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‘House of the Dragon’: Why Alicent’s green dress is so important

Rhaenyra Targaryen’s (Milly Alcock) and Laenor Velaryon’s (Theo Nate) wedding may have ended in a bloody brawl, but the real battle began when Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) walked into the wedding banquet wearing that wear. A beautiful green dress fit for Alicent’s queen status, this dress was more than just a fashion statement. It was a call to arms.

for most house of the dragon, we have seen Alicent dressed in red or blue. (Side note: That blue dress with the cutouts? Give it to me now.) This is the first time we see her in green, a color that is extremely important to House Hightower. As Larys and Harwin Strong (Matthew Needham and Ryan Corr) explain, when Oldtown, the seat of House Hightower, calls its banners to war, the lighthouse at the top of the Hightower glows green. With a pointed costume choice, Alicent gives us a foreshadowing of the conflict to come.

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Since Red Keep, Alicent doesn’t have the resources to change the Hightower beacon. In fact, she starts the episode almost completely alone. Her father Otto (Rhys Ifans) has been eliminated as Hand. As she later finds out, Rhaenyra lied to her about whether she was still a virgin, which played a part in her father’s dismissal. On top of all that, Otto reminds her that if Viserys (Paddy Considine) dies, Alicent’s children will be in grave danger as Rhaenyra attempts to consolidate her power. With the odds stacked against her, Alicent uses her queenly ways to send a signal to the Hightowers at the wedding feast: she’s not going down without a fight.

At George R.R. Martin’s fire and bloodAlicent’s green dress has a similar appearance at a tournament celebrating five years of her marriage to Viserys. In that scene, it’s not Alicent’s dress that causes a stir, but Rhaenyra’s: she dresses dramatically in the red and black of House Targaryen.

From that moment on, Westeros is officially divided into the camps of the “greens” and the “blacks”. The greens support Alicent, as well as her baby Aegon’s claim to the Iron Throne, while the blacks support Rhaenyra as the true heir. Notable greens include Larys Strong and Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), while notable blacks include Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), and Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best).

As the rivalry between Alicent and Rhaenyra intensifies in the coming episodes, be sure to keep an eye out for who’s wearing what colors. Westerosi wardrobes are the perfect way to see which side of this conflict the characters take. And it all started with Alicent’s spectacular dress! This may be our last week with Emily Carey as Alicent, as Olivia Cooke takes over the role in episode 6, but Carey certainly walked out in style.

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