IN REVIEW: HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (S1 – EP6) The Princess and the Queen

Ten years have passed and Rhaenyra continues to navigate Alicent's persistent speculation about her children.
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Synopsis: In The Princess and the Queen, Ten years have passed and Rhaenyra continues to navigate Alicent’s persistent speculation about her children. Meanwhile, Daemon and Laena weigh an offer in Pentos

 

The Story

Picking up ten years after the events of last week. Rhaenyra has married Ser Laenor Velaryon but has gone elsewhere to produce her children, which has become an open secret in the court. So much so that it is starting to undermine Rhaenyra’s standing. Having just given birth again the subject of her new child’s legitimacy has renewed speculation. A matter not helped by Alicent Hightower’s continued interest. Indeed Alicent who is still Queen summons Rhaenyra to the court immediately after the birth of her latest child.

Meanwhile, the children of Alicent tease one of Rhaenyra’s sons by offering him a pig to make him feel inadequate as he is not able to bond with a dragon. Also in combat training, Ser Christin uses rather harsh methods on Young Prince Jacaerys Velaryon by pitting him against Prince Aegon Targaryen as a way of getting Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong own his relationship with Rhaenyra and admit he is father to her children. An admission that he obviously cannot make. 

Queen Alicent who has been pretty much on her own for the last 10 years has made an ally in Larys Strong, but will soon learn that having such a friendship can be dangerous as Larys demonstrates his cunning by having his two brothers killed. 

Elsewhere, Daemon and heavily pregnant new wife Leana have been spending time in Pentos and are made a rather generous offer.

 

The Acting

This week gave us our first look at the older versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent who are played by Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke. Both actors did a really good job of picking up their characters from their predecessors and getting straight into it. Indeed the first thing we see is Rhaenyra giving birth, and then marching up quite a few stairs for a meeting with Alicent who seems to be a much colder version than the somewhat warm and nieve girl that she was. In fact, the rift between Alicent and Rhaenyra has deepened and not much love seems lost between them now.

I really enjoyed the scenes between Larys (Matthew Needham) and Alicent. As their relationship feels kind of similar to that of Littlefinger and Sansa. Only I suspect Alicent is perhaps a little more aware of Larys manipulations than Sansa was. At least initially.

 

Overall

The Princess and the Queen delivers an episode with plenty of politics and intrigue and also brings us the first major deaths on the series as we see Larys plot to have his two brothers killed. One of which is Hand to the King while the other is Rhaenyra’s lover. This pretty much sets things up for next week as such an act of killing two characters like this cannot go unanswered.

9.6
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (S1 – EP6) The Princess and the Queen
  • Story
    9.1
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.6

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