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  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  3 months ago +180

    Get a free audiobook with an Audible trial: www.audible.com/asx
    Weekly Alt Shift X HOTD livestreams every Sunday at ~10:15pm Eastern Time, right after each episode -- then an Explained video later in the week!

    • Nell Sun
      Nell Sun Month ago

      "Patriarchy" means women are men's property. Fulfilling biological gender roles like having children and relaxing while the men do the fighting/ruling isn't "patriarchy".

    • Morris Eden
      Morris Eden 2 months ago

      @stupidminotaur I just

    • Morris Eden
      Morris Eden 2 months ago

      @stupidminotaur I just just got told you to you go to church and and then then I’ll go to church and then I’ll go to

    • Morris Eden
      Morris Eden 2 months ago

      @stupidminotaur I just got off the highway highway right now so I’ll be heading out there for a bit but I’ll let you know when I get back home and I’ll be heading back up to the get done and I’ll park in in the the morning I’ll park park in in the park front gate open it it will looks like it will will will be there there soon soon buddy merry Christmas Christmas Christmas merry merry merry Christmas merry Christmas happy birthday birthday merry Christmas Christmas merry merry Christmas merry merry birthday Christmas happy birthday happy merry Christmas happy birthday merry Christmas happy merry merry Christmas merry Christmas Christmas merry merry Christmas merry Christmas happy birthday merry Christmas Christmas happy birthday merry happy merry Christmas merry happy happy birthday merry merry

    • SuperJonteman
      SuperJonteman 3 months ago

      can we stop comparing the 2 shows constantly, we get it, its game of thrones but before, no need to constantly show us comparisons.

  • kz h
    kz h 3 months ago +3065

    I missed these "explained" videos since the end of season 8. I'm glad these are back :)

    • Caincorn
      Caincorn 2 months ago

      Don't we all.

    • KeitaOwl
      KeitaOwl 2 months ago +1

      @CyanJimbo true fans know season 1-4 is where GoT actually ended

    • Khanbalyk
      Khanbalyk 3 months ago

      I’m far more interested in this series than the show, honestly.

    • Jorge Rojas
      Jorge Rojas 3 months ago

      Same. Once GoT ran out of book material, I ended up watching the rest of the series more because of these videos than the episodes themselves.

    • Rakzo Aclam
      Rakzo Aclam 3 months ago +1

      Dude. You have no idea. I wait for this more than for the episodes themselves

  • Sarah Souayah
    Sarah Souayah 3 months ago +1500

    The actress for Aemma did such a fantastic job, it's a shame she was only in the show for one episode

    • lovekaaay
      lovekaaay 2 months ago +1

      @Rocky P hahaaa I’m glad someone else noticed. Gosh she was the only pleasant face to watch. Not saying the actors/actresses are ugly, but the white hair just really doesn’t fit some of them e.g., Viserys.

    • Kevin W
      Kevin W 2 months ago

      clearly it was wrong for the maesters to just start ripping the baby out while Aemma still doesn't know what's going on, but what ultimately happens surely is what she would've wanted, right? I mean, if I am understanding this right and that she was going to die either way. But that at least if there's a chance the baby survives, she'd want her child to live. That's why it shouldn't have really even been a "choice" for Viserys either, just more him having to face the grim reality in a matter of seconds

    • Ash B
      Ash B 2 months ago +5

      @spiderwebb222 Sian Brooke's acting in it is good enough, but my opinion of Sherlock Series 4 isn't far off from that of GoT Season 8. As in I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.

    • Bored Stranger
      Bored Stranger 2 months ago +2

      She was amazing as Eurus in Sherlock

    • Chidiebere Ndukwu
      Chidiebere Ndukwu 3 months ago +11

      I feel there will be flashback scenes with Aemma and Rhaenyra later into the show.

  • Niccolò Medeot
    Niccolò Medeot 3 months ago +1284

    I don't think Baratheon was mad about a female heir. I think he was angry that he was swearing fealty to a female heir while the female heir he wanted, Rhaenys, was passed over for Viserys who was now picking a girl as his heir. A real slap in the face

    • Rich Smith
      Rich Smith Month ago +6

      I think alot of it has to do with the Targs wanting to remain the top dogs. By giving Rhaenys the crown, you were essentially handing the realm to Corlys Valeryon.

    • Jalanko13
      Jalanko13 3 months ago +82

      Don’t you mean his Rhae-niece?

    • Malik Nauman Feroz
      Malik Nauman Feroz 3 months ago +96

      That's correct.

  • Kings and Generals
    Kings and Generals 3 months ago +1518

    I wonder if holding the council in Harrenhal is an implicit threat to the nobles to not rebel. Historically, succession is always the most dangerous period for a dynasty. Especially a contested one.

    • Lurking Carrier
      Lurking Carrier Month ago

      T'would be a very unfortunate occurrence if a chunk of that ancient fire-damaged stone ceiling were to come crashing down on the successors, though. Or one of the many support pillars giving way and similarly sending a tide of masonry down on the unfortunate folk below.

    • P-Ball That Mofo from South-East Asia
      P-Ball That Mofo from South-East Asia 2 months ago

      @Aury Naranjo Harrenhal was pretty much burned to the ground after it's builder and owner King Harren Hoare challenged Aegon Targaryen that 'dragonfire cannot melt stone', which of course happened, putting an end to Harren and his line. The castle itself is also cursed since every owner after Harren have all died. And with this being the height of Targaryen power with a lot of dragons, it's pretty clear Jaeherys had the council here to remind the lords of what happens if they mess the succession, very clever of the old king I'd say.

    • Dillon Bruyer
      Dillon Bruyer 2 months ago

      I thought it was because it was the only keep that could hold so many people. Even in rubble

    • Rosaryas
      Rosaryas 2 months ago

      That’s what I got from the scene. Like a subtle flex of the power of his family and why they had to bend the knee

    • North Star Ken
      North Star Ken 2 months ago

      Historically, you say?

  • Toe Ray
    Toe Ray 3 months ago +747

    The "heir for a day" story just reeks of hit piece journalism. Daemon doesn't seem like the most sentimental guy in the world but he does seem genuinely choked up at the funeral. I think he said the words as part of a mostly respectful eulogy at the brothel. It makes sense in the context of his speech but out of context it looks like he's laughing about it. He doesn't fight Viserys about it because he knows Otto Hightower has him outfoxed on this issue and it's not worth further antagonizing his grieving brother.

    • Erik
      Erik 2 months ago +8

      "Respectful eulogy at the brothel" is a tough image to convey, though. Daemon made himself vulnerable to this ploy by "grieving in his own way" at a brothel in the first place.

    • Jodie
      Jodie 2 months ago +1

      I agree with this. Tone matters. Its not what he said but how he said it that isn't conveyed.

