House of the dragon season 1 episode 8 recaps destructive ambition

This last week marked the end of the age because much of the action was started by Westeros’ second sons, those overlooked, disgruntled males.

One of the things I’ve always liked about “Game of Thrones” is its capacity to elicit genuine feelings from viewers even in the face of bizarre and terrible events. I’m recalling the poignant moment when Cersei and Jaime, who are twins, unite in support of their horrible, poisoned son Joffrey as he passes away at his own wedding. Or the sympathy I felt when Melisandre, the 900-year-old sorceress responsible for the creation of some of the most heinous deeds on the show, finally gave up the fight and crumbled into dust.

It serves as a subtly pointed reminder that despite all of its flaws and prejudices, the human heart is typically forgiving and compassionate when faced with pain and love. When Daemon helped Viserys ascend the steps to the Iron Throne in this week’s episode of “House of the Dragon,” I experienced a similar emotion.

Daemon recovered the dropped crown, the goal of his ambition from the beginning of the play, and placed it atop Viserys’s scabrous head for what they both knew would be one of the last times. The king gratefully accepted assistance from a degenerate, homicidal brother who is now also his son-in-law.

Naturally, none of it will succeed if Matt Smith and Paddy Considine, as well as the writers, hadn’t spent the previous seven weeks establishing a bond wherein mutual affection protruded through all the hostility and outrage that otherwise characterized it. A few minutes later, we witness Daemon sever a man’s skull in two, so as not to make you question if pure love and fresh dragon eggs had softened Daemon. The scenario served as a metaphor for another episode, which served as Considine and Viserys’ (R.I.P.) farewell, but in which the second sons—those overlooked, disgruntled men of Westeros—began much of the action.

With his clever, if ultimately futile (and then some) appeal to defy his older brother’s intentions and seize control of his home, Raymond Velaryon (Wil Johnson) set the fuse on everything.

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