      1) You literally tried to correct me when I was quoting the series with a paraphrase from the book.
      2) You literally misquoted even the book and replaced it with something totally nonsensical and meaningless.
      At least owe up to your mistakes and acknowledge it when you're acting like a moron.

    • Johnny Damon
      Johnny Damon 2 months ago

      @Hoon Sol I didn’t put it in quotations. I like the line on tv more. I think most people do

    • vincent stein
      vincent stein 2 months ago +1

      don't see him trying that hard tbh

  • whynotcaptaincrunch
    whynotcaptaincrunch 2 months ago +605

    I really like the way Daemon is portrayed here. They could have shown him to be a calculating manipulator, but I think he comes off more as emotionally repressed and impulsive, lashing out in anger and frustration without really having much of a long-term plan. The scene with him and Rhea was nicely done. It felt like even though he wanted to kill her all along, he wasn't sure he was actually going to go through with it until the moment he confronted her.
    I'm not sure how I felt about the murder at the wedding though. I think it was a very well-executed scene, a great character moment for Criston and reinforcement of the fact that this is a culture that glorifies and rewards violent thugs, but it's just hard to imagine how he was permitted to walk out of there. Since they didn't even take the time to clean the blood off the floor, it appears that everything afterwards was happening in a rush, so maybe he just slipped out and hasn't been caught yet. But still, I'd have expected him to be imprisoned within minutes after the murder.

    • case Co
      case Co Month ago

      @Matt M just a *Kings* guard. That's an important distinction. Kingsguard answer only to the king. They definitely should have shown some type of confrontation on his way out rather than him simply appearing in the godswood but there was no one there with the authority to stop him at that moment other than the king himself.

    • Alexander Zippel
      Alexander Zippel Month ago +1

      @Wveth probably something like "Joffrey wanted to murder the King, he had this knife" and then excused himself out of there

    • babytextor
      babytextor 2 months ago +1

      I think Viserys saw his nose bleeding and rushed to marry them before he died

    • Merengueatang4
      Merengueatang4 2 months ago +1

      Presumably, the godswood isn't far away. It's not out of the realm of possibility that he just slipped out and either nobody thought to question him or he just punched the one guard who got in his way and ran before anyone else noticed he was gone.

    • szbszig
      szbszig 2 months ago +2

      Exactly. I heard about these two murders before watching the actual episode. As someone who had read the book, I immediately knew they had changed the circumstances here, and I was obviously skeptical about these changes first.
      Now, I must say Rhea's killing is a very well executed scene. It even makes more sense this way, than being some strange accident as it is described in the book. I think it can also work very well. Although Daemon seems to have the perfect alibi, conducting a war far away on the Steptones, people tend to forget that he has a dragon and can travel super fast. The scene itself is very well written, leaving it highly ambiguous whether Daemon intended to kill his wife from the start, or just took the opportunity.
      The other one, well... Emotionally it's very good. I like every character from poor Joffrey to angry and confused Criston. I must say I also very much like the transformation of Criston from Rhaenyra's lover and personal favourite to her sworn enemy. But the low credibility of the scene somewhat kills it for me. Criston might be one of the best swordsmen of his time, but I simply can't think of any way how he could have escaped after killing a man and striking the fiancé in a royal wedding. They should have probably made this killing in private, not in everyone's plain sight.

  • Badger Badger
    Badger Badger 2 months ago +555

    I don't feel like I've really seen an episode of HotD until I see the Alt Shift X analysis too.

    • Jim B
      Jim B 27 days ago +1

      Absolutely. I'm watching through the series for the first time and only watch one episode before watching the corresponding ASX review. There is so much I don't pick up on that ASX's reviews point out. The biggest being the significance of the opening credits. There's no way I'd understand what they were portraying without ASX's analysis.

    • Beth S
      Beth S 2 months ago +8

      I watch with my sister who has 1000 questions as we watch. I tell her nothing and show her the ASX recaps.

    • Arham Jain
      Arham Jain 2 months ago +5

      That is totally true 😁

  • Bradley S.
    Bradley S. 2 months ago +541

    Agree: Cole's murder of Joff wasn't about Joff. It was about Cole. Joff's comments just made him a target of opportunity.

    • DerOrso
      DerOrso Month ago

      @Ben Pickett Don't be childish. Cole had the option to refuse. You assume Cole has no recourse if Joff accuses him of... whatever he wants. 1) Joff cannot prove anything, therefore accusing Cole would give him the recourse of combat because of being dishonored. 2) just because Joff's offer is rebuked, doesn't mean he wants to use it against Cole. There is no indication of that. You assume that because this is GOT that EVERYONE is a cutthroat. You have a lack of imagination.

    • Ben Pickett
      Ben Pickett 2 months ago

      @DerOrso so an offer in which you give only one option, because the other certainly spells death, which will only happen by your actions if they take the option you don’t want them to, is not a threat?

    • Joe Matthews
      Joe Matthews 2 months ago

      @NoneOfYour Beeswax I disagree, he did it exactly because he didn't care for the consequences - and nobody could see clearly what happened, so a member of the Kingsguard wouldn't be immediately arrested until a bit of an investigation (think of a secret service member shooting someone to protect the president). I also think he did it as a last act to protect the Rhaenyra, where his honour was already ruined and he had nothing to lose. So actually it's pretty good writing ^^ much better than the GOT later seasons!

    • Erik
      Erik 2 months ago +1

      I think Joffrey meant it less as threat and more as the reassurance of an alliance of common interest - you _won't_ spill my secret, I _won't_ spill yours, and we can all be happy in discretion. The key is that, unlike Criston, Joffrey doesn't see anything _wrong_ with this arrangement - it's probably about the best he's been hoping for, for some time, knowing that Laenor would likely be required to marry.

    • Sour D
      Sour D 2 months ago

      @TripleMoya Games it was 100% a threat

  • Mind Blown
    Mind Blown 2 months ago +297

    I swear HoTD episodes seem to come quicker than these videos, feels like forever waiting for the next one 😂 gonna make a brew and watch now 😊

    • Mind Blown
      Mind Blown 2 months ago +2

      @R³ I know, watching 3+ hours is a bit much for me though, I enjoy the more produced shorter form content of these videos. Seeing the quotes from the book and so forth.

    • Mind Blown
      Mind Blown 2 months ago +5

      @scottdpt12 I’m sorry you’re in a place where you feel the need to spew negativity online. I hope you find happiness.

    • scottdpt12
      scottdpt12 2 months ago

      No one cares.

    • FreeF Free
      FreeF Free 2 months ago +6

      The live chat happens immediately after the show. These summaries are the best online.

    • BUB
      BUB 2 months ago +8

      @R³ yeah I’d rather chill In the stream for 3 hours but ima still watch this

  • The World of A.J.P.
    The World of A.J.P. 2 months ago +351

    I was hyped to see Larys coming in; I was hyped to see Harwin Strong coming in like a machine; I was hyped to see Alicent come in in that absolutely gorgeous dress. But nothing will compare to the hype I felt knowing my man MUSHROOM has made his debut. Absolutely glorious looking.

    • RedRoseSeptember22
      RedRoseSeptember22 2 months ago +6

      The way Harwin just lifted Rhaenyra like she's nothing makes one weak in the knees lol. *fans self*

    • By199
      By199 2 months ago +2

      @Matt M Bro, someone like Larys, Varys, and Littlefinger is something you don't want to face.

    • Xaarinth, Lord of the Shadow
      Xaarinth, Lord of the Shadow 2 months ago +11

      All hail Mushroom

    • kaustralis hamal
      kaustralis hamal 2 months ago +17

      Ah Mushrrom, the best historian on the seven kingdom's history

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +1

      The Larys scene felt very out of left field...so much so it felt like a huge signpost that he is more powerful than he appears.

