Within the opening moments of House of the Dragon episode 4, Rhaenyra gently touches the necklace Daemon gave her years in the past as she meets potential suitors on her tour to discover a husband. The lads are lined up able to plead their case to the princess. Rhaenyra appears irritated at having to take heed to males — younger and outdated — try to win her favor.
A younger boy named Samwell Blackwood is certainly one of Rhaenyra’s suitors. The opposite males, together with Amos Bracken, taunt him over his clearly rehearsed speech. Samwell could also be younger, however he’s not above bloodshed. A combat breaks out that leaves Amos dying by the hands of Samwell.
Rhaenyra ends her tour early and heads house to King’s Touchdown with Criston. She worries about how her father will settle for her not discovering a husband but. Immediately, Caraxes flies over the ship. Daemon is again.
Daemon Returns To King’s Touchdown
Everybody gathers within the Nice Corridor because the Rogue Prince returns. Daemon has lower off his lengthy blond hair within the wake of his victory against the Crabfeeder. He walks as much as the Iron Throne to satisfy his brother, Rhaenyra matching his steps within the crowd.
Viserys asks about Daemon’s crown. Daemon has been named King of the Slim Sea. “However I do know that there’s just one true king, your grace,” Daemon says earlier than kneeling in entrance of his brother. Viserys walks as much as his brother and takes the crown. Daemon appears to be like up at Viserys with “pleading” eyes. Viserys and Daemon hug. “The realm owes you a terrific debt, brother,” Viserys says. Seemingly all is properly with the brothers — for now.
On the celebration, Rhaenyra congratulates Daemon on his victory. There’s a clumsy second of silence with Viserys, Alicent, Rhaenyra, and Daemon. Alicent tries to interrupt the ice, however Viserys laughs in her face. Alicent tries to speak to Rhaenyra. She factors out that it’s uncommon for a lady to be ready to have the ability to select her husband. Alicent thinks males combating over Rhaenyra is type of romantic.
Rhaenyra says that the thought of being confined to a citadel and having to push out heirs shouldn’t be what she had in thoughts. Alicent feels this approach an excessive amount of. Rhaenyra adjustments the topic and asks how Viserys is taking the information of her not discovering a husband. Alicent is glad Rhaenyra is house. She’s missed Rhaenyra. Now that she is queen, Alicent doesn’t have many pals. “I’ve missed you, too,” Rhaenyra says.
Rhaenyra Vents To Daemon About Marriage
Later, Rhaenyra finds Daemon standing by the weirwood tree. They communicate in Valyrian. She asks why he actually got here again. He touches the necklace he gave her and says he missed “solely the comforts of house.” She doesn’t let him off that straightforward.
It’s been 4 years since they final noticed one another. Daemon has seen how Rhaenyra has matured. The topic of marriage comes up. In Valyrian, Daemon tells Rhaenyra that “marriage is simply a political association. As soon as you might be wed, you are able to do as you want.” Rhaenyra thinks marriage is usually a “demise sentence” for girls. Daemon needs that was the case along with his spouse. Rhaenyra jokes that his spouse has been lucky to not have his baby.
Rhaenyra brings up that her mom was made to provide heirs till it killed her. “I gained’t topic myself to the identical destiny,” she declares. Daemon replies that Aemma’s demise was a tragedy. “However this can be a tragic world. You can not dwell your life in concern, or you’ll forsake the most effective components of it,” he says softly.
Rhaenyra has “no need” to dwell in concern. “Solely solitude,” she says. He thinks that feels like such a “lonely prospect.”
The small council discusses Corlys Velaryon nonetheless being mad about Viserys selecting Alicent over Laena. Apparently, Otto has discovered that Corlys has been speaking to the Sealord of Braavos. Corlys plans to wed Laena to the Sealord’s son. If the Velaryons entered an alliance with the Free Cities, Viserys might want to treatment that with a wedding of his personal.
Daemon & Rhaenyra Give Into Their Needs
As Alicent takes care of her screaming child, Rhaenyra heads again to her room. She finds a bag of boys’ garments for her. There’s a map that explains hidden passageways within the Crimson Preserve. She will get dressed and heads by the darkish halls. She finds Daemon ready for her. He doesn’t say a phrase. He simply leads her out of the Crimson Preserve and into the town beneath. They stroll the streets collectively making an attempt to maintain a low profile. For the primary time, Rhaenyra witnesses wild partying and intercourse proper in entrance of her eyes. A fortune teller says to her, “Do you want to know your demise, baby?” Immediately, a burst of fireplace will be seen. (For those who know Fireplace & Blood, that is some severe foreshadowing.)
Alicent helps give Viserys a shower. She tells the maids to depart as she tends to him. He later requests her presence in his chambers. Alicent doesn’t need to go however is aware of she has to. She simply lies there as Viserys has intercourse together with her.