    • Rickard Kaufman
      Rickard Kaufman 2 months ago +2

      @Flippanties • #istandwithdaemontargaryean

    • lee p.
      lee p. 2 months ago +17

      that’s how it seemed to me, or maybe he did say it as the witnesses described, but more for the sake of playing it up in front of his friends. In the brothel before the scene (which we don’t actually see), he doesn’t seem celebratory. Then, he doesn’t become aggressively defensive when Viserys confronted him (until later in the scene for other subjects), he seemed regretful and almost ashamed. I think part of it may be that he’s decided to fulfill the role of the vicious, antagonistic character everyone considers him to be, though it may not reflect how he truly feels. Idk lol

    • big clover
      big clover 2 months ago +2

      Oh good im not alone in daemon being my favorite character

  • Ben Griffiths
    Ben Griffiths 3 months ago +2868

    I like to think, probably for my own preference more than anything else, that Aegon's prophecy wasn't misinterpreted, but that George and the showrunners of HOTD are just ignoring the events in the later seasons of GOT. There's no way the war against the others will go down that way in the books (if they ever come out). So I think they're going by book-cannon for this particular detail.

    • Rich Smith
      Rich Smith Month ago

      We should all lobby HBO to re do at least the last season before the actors get too old.

    • Apollo Sungod
      Apollo Sungod Month ago

      It's controversial that he never finished the book that has yet to be released and it seems kinda stupid in a way since it has been confirmed that the GoT show runners decided to make their own shit show because they got some offer do Disney Star Wars or something which they most likely assumed was gonna make them rich...

    • Esinach
      Esinach 2 months ago

      @Mister Majestic Well thats subjective. They were talented enough to get the people together and make at least 4 great seasons of TV.
      But they probably got tired waiting for GRRM to finish to the books too.
      The internet just wants to hate all the time now. Same with the lotr TV show. Toxic hate for no reason.

    • Mister Majestic
      Mister Majestic 2 months ago

      @Esinach So D&D simply weren’t talented enough?

    • Mister Majestic
      Mister Majestic 2 months ago

      @Ryuk45 you seem just as bitter

  • MarTren
    MarTren 3 months ago +318

    One cool thing I noticed in the scene with swearing filety to Rhyneara is design of her diadem, jewelry and robes - these felt a lot like inspired by Byzantium to me, so more "Greek" and eastern-inspired then strictly western-European inspired stuff traditionally associated with medieval fantasy. Which is so cool on so many levels - Targaryens are shown as still little bit distinct and foreign culturally compared to Westeros, the descendants of different culture, a foreign empire from far away in the east. Parallel to the Byzantium itself could be drawn, as Targaryen rule is kind of the last prominent remnant of the Valyrian empire and culture and it thrives despite the "main" empire has long fallen. Which is similar to Byzantine Empire, which still thrived for many centuries after the Western Roman Empire had fallen. And this is sooo cool - this small detail already shows that the creators seem to care. Maybe just a coincident, but feels like more thought and attention went into this one costume than the entirety of season 8.

    • Aftershock4g
      Aftershock4g Month ago +4

      Yeah the showrunners actually have a vision and plan for the whole thing and you can tell the love of the world is back in this show. Hopefully it lasts this time!

    • Gedeon Nunes
      Gedeon Nunes 2 months ago +7

      Not this specifically, but I noticed an attention to details overall. The armors make much more sense than the ones in GoT XD

  • Bloodborn Duck
    Bloodborn Duck 3 months ago +107

    Something I like about the design of the Dragonkeepers in the show is that they look like shepherds, harkening back to the ancient Valyrians who’s original culture was based on sheep herding.

  • The White Dragon
    The White Dragon 3 months ago +149

    Good detail about Boremund Baratheon. I was missing the context and actually interpreted that as a public insult to Princess Rhaenys. One detail that was missed is that while we know that Prince Daemon toasted his dead nephew, it's unclear exactly _how_ he toasted him, if it was heartfelt and sad or happy and congratulatory. We, the audience, don't see it, and instead the moment is cut with Otto Hightower reporting to King Viserys, leaving it ambiguous and up to us for interpretation.

    • Jessica Bryant
      Jessica Bryant Month ago

      I thought it was an insult to Rheanys too.

    • Shatakshi Singh
      Shatakshi Singh 2 months ago +1

      @Gedeon Nunes 🤣🤣🤣

    • Raptor Royale
      Raptor Royale 2 months ago

      @Gedeon Nunes mf 😭

    • Gedeon Nunes
      Gedeon Nunes 2 months ago +7

      Tbf, it was Rhaenyra who toasted the baby

    • Raptor Royale
      Raptor Royale 2 months ago +2

      @The White Dragon imagine at some point we see how actually he toasted the baby...

  • Dolan Darker
    Dolan Darker 3 months ago +1022

    After the tragedy of season 8, I didn't look at a single GoT related thing for 3 years, but they've managed to rope me back in within seconds

    • Kaptime
      Kaptime 2 months ago

      Not as good as my fav episode of Season 4, xXWildlingsXx vs. Castle Black Ops

    • Sidhant Dessai
      Sidhant Dessai 2 months ago

      Exactly

    • oldschool657
      oldschool657 3 months ago +1

      @Wrangle McDangle Paulie after the red wedding "How much more betrayal can I take?!"
      Phil "My estimation of Robb Stark as king in the north just fucking plummeted. To die at a wedding?! It's a fucking disgrace"

    • oldschool657
      oldschool657 3 months ago +1

      @Alfred Hitchcook I am aware that it is originally from Godfather 3. It is just more iconic in The Sopranos

    • Tiko B
      Tiko B 3 months ago

      Yes, but it's not the same as GOT. HOT D is interesting but GOT was everything (Until it betrayed us)

  • Anke Jl
    Anke Jl 3 months ago +53

    I freakin love how Viserys was holding Blackfyre in front of him when he confronted Deamon. We see Deamon use Dark Sister so much, but Viserys outranks Deamon with the symbolic power of Blackfyre alone. Both swords (and Deamon's armor!) look amazing too.

    • MDNBLUES
      MDNBLUES 2 months ago +5

      He also has the dagger that Arya uses to kill the Night King.

  • Geatora
    Geatora 3 months ago +108

    I think it's worth noting that when Daemon speaks about Otto Hightower, he refers to him as "A second son, who stands to inherit nothing he doesn't seize for himself." But Daemon himself is a second son, in fact a second son of a second son. He is only in his position because his brother was chosen as heir. And now he stands to inherit only what he seizes for himself.

  • Lance Andrew
    Lance Andrew 3 months ago +34

    I just feel so bad for Aemma Arryn. With what little screen time she gave us, it still pulled some heart strings in that c-section scene. It actually reminded me of that c-section scene from Prometheus. Brutal.

  • Extreme Griefer Jesus
    Extreme Griefer Jesus 2 months ago +20

    17:30 One thing to keep in mind is that the baby that costs Alyssa Velaryon her life is Jocelyn Baratheon - the mother of Princess Rhaenys.

    • Doana Le
      Doana Le 2 months ago +4

      He didn't even get a son lmao 💀. Massive L

  • Eddy Monies
    Eddy Monies 3 months ago +44

    I loved Matt Smith as Daemon, who ever cast him in that role killed it.