  • Melissa
    Melissa 2 months ago +193

    I truly think Daemon was planning to kill her the entire time. She just realized it early and tried to defend herself.

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago +1

      @T Shepherd if he could attempt to f his niece in such a public place and ask for her hand in marriage from her dad 🤣🤣 this guy does not care about anything lol. I think he also knows his brother has a soft spot for him anywats coz the way he plays the king is genius really

    • Gijs Sterveld
      Gijs Sterveld Month ago

      How did Daemon get to Runestone? By way of his dragon, I'd guess. When Rhea looks over her shoulder, she might have been sensing the dragon. Not much later we see Daemon looking far more upward than where Rhea would have been seated on her horse. And we see the hood of his cape being filled with air. Just then Rhea's horse started rearing. It reacted to Daemon's dragon flying over them. He tried to calm the horse by gripping the reins? Only to be challenged by Rhea to finally 'finishing'.

    • T Shepherd
      T Shepherd 2 months ago +16

      @Matt M That’s the thing though; he doesn’t care if people think he did it. He did it away from witnesses, so no one can ever prove it conclusively, but he didn’t care that Rhea’s cousin knew he murdered her. As long as no one can prove it definitively, Daemon is untouchable as the King’s brother. Accusations mean nothing to him.

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +13

      @T Shepherd I have to disagree. After she falls off the horse, he starts to walk away. It's only after she continues to pick at him does he grab the rock. It's clear he wants out of the marriage but I don't think he planned to kill her from the start, especially not in the shaodw of a castle, where there were potentially plenty of witnesses. It's a bit of a moot point as it seems clear his intention was to get out of the marriage, we just different on his initial intent on the method. It's def not beyond Daemon to plan to just murder his wife, although that seems very on the nose and open to accusations given his public distaste for her and the marriage.

    • T Shepherd
      T Shepherd 2 months ago +40

      Absolutely. His dress and demeanor made it obvious. Rhea read his intent and had a split-second to defend herself. Why else would he ambush her on the road? If he was just there to greet his wife, why not do it at Runestone? He wanted no witnesses and a plausible accidental death.

  • The Villain in Glasses
    The Villain in Glasses 2 months ago +87

    Everyone else just puts a video out as soon as they can to ride the hype, but you always take your time, find quotes from the books, differences/similarities, etc. Never sacrificing quality for quantity. We all appreciate it! Seven blessings friend.

    • E J
      E J 27 days ago +1

      He also has the luxury of having a huge and dedicated fan base haha. Not to say his videos aren’t great.

  • Astrospect
    Astrospect 2 months ago +468

    The actress for Allicent gave one of the greatest performances I've ever seen in this episode. Truly amazing acting. I believed every bit of emotion her face was conveying after Criston confessed to her. She deserves an award for her performance in that episode.

    • Angry deer
      Angry deer 19 days ago

      @Iloveass That's not a fact, it's clearly an opinion

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago

      @Florida Dream 🤣🤣🤣 she is taking the role of step mum ex bff very seriously. I also kept thinking ... wait ... what is all her outrage for exactly ?? Angry that her step daughter is having sexx ?? Lol so funny ... also if she was very set on her kid being king then I'd say maybe it makes sense ... but she isn't even interested in that so what's with all her energy directed at step daughter for 🤣🤣🤣

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago

      @Florida Dream lol. Just watched and thought why is she soooo mad at the girl tho lol. I also found it meh... feelike she could have been entertaining in a less serious role.

    • Iloveass
      Iloveass Month ago

      @Astrospect that's why I told you to watch more films

    • Astrospect
      Astrospect Month ago

      @Iloveass I said "one of the greatest performances I've ever seen"
      Maybe you should learn to read friend, unless you're trying to imply that you know everything I've seen and that I'm lying or something.

  • Mark My Words
    Mark My Words 2 months ago +214

    4:00 finally someone said it! I sympathize with Alicent but she wouldn't be in this precarious situation if it weren't for his father's ambition to begin with.
    And while he's out of the picture in King's Landing, he's likely still in touch with Mellos and scheming continues.

    • Mark My Words
      Mark My Words 2 months ago +1

      @merkikima I think we're just arguing semantics and/or tone but I really think we're essentially saying the same thing in your initial comment, but now that you're using the word "responsibility" I think there might be a difference, or again we may be using different words.
      I believe in your last comment you might've meant "fault" (LMK if I'm wrong) and I made it clear that I don't think Alicent should take the fall for her father's actions.
      But I DO think (in the HOTD world) that she does have a responsibility to her family whether she likes it or not i.e. all the duties, benefits, and baggages that come with it.
      Like if some other rival family has a beef with Otto's brother, some of that heat might inadvertently carry over to Alicent (unfair as I think it might be). We've seen it in the Blackwood kid vs Bracken fight.
      As of last episode, her initial reluctance isn't a factor anymore. She's embraced the responsibility in the same way Rhaenyra has... despite her initial reluctance to take responsibility as heir (e.g. not finding a husband)

    • merkikima
      merkikima 2 months ago

      @Mark My Words bottom line he made male heirs and should have removed his daughter from the line of succesion to avoid all this the rest is simply speculation many targearyans had fertility problems and Aemma had her first pregnancy at 12 a thing that can easialy endamage her womb and create all the misacriges by the end viserys is the one responsible for the civil war and no one else

    • merkikima
      merkikima 2 months ago

      @Mark My Words it's the way you phrased it that makes it seem as if you are making her fathers actions into her responsibility also evident by the "she inherited" no she didn't she was forced into this position unlike Rhaenyra who is the one sposed to inherite the realm and the the problems that comes with being the heir

    • P G
      P G 2 months ago

      @Mark My Words Maybe, but that is still all speculation. People excuse Viserys too much and put too much blame on the Hightowers imo. So Viserys tries all these years to get a male heir until it ultimately leads to his wife's death and then he takes a second wife and once she finally gives him his long desired son suddenly he insists that his daughter should remain heir? Like Viserys make your mind up you idiot, in that case you didn't have to put your first wife through all these failed pregnancies and take a second wife to begin with. Viserys is maybe too arrogant and foolish to see it, but he completely unnecessarily put his wife and children in jeopardy by putting them in a position where rivalry and conflict are almost inevitable. Viserys basically screwed over his first wife and then to ease his bad conscience screwed over his second wife and her children. He should have either named his son heir or made it clear that he didn't intend to replace Rhaenyra with a son before taking another wife. The Hightowers are not entirely innocent either but they have a point that Alicents children will always pose a threat to Rhaenyras rule and from their perspective it is also pretty unfair and insulting that Viserys married one of their daughters and then passes over her sons for a daughter against all the established traditions and precedents.

    • Emmet Ocampo
      Emmet Ocampo 2 months ago +2

      @Mark My Words holy **** that is a thought. Makes you wonder how much Alicients dad (forgot his name) has been scheming and for how long

  • Bansic
    Bansic 2 months ago +51

    One thing I thought was interesting in this last episode was how Viserys wished that he had been tested so he could've had songs written about how great he was, yet in nearly every episode so far he was given a test and every time he turned away from it because he didn't want to get involved. It took him way too long to address the 🦀Feeder and every time politics came up he chose to ignore it because he didn't want to think about it. While I understand that the tests weren't up to the caliber that he wanted, I doubt that he would have done something if it ever got to Maegor level problematic.

