‘Home of the Dragon’ Episode 6 Recap: 10 Years Later…


Episode 6 of Home of the Dragon, titled The Princess and the Queen, is more likely to be among the many most controversial within the sequence. Time jumps are dangerous issues, so HBO is taking part in with fireplace right here. There is a hole of over 10 years between episode 5 and Sunday’s present. Which means a bunch of recent faces: Emma D’Arcy is Rhaenyra Targaryen now, and Queen Alicent is now performed by Olivia Cooke. 

Each the princess and the queen have a squad of youngsters working about them now, too. Tensions at the moment are a lot worse between Rhaenyra and the queen. In spite of everything, Alicent’s inexperienced costume in episode 5 did portend conflict. 

A full recap of Home of the Dragon episode 6 is under. Warning: Spoilers forward.

The long run is now

Final we noticed Rhaenyra Targaryen she was getting married to Ser Laenor Velaryon. On this episode, the very first thing we see is Rhaenyra giving beginning – it is a boy! Besides it isn’t the Rhaenyra we all know. Now 10 years older, the princess is performed by Emma D’arcy as a substitute of Milly Alcock. 

The second factor we see, actually because the youngster is delivered, is a messenger coming in saying the Queen has requested to see the kid. What impeccable timing.

Accompanied by Ser Laenor, who’s additionally all grown up now, the 2 stumble to the queen’s chambers. The queen can be a brand new lady, Olivia Cooke as a substitute of Emily Carey. 

Rheaneyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon. 


The household is joined by grandpa Viserys, who’s in some way nonetheless alive. He collapsed on the finish of episode 5, over 10 years in the past. He seems to be older and extra sickly — far more sickly — however he is nonetheless kicking.

They’re calling the child boy Joffrey, Ser Laenor publicizes, in honor of the lover Laenor misplaced on the marriage evening. (He does not announce that second bit.)

“Do maintain attempting, Ser Laenor,” Queen Alicent says privately to the Prince as she bids him adieu, “sooner or late you may get one that appears such as you.” 

Seems younger Joffrey is definitely the pleased couple’s third youngster. Nicely, Rhaenyra’s third youngster: They’re truly fathered by Ser Harwin Sturdy. Harwin is the son of the Hand of the King, Lyonel Sturdy, and was the man who rescued Rhaenyra within the wedding ceremony brawl throughout episode 5. Rhaenyra and Laenor have apparently struck a discount: So long as he pretends to be father of her youngsters, Laenor is free to like as he pleases.


Ser Harwin Sturdy, the daddy of Rhaenyra’s youngsters.


Queen Alicent and Viserys now have 4 youngsters, three boys and one lady. They’re distinctly Targaryen, with silver hair, whereas the locks on Rhaenyra’s boys heads are all wavy brown. We see all six of the boys within the dragon pit studying methods to bond with and command dragons.

The youngsters play a prank on Alicent’s youngest — Aemond — telling him they’d received him a dragon however presenting him with a pig strapped with fake wings. Basic zinger. The queen is not having it, confronting King Viserys in regards to the bigger concern.

“I’ve raised this matter earlier than and you’ve got forbade me to talk of it, so I held my tongue,” she tells Viserys. “To have one youngster like that could be a mistake, to have three is an insult to the throne, to you, to Home Velaryon and the match you battled so laborious to make for her.” 

Viserys shrugs her off with a parable about some stallion he as soon as had, and causes that nature is mysterious. 

“The implications of an allegation just like the one you toy at can be dire,” Viserys warns. “Don’t converse of this once more,” he provides, with a kiss on the cheek. 

That is the tip of that — for Viserys. Queen Alicent is fuming although, and lets off steam to none aside from Ser Criston Cole, whom she saved from suicide on the finish of episode 5. 

“She flaunts the privilege of her inheritance with out disgrace, she expects everybody within the Purple Preserve to disclaim the reality our eyes can all plainly see,” she vents.

“The princess Rhaenyra is brazen and relentless, a spider who stings and sucks her prey dry,” Criston provides. 

10 years is not sufficient to boring the sting of rejection, it appears.


Queen Alicent and Ser Criston Cole. 


The love of a father

In episode 5, all these moons in the past, Otto Hightower gave Alicent the 411 on succession: When Rhaenyra takes the throne, Alicent’s youngsters will change into threats to her reign, so she’ll need to put them to the sword.

Now, Queen Alicent is the one warning her youngster of the exact same factor. We see Aegon Targaryen masturbating outdoors of his chamber home windows – the thrills of royalty – however he is interrupted by his mum. She reprimands Aegon for taunting his little brother with the pig gag, and says they must be a unified entrance in public.

“As issues stand, Rhaenyra will ascend the Throne and [her first born son] Jacaerys Targaryen might be her inheritor… if Rhaenyra comes into energy, your very life could possibly be forfeit. Aemon’s as properly. She’s going to transfer to chop off any problem to her succession.” 

“You’re the King’s first born son, and what they know, what everybody within the realm is aware of, of their blood and of their bones, is that someday you might be our king.” 

