Details From ‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 5 You May Have Missed


It’s all happening in King’s Landing. The seeds for the disastrous Targaryen Civil War known as the Dance of the Dragons were planted in Episode 1, but now they sprout right and right. That Battle lines were drawn in Episode 5: Queen Alicent feels betrayed by Viserys and Rhaenyra, so she is ready to fight. Rhaenyra has since married Laenor Velaryon, but seems more enchanted by her uncle, Daemon Targaryen.

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Then there’s the prickly Ser Criston Cole who brutally killed Ser Joffrey Lonmouth at the end of the episode. He was previously behind Rhaenyra but appears to be at Camp Alicent now. In short, everything happens.

As we prepare for Episode 6, which will a Teaser showed us a time jump of over a decadehere are some fine details, recaps and easter eggs from Episode 5 that you may have missed.

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Lady Royce, we hardly knew you

After four episodes of hearing Daemon Targaryen’s angry mentions of his “bronze bitch,” we finally got to meet Lady Rhea Royce. Unfortunately, she wasn’t in this world for long. Daemon killed her in the episode’s opening scene.

A few things about that.

Firstly, if the name Royce is familiar to you, it’s probably because of Lord Yohn Royce, who has been a recurring character on Game of Thrones since Season 4. He was the burly Vale guy who was constantly disgusted with Littlefinger. As for Runestone, the castle that Daemon Targaryen plans to inherit, it was seen briefly in Season 5 of Game of Thrones when Robin Arryn was (unsuccessfully) trained to fight with a sword and shield.

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As for Lady Royce herself, her brief appearance revealed that she was well aware of Daemon’s bitter remarks about her.

“What brings you to the valley?” she asks him. “Have you finally come to consummate our marriage? The Vale sheep might be ready, even if I’m not. After all, our sheep are prettier.”

This is a call back to something Daemon said back in Episode 1 when the Small Council accused him of the excessive force he ordered the City Guard to use. “In the valley, men should fuck sheep instead of women,” he said when Otto Hightower suggested he go back to his wife. “I can assure you, the sheep are prettier.

A familiar conversation

After King Viserys crosses the Ts and scores the Is with Lord Corlys about the marriage arrangements between Rhaenyra and Laenor, we see the two betrothed walking on the beach.

Rhaenyra tells Laenor as gently as she can that she knows he is gay and that she could never change his orientation. She too has her own tastes and doesn’t expect Laenor to change that. So she proposes a deal: they have children to make their fathers happy, and then they are free to seek out relationships that make them happy.

This mirrors a conversation Margaery Tyrell had with Renly Baratheon. After the death of King Robert, Renly laid claim to the Iron Throne and married Margaery of the wealthy House Tyrell to bolster his support. However, they were unable to consummate the marriage as Renly was in fact in love with Margaery’s brother, Ser Loras Tyrell.

“Save your lies for court, you’re going to need a lot of them,” Margaery told Renly when he protested her innuendo about his sexuality. “Your enemies are not happy with us, they want to tear us apart and the best way to stop that is to put your baby in my belly.”

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Rhaenys rides the dragon

Rhaenys Targaryen has only had a supporting role in House of the Dragon. In episode 5, however, we got a glimpse of her great talent: dragon riding. in the fire and bloodGeorge RR Martin’s novel that inspired House of the Dragon states that Rhaenys has been riding her dragon, Meleys, since she was 13.

“We can go back to the ends of the world together,” she told Lord Corlys on their wedding day, “but I’ll get there first, as I’ll fly.”

Ser Criston kills in the tournament

A small note on the switch from book to TV show: we saw Ser Criston brutally beat Cole Laenor’s lover, Ser Joffrey Lonmouth, to death at the climax of Episode 5. However, it is stated in Fire and Blood that Ser Criston actually killed Lonmouth in a jousting contest.

In King Viserys’s speech, interrupted by Alicent Hightower’s entry, he mentioned the seven days of revelry and tournaments planned before the wedding. This never happened on the show because of the Cole and Lonmouth brawl. In the book, the jousting tournament actually took place.

It was written that Ser Criston fought Cole in “Black Rage” because Rhaenyra had not bestowed on him the Garter of Blessings. “It was the Knight of Kisses who felt the fullest measure of his anger,” writes Martin in Fire and Blood. “Cole’s weapon of choice was the morning star, and the blows he rained down on Ser Laenor’s champion cracked his helm and left him unconscious in the mud. Ser Joffrey was carried off the field bloodied and died six days later, unconscious.”

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Mushroom

Fire and Blood is a tale of the Targaryen family written from Archmaester Gyldayn’s perspective. The source Gyldayn refers to for several incidents during this period is a court jester named Mushroom.

“A 3-foot-tall dwarf with a giant head… Mushroom was considered dim-witted, so kings, lords and princes had no qualms about hiding their secrets from him,” Gyldayn tells the reader. In a nod to the source material, we see a glimpse of Mushroom during the welcome feast. He is standing on stage and beating a drum during a musical performance.

Mushroom was added to the show at the behest of Paddy Considine, who plays King Viserys. “There is actually a banquet scene in House of the Dragon and I sent a message [showrunner] Ryan Condal and said, ‘Ryan, can we put mushroom in there somewhere?'” the actor told Deadline.



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