    • FlyingFox1994
      FlyingFox1994 Month ago +1

      This. Viserys was a good man but a weak one, and that's catastrophic when you're a king. The Dance of Dragons was begun by Viserys, not by anyone else. If he'd put his foot down, either on Rhaenyra's side or Aegon's, the realm (and House Targaryen) wouldn't have suffered half as badly. He allowed ill-feeling and hatred to fester and did nothing, he allowed his daughter's obvious bastards to be given trueborn names and claims (just like Aegon the Unworthy) and silenced anyone who spoke the truth (Joffery anyone?) because he was in denial and then later too scared to rock the boat. He denied Aemond justice when he was maimed, which only motivated Aemond to exact vengeance later. He refuses to clarify the position of heir after Aegon's birth, he simply ignored the subject when people brought it up as he was too afraid of offending one side or the other. This is where the confusion and division over who was the rightful heir came in. He frequently forgave Daemon (an objectively terrible person who intends to kill everyone between himself and the throne) basically for everything he did. He had all these tests as a King and as a man but ran away from all of them, and his family and the realm suffered, drowning in the blood of dragons and tens of thousands of people.

    • tha professa
      tha professa Month ago +6

      Lol
      He could barely kill the deer in the kingswood

  • Ahmed Abdolghani
    Ahmed Abdolghani 2 months ago +204

    “House strong is based” can’t agree more

    • Dr. Embersfield
      Dr. Embersfield 2 months ago +8

      @Ivan Pyotr Popov The word "strong" in Nordic languages is "stark". So...

    • -_-
      -_- 2 months ago +22

      A house of gigachads, a shame they live in Harrenhall O.O

    • Ivan Pyotr Popov
      Ivan Pyotr Popov 2 months ago +1

      They probably are starks too

  • Spearshake
    Spearshake 2 months ago +587

    "The enigma that is Larys Strong the Clubfoot has vexed students of history for generations, and is not one we can hope to unravel here. Where did his true loyalty lie? What was he about? He wove his way all through the Dance of the Dragons, on this side and that side, vanishing and reappearing, yet somehow always surviving. How much of what he said was real? Was he just a man who sailed with the prevailing wind, or did he know where he was bound when he set out? So may we ask, but none will answer. The last Strong keeps his secrets." This is my favorite quote of Larys and tbh its what makes him all the more interesting and unpredictable. In GoT we could more or less guage what everyone's goal was. Varys wanted to ensure a good ruler sits the throne, Baelish wanted the power for himself and Pycelle was aligned with the Lannisters. Yet this man is all the more scarier exactly because we never know or probably ever will know what drove his ambitions.

    • Spearshake
      Spearshake 2 months ago

      @Petr Maly The maester anti dragon conspiracy sort of falls flat on its ass for me when you realise there were at least two known Targaryens who joined the citadel- Vaegon and Aemon Targaryen.

    • Petr Maly
      Petr Maly 2 months ago

      @Hoon Sol I can't see any other motivation and everything he does seems to push the divide in the royal family even further. If he has any other candidate for the throne, it is perfectly hidden. I think his goal is to get rid of the dragons.

    • Hoon Sol
      Hoon Sol 2 months ago

      @Petr Maly:
      That first part definitely seems to be the case. That second part is not so clear.

    • Petr Maly
      Petr Maly 2 months ago

      Varys wants his nephew, Fake Aegon to sit on the throne. Larys is a tool of the maester anti-dragon conspiracy, pushing for the civil war.

    • SimYn
      SimYn 2 months ago +1

      @daycentchunage The theory is that a sorcerer cut Varys balls for the magic in kings blood.
      Kings blood = Valyrian blood.
      Varys is thus thought to be Young Griffs uncle, a Blackfyre.
      Illyrio states that the male line of Blackfyre is extinguished with the death of Maelys the monstrous.

  • Just Call Me D
    Just Call Me D 2 months ago +35

    That dress was everything.
    Also how Criston was able to walk out of the great hall is what really blew my mind at the end of the episode. Also them not cleaning the floor after what happened with Joffery was insane.
    Poor Laenor 😔

    • Keyser94
      Keyser94 2 months ago

      The same reason why the Senators walk outside every-time that a murder happen in the Senate, in Rome, the Throne Room would be consider sacred, a place of power, such horrible thing to happen there, no one would want to be close to it.

  • Chairman Meow
    Chairman Meow 2 months ago +37

    I thought Mellos refusing to stop leeching was suspicious, but actually I think he was just too proud to let some young upstart tell HIM how to treat the king by suggesting they use “herbs” and “medicines” instead of the tried and true method of leeching. I think it was pride and stubbornness rather than a conspiracy, Hanlon’s law and all that.

    • Mugiwara no Luffy
      Mugiwara no Luffy 21 day ago +1

      Agreed. I think it's 90% a pride and ego thing. Like how the Grand Maester Pycelle in GOT could not accept the methods of Maester Qyburn

    • Olorin
      Olorin 2 months ago

      Rewatch the scene from the first episode where they are inspecting Viserys back wound.

  • Chris Kehley
    Chris Kehley 2 months ago +162

    The simple fact that the producers linger on characters faces and you can see them go through every stage just by looking at their faces
    When Cole was tellin Rhaenery about running off, You could see it in her face that she went from happy to uhhohh to ohh shit same with Alicent finding out about Rhaenery and Cole

    • caboose202ful
      caboose202ful 2 months ago +11

      It's pedantic of me to say, but it's directors and camera operators rather than producers that you should be complimenting. For this episode, the director was Clare Kilner, and the cinematographer was Alejandro Martínez

  • cp
    cp 2 months ago +100

    I really hope Jon Magician is right about Larys Strong. This is such an intriguing theory, and it gives a reason for the Weirwood change (beyond "hey do you remember? It's the thing from the other thing!").

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +7

      definitely possible as Larys otherwise really wasn't presented as a major enough character to have that important a scene with just him and the queen.

    • Ruth Bennett
      Ruth Bennett 2 months ago +16

      All hail the Three-eared Rat!

  • Wolfeson28
    Wolfeson28 2 months ago +47

    12:09 It's interesting how Rhaenyra and Laenor might be the healthiest relationship in the series despite the lack of romantic attraction between them. They have a strong common ground of both being constrained by the rules of their society from pursuing the romantic relationships they want (in different ways, of course). So they agree to let each other pursue their own romantic relationships in secret, while playing the roles expected of them in public to maintain the expectations of their families. Obviously this deal has a lot of potential pitfalls, but it's a genuine effort to make the best of the situation that they've been pushed into, accept each other for who they each are, and allow each other whatever degree of romantic freedom they can.

  • val
    val 2 months ago +94

    IMO it's not ambiguous at all what daemon's intentions were in the vale. the reason rhea reached for her bow is because she realized in the middle of speaking that he'd come to kill her. rhea is talking about rhaenyra -- asking if he plans to kill 'the child' that stole his position as heir but then it clicks in her mind that with him here and suspiciously cloaked, his intentions are to kill her off so that he can marry his niece, as targaryens often do. it's subtle but the mannerisms give it away.

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago +2

      It was not as clear why he had returned so suspiciously to his own home. But as the wife kept talking it became very clear he was there to kill her or incapacitate her in some way. Once she fell looks like he confirmed she was paralysed neck down and was okay leaving her like that but after she taunted him he came back to finish her. The poor girl

    • AA's Cattery
      AA's Cattery 2 months ago +1

      Okay, finally, someone who noticed the line

    • Honored Madman
      Honored Madman 2 months ago +4

      Well the after the episode people said it was meant to be ambiguous, like if he came there to murder her or not, so whether or not it was portrayed well, isn't my point, I was just saying it was the intent of the director, it didn't seem ambiguous to me tho when I watched it

    • Alora Luna
      Alora Luna 2 months ago +21

      Honestly feel like people are just projecting when it comes to Daemon due to his popularity (not saying ASX is!) but for example lots of people in the subreddit tried to defend his actions by saying that he didn’t go there to kill her, or that it’s her fault because she goaded him but what does any of that matter…in the end he killed her because he never Ed liked her and also wanted to marry again…

  • El Mooo
    El Mooo 2 months ago +23

    I really enjoyed the moment when Harwyn got the nod from his Dad "get in their and get out"
    He's going to be fun to watch I think!
    Post edit: boy was I wrong

    • Bouji
      Bouji Month ago

      lol yeah, this the problem with this show imo. They really should have just started the show with Rhaenyra as an adult already.

