House of the Dragon: King Viserys Targaryen prepares to marry off his daughter Rhaenyra while his failing health worsens
Viserys announces his plans to marry off his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) to Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate), the son of Corlys Verlaryon (Steve Toussaint) and Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best).
The trailer teased some tension and an all-out brawl at the wedding, while the former Hand of the King, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) tells his daughter, Queen Alicent (Emily Carey) that there will be war if Rhaenyra takes the Iron Throne.
Alliance: King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) tries to form a royal alliance with a royal wedding… as his health continues to fail in Episode 5 of HBO’s House of the Dragon
Daughter: Viserys announces his plans to marry off his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) to Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate), the son of Corlys Verlaryon (Steve Toussaint) and Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best)
The episode begins with two new characters meeting on horseback, Lady Rhea (Rachel Redford), with the lady saying she’d rather ride alone.
She rides off on her white steed and leaves the man behind when she finds her husband Daemon (Matt Smith).
She asks what he’s doing here and ask if he wants to consummate the marriage finally, as she reveals she heard he called her uglier than a sheep.
He scares off her horse, throwing his wife to the ground as he stands over her but walks away.
‘I knew you couldn’t finish’ she screams, before Daemon picks up a large rock and walks back to her.
The episode cuts to the sea, where the King is sailing with his new Hand of the King, Lord Lyonel Stokes, as the King throws up over the side of the ship.
Back in King’s Landing, Otto confronts his daughter Alicent, saying she’s sorry Viserys removed him as Hand.
‘The time is come, Alicent. Either you prepare Aegon to rule or you cleave to Rhaenyra and you beg for her mercy,’ Otto says before embracing his daughter and leaving on horseback.
King Viserys and Rhaenyra are now riding in a carriage to Driftmark, as the new Hand is angered that Corlys hasn’t greeted the King himself, but Viserys wants to, ‘just get on with it.’
Back in King’s Landing, Alicent strikes up a conversation with Larys Strong (Matthew Needham), the son of the new Hand of the King, Lyonel Strong.
He is seen clutching a cane, saying she might be in need of an ally, when Alicent asks him to state his purpose.
He wonders if Rhaenyra can be trusted because she is not well, though he says he may be mistaken.
He tells her that the Grand Maester brought her a tea, at the direction of the King, which clearly troubles Alicent.
She tells him that Rhaenyra set sail with King Viserys to Driftmark, and he reveals that he is happy to have been wrong about Rhaenyra being ill… but Alicent is clearly still troubled by this news.
The move to marry Rhaenyra to Laenor comes after King Viserys shot down Corlys’ proposal for Viserys to marry his 12-year-old daughter Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mosé).
Instead, he decided to marry Alicent Hightower, a decision which caused Corlys to join forces with the King’s estranged brother Daemon (Matt Smith) as they fought in the Stepstones.
The idea to wed Rhaenyra to Laenor was suggested by one of his trusted advisors Lord Lyonel Strong (Gavin Spokes), which he seemingly took to heart.
Daemon: Instead, he decided to marry Alicent Hightower, a decision which caused Corlys to join forces with the King’s estranged brother Daemon (Matt Smith) as they fought in the Stepstones
Ironically, it also comes just after King Viserys told his daughter she could choose her own mate… which lead to her having an incestuous tryst with her uncle Daemon… and also taking Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) to her bed.
Rhaenyra swore to both her father and her best friend, Queen Alicent, that nothing happened with Daemon… despite a witness account from one of Otto’s spies.
The episode also comes just after King Viserys removed Otto Hightower as his Hand of the King, after Otto tells Viserys about Rhaenyra’s affair with Daemon.
Swore: Rhaenyra swore to both her father and her best friend, Queen Alicent, that nothing happened with Daemon… despite a witness account from one of Otto’s spies
Otto is seen in the trailer telling his daughter Queen Alicent that the realm will go to war if Rhaenyra is named the Queen of Westeros.
He tells her to prepare her son Aegon to rule at the end of the trailer for Sunday night’s new episode.
House of the Dragon was already renewed for a second season, though co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has announced he will be leaving the show.
War: Otto is seen in the trailer telling his daughter Queen Alicent that the realm will go to war if Rhaenyra is named the Queen of Westeros