House of the Dragon viewers react to the ‘most awkward’ sex scene yet in the new episode

house of the dragonThe fourth episode of , King of the Narrow Sea, offered viewers perhaps their most shocking sex scene yet.

During Monday’s (September 12) episode, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) secretly bids farewell to the palace and is led by a cloaked figure for a romp around downtown King’s Landing.

Spoilers follow for the fourth episode of house of the dragon – you have been warned!

The caped character is of course her Uncle Daemon (Matt Smith), the villain of the family who has returned to town triumphant after his defeat of the Crabfeeder, with a short new haircut and all.

The pair gallop through King’s Landing at night, listening to fools and stealing food before snaking their way into one of Daemon’s favorite brothels.

There, the sexual tension we’ve seen in recent episodes reaches a climax and the couple start kissing and undressing each other.

Milly Alcock in “House of the Dragon”

(Ollie Upton/HBO)

With Rhaenyra’s pants around her ankles, Daemon suddenly has doubts and can’t bring himself to go through with the deed, abandoning his niece.

While the couple didn’t go all the way, the incestuous scene was enough to shock viewers, even though intercourse within the same family is something game of Thrones never shied away from it.

“Okay you house of the dragon ppl going way too hard for incest,” one viewer tweeted. “This shit makes me physically uncomfortable.”

Another alluded to the show’s legacy and its predecessor’s propensity for incest. “House of the Dragons had to let us know that they are not losing a step with incest,” the user tweeted.

House of the Dragon incest tweet


Others, however, were torn about their feelings for the couple, unable to decide whether to root for them or be repelled by them.

“Not house of the dragon which makes me want to incest,” wrote one viewer.

While incestuous relationships are rightly considered taboo in modern society, they certainly weren’t with the Targaryens.

The Targaryens held themselves above the laws of man, and thus practiced incest and polygamy to keep their bloodline “pure.”

Aside from Daemon and Rhaenyra, many of Daenerys’ ancestors practiced incest and polygamy – you can read all about the Targaryen family tree here.

And you can read that of the independent Episode four recap here.

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 viewers react to the ‘most awkward’ sex scene yet in the new episode


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