    • Karla Lynn
      Karla Lynn 2 months ago +2

      Yeah that was a 🔥scene.

  • Schwaben
    Schwaben 2 months ago +67

    Also Rhaenyra manipulated her to get out of her possible sex scandal. Alicant ad been consistently trying to mend their relationship after she married Viserys and Rhaenyra played into that when she needed her to believe her. Calling her "sister" and swearing on her mother's memory.

    • zeraf maxx
      zeraf maxx 13 days ago

      There is only so much mending you can when you bed your friends dad. I thought it was weird how over concerned she was!

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago +1

      Doesn't make sense why she is so invested in her step daughter's sex life. It's weirdly odd why she gets so angry at her.

    • B N
      B N 2 months ago +1

      @Parichay she absolutely had to comfort the king. As a woman in those times and of her standing, going against her father would have detrimental consequences. One that may even threaten her life. And as she “comforted” the king, she gave him advice to help him build his relationship with Rhae, convinced him to keep her as heir even WITH Aegon being born, defended Rhae when everyone doubted her even when Rhae was guilty. That IS someone t be trusted. Even her father called her out on trying to hard to keep her friendship with Rhae. Idk how you can see her defend rhae in every way she can and say she couldn’t be trusted. She did NOTHING besides follow orders and do what she could in her situation but nothing of it was shady. Her father ? Shady. Her? Up until this point, no.

    • B N
      B N 2 months ago +1

      @Parichay in the show, she’s been innocent. Hasn’t done a thing to anyone. She comforted the king under her fathers orders which would have negative consequences if she disobeyed in this world, didn’t say anything because the king ordered her not to, and then had married the king despite not wanting to because denying his declaration again, would get her in trouble which absolutely justifies “betraying” her friend, lost any sort of friendships she ever had, while trying desperately to save the only good one she did have, gave good advice to the king and Rhae multiple times, etc. I never said Rhae should have told her, I agree there, Rhae telling her was too risky given what’s happened BUT that doesn’t make Allicent the problem there either. She had right to feel upset over it just like Rhae had the right to feel upset over her her father and her best friends random marriage. But, that doesn’t make Allicent bad in anyway, just a victim of her status and unfortunately, being a woman with “responsibilities”.

    • Ash Benamti
      Ash Benamti 2 months ago

      Did Rhae really have any other choice though? The last time a Targaryen princess did that, they tried to ship her off to the cruel faith and disown her forever. She managed to escape to Essos and become a famous prostitute. This was one of the previous king's daughters, Jahaerys.

  • The White Dragon
    The White Dragon 2 months ago +34

    Some details I like: When Lord Jason drops that distasteful joke about the King's heir directly in front of the King, Viserys does basically nothing and just chuckles it off, showing his weakness again, this time to nobles outside the family. Another detail: though we don't get much of it, I like how Larys' and Harwin's brotherly relationship is shown. Often a brotherly relationship between a strong warrior and an intelligent weakling is depicted through conflict, but I appreciate that we're shown the two brothers laughing ans smiling with one another. I appreciate that further humanization. Last one: I like how Alicent's "war dress" is also more adult and mature with a deep cut neckline instead of the modest "teenage" dresses she's been previously wearing, as if to say that she's fully realized into her political power and is no meek little girl anymore.

  • [Insert funny name here]
    [Insert funny name here] 2 months ago +83

    Seeing Larys get more involved after Otto's departure makes you wonder what the strongs are up to, or even if Larys is working with his father or not. Is Larys and the Strongs against the hightowers, trying to manipulate Alicent and Viserys now that Otto left. Or are they on the hightower side, Lyonel did study at the citadel. They might try to fill Otto's place for him, making sure that the hightowers are still influential.

    • Carl Rood
      Carl Rood 2 months ago +7

      I get the idea Larys is working his own game. He's a younger son with a disability. Think Tyrion. Even a guy who appears somewhat decent (or at least politic), like Lyonel, probably doesn't see a lot of value in a son with no military or marital value. Larys could be resentful of his father and older brother.

    • mst3KGf
      mst3KGf 2 months ago +9

      @[Insert funny name here] Larys is an enigma and keeps his motivations to himself. That's what makes him so intriguing.

    • [Insert funny name here]
      [Insert funny name here] 2 months ago +8

      @icyman2 If you mean trying to keep the Targaryen family together, I kinda agree. As Riverlanders they should be very vary of war, as the Riverlands are often worst affected by war. And the Strongs hold power through Viserys government, so they have nothing to gain from a struggle for power and a lot to lose. They might still see the hightower cause to be the most stable, since Otto is kinda right about Rhaenyra as Queen.

    • No One
      No One 2 months ago +3

      @icyman2 I think Varys is closer to him, even though we never hear his real motives

    • icyman2
      icyman2 2 months ago +18

      So far I think they are on the Targaryen side but Larys could be the black sheep working on his own, something like Varys mixed with Littefinger.

  • Nunya Biznes
    Nunya Biznes 2 months ago +56

    It's kinda sweet to think that Rhaenyra will name one of her sons after Joffrey, probably to allow Laenor to honor his beloved's memory.

  • KaritKtana
    KaritKtana 2 months ago +6

    One correction: this wasn't technically a wedding! At least, that wasn't the plan...
    I think Rhaenyra's white dress makes it even more confusing.
    One minor thing I didn't understand, but was actually REALLY looking forward to seeing, was the exchange of capes at the actual wedding.
    I wanted to see both the Targaryen wedding cloak and the Velaryon one, just to admire the craftsmanship.
    But as the ceremony concludes, Rhaenyra is still wearing the Targaryen cloak. Is that a mishap? Does it tell us that everyone is too distracted and flustered to follow protocol? Or that the Targaryen bride will not take on the Velaryon name?
    At the overhead shot when Viserys collapses there seems to be a lighter lump of fabric next to Rhaenyra, but I can't be sure what it is.

  • Josh
    Josh 2 months ago +76

    this show is so well written and the actors are fantastic

    • RKIWTIR
      RKIWTIR 2 months ago +1

      @SaltoDaKid i mean plot holes such as inconsistencies in character personality or even the absence of logic in few of the scenes.

    • Elonif
      Elonif 2 months ago +1

      @RKIWTIR Why has this comment 14 likes?!

    • SaltoDaKid
      SaltoDaKid 2 months ago

      @RKIWTIR plot hole or more puzzle to solve

    • RKIWTIR
      RKIWTIR 2 months ago

      @The Hoopman if i wanted to 'drink the kool aid', I would go watch a CW show

    • The Hoopman
      The Hoopman 2 months ago +1

      @RKIWTIR drink the cool aid bro 🤣🤣😅

  • Marissa
    Marissa 2 months ago +5

    21:19 Lol I love how, in the same dry intonation, as the rest of the video, you include jokes and commentary like this.
    I must be one of many that enjoy coming back to your videos every Saturday in anticipation of Sunday. big fan of your work!

    • Marissa
      Marissa 2 months ago +1

      also 23:30, how you say, "saying sarcastically but >actually kind of for real though

  • SynthDriver
    SynthDriver 2 months ago +100

    You could feel the tension rising during the wedding. I had to rewatch the last 30 mins of the episode to pick up details I might have missed on the first watch.