In the meantime, Daemon and Rhaenyra watch a play that talks in regards to the Targaryen succession state of affairs. The gang boos Rhaenyra and a few say she’ll be “feeble” as a queen. This will get beneath her pores and skin. When Daemon tries to speak to her about it, she says that she needs to be freed from the burdens of her inheritance for one night time.
After stealing some meals and working, Daemon chases after Rhaenyra. She runs proper into Ser Harwin Sturdy. He acknowledges her however lets her go. Daemon catches as much as her, they usually make their option to a pleasure home. He grabs her hand as they wander by the rooms. She sees all of the pleasure proper at her fingertips. She’s by no means seen something prefer it earlier than.
Daemon and Rhaenyra are immediately very, very shut. Daemon explains that this place is “the place folks come to take what they need.” He tells her that intercourse is pleasure for the lady as a lot as the person. They start to kiss.
“Marriage is an obligation, nevertheless it doesn’t cease us from doing what they need,” Daemon says as he and Rhaenyra proceed kissing. “F**king who we wish.” They make their approach over to a wall, and he begins to take off her garments. She places her hand on the wall, and he locations his hand over hers.
Immediately and with out warning, the eagerness stops. She tries to kiss him again, however he backs away. He virtually provides into her when she touches him, however he slams his hand towards the wall and walks away. Rhaenyra is left alone and confused.
Rhaenyra & Criston Hook Up
As she runs out, a messenger boy follows her. Rhaenyra goes again to her room. Criston is confused and says he’s going to inform the Lord Commander that one thing is up when she opens up her door. She grabs his helmet so he has to come back inside. She flirts with him and finally ends up shutting the door. She kisses him and drops his helmet.
Rhaenyra begins to take off her garments. He tries to cease her, however she grabs his hand and leads him deeper inside. She begins to take off his armor. They provide into their ardour. He hesitates for a second and appears again, however his need will get the higher of him. Their lovemaking is intimate and mild.
As that is taking place, the messenger boy comes to speak to Otto. The subsequent morning, Daemon wakes up at Mysaria’s place. He’s hungover. He doesn’t discover the messenger boy bringing Mysaria cash from Otto.
Otto takes the knowledge straight to Viserys. He reveals to Viserys that Rhaenyra was seen at a pleasure home with Daemon. “They had been engaged in behaviors unbecoming of a maiden, of a princess,” Otto says. Viserys desires to know the total particulars, however Otto doesn’t need to inform him. “Daemon and Rhaenyra had been seen collectively within the bowels of a pleasure den… coupling,” Otto says as Alicent overhears every part.
Viserys thinks that is all a lie. Otto defends his supply. Viserys calls for to know who began this gossip, however Otto gained’t reveal his supply. Viserys believes that Otto has ulterior motives and needs to “destroy” Rhaenyra’s status to get his blood on the Iron Throne.
Alicent Confronts Rhaenyra Over The Daemon Gossip
Criston enters Rhaenyra’s chambers the following morning with a message from Alicent. Alicent calls for to know what occurred final night time after listening to in regards to the “worrying allegations.” Alicent asks Rhaenyra if she was with Daemon. Rhaenyra admits that Daemon took her into the town for some enjoyable, however Alicent desires the total story.
Alicent has heard that Rhaenyra “f**ked Daemon in a pleasure home.” A shocked Rhaenyra says that could be a “vile accusation.” Alicent snaps that the Targaryens do have “queer customs.” Rhaenyra cries that Alicent has to consider her when she says nothing occurred. Alicent says that her father was instructed by somebody, and Rhaenyra desires to know who as a result of questioning her advantage is “an act of treason.”
Alicent mentions that Otto has already instructed Viserys. She solely desires to assist Rhaenyra. Rhaenrya says that she and Daemon drank within the taverns and stayed out late. “I used to be solely a spectator. I didn’t do something,” Rhaenyra continues. She left when Daemon deserted her for “some whore.”
She tells Alicent, “Daemon by no means touched me. I swear this to you. Upon the reminiscence of my mom.” Rhaenyra’s lie is fairly convincing. Nonetheless, Alicent is clearly torn over what to consider. She and Viserys simply need to shield Rhaenyra, however this gossip may “smash every part.”
Daemon Asks To Marry Rhaenyra
Daemon makes his approach again to the Crimson Preserve. He’s rapidly taken to the Nice Corridor. Viserys walks in and confronts Daemon in regards to the rumor. “You defiled her,” Viserys says to his little brother. Daemon doesn’t perceive the issue. They screwed all by their youthful years. Viserys factors out that the state of affairs is completely different. Rhaenyra is a lady. “Rhaenyra is a girl grown. Higher her first expertise be with me than some whore,” Daemon says, not denying the gossip.
