House of the Dragon episode 5 features a big moment for Emily Carey’s Alicent Hightower, and it’s a lot bigger than it seems. The episode revolves around the wedding of Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Leanor Velaryon (Theo Nate), and it’s also the last time we’ll see Carey and Alcock in their roles before a present time jump to Emma D. ‘Arcy as Rhaenyra and Olivia. Cooke as Alicent
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If you’re still reading, then you’re ready for spoilers. In episode 5, Alicent discovers that Rhaenyra and Ser Cristen Cole (Fabien Frankel) slept together. That means she knows Rhaenyra was probably lying to her in episode 4 when the princess proclaimed her virtue, and while Alicent isn’t sure the rumor about Rhaenyra and Daemon’s brothel date is true, the young queen believes her. friend before her father. Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) caused Otto to lose her position as Hand of the King, for which he openly blames her and then warns her that her children will die if Rhaenyra takes the throne.
All of this pushes Alicent past her breaking point, and she is late for Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding, interrupting a speech by King Viserys (Paddy Considine). It’s a big, dramatic moment, made all the more significant by Alicent’s choice of outfit. She wears a bright green dress and it is revealed that the Hightower lighthouse, when she lights it up to call out the war flags, is green. That’s already very sinister, then, but some context from George RR Martin’s book Fire and Blood reveals why the moment is even more important than it seems on the surface.
In the book, a succession crisis begins when Viserys dies, and both Rhaenyra and Alicent’s son Aegon claim the throne. Alicent and Aegon’s side are known as the green ones, and Rhaenyra’s side, the black ones. The split begins at a tournament to celebrate Viserys and Alicent’s fifth anniversary in the book, in a change of schedule: Alicent shows up to the tournament dressed in green, while Rhaenyra wears the red and black colors of House Targaryen. Throughout the Targaryen civil war, also known as the Dance of the Dragons, both sides of the conflict were known as the greens and the blacks.
What this means, then, is that the show has already drawn the battle lines for the Dance with Dragons, though Rhaenyra doesn’t yet know that she’ll soon be fighting for her place on the Iron Throne. From the dress, we can assume that Alicent is now fully supportive of her son Aegon becoming ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, when he previously supported Rhaenyra’s claim.
How this plays out in the rest of the show remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: it will involve fire and blood.
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