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago

      I was left very confused too lol. So why did the knight kill the boyfriend ??

    • Trent Ryan Katzenberger
      Trent Ryan Katzenberger 2 months ago +1

      Omg, dude. You are just sitting there, watching, knowing something HAS to go wrong but having no idea which of at least ten different directions it is going to be coming from. It was truly a master class in building tension with subtlety.

    • merkikima
      merkikima 2 months ago +3

      I've rewatched and yes i've messed many details especialy thoses secret glances during the wedding

    • misterhenchmen
      misterhenchmen 2 months ago

      I also need to watch this episode like 3 more times before sundayyyyy!!

  • Mario Vladimir Ozuni
    Mario Vladimir Ozuni 2 months ago +72

    I’ve waited for this video 6 days straight only to see it posted one day before the 6th episode. No wonder they’re so good, bc it takes time to make them.

  • Elonif
    Elonif 2 months ago +14

    Every scene with Daemon in it is gold. He is such a fun character.

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  • Samuel Katz
    Samuel Katz 2 months ago +73

    Ngl I felt bad for Rhea. Royces and the Vale are cool, and I wish we could have had more of them in HOTD compared to dealing with Lysa's weird kid in GOT

    • Samuel Katz
      Samuel Katz 2 months ago +1

      @kezzek I just wish we had more stuff happen in the Vale. Tyrion there in S1 of GOT was fun but it's probably the least visited or discussed part of Westeros.

    • kezzek
      kezzek 2 months ago

      Not gonna lie I feel bad for the person I saw on screen for 10 seconds before being murdered. Lmao what an odd comment.

    • Marjoss1
      Marjoss1 2 months ago

      I hope to see Willam Royce in the later seasons for the Ride of the Seven.

    • Madeline Mcmillan
      Madeline Mcmillan 2 months ago +4

      @Matt M name calling isn't grounds for murder lmao, though we dont know the context behind why their relationship is so strained. I think he was planning to kill her no matter what, this is daemon afterall, he needed her out of the way.

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +4

      She seemed like a cool character...but IMO her mouth def got her killed. She just kept picking at him.

  • Daddy Dagoth
    Daddy Dagoth 2 months ago +3

    I think Tyland and Jason kind of confirms the theroy that Tyrion's appearance is the result of chimeraism. Clearly Twins are common thing in the Lannister bloodline.

  • C. Wright
    C. Wright 2 months ago +27

    This was the best episode so far. Criston's breakdown followed a very logical path for a prideful medieval knight who takes his honor & vows as seriously as he takes his chastity (symbolic soiled knight). Even better was Alicent’s rage buildup with Otto's salient point, Strong instigating about the tea & Cole's confession letting her know who was responsible for her dad's banishment. Daemon serving as a wedding red herring was great. And ofc they would hurriedly get married after what happened (symbolic cursed wedding). Not much of a stretch to imagine by the time anyone was ready to act amidst the pandemonium and disarray, Criston had already walked away. After which Alicent was responsible for his safety. The only reasoning that has to be given is why a sickly Viserys was compelled to go along with his wife over his son-in-law, which can be easily done. This was a way more impactful inciting incident than another repetitive jousting death. Frankly if anyone is confused about how Alicent is in two places at one time they need to stop worrying about dissecting HOTD & google the word montage. The suspense building all through the wedding, climaxing with the beautiful dark montage, Ramin Djawadi score & the visual storytelling of Rhaeynra/Alicent's crossroads moment...best thing they've done so far.

  • Nerya Mofaz
    Nerya Mofaz 2 months ago +22

    It’s a shame how when viscerys asks how he will be remembered it’s something we already know from the book, as a drunk lazy king. Same thing with daemons wife dying from “falling off her horse” history is not always accurate

  • Alsonallu
    Alsonallu 2 months ago +33

    10:40 "He lives in a museum of his own awesomeness" love that

  • Matthaeus Philologos
    Matthaeus Philologos 2 months ago +5

    This episode has the most shocking twist out of all ASOIAF properties. Not only does Sweden exist in this universe but the Royces are specifically from the region of Skåne or Scania, as the Anglo-Saxons say.
    Evidence: Rhea Royce is literally walking around with text from the oldest preserved example of the Scanian (ironically the flattest region in Sweden, in the southern part of the country) law on her armor. Not only are those skåningar everywhere in our media but now they're showing up in fictional fantasy universes as well! What ever will they think of next?

  • Joske
    Joske 2 months ago +83

    Rhys Ifans is so good as Otto!
    I've read The princess and the queen & the rouge prince books so it's nice to see them walk a line between the maesters account vs what mushroom said, as in the real world there are reported accounts of what happened and then what actually happend,
    The Audiobooks for both are read by IIan Glenn (Ser Jorah in G.o.T) and he does an exellent job / on par with Roy Dotrice.

  • Po Po
    Po Po 2 months ago +36

    The show: Larys likes to observe
    Larys: I learnt to observe
    This channel: Larys used magic

  • zizoumonk10
    zizoumonk10 2 months ago +132

    I just hope the showrunners have a plan for the transition to the new actors for Alicent and Rhae because Emily and Milly have done a phenomenal job and will be missed considerably

    • Dragonlope
      Dragonlope 2 months ago +2

      They don’t have any plan actually. In fact, this is the last episode. They missed this comment and forgot to cast older actors.

    • Mark Peralta
      Mark Peralta 2 months ago +1

      Yeah i was rooting for rhae in the 1st episodes but the showrunners really did a good job now im split between the allicent and rhae.

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +6

      Emily yes, and am not at all sad to see Milly go. Not sure what it is but I just don't like her acting style. Could be that she is playing her role as a spoiled princess so well, but of the few moments of the older Rhaenera's actress, I like her far better. Allicent may be my favorite character so far since it feels like they learned the lesson of Sansa Stark being naive for WAY too long, and are giving Allicent depth of character alot sooner.

    • Kaziglu Bey
      Kaziglu Bey 2 months ago +11

      Yeah they set the bar very high indeed, I hope not to be disappointed.

  • Peter D
    Peter D 2 months ago +8

    weird that Joffrey picked out Criston to be the secret given how Daemon is behaving towards Rhaynera in that scene. Daemon would've been the more obvious suspect, given also that there were already rumours bubbling about the two

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  • Paul G
    Paul G 2 months ago +35

    Interestingly, the first shot of Corlys shows a close-up of EXACTLY those two fingers Viserys lost, lying on the arm rest of his throne. There's a lot to interprete into this
    The shot I mean is also in this video at 9:54

    • Elonif
      Elonif 2 months ago +1

      @Clemens Stubbe Yeah. Early GOT was simply good because of the writing, the directing was pretty boring and straight forward. House of the Dragon has great writing and directing which makes fantastic TV.

    • Clemens Stubbe
      Clemens Stubbe 2 months ago +11

      That's *very* well spotted! Kilner really didn't hold back on the direction choices for this episode. Really, all of Hot D has been way more bold in direction than GoT ever was.

  • Keiran Grant
    Keiran Grant 2 months ago +11

    I dont like the scene with Crispin killing Jeoffrey the way he did. They could have made it look like self defense when Jeoffrey pulled the knife on him. Maybe he could have taken it away and stabbed him with it. That could have exonerated him. I dont understand how he was able to leave the scene as freely as he did.
    Rhea's death also didnt make much sense. But I'm willing to forgive a few contrivances and plot holes.

    • Nunya Biznes
      Nunya Biznes 2 months ago

      @ThornInTheEye People are already thinking that people on both sides would let it go for their own personal reasons, Alicent wanted him as an ally and a possible future weapon against Rhaenyra and Coryls would not want news of his son's homosexuality out it seems (especially in the next episode Alicent would make a big deal about Rhaenyra's baby's parentage).