  • jules
    jules 3 months ago +73

    Damn, this is so nostalgic for me. Every week, I looked forward to 'Alt Shift X Explained' on GoT. By far my favorite GoT review channel. I can see the "Hot D" (lol) explanations are going to be even better now that we have not only the books for comparisons, but the GoT HBO show. Happy to have you back!!

  • 76Eliam
    76Eliam 2 months ago +9

    16:56 "In the books, Aemma just dies in childbirth"
    Well I'm not sure it's known outside of the people present in the room (and maybe close family) that Aemma died because of the operation instead of natural childbirth complications. Viserys could have sworn the witnesses to secrecy and the truth could have been lost after their death. Fire & Blood is quite clear that his content is based on sometimes incomplete or even misleading historical sources, so it would not be surprising if the historians of the ASOIAF universe were unaware of the Caesarean section.

  • Alex G. Blanco
    Alex G. Blanco 3 months ago +117

    It would be interesting to get an analysis of the knights killed in the tourney. One of them bears the Stark sigil and during Rhaenyy's ceremony Lord Stark looks REALLY pissed off

    • Max Grozema
      Max Grozema 3 months ago +2

      @K probably because he grew up in the Stormlands and has no real connection with Dorne

    • K
      K 3 months ago +8

      @Gemfyre real question is wtf is the dorne guy doing there??

    • Gemfyre
      Gemfyre 3 months ago +6

      I noticed the Stark sigil too, and thought "WTF is a Stark doing a southern tourney??"

    • Alex G. Blanco
      Alex G. Blanco 3 months ago +7

      @Code Red yeah I know but precisely because Boremund is not against female heirs per se I think it's a possibility worth taking into account (Boremund doesn't really look that pissed to me, meanwhile Lord Stark looked like every word he said felt like a stab)

    • Code Red
      Code Red 3 months ago +30

      I noticed at 25:10 he mentions some of them looked pissed about a female heir. Yet if we go to 14:08 we see that while Boremund is not against a female heir, he is likely against the current female heir.

  • m n
    m n 3 months ago +5

    Correction. The prophecy strongly alludes to Jon Snow destroying the white walkers. This is most likely the case. D&D kinda forgot what story they were writing when they got Ayra killed the Night King

  • Patrick Hardy
    Patrick Hardy 3 months ago +60

    I would imagine there could have been a weirwood in the Red Keep's godswood up until the reign of Baelor who probably would have had it cut down as part of his piety. I don't think it's out of place to have one in the show at this time, GRRM probably would say the same.

    • Patrick Hardy
      Patrick Hardy 3 months ago

      @Alan Leos why would they bother to travel to some godswood elsewhere in the city outside of the Red Keep just to chill there? Not sure what point you are trying to make

    • Alan Leos
      Alan Leos 3 months ago +14

      I assumed there was a place of worship for most religions in Kings Landings. Place is HUGE

  • MegaKnight2012
    MegaKnight2012 3 months ago +61

    The fact that Rhaenyra didn't want to be queen hadn't been apparent. The fact that she and Daemon are similar in that they want the privilege of being royalty without the responsibilities, having fun with dangerous dragons and violence, makes them a dangerous pair for the realm. Looking at the conflict between Rhaenyra and Alicent, it might not just be that one wants the other's power, Alicent might think that Rhaenyra will be dangerous for the kingdom and its her civic duty to prevent her ascension of power, especially if Daemon is beside Rhaenyra. And if Daemon's lover Mysaria is a dangerous as some of the rumors, Alicent could see Mysaria, Daemon, and Rhaenyra as a trio putting the kingdom at risk.

  • dfailsthemost
    dfailsthemost 3 months ago +25

    I think Viserys with Daemon as hand, would've been an effective combo. I think Daemon understands that kings do need to be hardcore sometimes, but V could be the one to reign him in.

    • Doana Le
      Doana Le 2 months ago +3

      It may have made him a better king. Otto is a brown noser who makes it easy for Viserys. Daemon would have pushed his buttons as an equal much like Ned did with Rob.

  • Patrick Flannery
    Patrick Flannery 3 months ago +663

    23:11 “Maybe this dream was misinterpreted” it sure was. By David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

    • Amit Meena
      Amit Meena Month ago +1

      @Michael Salmon wtf... Not reading all of that. You're starving. Go on reddit if you want to write a paragraph.

    • Michael Salmon
      Michael Salmon Month ago

      @Amit Meena Arya being an assassin is in the books
      Everything about the others in the show was butchered right up to and including the fact that there’s a “leader” of them at all. Arya somehow sneaking up on that leader and killing him at the last moment is very stupid. But it would’ve been just as stupid if it was jon. I don’t think it was subverting any expectation, that is the obvious expectation, don’t be slandering the last Jedi here.
      The whole point of this series is that everything has a cost. But for the white walkers in the cost, there was no cost, all the main characters survived, the white walkers lost their first battle and didn’t even make it past the north. There was barely a long night at all.
      All of it started when they started cutting out a feast for crows. Season 5 is when the show started getting stupider and stupider. And even season 4 had it’s stupid moments, like the undead with fireballs or the pointless fight between Brienne and the hound

    • Amit Meena
      Amit Meena Month ago +1

      @Michael Salmon I'm not against feminism. I believe there's a proper way to do it which feels real, GRRM knows how to do it, DnD don't. For example, if DnD created the character brienne of tarth, they would have made her a short skinny pretty woman who can also be a ninja when chooses to be and likes to twerk. That doesn't feel right yk. You can't convince me that when DnD were deciding to subvert expectations to use someone else other than jon that gender wasn't a factor that influenced them.

    • Michael Salmon
      Michael Salmon Month ago

      @Amit Meena i agree with you that it was a stupid dumb fan service move but i don't think it has anything to do with "feminists", i mean this whole series is chock full of feminist themes so idk how you can be a fan and reject the feminism throughout it

    • Erik
      Erik 2 months ago

      @matenzo I reckon GRRM was never going to deliver much more of an ending than what he gave them to work with. Resolving storylines isn't his strong suit, either. The televised ending _is_ George's ending, to the extent that one exists. Any future books will be back-engineered from the produced television, as much as forward from published and unpublished writings.
      So I expect that, if anything, GRRM would like the current production to support and tie in with the televised ending, _not_ a hypothetical complete independent book canon, a thing which hasn't been possible since 2011 anyway.

  • Michael Folz
    Michael Folz 3 months ago +45

    One thing that gives me a lot of hope for this series is the visual storytelling. Definitely looking forward to episode 2 and your analysis of it.

  • Carl Jönsson
    Carl Jönsson 3 months ago +15

    I think saying the knights fighting in the tournament were all " Summer knights who've never seen a real war and don't know the real consequences of it. " was really undermined by the fact that they fought to the death lol. It would've made a lot more sense if they were sort of play-fighting without high stakes. Fighting with your life on the line against an opponent of similar skill is about as close to a real battle as you can get. If they were fighting with dull blades or without actually caving eachothers skulls in I think it would sell the point better. But some gruesome gore is more fun i guess.
    ( And sure, real war has a lot of other horrors in it that goes beyond just battling with your life on the line... but I would say these knights were about as hardcore as you can get when living in peace. )
    Seeing a dude get his head caved in followed by an " innocent summer child " sort of sentiment didn't really work for me.

