On house of the dragonFashion is a form of soft power.
*Spoilers for House of the Dragon below*
In the latest episode of game of Thrones Queen Alicent (Emily Carey) is late for the wedding of her stepdaughter and former friend Rhaenyra Targaryen.
And when she finally appears – in the middle of King Viserys’s speech, no less! – she wears a heavy silk dress in a striking shade of emerald.
Why is this important? The series does not rely on viewers to understand the complex relationships between the houses of the realm and the colors of the rainbow themselves.
Instead, two male wedding guests chatting at the dinner table decode Alicent’s striking sartotrial choice for us.
“The beacon on the Hightower, do you know what color it shines when Oldtown calls its banners to war?” one asks. You can bet the answer is green.
Alicent’s father, Ser Otto Hightower, was recently dismissed from King’s Landing as the king suspected he had been trying to subvert Rhaenyra as his heir in favor of his own grandson. Which of course Ser Otto did before he was sent home to Oldtown.
But Alicent isn’t simply defending her father’s honor by taking on his color here. She signals to Rhaenyra, who is dressed in white for her wedding day, that she will be playing the Game of Thrones on behalf of her own child, the king’s firstborn son.
In a way, the moment reads like a graduation into adulthood for Alicent, who until now has been controlled and protected by her own father. In his absence, she has two options. She can either remain in a position of servility to her king and husband, or fight for her son to inherit the Iron Throne.
And she expects all the wedding guests to interpret her dress before the cake is cut. It’s a call to arms for fans of her dad, as well as those who just don’t want to see a woman wear the crown.
So your dress is not just a dress. It’s a well-timed Sartotial mic drop.
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