    • ThornInTheEye
      ThornInTheEye 2 months ago +2

      I guess everyone was stunned by what happened, so they didn't make an effort to capture him. Plus he outranks all of the guards except his Kingsguard brothers. I hope they address the consequences of his actions though, I doubt it will be just simple as "ice a guy and walk away"

  • Pyramidion
    Pyramidion 2 months ago +9

    I like how Larys is admiring a plant that isn't supposed to grow there but seems to be doing well despite a little physical stress (the plant was showing deficiencies)

  • ItsCrazy
    ItsCrazy Month ago +5

    one of the best things about dude is that he never takes credit for himself when he achieves something . he always respect us, the audience, and his team, and he is always polite in all of his video. we congratulate ourselves on this achievement more to come and everything to come""❤💛🧡💙
    Let's we all just appreciate the content this man and his crew makes it's just a masterpiece imagine what's he's gonna doing the future ❤
    I hope this channel never ends and keeps spreading happiness.❤😊

  • Mavromitros Xristos
    Mavromitros Xristos 2 months ago +22

    What I cant understand yet is why Larys is doing what is doing. I mean his father and brother are clearly on the kings side and kinda help Rhaenyra so far. Has he gone rogue? Or they also have a secret agenda?

    • Steph P
      Steph P 2 months ago +2

      Agent of chaos

    • Greywolf757
      Greywolf757 2 months ago +5

      I think the answer is simple. Larys believes that if he makes a friendship with Alicent early, he can get a high position in her son's government. So he will help her son Aegon take power.

    • Manyarrows
      Manyarrows 2 months ago +5

      Some men jus want to watch the world burn.

    • Salma Mohammed
      Salma Mohammed 2 months ago +1

      I thought maybe cause his dad was seen by Viserys as the only guy whose honest and truly there for the realm (supposedly) he can’t further his family’s interests directly and so all the scheming to improve the family situation falls on the one person no one would suspect ie Larys. That way the family can have their cake and eat it too (seem honest and be in the kings good books while also sow some chaos at the detriment of the royal family for their own ambitions). At least that’s why I guessed. Or maybe Larys acts independently from his family in order to prove himself or something.

    • Nunya Biznes
      Nunya Biznes 2 months ago +2

      Yeah, I wonder what he's up to. Or maybe the family is betting on both sides? Is that even possible?

  • PenitantStance
    PenitantStance 2 months ago +38

    I support Rhaenyra the legitimate next in line! I'm sure nothing bad will happen to her and her succession will happen without dispute. Nothing you tell me will convince me otherwise and Westeros will have 300 years of peace. Long live AltSwiftX

    • No One
      No One 2 months ago +1

      @Hypatia But that's not the system they use. The template for Westeros is Great Britain which his common law instead of civil law. Even though I personally prefer civil law, I don't think you can blame them for sticking to common law

    • Hypatia
      Hypatia 2 months ago

      @No One I neglected to write the word 'codified' but I meant it. Either Jaehaerys or Viserys should have made an elaborate codified law on succession. Even if The King's words, oaths and council decisions in urgency are kind of laws in their own rights, they are not powerful enough to convince people. But yes, consent and support of lords are quite critical in feodal system. It is not absolute monarch after all.

    • venus
      venus 2 months ago

      @Hypatia talking about the legitimacy of aegon II and viserys' right of the throne having the fact that rhae's father already make history as naming A woman an heir. how come you say those boys are the legitimate heirs when the King Himself already named one? :/

    • venus
      venus 2 months ago

      @No One exactly, thats why in the recent episode, it made sense that if rhaenyra will be queen, the lords will not like that and war will follow. its not the targaryens fault, nor jaehaerys and viserys, its the common people and the lords. they will not accept a woman sitting on the iron throne.

    • No One
      No One 2 months ago +2

      @Hypatia As far as I know there's no codified law in Westeros. So Jaehaerys indeed made a law who inherits the Iron Throne through his decision by naming Viserys his heir. Viserys changed this law by naming Rhaenyra as his heiress.
      Jaehaerys did nothing wrong. Viserys also not directly, the problem was only that many lords didn't like this law

  • woman
    woman 2 months ago +18

    I’d love to see more magic in this series since there’s lots of dragons this time.. so excited for future episodes and thank you for uploading I really look forward for your videos after each episode

  • Cub Beige
    Cub Beige 2 months ago +19

    Another detail
    Green is the opposite color of red in the color wheel, it's also complementary to each other. I love the duality of this detail because of how much it mirrors both Rhaenyra and Alicent's relationship.

  • Chris Berry
    Chris Berry 2 months ago +3

    Larys having magic is my new favorite theory and I'm so mad at myself for not thinking about that myself. Especially with the rats scene at the end.

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  • Zafar abbas
    Zafar abbas 2 months ago +13

    Hey Alt shift X, the quality of the content you put out always blows my mind, can you tell us how long does it take to create one of these videos? (On the off chance you see this comment)

  • Sam McCloskey
    Sam McCloskey 2 months ago +12

    Man your analysis is so good it’s like you wrote the show

  • Ethan O. McBride
    Ethan O. McBride 2 months ago +28

    It actually does look like Daemon checked the extent of her paralysis before deciding to kill her

    • Miss Elle
      Miss Elle Month ago

      He definitely checked to confirm she was paralysed neck down. Then was leaving to go and she taunted him then he came back to finished her.

    • Rhianna Hayabusa
      Rhianna Hayabusa Month ago

      @Cobalt Conqueror Did we watch the same episode ? We saw Daemon notice Rhea got paralyzed. Then we saw the same Daemon leave. Like he left. It wasn't until she had to antagonize him again with the '' I knew you couldn't finish'' line that he decided to kill her. So if she had kept her mouth shut, he was going to leave her alive.

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +1

      @Cobalt Conqueror Good point. Very good chance she would blame him for that.

    • Cobalt Conqueror
      Cobalt Conqueror 2 months ago +5

      Yeah, it seems like Daemon decided to kill her only after she'd already been crippled. He knows his reputation, and if Rhea starts telling people that he tried to murder her, they would probably believe it. Might as well actually murder her, and leave her death a mystery.

    • Matt M
      Matt M 2 months ago +5

      @Ash Benamti Yeah the one thing that does stick out is he is very clearly trying to conceal his identity, which speaks to ill intentions....but they're out in the open, in front of a castle, which is the opposite of that.
      Honestly it does fit very well with Daemon's character either way. Will be interesting to see if they have Daemon say what his intentions were, and even if he does, he might be lying.
      Rhea felt like a cool character to keep around as a thorn in Daemon's side and a strong female character reminiscent of his mother(tomboy etc). But I have given up on Thrones' series keeping good characters around just for the sake of them being good characters(see Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, Ygritte, Mons Raider...I could go on).

  • Not_A_Bot_I _promise
    Not_A_Bot_I _promise 2 months ago +21

    Dance of the Dragon, is also an advanced firebending technique

  • Ovskii
    Ovskii 2 months ago +9

    I'm glad you took a nuanced view of Criston. A lot of people are interpreting his reaction to being rejected as him being an "incel", which is super simplistic. His actions in this episode weren't logical, but they still made sense.

  • Samuel Maucaille
    Samuel Maucaille 2 months ago +3

    This is a quality explanation, thanks for this!

  • Gods Defence
    Gods Defence 2 months ago +19

    How the hell do you pick up the fact that the runes on the actresses armour is just immediately on google? That's such a crazy thing for anyone to find

    • Clemens Stubbe
      Clemens Stubbe 2 months ago +6

      These videos are always pieced together from various discussions online. Someone immediately recognized the runes as Norse, and found the relevant text (by simply translating a few passages) on wiki. It was huge on various subreddits by monday.