Viserys seethes, “You have got ruined her! Who will wed her now on this situation?” Daemon doesn’t care what the lords assume. Viserys is the king. “You’re the dragon. Your phrase is fact and legislation,” Daemon responds. Viserys says he ought to disinherit Rhaenyra and be completed with it.
“Wed her to me. Once I supplied up my crown you stated I may have something. I would like Rhaenyra. I’ll take her as she is and wed her within the custom of our home,” Daemon tells his brother. He’s severe about it.
Viserys brings up that Daemon already has a spouse. Daemon mentions that didn’t cease Aegon the Conqueror from taking a second spouse. That units Viserys off. “You’re a plague despatched to destroy me,” Viserys says as he clutches his brother.
Daemon continues to advocate for what he desires. “Give me Rhaenrya to take to spouse, and we are going to return the home of the dragon to its correct glory,” Daemon says. Viserys doesn’t assume Daemon’s lust is for Rhaenyra, it’s for the Iron Throne. Viserys exiles Daemon from King’s Touchdown as soon as and for all. “As you want, brother,” Daemon says, with out placing up a combat.
Rhaenyra & Laenor Velaryon Will Wed
Alicent and Viserys discuss in regards to the Daemon and Rhaenyra scandal. Alicent stresses that it’s “not in Rhaenyra’s nature to be deceitful. I can’t say the identical to your brother.” She defends Rhaenyra, however Viserys is torn over who to consider. “How does confessing to such issues serve him?” he asks. Alicent replies, “By lowering you.”
Viserys doesn’t assume Rhaenyra is harmless. Even when she isn’t, Alicent believes it’s solely as a result of Daemon was making an attempt to deprave her. Viserys is properly conscious that Daemon and Rhaenyra share the blood of the dragon. “They’re stressed and chaotic,” Viserys provides. Alicent says Rhaenyra swore to her that she continues to be a maiden.
Rhaenyra is summoned to her father’s chambers. They speak about Aegon the Conqueror’s prophecy that’s written into the Valyrian metal dagger. “From my blood comes the prince that was promised, and his track would be the track of ice and fireplace,” Rhaenyra reads.
Viserys tells his daughter that the accountability that he has handed to her and the burden of this information is “larger” than the throne, and her wishes may smash it. “The reality doesn’t matter, Rhaenyra. Solely notion,” Viserys says.
Rhaenyra makes a stable level to her father. If she had been a person, she may father a dozen bastards, and it wouldn’t matter. “You’re proper, however you had been born a girl,” Viserys replies. She desires to know if he’s going to strip her of her titles and identify Aegon II as inheritor.
Viserys desires to carry the Realm collectively, not tear it aside. He orders her to marry Laenor Velaryon with out protest. She thinks that is only a ploy to eliminate his political complications, however he snaps that she is his solely headache proper now. This marriage will unite the 2 strongest homes. It’s a no brainer.
She actually believes that Otto has one thing to do with this scandal. Rhaenyra is aware of that Otto desires Aegon II to be named inheritor, and he “will cease at nothing to see it completed.” Rhaenyra wonders how unity and power throughout the Realm will be completed when Otto is so “self-interested.” Viserys says everyone seems to be self-interested on this world. Rhaenyra guarantees to do her obligation and marry Laenor, however she provides Viserys an ultimatum. He has to eliminate Otto as his Hand.
Viserys Fires Otto
Viserys doesn’t waste any time making this take care of his daughter. He personally fires Otto himself and does some accusing of his personal. He brings up that his father, Prince Baelon, was on the peak of his talents when he was immediately lifeless of a “burst stomach.” After Baelon’s demise, King Jaehaerys made Otto his new Hand. Otto went from having no energy to being the second-most highly effective man in Westeros.
“You’re the man who taught me the right way to be king,” Viserys tells Otto. He additionally accuses him of utilizing Alicent as a “calculated distraction” after Aemma’s demise, and he’s simply now realizing how manipulative Otto has been. “Your pursuits not align with these of the Realm. Your judgment has been compromised,” Viserys says. Otto stresses that he has an obligation to inform Viserys the most effective and worst of what’s happening. Otto’s phrases fall on deaf ears. Viserys takes off Otto’s Hand of the King pin. Viserys can not belief Otto, so he’s a goner.
Later, Grand Maester Mellos brings Rhaenyra a cup of “moon tea” from the king, and she or he’s caught off guard. “It’s going to rid you of any undesirable penalties,” the Maester explains. Rhaenyra realizes that Viserys by no means believed her when she claimed nothing occurred. Whereas she solely partially lied about Daemon, this moon tea may come in useful. In spite of everything, she did lie about nonetheless being a maiden.