She then walks off. Not a point out of the wanking out of the window factor. 


Rhaenyra’s youngsters, Lucerys and Jacaerys.


Viserys is hoping the reply to all this friction is a few traditional schoolyard tomfoolery. Lords do not have faculty yards, although, they’ve preventing grounds, and Viserys is overlooking his grandsons practice collectively. 

“That is the stuff, Lyonel!” the grandfatherly king says in a particularly avuncular tone. “Prepare collectively, knock one another down, choose one another up, you may actually type a lifelong bond, would not you agree?”

Clearly, this can be a unhealthy omen.

Queen Alicent’s silver-haired youngsters are pummeling a strawman when Ser Criston, who as Kingsguard knight is in command of coaching the royal boys, suggests they attempt to fence with him. Aegon and Aemon try to fail to hit the grasp with their swords. 

At that time, Ser Harwin, who’s been lurking round, means that “the youthful boys might do higher with a little bit of your consideration, Ser Criston.”

That little remark finally ends up inflicting an enormous fuss. 


Ser Criston Cole trains the royal boys, however to not Harwin Sturdy’s satisfaction.


Ser Criston takes exception, and instructs Jacaerys to 1 vs. 1 swordfight with Aegon. Eldest son vs. eldest son, regardless of the unfair gulf in age.

Ser Criston coaches Aegon, whereas Harwin shouts recommendation to Prince Jacaerys. Finally, Harwin steps in when Jacaerys is down and Cole shouts for Aegon to strike him with an enormous ol’ blow.  Viserys, watching from the balconies, watches on with grave concern.

“Your curiosity within the princelings coaching is kind of uncommon, commander. Most males would solely have that emotion for a cousin, or a brother… or a son.”

After which it is on. Harwin tackles Cole to the bottom and beats him bloody. Harwin is pulled off, and we see an enormous smile throughout Cole’s bloody face. 

Rhaenyra is alerted to an incident within the courtroom, and as she walks to satisfy Harwin she eavesdrops on a dialog Hand of the King Sturdy is having together with his son. 

“Your intimacy with the Princess Rhaenyra is an offense that would imply exile and demise for you, for her, for the youngsters,” Lord Sturdy berates his son. “Individuals have eyes, boy. But his grace the king, it appears, is not going to settle for what his eyes see. This flimsy protect alone stands between you and the headsman.” 

Stepstones, once more

Rhaenyra is in her chamber when Laenor stumbles in, just a little drunk. Struggle is afoot within the Stepstones once more, and he is energized in regards to the concept of going off to battle – just a little journey to enlivens the blood. 

“Are you mad,” Rhaenyra barks, bringing him again to actuality. There are darkish, foul rumors and insinuations about their sons — no time for his or her father to go away the nest.

“I’m a knight, and a warrior, and I’ve performed my half right here faithfully, for 10 years,” he says. Laenor says the smart sailor flees the storm because it’s gathering, however Rhaenyra instructions — as her Queen — that he keep by her facet.

Hell of a trump card there.

In the meantime, whereas all this is happening, Daemon has been fathering Velaryon youngsters too. He is wed Laena Velaryon — we noticed him chat her up on the finish of episode 5 — and the 2 have two ladies collectively. Laena is pregnant with a 3rd.

Early within the episode, we see Daemon and the household sharing a meal with some lord bloke. They’re in Pentos, and Lord Bloke asks if Daemon and his household — and his dragons — will keep in Pentos. The Triarchy, who Daemon helped defeat years in the past, are stirring up hassle once more. If Daemon and his dragons expel them, he’ll be rewarded with gold aplenty. 

Daemon’s into the concept, however Laena is not as stoked. 



As Daemon mulls over whether or not or not he’ll battle the Triarchy, the King’s Small Council is doing exactly the identical. It is evident that the Small Council has change into a political battleground, as the 2 loudest voices are that of Queen Alicent and Princess Rhaenyra. 

When the Stepstones and the Triarchy’s new association with Dorne comes up, Rhaenyra suggests defending the realm Daemon gained a decade in the past with males and gear. The queen says that might be too expensive, however Rhaenyra fires again that conflict can be extra expensive nonetheless. 

But after the assembly, Rhaenyra has a daring, conciliatory proposition. She apologizes for the strife their households have felt of late, and means that her son, Jaecerys, and Alicent’s daughter, Helena, be wed. That method, their two households can unite and rule the Seven Kingdoms collectively.

King Viserys is stoked, simply unbelievably pleased. Alicent is cooler on the supply, thanking Rhaenyra and promising to think about it.

“How sweetly the fox speaks when it is being cornered by the hound,” Queen Alicent says to King Viserys. 

Hand of the King Lyonel Sturdy comes to go to the flustered king, informing Viserys he is resigning as Hand. Harwin’s outburst was a shame, one Lord Sturdy must pay for. 

“Youthful Harwins outburst was unlucky, it is true, however he is been expelled from the Metropolis Watch,” Viserys protests. “Absolutely that is punishment sufficient?”