    • Ash B
      Ash B 2 months ago +2

      You'd think someone who's seen the horrors of war and come out the other side wouldn't be so trivial about risking their life (and taking others') for sport though. They value their bruised egos over getting knocked off their horse in some silly game over all else, when we see it's perfectly fine to just walk away after losing. The jousting lances have blunted tips, they do no serious damage. There ARE no high stakes unless a competitor actively chooses to raise them, and even then either can still yield.
      I wouldn't say a knight with such callous disregard for their life is hardcore. Just profoundly prideful, vain, and well, stupid.

    • TrueYellowDart
      TrueYellowDart 2 months ago +4

      The tourney and the attitudes the audience had re: the deaths really bothers me. As the vid points out, yes deaths can happen at tournaments and yes, there is clearly symbolic/thematic meaning to go along with the Aemma scene, but it still bugs me.
      Martin covers tourneys a fair amount in the books, particularly in two of the Dunk & Egg books, and tourney deaths are (mostly) accidental and always treated as some kind of tragedy when they occur. It is dangerous sport but it is meant to be sport. Lords, heirs and renowned knights are often in tourneys, especially a tourney for a royal birth.
      Such significant bloodshed should have the audience being shocked and appalled, not just for the deaths but for the bad omens such death would cast over a birth.

  • Tsuritsa
    Tsuritsa 2 months ago +9

    Watching the lords swear to Rhaenyra made me think about the Norman lords under William the Conquerer swearing to support his daughter, Mathilda, as his heir and how that devolved into the period of civil war known as the Anarchy.
    Martin based the Song of Ice and Fire largely of the War of the Roses. (The Cousin's War). That's pretty well known. I have to wonder if some of the Dance of Dragons is based on the Anarchy.

  • byebyeeeeeee
    byebyeeeeeee 3 months ago +23

    This channel is consistently excellent. Netflix hasn't produced anything nearly as entertaining in a long time, they should just sponsor you in perpetuity.

  • Bridget Brennan
    Bridget Brennan 3 months ago +1215

    Aemma Arryn’s death was horrifying. Just seeing her be so scared while Viserys couldn’t do anything because he ordered it. In our real world today, they’re much safer, but back then a fantasy world with limited medicine, a Caesarean Section was a death sentence.

    • Todd Wayland
      Todd Wayland 2 months ago

      My theory is that Otto convinced the maester to manipulate the King into killing the Queen. After watching the episode 4 times now, I'm nearly convinced the Otto is willing to anything for power, if he can get away with it. Watch his interactions with the maester. We know from experience that maestors of Kings Landing are not very good people. And the King is seriously distraught by the decision he has to make, anyone saying that he intentionally killed the Queen are reading too much into modern gender politics.

    • Average Alien
      Average Alien 2 months ago

      could be worse, you could be a man sent into war aged 20 or have to do back breaking work all day long

    • Annie and Elsie of Arendelle
      Annie and Elsie of Arendelle 2 months ago

      @Katarina Skooby Be thankful for Dr. Jesse Bennett who managed to perform the first successful C-section on his wife saving her life and their child's

    • Gedeon Nunes
      Gedeon Nunes 2 months ago +8

      Well, obstetric violence and men deciding over women's bodies are still a thing today

    • Scott Grey
      Scott Grey 2 months ago

      I had to look away during that scene. It was tragic enough instantly realizing what call Viserys would make, but then seeing her get cut open while she has no idea what's going on, already confused and scared because of the painkillers and labour. Incredibly unsettling.

  • dfailsthemost
    dfailsthemost 3 months ago +18

    I think it was interesting that when extreme violence broke out at the tourney, no one lifted a finger to stop it. They all just looked on in feigned disdain, but obvious entertainment. Contrast that with Robert stopping that shit himself.

  • Sam K
    Sam K 3 months ago +11

    The prophecy doesn't bother me, as I consider GoT to have ended with no resolution after Season 4. The only thing that rubbed me wrong in the first episode was the violence at the tourney. Like, ok, sure, these knights are young and hot-headed, so I can understand incidents where things get out of hand. But why is nobody trying to stop it? Why is everyone just ok with these lords and heirs slaughtering each other for basically no reason?
    Oh wait it's foreshadowing isn't it

    • TrueYellowDart
      TrueYellowDart 2 months ago +2

      Agreed. I both understand why, from a storytelling perspective, the tourney violence was portrayed in that manner. But I’m also really bothered that, from a Westori perspective, these deaths were abhorrent and would have been shocking to occur at a tourney for a royal birth.
      I’m sure it’s fine for the vast majority of the show audience but I’m a tourney-loving Dunk & Egg book nerd and it bothers me.

  • Joker Productions
    Joker Productions 3 months ago +22

    Dare I say this is better than Game of Thrones? At the very least it is off to a stronger start. These first two episodes are straight FIRE!

  • WhaoIfeelgood
    WhaoIfeelgood 3 months ago +12

    If the Iron Throne was so dangerous to unfit rulers, you'd argue that Jeoffrey should have been impaled by it : (

  • kenz!e
    kenz!e 3 months ago +667

    It's never a good sign when an Arryn dies right out the gate is it

    • Samantha Bogen
      Samantha Bogen 3 months ago

      @Nunya Biznes I definitely believe in a kid who looks like Littlefinger from a woman he's involved in plots with more than an magical actual curse existing.

    • Nunya Biznes
      Nunya Biznes 3 months ago +1

      @Samantha Bogen you think so? I know he did got Lysa pregnant once. Even if Robin isn't his bastard, the curse of Harrenhal would get him even if he never set foot on it. It'll be the castle's easiest kill, usually it takes at least a generation or two to get rid of a family.

    • Anpanman _
      Anpanman _ 3 months ago

      @Astromamut there is a sequel????

    • Samantha Bogen
      Samantha Bogen 3 months ago

      @Nunya Biznes I think that will be Littlefinger's downfall because that's his bastard therefore kinslaying

    • Nunya Biznes
      Nunya Biznes 3 months ago +7

      @Astromamut They allowed Robin to grow up in the show but in the books Littlefinger would definitely get rid of him to make way for Sansa's fiance. He's already increasing the dosage of his meds. Of course if they'd make a sequel for the GOT show, this wouldn't happen.

  • Cuba Blue
    Cuba Blue 3 months ago +20

    Great breakdown as usual. The reveal of the conditions of the prophesy made me extremely happy because it dismantles the later D&D interpretation without the input of GRRM. I really believe that's intentional on George's part. It also sets up the unification of Dany & Jon to unite the Realm and fulfil the prophesy.

