With its episode 4, the characters of House of the Dragon they have only one desire: to remove the sword from its sheath, in the figurative sense of the term.
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I wish I was already reeeeine
“I don’t want a life where I have children until I die”exclaims Rhaenyra as the kingdom awaits her wedding. Despite the pressure exerted on the shoulders of her father Viserys, the princess refuses to give in to the traditions ofa policy that reflects only his archaismand the death penalty it means for a woman.
Inevitably, episode 4 of House of the Dragon more than ever it proposes the ingenuity of its leaders, their sincere conviction in an evolution of morality, and the wall that for this reason they will hopelessly fight in the face.
In this situation: A / I give priority to the dragon B / I commit myself C / I curl up in the hold
But above all this fourth chapter stands out as one of the most important of the season, because it confirms the nerve center of the series: the difficulties of the female condition in the world of Westerossymbolized by the two sides of the same coin which are Rhaenyra and Alicent.
From ellipse to ellipse, the new HBO production sculpts resentment and trauma and demonstrates in the most beautiful way that it has learned lessons from game of Thrones. Rather than littering with dozens of subplots and as many additional characters, he stays focused on his own problems and back-and-forth narrative that can only take the form of sharp boomerangs.
Coincidentally, the main (and traumatic) event of the first episode takes on even greater importance as the series progresses. Viserys didn’t just have to make a terrible decision. He led his daughter to want to escape from this same fate, and therefore to implement a change that will seal the future of the line.
On the contrary, Alicent becomes an increasingly resigned woman, plagued by a malaise that will eventually put her in comparison with her childhood friend. Still here, House of the Dragon going strongan alternative assembly that is as efficient as it is well built, where Rhaenyra’s pursuit of hedonism parallels Alicent’s sense of duty … in the bedroom. If Milly Alcock always affirms herself as an incredible actress, here Emily Carey pulls herself out of the game, embodying in a sublime way the transformation of her character, which loses all the original candor of her.
A friendship in danger
When incest afflicts
Since the beginning of House of the Dragonsome spectators did not fail to accuse the series of sanitizing its aesthetics game of Thrones. On the one hand it would be tempting to say that the kingdom of Westeros was much more prosperous and stable at the time (after all it is the fall of the Targaryens), but above all we have remained until now the powerful, locked in their ivory tower. .
The mischief of episode 4 is precisely to take Rhaenyra and Daemon to stroll the streets of Port-Réal, so that the camera focuses the filth of this medieval Sodom and Gomorrahwhile the rot spreads in the very enclosure of the castle from the rotten body of the king and from the rats that spread in the rooms.
The throne of vair
Furthermore, where George RR Martin’s adaptations are often forced to confine themselves to the painting of the people and their political considerations, House of the Dragon he takes the time to make a beautiful metonymy through an open-air theatrical performance. The opportunity to demonstrate that the distrust of Rhaenyra and the misogyny of the court is equally significant on the other side of the wall.
A partir de la, cet épisode 4 réussit à représenter le ras-le-bol de protagonistes réduits à leur rôle, à leur étiquette dans les rouages du pouvoir, et comment, en jetant leurs responsabilités par la fenêtre, ils vont engendrer un chaos sans first name. This obviously goes through the typical sex scenes of game of Thrones (the return of incest, yay!), followed by corridor noises, lies and irrecoverable Shakespearean betrayals. House of the Dragon it fully assumes its tragic dimensionand the beginning of autumn is even more beautiful.
A new episode of House of the Dragon is available every Monday on OCS starting August 22, 2022