Lord Sturdy says a shadow is being forged over his home, and that it is damaging each his status and that of his home. Viserys calls for he identify the shadow — that’s, verbalize the rumor that Harwin Sturdy has fathered Rhaenyra’s youngsters — and Queen Alicent jumps in, daring him as properly. However Harwin will not, so the King does not settle for the resignation.

However Viserys does permit Lord Sturdy to escort his son again to Harrenhal. The implication right here is Lord Sturdy is apprehensive his son will get discovered and summarily executed. 

A good friend in want

Whereas King Viserys is counselled by Lyonel, the Queen will get recommendation from a Sturdy of her personal — “Clubfoot” Larys Sturdy, who in episode 5 comforted Alicent within the Godswood. 

Although Larys is actually her Grasp of Whispers, tonight it is Alicent filling Larys in on the goss. Larys’ father tried to resign, she tells him, however the king would not permit it. 

“The Hand is compromised by the acts of his son,” Larys says. “My father can not give unbiased council to the King.”

Alicent bemoans the absence of her father, Otto Hightower, who she says can be courageous sufficient to talk reality to the king. Larys reminds her that it is a stretch to name Otto neutral on this matter.

“No, however he’d be a fan of me,” she bursts out with frustration. “In all of King’s Touchdown is there nobody to take my facet?”

Daemon’s determination

Home of the Dragon’s creators appear to have a factor for confronting beginning scenes. Because the episode winds down, we see Laena Targaryen giving beginning to her third youngster with Daemon. Nevertheless it’s not going properly, and a physician offers Daemon the identical selection Viserys received in episode 1: It can save you the child, however you may need to sacrifice the mom.

Daemon, allegedly the unhealthy Targaryen, refuses. 

The child is misplaced, however that does not save Laena. Ashamed at being unable to reveal Daemon a boy, she prostrates herself in entrance of her dragon and yells “Dracarys.”

Daemon runs to attempt to save her, however does not make it in time. 


Daemon attempting to consolation his now motherless youngsters. 


A Son’s Love

Harwin Sturdy takes his go away, and bids Rhaenyra and the boys a farewell earlier than he leaves. After they see him off, Rhaenyra’s oldest youngster, asks the inevitable query.

“Is Harwin Sturdy my father? Am I a bastard?”

“You’re a Targaryen,” she solutions, ruffling his hair. “That is all that issues.” 

With Harwin gone from King’s Touchdown, Rhaenyra is not sticking round both. She finds Ser Laenor, swordfighting within the courtyard together with his lover, and tells him they’re finished within the capital.

“We’re completed right here” she says, telling Laenor that they are flying to Dragonstone. “We must always have left years in the past.”

Laenor is alarmed and saddened — however Rhaenyra tells him to convey his lover. “We’ll want each sword we are able to get.” 

Sadly, Harwin will not be capable of be part of them. 


“Clubfoot” Larys Sturdy.


A bit earlier within the episode, we noticed Larys within the King’s Touchdown dungeons, enlisting convicted criminals on a process he wants assist with. That process, it seems, was to kill his father and brother. We see Hand of the King Sturdy and Harwin Sturdy arriving at Harrenhal and, later that evening, a hearth breaks out in Harwin’s chambers. The dodgy chaps Larys recruited are seen on the scene of the crime.

“They’re useless?” an alarmed Queen Alicent asks Larys Sturdy.

“The queen makes a want. What servant of the realm is not going to try to meet it?”

The Queen is trembling with shock and anxiousness. Larys, who has killed his father and brother, is cool as a cucumber. 

“Larys, I didn’t want for this.”

“I really feel sure you’ll reward me,” Larys says, twirling a flower in his hand, “when the time is correct.” 


Queen Alicent and the sickly King Viserys.


Main Takeaways

There’s rather a lot to remove from Home of the Dragon episode 6. Probably most vital is “Clubfoot” Larys Sturdy, who’s now a significant component within the coming Targaryen combustion. The rivalry between Rhaenyra and Alicent has till now been political: Otto Hightower was dismissed, not killed, as was Harwin Sturdy earlier on this episode. 

Now, due to Larys, that is all modified. The primary blood within the Targaryen civil conflict has been spilled. And his service got here with a risk: He tells Alicent that he is positive she’ll pay him again for this favor she’s paid him. By no means belief a man who twirls flowers whereas he talks to you. 

Daemon Targaryen performed a comparatively minor function on this episode. His storyline with Laena felt rushed — her demise was confronting, and just a little abrupt. However now Daemon’s spouse is gone, as is the daddy of Rhaenyra’s youngsters. That opens the 2 Targaryens as much as probably hyperlink up, particularly now that Rhaenyra has made a house in Dragonstone.

The opposite huge query is how lengthy King Viserys can maintain on. A lot was product of his willful blindness to Rhaenyra’s antics, however even nonetheless it is the king who’s holding King’s Touchdown collectively. When he is gone, conflict between the 2 Targaryen factions will observe. He is outdated and infirm now. It will possibly’t be lengthy.

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