The second half of the first season of HBO’s House of the Dragon offers the biggest time jump yet, with a full decade passing from last week’s episode 5 to episode 6.
The new episode, which aired Sunday evening, introduced two new actresses playing adult versions of Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, replacing Emily Carey) and Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy, replacing Millie Alcock).
The trailer also teases that Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is now married to Lyanna Velarion (Nanna Blondell) after killing his ex-wife.
Decade: The second half of the first season of HBO’s House of the Dragon offers the biggest time jump yet, with an entire decade passing from last week’s episode 5 to episode 6.
Princesses: The new episode airing Sunday evening introduced two new actresses playing the adult versions of Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, replacing Emily Carey) and Princess Rahenira (Emma D’Arcy, replacing Millie Alcock).
Married: The trailer also teases that Prince Damon (Matt Smith) is now married to Lena Velarion (Nanna Blondell) after killing his ex-wife.
The episode opens with an adult Rhynera in labor, as she is told to breathe and push by the midwife.
A proud mother holds her crying baby for the first time as she continues to push as she successfully delivers a baby boy.
He asks if the baby is well and a midwife says that he is ‘kicking like a goat’, when an aide arrives and says that the queen has requested that the baby be brought to her immediately.
Rahenira says she will carry the child herself as the women help her get dressed to visit the queen… though she first throws it out after the birth.
She meets her husband, who is happy it’s a boy as he helps her approach the queen, joking that he’s glad she’s not a woman.
He stops, seemingly in pain, and she asks what it is but he tells her to walk, as he thinks they’ve ‘been through it all’ with the Queen.
She pauses on the stairs, clearly in pain, as her husband thinks they should go back, but Lenore says it’s ‘absurd’ and she powers through.
When they reach the door, we see Kristen standing as they go to meet the queen… even though Alicent says she should rest.
Viserys enters and asks to see his grandson, as he holds the newborn, while Alicent asks if they have decided on a name.
Although the Reyna’s say they haven’t decided on a name, Lenore says they will name him Joffrey – apparently after her former gay lover whom Ser Kristen killed a decade ago.
Elicent says they should keep trying, adding, ‘Sooner or later, you might find someone who looks like you.
After leaving, Rainara is clearly upset that he chose the name without consulting her.
They return to their chambers when they are greeted by their sons, who say they have chosen a dragon egg for their new brother Joffrey.
Their oldest child Jaceris is trying to bond with his dragon, as he says the beast will only obey him in time.
The other children pull a prank on Viserys’ son Amond, bringing him a pig because he doesn’t have a dragon yet.
He goes into the dungeon and finds a dragon blowing his fire before escaping.
Queen Elicent is chatting with her daughter when her son is brought in, as she says she went back to the dungeon.
Alicent tells Viserys that her, ‘grandsons are a danger’ and adds, ‘They are savages.’
‘Having one child like that is a mistake, having three children is an insult, the throne, yours, House Velarion and the match you fought so hard to make for him,’ he added. Not to mention decency itself.’
Viserys tells him a story, beginning, ‘I once had a black horse. Black as a crow. One day, he ran away from his pasture and a neighboring stallion ran a calf over him. The stallion was silver as the moon on a winter’s night, and the scoundrel, when it was born, was breasted.’
‘The most wonderful brown horse you ever saw. Nature is a thing of mysterious work,’ he says, as Alicent asks if he has seen it himself.
‘The consequences of such an accusation as you are playing would be dire,’ said Viserys, telling him not to speak of it again.
Alicent goes and expresses her frustration with Ser Christon, ‘He flaunts the privilege of his inheritance without shame. He expects everyone in the Red Keep to deny the truth that our eyes can clearly see.’
Aegon is masturbating when he is interrupted by Queen Alicent, who asks whose idea the prank was.
He says, ‘It was Jace,’ and he says, ‘Amond is your brother,’ but Aegon adds, ‘Well, he’s a twat.’
‘We are family. You can cuff him all you want at home, but in the world… we have to fend for ourselves,’ she says, but she insists, ‘It was fun.’
‘Do you think Rahena’s sons will forever be your playthings? As things stand… Rhaenys will ascend the throne and Jacquerys Targaryen will be his heir,’ she tells him.
‘How can you be so short-sighted? If Rahena comes to power… your life may be forfeited. Along with Aemond. He can go on to cut off any challenge to his legacy,’ Alicent said.
Aegon says he will not challenge, but Alicent angrily insists, ‘You are the challenge! Challenge you, Aegon! Just living and breathing! You are the first born son of the king…’
Despite his health problems, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) has apparently survived a 10-year time jump.
Although little is known about his true condition, it left him quite vulnerable, even before the time jump.
Now he looks like he’s aged over a decade, and in the sixth episode he seems weaker than ever.
Survived: Despite his health problems, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) has apparently survived a 10-year time jump.
Another character who survived the time jump was Ser Kristen Cole (Fabian Frankel), who ended up committing suicide at the end of episode 5.
Kristen – who slept with Princess Rhaenarra after an affair with Uncle Damon – killed Joffrey Lonemouth (Solly McLeod), the secret gay lover of Rhaenarra, the new husband of Lenore Valerian (Theo Nate).
After killing Joffrey, he is about to take his own life, when he is stopped by Queen Alicent.
Kristen: Another character to survive the time jump is Ser Kristen Cole (Fabian Frankel), who is about to commit suicide at the end of episode 5.
The show also made headlines last week and viewership continues to grow as the season continues.
The fifth episode of the massively popular Game of Thrones prequel series — set 172 years before the original series — drew 3% more viewers than the fourth episode (via Variety ).
It was also revealed that the first five episodes of the 10-episode first season have so far averaged 29 million viewers per episode across linear and all HBO streaming platforms.
Viewership: The show also made headlines last week and the viewership continues to grow as the season continues