Episode 6 of House Of The Dragon offers that much-anticipated time jump. But is it messing with the flow of the show?
House of the Dragon Episode 6 with English Subtitles
House Of The Dragon Episode 6 begins with this huge leap we all knew was about to happen. It’s going to be pushed ten years into the future and not only are there new actors playing the characters we already fell in love with, there are a lot of new ones too. But does this cause any problems with the amazing cast chemistry that the show has given us so far? And are you messing with the flow of the actual story?
Fortunately that did not happen. While Milly Alcock did a great job playing Rhaenyra, Emma D’Arcy captures the same badass act. The episode begins with her birth and moments later she’s dressed, wandering the castle and leaving a trail of blood behind – all to prove her power in front of her best friend, Queen Aliscent Hightower (now played by Olivia Cook).
These two women perfectly communicate the tension between the two characters. What was once love and appreciation has developed into distrust and disgust – especially after allowing it to fester for years and years. Fans were worried that the relationships these characters had with each other would suffer on screen due to a change of actor, but there’s a reason they’re professional, as it feels like nothing has changed. This is a testament to writing, directing and editing as well.
You know there’s nothing to do in Game of Thrones time besides having kids, and that’s exactly what Daemon and Rhaenyra were doing – although unfortunately, not with each other. Little patter can be heard everywhere as there are many Targaryens running now. Between the King, the Queen, Rinera, Lenore, Damon, and Layna, there are at least eight children.
How King Viserys Targaryen is still alive at this point is completely mystifying. This episode does a good job of showing how frail and sick he is now, but knowing that it’s been ten years since I put one foot on death’s doorstep makes it seem a little preposterous.
While we unfortunately don’t get any scenes with Daemon (Matt Smith) and D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra, we do get some great moments from it. He’s stole the hearts of viewers everywhere and doesn’t disappoint in House Of The Dragon Episode 6. There are quite a few emotional and powerful performances in this episode alone, setting him up to cross over with his niece once again – something pretty much everyone who watches this show looking forward to it.
Plus, we see him looking really cool, once again riding the back of a dragon. So there is that.
In fact, one of the best things about House Of The Dragon Episode 6 is that she leans heavily on those dragons. There are many dragons in this episode and each time they look amazing. We see them soar through the air, tearing apart the carcasses of goats, and even catch a close-up face that looks full of pain and confusion. Get ready to shed some tears over what this dragon is going through.
As for the children, they are pretty much all inherited juniors. At least the boys who live in the castle – Aegon II Targaryen was the worst of them. The man gives Joffrey serious feelings that will make viewers start wanting his untimely death as well. Of course, this mostly means that the actor does a great job at being unloved. So keep it up boy.
House of the Dragon kicked off with an amazing episode that reaped redemption even from even the most skeptical fan, and Episode 6 hit back as straightforward brutal. We won’t get into spoilers, but it’s proven that they aren’t afraid to take risks and kill just about anyone in order to make a point.
This episode isn’t without little Easter eggs into big Game of Thrones lore, too. There are exciting name drops like Joffrey and Pentos that will have fans gasping and pointing at the screen.
It’s safe to say that while highly anticipated, House Of The Dragon Episode 6’s jump was also a bit scary by fans. Going so far that you need to replace the actors (who did an exceptional job, mind you) can really mess with the dynamism of the show. Lucky for us, it wasn’t in this case.
This episode features crazy drama, mischievous whispers, and a whole ton of dragons (finally!). There’s a lot to love, and although Millie Alcock and Emily Carey are gone, their legacy lives on in their characters. Things are getting hotter, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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About the house of the dragon
The Targaryen era begins. House of the Dragon, the host of Game of Thrones, airs Sundays on HBO and HBO Max. Based on the series “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin, set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.
House of the Dragon airs on HBO and airs on HBO Max weekly on Sundays at 9 p.m.
Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Certified Film and Television Critic. She is also a freelance writer. Tessa has worked in entertainment writing for nearly ten years and is a member of several critics’ societies including the Critics’ Choice Society, the Hollywood Critics Association, and the Great Western Film Critics Association of New York.
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