House of the Dragon: We Light the Way (Episode 5) review

Since it debuted on HBO, I’ve been very critical of the slow pace and Nowhere narrative that Dragon House I was headed towards it, and it issued stern warnings about a much-needed course correction. Obviously, no one in charge of producing the show was listening, but they probably felt the same after watching the first few episodes that were completely edited.

A demon looks at the body of his estranged wife at Dragon House, HBO

A demon looks at the body of his estranged wife at Dragon House, HBO

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Episode 5 has finally practiced using her ends to get rid of her tight, clogged shell, and the whole show is better for her. Although he still does not sail to the types of heights glimpsed in the first season of Game of thrones, She’s starting to broaden her horizons quite dramatically, which we hope will affect the second half of the season.

“light the way” It begins with a short but welcome return to the Vale of Arryn, with Runestone in the background. There, the stage is set for some tough political maneuvering when Daemon Targaryen brutally murders his icy wife, Lady Rhea Royce, while making it look like a horse-riding accident.

King Viserys meets Corlys at House of the Dragon, HBO

King Viserys meets Corlys at House of the Dragon, HBO

Meanwhile, King Viserys and Rhaenyra make their own moves by visiting the Driftmark; The purpose is to marry the latter to Corliss Philarion’s son Lenore. It’s a bounce like before Game of thrones An arc plot depicting a young lady of the royal family marrying a man with homosexual tastes, just for the sake of political convenience.

Everything seems fine, until Queen Aliscent asks Sir Creston about her supposed infidelity with her uncle demon. Not realizing what she’s deducing, Kriston talks about his relationship with Rhaenyra to Alicent’s own shock. It’s a lie by omission that she won’t take it kindly while the episodes go on.

Rhaenyra and Laenor dancing at House of the Dragon, HBO

Rhaenyra and Laenor dancing at House of the Dragon, HBO

These multiple arcs of plot intertwine before culminating in the great feast and celebration, preparatory to the Houses of Targaryen and Velaryon finally uniting by the bond of blood. Unfortunately, disaster occurs when Lenore’s male lover attempts to gain equal leverage over Sir Creston, who beats him to death on the dance floor in front of all the visiting guests and dignitaries.

The good

Dragon House She finally started to quicken her pace, as if she knew that viewers were hanging by a thread. Without some sort of accelerating momentum, the show was sure to have bleeding fans by the end of season one, if it wasn’t already. This is what makes Episode 5 so important to the overall success, by helping to justify the show getting the green light in the first place.

Queen Aliscent speaks to Laryse Strong at House of Dragons, HBO

Queen Aliscent speaks to Laryse Strong at House of Dragons, HBO

It’s not perfect, but there’s some real political intrigue here, rather than just a bunch of people lamenting their royal responsibilities and agonizing over the boredom of a feast or other hunt. Ingredients made Game of thrones So cool — from a bit of Littlefinger, to a bit of Jamie Lannister, and a dash of Jon Snow — they’re all here, and they feel more authentic than anything that’s been shown since the first episode.

It’s also good to see the characters starting to suffer from some real consequences of their decisions. first half of Dragon House It felt like a disappointment, especially against the backdrop of the supposed secret meeting between Daemon and Corlys, which quickly ended up getting nowhere. Even the controversial fourth episode seemed like an internal family squabble, and a little more.

Ser Criston after killing a man in House of the Dragon, HBO

Ser Criston after killing a man in House of the Dragon, HBO

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Here, the events play out with several different houses and characters who will feel the lingering effects for some time. Sir Creston’s psychological breakdown was particularly remarkable, as it symbolizes how real, empty, and selfish corruption is that the lords and ladies he truly serve. It sums up how even the most heroic and dignified man can be dragged into a quagmire around him.

Ser Criston prepares to kill himself in House of the Dragon, HBO

Ser Criston prepares to kill himself in House of the Dragon, HBO

The events that unfolded in the last ten minutes of the episode led to a lot of things that are supposed to be certain, but very few that happened. This sudden abduction of the audience’s expectations is what he made Game of thrones Pretty cool, because viewers didn’t really know what to expect from one moment to the next. Here, this trick is used again, although somewhat counterproductive, and it has a great effect.

bad

I’ll keep casting some shade Dragon House for continuing to refuse to expand its narrative scope. A few shots from familiar locations like Vale aren’t enough to make the show feel like a sprawling adventure tale, try as it may be. While it’s commendable for walking new ground with this episode, there’s still a long way to go.

King Viserys and Princess Rhaenyra at her wedding feast at House of the Dragon, HBO

King Viserys and Princess Rhaenyra at her wedding feast at House of the Dragon, HBO

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The pre-wedding festivities are full of political intrigue and tender alliances, which is great, but the big shock in the end should have had an even greater impact. The showrunners were clearly intent on repeating a bit of The Red Wedding, but failed to follow through with any actual consequences for the characters affected by it.

For example, Lenore Villarion should have been a shattered mess of a young man who ran out of it screaming in grief and sadness. Instead, he cries a bit as he relates to Rhaenyra later. Likewise, Sir Creston beats his teammate to death in a fit of pure rage, not so much as being stopped by a single guard. Meanwhile, King Viserys looks on with a mixture of confusion and mild annoyance.

Damon Targaryen attends Rhinera's wedding festivities at House of the Dragon, HBO

Damon Targaryen attends Rhinera’s wedding festivities at House of the Dragon, HBO

Finally, Daemon Targaryen’s “speaking seldom and holding a big stick” attitude began to wane. Matt Smith is a great actor who gets lost in a script with very little dialogue, and when he speaks, it’s a breath of fresh air. If the showrunners want to create major iconic characters, it’s best to start with Daemon, and make him the focal point.

Finally

Credit where it is due – Dragon House He finally started to inhale some actual fire. It might be a little more than someone carrying a lighter to an aerosol can, but it’s something. Logic suggests that a large portion of this show’s budget was applied to the second half of the season, when things should improve.

Princess Rhaenyra overlooking the sea at House of the Dragon, HBO

Princess Rhaenyra overlooking the sea at House of the Dragon, HBO

For now, it’s another small step in the right direction, and a sign that the show will continue into its second season. One thing is for sure – things are definitely changing, and it won’t be long before there’s a major board modification, at least if new source material is any indication. Then again, the showrunners ignored Martin’s books before, so let’s see if history repeats.

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House of the Dragon: We Light the Way (Episode 5) review

PROS

  • The character’s actions are beginning to have consequences
  • A more powerful and vibrant story unfolds
  • Tensions rise, alliances teeter on the brink of disaster

Negatives

  • Trying to create another red wedding scenario somewhat falls short
  • Daemon Targaryen is wasted for Matt Smith
  • The show still suffers from not having many GOT-style plot arcs

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