    • Hi Jack
      Hi Jack Month ago +2

      @Todd Wayland I'm pretty sure it will end with a more reasonable way than the show did.
      But dany burning down the city, Bran being King and Jon Killing Dany are 3 things that Martin himself confirmed is going to be in the books

    • Todd Wayland
      Todd Wayland 2 months ago +2

      @ben1ben2ben1 If that is seriously Martin's ending to the series then what a dumpster fire. The "generic fantasy crap" is the Lord of the Rings, the generator of all modern fantasy. If that really is Martin's ending to the series then he destroys the characters with no positive resolutiom just like D&D did. People that think life is a veil of tears are sad people.

    • Todd Wayland
      Todd Wayland 2 months ago

      I fully agree.

    • ben1ben2ben1
      ben1ben2ben1 3 months ago +3

      LOL Dany is 100% burning the city in the books too! It will just be better set up and make sense. If you think Jon and Dany get married and unite the kingdom, you don't know GRRMs style at all. GRRM HATES that generic fantasy crap

  • Mike N. Nyamute
    Mike N. Nyamute 3 months ago +30

    Cole isn't Dornish though, he's from the Dornish marches, which is a region in the the Stormlands next to the border with Dorne. His father is the steward to Lord Dondarrion, and there's absolutely no way at this point in Westerosi History that a Stormlander would tolerate Dornishmen in his home

    • Mike N. Nyamute
      Mike N. Nyamute 2 months ago +1

      @Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos I don't think you realise the extent of the hatred between Dornishmen and Stormlanders/Reachmen at the time, and it would be even more pronounced with marcher lords who would have been the ones fighting them all the time

    • Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos
      Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos 2 months ago

      he's from a lesser house there , & it wouldn't be that surprising for at least one of the lesser border lords/knights to have a dornish wife

    • Nunya Biznes
      Nunya Biznes 3 months ago

      @Mike N. Nyamute OK. I was going along with the Lord of Highgarden's Defender of the Marches title. I guess that's like Aegon's King of the Seven Kingdoms even if he never conquered Dorne.
      Read back a bit and it seemed they lost most of the Marches to the Storm King.

    • Mike N. Nyamute
      Mike N. Nyamute 3 months ago +1

      @Nunya Biznes 4 of the 5 Marcher Lords that we know: Swann, Selmy, Dondarrion and Caron are Stormladers. The other is house Tarly. Plus the Title "Lord of the Marches" is held by the Carons

    • Nunya Biznes
      Nunya Biznes 3 months ago +3

      I've always thought of the Marches as part of the Reach (they even include it in their title) that I forgot some fall within Stormland territory.

  • NinaRidesHorses
    NinaRidesHorses 3 months ago +22

    I feel like Daemon being introduced sitting on the iron throne in HOT D feels like a parallel to Jamie Lanister’s origin as the Kingslayer. I suspect that just like Jamie while Daemon loves fighting he also does seem to have a genuine concern for the smallfolk of Kings Landing.

  • corbett Blackman
    corbett Blackman 2 months ago +2

    It’s interesting, in the kings dream he said his son would be born with a crown. His child was “breach born” which is why they did a c-section. When a child is born as a breach the head comes first instead of the feat which is called crowning. Kind of a cool little detail showing the miss interpretation of prophecy’s

  • Branden Edwards
    Branden Edwards 3 months ago +3

    I think Aegons dream was added to the show to tell fans that the GOT ending isn't what GRRM inteded or is planning for the books

  • Drake
    Drake 2 months ago +4

    Not sure I said it during GoT but the effort put into these videos is absolutely phenomenal. From clips, to artwork, to sourcing the damn books! Keep it up and know the effort does not go unnoticed.

  • Josh Whalen
    Josh Whalen 3 months ago +11

    With the brief reference to The Phantom Menace, I'd like to remind everyone that the GOT finale aired 20 years *to the day* of one of the most disappointing entries in a fantasy series that ever occurred.
    It's like poetry. It rhymes.

    • Rayaqin
      Rayaqin 2 months ago +1

      The Phantom Menace is a million times better than the last seasons of GOT

  • José, Richard of Fish
    José, Richard of Fish 3 months ago +9

    It is so great to hear your voice in this capacity. Toward the end of GOT you, specifically these videos, were the highlight of the week. Thank you for your hard work, and may the show continue for many seasons so that you can make these regularly.

  • RenVesir
    RenVesir 3 months ago +588

    I wish you'd mention that a big part of the reason the council doesn't want daemon as heir is because they know he would get rid of them for new people not just because he would be violent

    • RenVesir
      RenVesir 2 months ago

      @Prodigi50 I don't want to come off too strong as a daemon supporter the dude is a violent reckless sadist after all but you're ignoring that if daemon had been good at any of those positions nothing would change because he wasn't kicked out for being bad at his job he was kicked out because Otto is against Daemon having any power kinda like littlefinger and varys if one was as smart the other was a dumb jock

    • Prodigi50
      Prodigi50 2 months ago

      Why is everyone ignoring that Daemon had like three jobs on the council and wasn’t good at any of them?

    • Marie Bourgot
      Marie Bourgot 2 months ago +1

      @JKi Viserys sucking at his job isn't a proof that Daemon wouldn't suck/less suck too.

    • david lewis
      david lewis 2 months ago

      @JKi well you are right that viserys sucks at his job.

    • david lewis
      david lewis 2 months ago +1

      @JKi while I don't think Daemon would make a good king unless he has someone he believes would be a good hand to compliment his 'traits' he is right on the money that Hightower is not to be trusted.

  • Jan Pospíšil
    Jan Pospíšil 2 months ago +5

    I really enjoy this type of content, providing additional information on the world without any spoilers.

  • makouras
    makouras 3 months ago +4

    Highborns killing highborns, even in a tourney in the heat of the moment, is a cause for war.
    This was just a gorefest on the creators' part.

  • Vaibhav Maithani
    Vaibhav Maithani 3 months ago +4

    Alt shift x GRRM in one of his interview say that aegon see 300 years ago what's coming and that's why he conquered 7 kingdom ( go and watch the interview ) and now it is confirmed in prequel show also .GRRM is highly involved in the making of the show and he give many spoilers about future books

  • Chiyaam
    Chiyaam 3 months ago +8

    I love the way how the video is made, constantly looking back at GOT and drawing parallels. For those people who haven't watched the main show, this might push them to watch it. Nice.

  • luingreen
    luingreen 3 months ago +5

    Your explanations are perfect. I like them even better then the actual HBO show. Thanks!

  • Northern Wolf
    Northern Wolf 2 months ago +3

    Alt Shift X is my favorite way of learning about the GoT universe.. Thank you for being a legend, still making these in depth videos.

  • Teoma
    Teoma 2 months ago +3

    i love theese, thank you! great for recapping and sorting everything out, and all the extra info is awesome for world immersion! This makes the episodes so much better haha,.

  • MJG
    MJG 2 months ago +4

    Sansa was praying on presumably the stump of a weirwood in Kings Landing. I saw a great theory that since this is before Baelor the Blessed, Kings Landing actually did have a Weirwood and then when Baelor became king, he had it cut down.