  • Lennito
    Lennito 2 months ago +2

    A small observation: I think that the fact that Criston Cole is is a Dornishman who chose to fight agaist his own people for personal gains says a lot about his character. And it's also foreshadowing of him changing allegiances.

  • _10Sam_08
    _10Sam_08 2 months ago +87

    I really am surprised that people consider Alicent an evil Queen....she might be in the books but in the show she was clearly loyal to Rhaenyra till the day Otto left. Alicent has no one except her father and she couldnt say no to what he would ask her to do. Its not her fault that she is in this mess.....you cant expect a 15 year old to go against two most powerful men in realm....she had no choice but to marry Viserys. Rhaenyra and Alicent are victim and they have no option but to fight for themselves at this point.

    • Pepsibente
      Pepsibente Month ago

      @Paul Perkins Rhaenyra didn't want to have children, but she most certainly wanted to be queen!

    • Paul Perkins
      Paul Perkins 2 months ago

      @Droman Kass For these things to be possible just underlines how chaotic King's Landing has become at this point. Everyone has seen that the King's reaction to treason is to pretend not to notice.

    • Droman Kass
      Droman Kass 2 months ago +2

      @Paul Perkins I suspect that in the confusion Cole just slipped out, and few normal guards would stop or challenge a member of the King's Guard (they do kind of have a 'Access All Areas' level of security in the Red Keep, and if the King is not going to call for him to be stopped no one else is.
      As for Alicent going to meet Cole, I wonder if Larys didn't slip out of the crowd and tell her exactly where he was and what sort of mood he was in and say something like 'if you that man on your side when it comes to fighting, now is the moment to bind him to your cause'. And Alicent clearly felt no fear seeking out Cole, or was prepared to take the risk to gain a Knight, that she also slipped out to meet him.

    • _10Sam_08
      _10Sam_08 2 months ago +1

      @Paul Perkins at one point i actually thought that Rahenyra adviced her father to marry alicent. But after council scene i realized that was not the case

    • Paul Perkins
      Paul Perkins 2 months ago +4

      The irony is that Rhaenyra does not really want to have children or to be Queen so there is no reason she and Alicent could not work together on their shared goal of restoring order and stability to the realm, with Alicent's boy to become King eventually when he's old enough to actually run things. There's sure not much order now, what with a banished Dragonrider crashing the wedding, which turns into a brawl, after which a murderer and a Queen can just wander around unescorted outside in the night.

  • Ka Chow
    Ka Chow 2 months ago +7

    highlight of the episode was Rhaenyra telling Jason Lannister that she couldn't think of a better match, polite shit talking is done so well in this show

  • C P
    C P 2 months ago +2

    I feel like a lot of people talking about the wedding melee take for granted that we as the audience saw everything that happened. I felt they were very intentionally obscuring an inciting incident to put our knowledge in line with the overwhelming majority of those present. I have no idea WHAT happened, I just have a strong feeling SOMETHING happened. I don’t think Criston just festered in the corner for a few minutes before deciding to just march up to Joffrey Lonmouth and beat him to death. I believe there’s more to be revealed later.

  • cam
    cam 2 months ago +4

    Your turn-around time on these scripts is really impressive, week by week. Especially if you are editing yourself as well.

  • Gurney
    Gurney 2 months ago +3

    Rewatching that Rhea and Daemon scene, it's pretty clear that Daemon didn't make the horse rear physically which makes the scene so much more interesting. Or maybe it's like you said in the livestream, that he had the smell of his dragon on him and he knew it would make the horse rear. It also looked like he was trying to pull the horse back down.
    It's a tiny bit ambiguous, but leaning way more to the side of "he went there with the intent of killing her." The "show not tell" nature of this series is so well done, and there's so much nuance in the performances.

    • Rhianna Hayabusa
      Rhianna Hayabusa Month ago

      I agree with you on the 1st part. It was ambiguous. But I'm more on the ''He didn't go there to kill her, but after she continuously antagonized him he had enough and killed her'' boat. I mean when Daemon saw she was paralyzed, he left. It wasn't until she said ''I knew you couldn't finish'' that he killed her. She basically asked for it.

  • coco bloco
    coco bloco 2 months ago +28

    Criston was just a pleasant adventure for Rhaenyra. Nothing more. He is devastated. He's in love with her or at least he thinks he is. And nothing could be further away from her mind or feelings. He was caught between a rock and a hard place. Refuse her and he risked insulting her and in accepting he just decided to chance it and hope he could live with it. I wonder what will become him.

    • Ash Benamti
      Ash Benamti 2 months ago

      I think they both had feelings for each other, but they both had other things more important. Rhaenyra had her duty to the crown and Cole his honor. He even mentions the reason he wanted to elope with her was to restore some little of his honor left.

    • Greywolf757
      Greywolf757 2 months ago

      He asked Rhaenyra to run away with him when he was on a ship. Doesn't he worry that other people on that ship would hear him?

    • Clemens Stubbe
      Clemens Stubbe 2 months ago

      "or at least he thinks he is". This sums up Cole perfectly. He's stupid, repressed, immature and emotionally stunted. A life as a knight was perfect for him, because he truly doesn't have the capacity for anything else. He can not read his own or others emotions, and he can't play any sort of political games. The one thing he is good at is fighting and being surface level chivalrous - because he's fundamentally violent and childishly infatuated with chivalry - and everything else feels like a failure and a source of frustration. Like a child turning to violence when communicating with their siblings doesn't suffice, Cole turns to violence when he fails at politics or love.

  • M D
    M D 2 months ago +6

    i look forward to these each week because you do such a good job of going beyond summary and blending the right amounts of commentary, context from the book(s), and a touch of humor. As an example, in this one, you made me think about how Viserys taking the ship is symbolic of many things, including his weakness as king, the power Corlys has over him (and the realm), his disconnection from the power of Targaryens (dragons and their dynastic reach), and his constant anxiety and indecisiveness. I would like to add to Leanor's commentary about dance being like combat. In several cultures that were invaded or colonized, the indigenous people concealed martial arts movements as dance movements. So, he may be referencing that also. Your "explained" videos for Hot D are miles above the other offerings. And your Tyrion video was fantastic, coming from a show viewer who hasn't read the books.

  • Scott Sparling
    Scott Sparling 2 months ago +6

    I think this is worth note. At 16:45, when Christian Cole, isn't killed or gelded, he must feel like his life's achievement is a farce. To realize there is no consequence, and maybe all the the honor and pageantry is empty, and what he so valued as a personal success was utterly vapid and meaningless, and that he's a fool.

  • Leslie Galen
    Leslie Galen 2 months ago +19

    I saw Criston’s sudden attack being triggered not by Joffrey, but by Daemon. It was the moment Daemon tried to kiss Rhaenyra that all hell broke loose.

    • Karla Lynn
      Karla Lynn 2 months ago +9

      Yeah I think that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

  • Rutwik Dixit
    Rutwik Dixit 2 months ago +12

    Love that feeling when GoT episodes make complete sense.

  • yukuhana
    yukuhana 2 months ago +17

    Excellent essay discussion on episode 5. I'm particularly intrigued by your character dissection on Larys.

  • Botfly Guy
    Botfly Guy 2 months ago +2

    It makes perfect sense that Rhaenyra didn't tell Alicent about her hook up with Crispin. Rhaenyra IS the type of person to pressure a knight to break his chastity vows for her, but she isnt the type of person to then go and tell people about it. She is keeping the secret both for Crispins sake (because she knows he would get mutilated and/or killed for it) and for her own (because people dont like the idea of a woman having sex out of marriage). Alicent is married to her father the king. It is a great crime to lie to a king. No doubt Viserys would have asked Alicent and she would have had no choice but to tell the truth. Rhaenyra knows this.

