House of the Dragon Episode 5: Queen Alicent’s dramatic entrance is the most important moment of the show so far

house of the dragon‘s The fifth episode is the most dramatic so far.

Warning – major spoilers for Episode 5 of House of the Dragon.

Prince Daemon’s (Matt Smith) wife is killed, the king’s health appears to be seriously deteriorating and we have a royal wedding between Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate) ahead of us.

However, it is the king’s wife, Queen Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), who steals the show.

Decades of civil unrest are hinted at in a scene lasting less than 30 seconds.

Queen Alicent’s dress is full of symbolism

Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower in The House of the Dragon


When guests arrive at the welcome feast for Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding, there is one notable absence: Queen Alicent.

Her lack of presence is repeatedly noted and viewers are made aware of her importance. “I hear the Queen is still preparing for the celebrations,” explains King Viserys (Paddy Considine) to Jason Lannister (Jefferson Hall).

“That’s why men make war,” Lannister jokes, “because women would never be ready in time to fight.”

Ironically, that seems to be exactly what Alicent did to prepare for battle.

In the midst of a speech to his guests, Viserys is interrupted by Alicent, who appears dramatically alone in the hall’s entrance.

She is dressed all in emerald green. “The beacon on the Hightower, do you know what color it shines when Old Town calls its banners to war?” Larys Strong asks another guest. “Green.”

Paddy Considine, Milly Alcock and Theo Nate in House of the Dragon


As she walks past the crowd, Alicent looks down at the Hightower contingents, also all dressed in green, sharing a look with her.

As she finally approaches the teacher’s table, Alicent calls Rhaenyra “stepdaughter” for the first time, even though the two used to be close friends.

The scene marks a major character shift for Alicent

While it may not seem like much at first glance, this arrival is arguably the most important scene in the series to date.

Earlier, we saw Otto Hightower, Alicent’s father, on his way out of King’s Landing, giving his daughter a grim warning.

“The king will die,” Otto says to his daughter, “and if Rhaenyra succeeds, war will follow. The Empire will not accept her and to secure her claim she must strike your children with the sword, she will have no choice. You know it.”

Alicent, who had previously appeared peaceful if not meek, reveals her intentions in the wedding scene – her loyalty is to her children and the Hightowers, not Rhaenyra.

Rhys Ifans and Emily Carey in House of the Dragon


This point is made even clearer by Alicent’s uncle, Hobert Hightower (Steffan Rhodri), telling her, “You know Oldtown is on your side.”

Green has an important meaning in George RR Martin’s original source material

In George RR Martin’s book Fire & Bloodon which house of the dragon based, the Greens come to their faction’s symbol in the coming war, which Martin calls “The Dance of the Dragons”.

The rift between Alicent and Rhaenyra is further hinted at in the titles for the upcoming episodes, whose names have been released by HBO. Episode six is ​​titled “The Princess and the Queen” while episode nine is titled “The Green Council” and episode 10 is titled “The Black Queen”.

If the series follows the narrative of Martin’s book it has so far, the green dress heralds the start of a whole lot of action to come.

house of the dragon airs weekly on Sundays in the US, with the UK premiere arriving on Sky the next morning at 2am. The episodes will then be repeated on Mondays at 9 p.m. and can be streamed on Sky and NOW after their first broadcast. House of the Dragon Episode 5: Queen Alicent’s dramatic entrance is the most important moment of the show so far


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