Last night time’s episode of House of the Dragon launched us to an entire new establishment, with many new Targaryen members of the family making their debut, older actors taking on for key characters like Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower, and a slew of recent dragons taking wing. It was rather a lot…however from the appears of issues, it’s solely the start.
HBO has launched a trailer for subsequent week’s episode, and man does it look nuts. All that rigidity that was boiling underneath the floor throughout Episode 6 will attain a breaking level, and as Princess Rhaenys has beforehand warned, knives will come out.
We’re going to present a giant outdated SPOILER WARNING up prime, as a result of I don’t assume there’s any approach to actually discuss what we see on this trailer with out giving stuff away. “Driftmark” shall be making some modifications from George R.R. Martin’s guide Fire & Blood, in addition to adapting one of the vital necessary moments within the lead-up to the Dance of the Dragons. Let’s get into it.
A funeral at Driftmark
We start with the funeral of Laena Velaryon on the isle of Driftmark, the seat of House Velaryon. Laena met her finish in Episode 6, when her childbirth went awry and he or she commanded her dragon Vhagar to burn her to a crisp, fairly than die in mattress. It was a spotlight of the episode, and from the appears of issues, “Driftmark” will spend a while coping with the fallout.
Note the ropes being hooked up to Laena’s attractive carved casket; we’ll speak extra about them in a second. But first, let’s try a few of the attendees on the funeral:
From left to proper, we now have Rhaenyra along with her kids Lucerys and Jacaerys, Laenor Velaryon, Aegon Targaryen, Alicent Hightower, King Viserys, and Helaena Targaryen. There are a number of notables within the background as effectively, together with Otto Hightower off on the very left fringe of the display, in addition to another members of House Velaryon behind Laenor, possible Corlys’ brother Vaemond Velaryon’s household. This shall be a giant occasion, presumably one of many first instances all these varied characters are in the identical place since Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding 10 years prior.
The Velaryons are a mariner household, and their funerals preserve with that concept. Laena’s casket is launched off an ornate dais into the ocean:
We see it really enter the water from above, in a shot which has appeared in quite a few trailers for the sequence. Note the ridges on the dais; this isn’t a brand new fixture erected for Laena’s funeral.
It seems that this explicit a part of Driftmark is reserved for funerals for outstanding family members. The trailer opens with Corlys Velaryon asking, “What is this brief mortal life, if not the pursuit of legacy?” As Laena’s casket sinks all the way down to the underside of the ocean, we are able to simply glimpse different caskets of her Velaryon ancestors within the background.
Next we see the grieving mom, Rhaenys Velaryon, dropping a hoop onto a desk. We didn’t get sufficient pictures of Laena’s fingers in earlier episodes to make certain whether or not it was hers, however Rhaenys’ ache is apparent to see:
Rhaenys and Corlys gained’t be the one ones grieving Laena’s dying within the new episode. We additionally see Laena’s dragon Vhagar chickening out. I’d guess this occurs throughout that very same sequence.
A funeral is a time to grieve. But you may wager that while you get all these characters collectively in a single place, issues are sure to get ugly.