  • MP
    MP 3 months ago +345

    I like to think that they included Nymeria's story in the 1st episode to explain quickly to non-book viewers who the Rhoynar are because they are FINALLY using the correct title of "King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men" compared to GoT.

    • Collin Buckman
      Collin Buckman 3 months ago +60

      @MP Even today a lot of monarchs still hold titles they technically don't own or claim rightful rulership of- for example, the King of Spain still technically holds titles such as "King of Jerusalem" and "Archduke of Austria"

    • MP
      MP 3 months ago +104

      @lizbechnæsheim I think it's because they still claim the rulership over the entire continent. Remember: Aegon was crowned that title before he even conquered Westeros. To make a real-world relation: The kings of England claimed the title of King of France until the 19th century, althrough England did not hold land in France since the 16th century.

    • lizbechnæsheim
      lizbechnæsheim 3 months ago +21

      okay but what i don‘t get about this is that dorne is not a part of the realm at this point in time? so technically the targaryens are not king of the rhoynar here, are they? it‘s nice to here the full term being used though

  • I Couldn't Think of A Name

    Thank you for keeping these spoiler free beyond the episode and GOT. I've never read Fire and Blood and want to keep the surprise alive while still getting a deep dive into the nuances of each episode

  • Критичный пьяница

    Watching your explanations takes me back in time, when GOT was on its peak. I really hope this Prequel will turn out to be good. Although, I just can't cope with the fact that none of what they do matters, because of the dumb finale.

    • Todd Wayland
      Todd Wayland 2 months ago

      The dumb finale doesn't exist. There is no war in Ba Sing Se.

  • Jonny
    Jonny 3 months ago +5

    Love these videos! Missed’em since GoT ended. Really excellent synopsis with tons of context. Thanks!

  • MARVEL1012
    MARVEL1012 3 months ago +21

    "It's tepid" "It's as warm as the maesters will allow" "Don't they know dragons need heat?" Of course they do. Poor Aemma. : \

  • Ancient Fox
    Ancient Fox 3 months ago +3

    You so good, your narration of this episode is much more interesting than episode itself )

  • nadir karoshi
    nadir karoshi 2 months ago +2

    I think when GRRM adds the dream of aegon he was relating it to the books not to the GOT show, so maybe the ending of the books will be corresponding to that dream

  • Walter G
    Walter G 3 months ago +8

    After a week of watching recaps of HOTD, this was the most concise one of the bunch. Several of the recaps videos did not do the best job explaining the family tree as well as some of the nuances of the episode.

    • The Hoopman
      The Hoopman 3 months ago +4

      This guy is the goat mate 👌

  • Hellscweam
    Hellscweam 3 months ago +13

    My headcanon is that dragonglass dagger is used to groom the dragons! Seems unlikely they would get that close to a dragon BUT I find it funny to think they're cutting dragon's nails or something

  • Matteo Airaghi
    Matteo Airaghi 3 months ago +502

    It's going to be really interesting to see the "real version" of events since the book fire and blood gives a few different perspectives and it's unknown who tells the truth. Personally I liked mushroom I hope he appears in the TV series

    • The Humanity
      The Humanity 2 months ago +1

      @Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos The last part of my comment was not directed at you specifically, it's for generally anyone saying the show should fully follow the books and any deviations are bad decision-making, same with the people getting caught up & obsessed over "wokeness". I genuinely just don't know what you're referring to with Mysaria and I didn't want to be spoiled over it if it had to do with some upcoming event rather than just her character's background. And you didn't spoil anything, it was just a request. It's been awhile since I learned about Dance of Dragons and want to stay ignorant about the timeline of the show.
      If Martin has veto power, I imagine he would use it if he thought the casting or decisions were too far out-of-step with the Targaryen history. So far, the changes either seem minor or actually beneficial to the story depending on your point of view.

    • Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos
      Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos 2 months ago

      ​@The Humanity & Martin yes has far more executive control, but the assumption that every single decision is his is just misrepresentation, he's advising the show & has veto on things he refuses to allow, he has creative control & creative influence, he's not though making the show personally, & a lot of things are going to be down to the decisions & work of others, creative & otherwise.

    • Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos
      Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos 2 months ago

      ​@The Humanity she's not actually likely to be that minor in the post time skip part of the show coming around iirc episode 6, sorry if you consider that a spoiler it seemed vague enough for me to share, & she's one of the few characters who had their appearence explicitly stated & commented on, making a disparity there notable.
      & I don't know why you think I'm supportive of any argument based on being strictly book accurate, all & every account of events from the book comes from unreliable narators, all of it is subject to change, & I mention the historical elements of text in that context, that it is of by and large lower consideration & less worth aside from as a basis for speculation.

    • The Humanity
      The Humanity 2 months ago +2

      @Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos Martin has already confirmed that he has a high control of the executive decisions in this series far far more than he ever did in GoT, you can even sense as much when he's featured in every Behind the Scenes promo. It's said in interviews that he's even the one who brought the showrunner on. As others have said, Corlys Velaryon's casting has artistic value, it makes you think and entertain the possibilities of his family's adventures as worldwide explorers along with their history and connection to Old Valyria as a lower house who were not even dragonriders originally. I'm not really sure how Mysaria's background is beyond a historical inaccuracy (if it contains a spoiler, do not share it), but either way, she's a minor character and the explanations purely within the context of the show make sense so far, so I'm not sure why there's this knee jerk reaction to treat the purposefully unreliable "historical tome" as some kind of Bible we must adhere to - the show would be kind of fucking boring if every single thing in there followed the historical timeline very precisely.

    • Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos
      Broadbull, Enabler of Uncounted Combos 2 months ago +1

      ​@Jackie Rosas ^.^ he really is a great actor, I can't wait to see his parts towards the end of dance , his performance so far really gives confidence that he'll be able to carry the part.

  • 7deuc2e
    7deuc2e 3 months ago +1

    I'm rereading the book right now and I'm really curious as to what they go through this season and where it ends. They have a lot of years to cover before they get to the dance and Rhaeynra being the same age as Allicent throws an interesting twist into their eventual bitter rivalry.

  • LogosSteve
    LogosSteve 3 months ago +1

    There's actually a really brilliant subversion they could do with Aegon's dream, and it would only be a subversion for the audience while not causing any problems with the story being consistent. The prophecy could refer to things that will happen in this show, not GoT, and making us think it refers to GoT could be a red herring. I haven't read the book but I suspect this would be new material if they go down this route, which I think is always the best justification for adaptations, giving us something new at the same time.

  • Susan Martin
    Susan Martin 3 months ago +1

    Thank you for answering my question that I've been asking all week. That question was, what are those round stone balls that are placed in a holder of some type? Now I know... it seems odd now that you've explained it. Wouldn't they be able to tell if someone was present or not by their empty chair? Oh these powerful men... always making stupid stuff "important" stuff!🙂

  • Jeremy C
    Jeremy C 2 months ago +1

    This show blew my expectations out of the water. This is the first time I can say for absolute certain the show is better than the book.

