Synopsis: After conquering all but two of the islands, Daemon declared himself King of the Stepstones and the Narrow Sea, being crowned by Corlys the Sea Snake.
Having defeated the Crabfeeder in last week’s episode. Daemon has declared himself the King of the Stepstones and the Narrow Sew and has returned to King’s Landing. Initially welcomed back by Viserys. All appears to be well. However, the Kingdom is still preoccupied with finding a suitable husband for Princess Rhaenyra who is not cooperating. Making matters worse. Daemon takes Rhaenyra on a little adventure beyond the Keep where they go drinking, watch a piece of theatre, and end up in a brothel. Daemon attempts to seduce the princess but thankfully pulls back from his urge to do so. Just as well given that it would have been pretty incestuous and it was not the most comfortable thing to watch. Unfortunately, The Hands Spies are watching and reports of this get back to the King. Although the reports claim that Uncle Daemon and his Neice Rhaenyra went through with the deed.
Suffice it to say that Rhaenyra’s position within the King’s court is compromised. The perception of her should word get out will change and not for the better. Also, Rhaenyra’s attraction to Ser Criston Cole heats up. However, The King has chucked a bucket of cold water over it as he proclaimed that Rhaenyra will have to marry The Sea Snakes’ son.
Matt Smith and Milly Alcock both put in a strong performance this week as this gets a bit heated. The scenes of Daemon and Rhaenyra’s night on the town together have set up all sorts of implications that will likely play out over the coming weeks. We also get strong performances from Paddy Considine and Rhys Ifans as Viserys and Hightower find themselves potentially at odds.
This was a pretty strong episode, which further explored the politics and dodgy dealings within this series. The scenes of Daemon and Rhaenyra together were done well. I really liked the juxtaposition of Daemon and Rhaenyra’s scenes with those of the King and his young wife Alicent who appears to be barely tolerating her king’s touch out of a sense of duty as opposed to her getting any pleasure from it. That scene alone makes the scene later on when Alicent questions Rhaenyra so much more potent.
- CGI & Stunts9.8
- Incidental Music9.3