  • Christian Zephyrus
    Christian Zephyrus 2 months ago +20

    Joffrey dying in a tourney would’ve made more sense. His death could’ve been deemed “accidental” and Ser Criston’s arc wouldn’t have to deal with explaining how he gets away from brutally murdering a knight in a royal wedding.

    • Greywolf757
      Greywolf757 2 months ago

      Yes, it would make more sense for Joffrey to die at a tourney, but the show didn't have time in the episode or money to do another tourney scene.

    • Mark Saunders
      Mark Saunders 2 months ago +1

      Writing another tourney in a book is easy. Filming another tourney is expensive and time consuming, a wedding feast was the best option.

    • Arawn
      Arawn 2 months ago

      @Jackie Aprile Jr not enough

    • andromidius
      andromidius 2 months ago +2

      It can be explained away, though it needs to actually be explained in the show. But eh, the time jump basically just makes it details at this stage.

    • GeekFurious
      GeekFurious 2 months ago +1

      As I said in my comment, I think the point is to show that Ser Criston is a shitty person who was going to regain his honor in a murder/suicide of a gay man he saw as a stained knight.

  • JJ Gyzmo
    JJ Gyzmo 2 months ago +4

    Personally, I think Sir Criston's snap made little to no sense the way it was presented in the show. I also think it's weird how he was able to simply leave the scene as if he didn't just interrupt a royal wedding with a rage induced murder... I was hoping for some action and maybe even an unexpected death but not like this. All that did was leaving me confused in a bad way.

  • MARVEL1012
    MARVEL1012 Month ago +7

    I have to keep reminding myself that Paddy is fine in real life, because his acting is so convincing. XD

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  • LJ
    LJ 2 months ago +2

    These videos are perfect. Covers every detail, both obvious and hidden, and doesn't randomly throw out book spoilers and even promises there's no book spoilers for peace of mind. Keep it up Alt I look forward to this series every week.

  • Erin Toles
    Erin Toles 2 months ago +16

    Do you think Daemon heard Jeoffry tell Leanor that Criston was Rhaenyra's lover while he was dancing with Laena? I watched it a few times and it appeared that he did. Even if he did not sure how that could play into things other than he knows people are already talking about Rhaenyra.

    • Träum er
      Träum er 2 months ago +2

      Pretty sure he did, when they said that Criston is her paramour his head turned in his direction

    • Quetzi Guadalupe
      Quetzi Guadalupe 2 months ago +2

      I noticed that too. I think it adds more to the fight.

  • Zbigniew Wojc
    Zbigniew Wojc 2 months ago +1

    I really love the Larys theory, hope it turns out to be true.

  • villalobosfandc
    villalobosfandc 2 months ago +1

    I simply love how you explained everything. I was wondering who rode the dragons on that episode and now I know. Thanks!

  • batgurrl
    batgurrl 2 months ago +4

    Great analysis and your opening was top notch - it has a royal wedding so naturally there’s politics, drama and a murder immediately made me smile.
    These analysis truly help me as I’ve never read any of the books. Daemon’s ex wife really knew how to get to him. I Agree that we don’t what his original intention was her.

  • Micaela Gonzalez
    Micaela Gonzalez 2 months ago +1

    I feel kind of the same way as when I read the book. Almost everything is introduced and resolved in a few pages. So, I feel the show is going the same. Which is not bad, but I'd hoped wouldn't. From now on we're not gonna have likable characters I think. Maybe Rhaenyra's sons.
    Oh yes, when I heard what Haelena said I was like Oh, no, she didn't! Haha so good.

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  • Captain Weekend
    Captain Weekend 2 months ago +2

    Loved Matt Smith as Daemon in this episode, his response to Gerald about Rhea "ah yes, terrible thing that" definitely had the same energy as The Doctor. In many ways it's a similar role just with a different attitude, both are outsiders who don't take everyone seriously, however whilst Daemon sees himself as above everyone, The Doctor sees himself more as a spectator.

  • Black
    Black 2 months ago +2

    I like Criston's character. He's a pretty good guy, and definitely tries to be, but he's actually an impulsive and slightly egotistical person, possibly with some PTSD from his combat experience.
    Idk if you guys have ever tried really hard to be reasonable with others, but reached a breaking point and totally lost control of your emotions. That's Cole

  • Jakob Schöning
    Jakob Schöning 2 months ago

    Thanks a lot for your videos! I personally quite disliked episode five and felt like may actions where nonsensical and forced but you showed me a better perspective on some of the things, even though I still feel like the rushed wedding in the room with the crushed corpse seemed extremely out of place in a setting usually concerned with some medieval realism (see the hunt in this show, but then again the tourney was also not very faithful to increase its drama)

  • MrBroken030
    MrBroken030 2 months ago +18

    5:29 It would be kinda fitting if he really was a green seer given his flower metaphor he spoke in the garden

    • Ruth Bennett
      Ruth Bennett 2 months ago +1

      All hail the “Three-eared Rat”!

  • Deej D
    Deej D 2 months ago +1

    I definitely get the idea that the maester is working with Otto… seems to me he’s letting the king die

  • Red Kraken
    Red Kraken 2 months ago +2

    I'm absolutely stunned at the analysis of the opening sequences. I felt it was a little more obvious in GOT. But in HotD I legit have a hard time noticing the differences.

  • J ateabug
    J ateabug 2 months ago +3

    I think we are still missing parts of the story. We saw Joffrey and Criston's conversation begin and end, but Criston's sudden attack in the middle of the dance really didn't seem to have a trigger outside of Joffrey's veiled threat. It is almost as if someone walked up to Criston out of sight of the cameras and whispered something to him to spur him to attack.
    It is not impossible to believe that it took Criston some time to really process what Joffrey had said to him and that he just couldn't contain his rage any longer; after all, threatening a Knight is probably a terrible idea. Perhaps Daemon's appearance had more than just the goal of messing with his Brother's head.

  • Regina Phalange
    Regina Phalange 2 months ago +3

    19:26 I think maybe Viserys is too tired to act against Daemon…or he just doesn’t want to make a scandal during his daughter’s wedding in front of all the great houses (they may not know Daemon was banished)

  • C. M.
    C. M. 2 months ago +2

    Great video, as always. I'm really glad you said everything I needed said about Criston, too. A lot of reactors seemed to be kind of on his side instead of seeing the hypocrisy of wanting Rhaenyra to give everything up for him, and also claiming he snapped because that was clearly a threat from Joffrey, but you're totally right imo - he's just making his issues everyone else's problems, really.

  • Mourning Coffee
    Mourning Coffee 2 months ago +3

    I wish we got a follow up episode for all these plot points. I know it would’ve been filler, but I was on board with all of it.

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  • Krypto137 - Indie vtuber clips

    2:45 Isn't this an example of how historians don't always get history right though? Which is kind of the point of Fire and Blood.
    Daemon made it look like an accident, so the official history would of course say it was a tragic accident. But this is what REALLY happened.

  • Aquaneos1193
    Aquaneos1193 2 months ago +4

    Audible needs to show you some love because your videos are a giant promo for Audible and it works. I have read 3 books from the series after watching your content lol

  • I AM SHARK!
    I AM SHARK! 2 months ago +1

    So glad you mentioned Joe Magicians video. I watched it waiting for this video and it raised some very interesting points. I hope they flesh out Larys.

  • Sifiso Bande
    Sifiso Bande 2 months ago +3

    How you do your videos is truly spectacular and the visuals and the history mentions from GOT makes it so easy to follow. Looking forward to the next one!