  • Will Hale
    Will Hale 3 months ago +730

    WE’RE BACK, BABY

  • Gilad Pallaeon
    Gilad Pallaeon 3 months ago +2

    Great to watch your videos again. We like the new show and are looking forward to watch every episode. Unfortunately your videos are so detailed and precise that this one displays the central problem with the new show perfectly: House of the Dragon does not really need explanation videos. Because the plot is so simple. The first GoT-episodes were something different completely. You needed "The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms" to understand it all. HotD on the other hand is a little undercomplex, everybody is calling the others by their name all the time so that we as audience get it and there is no need for a little brain work. For my taste there is way to much work on references / easter eggs. The first episode did not leave any questions open; that is where it lacks courage. But it felt good to be in King's Landing again - even if it was the mainstream-version of it.

  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson 2 months ago +1

    Wow, insanely thorough! I appreciate all the time you put into this.

  • batgurrl
    batgurrl 3 months ago +5

    I’m so happy to see your video which explains things in such a straightforward and easy to understand manner. I can’t wait to see more episodes 🐉🐉

  • Dianne B. Dee
    Dianne B. Dee 2 months ago

    Welcome back AltShiftX, you've been missed. I love your breakdowns and the voice is also pretty neat too.

  • Affan Alam
    Affan Alam 3 months ago +293

    My favourite part of GOT was the weekly discussions, so this is really nostalgic and very welcomed.

    • TheFlashFan786🏳️‍🌈
      TheFlashFan786🏳️‍🌈 3 months ago

      I watched GoT in 2020. So I missed out all the "hype". Glad to be joining this hehe

    • Jacob Square
      Jacob Square 3 months ago +1

      Well said. Just the fact that it's ongoing at all, with things to speculate at, look forward to. I've missed it all a great deal.

    • lilv41
      lilv41 3 months ago +1

      @Zee agreed but I loved binging Dark bc it required rewatches and even more discussion lol

    • Brian V
      Brian V 3 months ago +1

      Same here

    • Affan Alam
      Affan Alam 3 months ago +6

      @Zee Half the fun are all the theories and speculations for me.

  • Fcuk Gogle
    Fcuk Gogle 3 months ago +1

    I really liked the episode and it's so good to be talking about GoT again, especially form you...

  • Nathalie Chan
    Nathalie Chan 3 months ago +2

    Alt shift x’s graphics and style make it really easy to follow this family tree and characters: who is who.
    I was watching other review videos and it was really hard for me to keep track of everyone and how ppl were related

  • Alan Leos
    Alan Leos 3 months ago +17

    Wait, am I crazy? I could've swore there was a weirwood tree and a forest at the Red Keep in the books. I remember it being where Sansa would hang out and then meeting with the knight that tries to sneak her out.

    • madyjules
      madyjules 2 months ago +1

      @Alt Shift X thanks for clearing that up & thank you so much for your reviews. Your channel is consistently excellent.

    • Alt Shift X
      Alt Shift X  3 months ago +26

      Yeah in the books the Red Keep has a godswood, but not a weirwood

  • Roman Vazquez
    Roman Vazquez 2 months ago +1

    Your videos are gold. Glad to see you back! Honestly the Best Review of youtube, your knowledge and editing ls amazing. Keep the good work coming! Cant wait to see episode 2 review

  • Olly Bowes
    Olly Bowes 3 months ago +370

    Just one point - I actually feel like Daemon's introduced sat on the iron throne shows his massive disregard for it as a symbol. Throughout the story he shows a huge LACK of desire for the throne for himself. Power is great, but the responsibility he doesn't seem to want. He wants to support his brother and be a famous nuisance to everyone else - and he's so much more interesting for it.

    • Eric August
      Eric August 3 months ago

      @Olly Bowes fair enough. 👍

    • Olly Bowes
      Olly Bowes 3 months ago

      @Eric August what I’m saying is that they genuinely DID have to make laws. That was a historic concern. Otherwise, I’d agree totally.

    • Eric August
      Eric August 3 months ago +1

      @Olly Bowes culture and etiquette normally evolve in a rational manner regardless the time or space. You would not even have to make laws. A noble house would not risk their sons if such behaviour from any contestant was tolerated. It just doesn't make sense. Fiction should still make sense, and it is grounded in our own history. I will have to look up how unruly our own historical jousts got (my expectation is that in the upper hierarchy, chivalry, bravery and skill were only ways to earn or maintain reputation)
      Accidents i can accept, and even accidents due to negligence (perhaps this was the cracking down the state/clergy had to do). I can even conceive of lower classes taking a desire to win too far, especially in the melee events, or very minor noble houses who are unknown might settle rivalries with other unknown minor houses in a to-the-death manner. But no major noble house would tolerate outright cheating and reckless allowances. I don't see it happening. Jousts would not exist if it was allowed.

    • Olly Bowes
      Olly Bowes 3 months ago +1

      @Eric August in fairness, at various points in our own medieval history tourneys like that have become more and more unruly and the Church or the State (such as it was) have had to crack down and change the laws - perhaps this was not SO unexpected at this point, and during the aftermath of the Dance the tourney laws are revised to avoid such wanton destruction in the wake of all the death. That might be how the more restrained feel of the tourneys of Dunk and Egg and GoT came about. It’s not SO insane if you take it like that - and it’s a fiction about a people with a vastly different worldview to us, so it’s understandable if we don’t entirely grasp it, though the show runners ought to help us out a little more, ideally. Maybe just a line like “they really should make some laws against this” when Daemon cheats etc.

    • Olly Bowes
      Olly Bowes 3 months ago +1

      @Ian Gallagher precisely!

  • Copacetic J
    Copacetic J 3 months ago +1

    Well, Jon was the first person to arm Arya and encourage her to become a great warrior. So, maybe their interpretation of the prophecy was right all along

  • BoltzzSG
    BoltzzSG 2 months ago

    I missed these videos so much. Thank you for your hard work, time, and dedication that you put into making them - true legend.

  • mitsuni taïko
    mitsuni taïko 11 days ago

    22:55 You can always interpret that Jon Snow managed to unite a pretty big part of Westeros, and Daenerys, the other remaining Targaryen, and he managed to take back Winterfell, which is were the battle happened and was a success. So in a way, Aegon wasn't wrong about Targaryens saving the world, and a great unity against the white walkers

  • HoLyzPiNoyZ
    HoLyzPiNoyZ 3 months ago +2

    amazing video, love the work you put in, it really shows the effort and time you made making this video! But please tone down the biased opinion lol.. specifically when you talk about daemon, while i agree with some views you claimed on daemon, i however also disagree with many others. ur still awesome tho :)

  • DJ Milez
    DJ Milez 3 months ago +3

    You seriously have the best explanations breaking down these episodes. Great stuff!

  • roblinssen88
    roblinssen88 3 months ago +8

    The necklace Rhaenyra wears has the Martell sigil on it, you can see it when we see her from the back. So I wonder if in the show Dorne isn't already a part of the Seven Kingdoms. It could explain why Criston Cole being Dornish isn't made out to be a bigger deal by anyone who sees his face at the tourney.

  • Heather Upton
    Heather Upton 3 months ago +1

    Your videos are amazing and so interesting. Thank you for this excellent breakdown!!

  • BadgerOWesley
    BadgerOWesley 3 months ago +1

    Thank you for all your hard work. I can't afford HBO and I'm too wary to don an eyepatch, so your breakdowns will be my way of watching this show but even better.

  • Kaitlin Luksa
    Kaitlin Luksa 2 months ago

    I really liked the idea of the Targaryens knowing about the impending Long Night, but it was hard not to roll my eyes at seeing Viserys with that dagger knowing how GoT ended.

  • FAULTYCLONE 001
    FAULTYCLONE 001 2 months ago +1

    this video is absolutely insane. so much depth and knowledge

  • M H
    M H 3 months ago +1

    Feels great to watch your breakdowns! Let's hope this series is good

  • apatia77
    apatia77 3 months ago +1

    Well explained, really enjoyed getting all the extra details.

  • Skeptical Rebekah
    Skeptical Rebekah 3 months ago +1

    Maybe Dany had to burn the NK with dragon fire first, and then Arya could stab him with the blade. And maybe Jon yelled a special secret spell at the dragon. So Targs were definitely necessary.

  • iamqotl
    iamqotl 3 months ago +3

    Excellent commentary. Even better than the episode!

  • Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan 3 months ago +2

    Your channel is soo nostalgic to me now! I’m loving that Thrones is back!!! Keep up the good work man!!

  • Anakincc
    Anakincc 3 months ago

    Im really happy you're back with these video's on HOTD , You always provide a good overview of whats going on and point out the small details I and others may have missed And even if we haven't its a nice summary of the episode.

  • IQAfan
    IQAfan 3 months ago +282

    I found it interesting when Alicent comforted Viserys and told him something along the lines of “when my mother died everyone spoke to me in riddles, all I wanted was for someone to say they were sorry it happened to me”. Before Viserys tells Rhaenyra that he is making her heir, which was their first private in screen interaction after Aemma died, he speaks to her in riddles. Too bad he didn’t take Alicent’s advice. I wonder if that will be a reoccurring thing in HoD.

    • BirdHead
      BirdHead 3 months ago

      @Princess Lioness true true

    • david lewis
      david lewis 3 months ago +5

      @Princess Lioness no him getting NEAR alicent is a recurring theme that will bite him in the ass.

    • Princess Lioness
      Princess Lioness 3 months ago +1

      @BirdHead True though Viserys not listening to Alicent is a thing that happens a lot and will become a problem.

    • Princess Lioness
      Princess Lioness 3 months ago +4

      I don’t think that was the point of the scene but Viserys not listening to Alicent is recurring theme that will come to bite him in the ass eventually.

    • BirdHead
      BirdHead 3 months ago +4

      Not really the same thing tho

  • relm
    relm 3 months ago +2

    Remember how Little Finger in GoT commented on how theres only about 200 swords on the Iron Throne in their time as contrast to the 1000 swords mentioned in legends before , aparently many more swords which where not present in GoT where easily seen available in Ep 1 of HoTD , seems like most of them were removed/lost during this time.

  • AgnotologyTV
    AgnotologyTV Month ago +1

    The city he modeled was the capital of Old Valyria, if memory serves. He mentions creating the model by reading other's account in books and scrolls.

  • ThunderSt
    ThunderSt 3 months ago +2

    thank you for this great summary, loved how you pointed out the connection between both shows

  • I AM SHARK!
    I AM SHARK! 3 months ago +2

    So glad you're back to making videos of game of thrones ❤️

  • poppet rahman
    poppet rahman 3 months ago +190

    Did you notice how Daemon was uncut by the Iron Throne whereas Viserys is cut by it, especially in the scene where he chooses (kinda) Otto over Daemon? The Iron Throne accepts Daemon but rejects Viserys

    • Calvin
      Calvin 3 months ago

      it didn't doesn't favor Daemon over Viserys lol, like @The Humanity said, he was there for a few minutes.

    • The Humanity
      The Humanity 3 months ago +3

      @Sarwat Arannya I think it was indirectly his fault, yes. He allowed an illegitimate heir to be named his successor despite the signs that the children were not of his blood. We see in this show just how much a problematic succession can doom the realm, divide the ruling houses and lead to fighting all throughout the 7 kingdoms. Never mind the fact that the Lannisters and Starks were in open conflict & skirmishes around the time of Roberts death and his only action to mend an oncoming war was to tell Ned to "make up with the yellow-haired shits".
      He also indirectly killed his friend Ned Stark as well by drawing him into the throne's politics and making him Hand at a dangerous time, in a position Stark was ill-suited for given his honest and up-front nature. He also ignored Ned's advice and pleas to address the Lannisters seriously, as they were, at the time, plotting to take over the realm entirely both through Tywin's influence and Cersei's illegitimate heirs, who were beholden to the Lannister House & were openly hostile towards all of Robert's closest allies, especially in Robert's Rebellion. It's true Robert never did anything to directly kick start the Civil War, but he was King at the time and had all the power. Not doing anything in his position is just as bad or sometimes worse than directly causing it yourself.

    • Sarwat Arannya
      Sarwat Arannya 3 months ago +1

      @The Humanity Was the civil war really Robert's fault though? Yeah he wasn't a great king but he managed to keep the realm in relative peace for 20 years except one rebellion. I guess you could say he could have produced sons better or raised Joffrey better but with cersei there that wasn't really gonna happen. Robert pretty much left the only man he trusted in charge and couldn't really do anything else

    • Josh Swider
      Josh Swider 3 months ago

      @The Humanity yeah I'm sure the events after Robert's death had nothing to do with the fact that the lannisters were scheming fucks

    • The Humanity
      The Humanity 3 months ago +70

      Daemon was probably sitting on it for a couple minutes, I think the symbolism is meant for the rulers themselves who sit on it all day making decisions & reigning over court. If they're not careful while making their decisions, it mirrors them not being careful sitting on the throne itself. Daemon would be a ruler a lot like Robert Baratheon - it's never mentioned Robert got cut by the throne, but it's also common knowledge he never sat on it much at all or attended his own council meetings. It's also pretty clear Robert was a terrible King as well who allowed a Civil War to erupt after his death as well due to his own ignorance & negligence.

  • madyjules
    madyjules 2 months ago +1

    Thank you AS X, your episode reviews are pure excellence, full stop.

  • Nick Grimes
    Nick Grimes 3 months ago

    I’m really enjoying this slightly more nuanced Daemon. Seeing his perspective that Maesters either wouldn’t know about or wouldn’t acknowledge make his more malicious nature in F&B more understandable and sympathetic. History of Westeros made a strong point in their livestream: both Daemon’s mother and father died while he was young, he would absolutely want his big brother’s attention and approval.