House Of The Dragon Episode 6 Review

House Of The Dragon Episode 6 delivers that long-awaited time jump. But does it mess with the flow of the show?

House of the Dragon Episode 6 Time Jump

House of the Dragon Episode 6 Review

House Of The Dragon Episode 6 kicks off with that huge time jump we all knew was coming. It propels ten years into the future and not only are there new actors playing the characters we’ve already fallen in love with, there are also several new characters. But does this cause any problems with the incredible cast chemistry the show has given us thus far? And does it mess with the flow of the actual story?

Luckily not. While Milly Alcock did a great job playing Rhaenyra, Emma D’Arcy picks it up with the same bad attitude. The episode starts with her giving birth and moments later she’s dressed, walking around the castle and literally leaving a trail of blood behind – all to assert her power over her once best friend, Queen Alicent Hightower (now played by Olivia Cooke ).

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These two ladies perfectly continue the tension that the two characters have between them. What used to be love and appreciation has grown into distrust and disgust, especially after it has festered for years. Fans were worried that the relationships these characters had with each other would suffer on screen because of the actor changes, but there’s a reason they’re professionals, because it feels like nothing has changed. This is also a testament to the writing, directing and editing.

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You know that in the time of Game of Thrones, there’s nothing to do but make babies, and that’s exactly what Daemon and Rhaenyra have been doing – although sadly not with each other. The clatter of little feet can be heard everywhere, as there are now many more Targaryens around. Between the king and queen, Rhaenyra and Laenor, and Daemon and Laena, there are at least eight children.

How King Viserys Targaryen is even alive at this point is utterly mind-boggling. This episode does a good job of showing how vulnerable and sick he is now, but knowing that ten years have passed since he had one foot on the threshold of death, it feels a little unbelievable.

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While we unfortunately don’t get any scenes with Daemon (Matt Smith) and D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra, we do get some nice moments from him. He has stolen the hearts of viewers everywhere and does not disappoint in House Of The Dragon Episode 6. There are quite a few emotional and powerful performances in this episode alone, and the set up to recross his niece – something pretty much everyone who comes to this show looking, looking forward.

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Plus, we see him looking really cool, again riding the back of a dragon. So there it is.

House of the Dragon Episode 6 Review

One of the best things about House Of The Dragon Episode 6 is that it leans heavily against those dragons. There are several dragons in this episode and they look incredible every time. We see them flying through the air, tearing up goat carcasses and even getting a close-up face that looks full of pain and confusion. Get ready to shed some tears for what that dragon is going through.

As for the kids, they’re pretty much all little turds. At least the boys who live in the castle – Aegon II Targaryen was the worst of them. The dude gives off some serious Joffrey vibes that will make viewers wish his untimely death too. Of course, this usually means that the actor does a great job of being unsympathetic. So keep it up boy.

House of the Dragon Episode 6 Review

House of the Dragon kicked off with an incredible episode that earned redemption from even the most skeptical of fans, and Episode 6 has a recall that is downright brutal. We won’t get into spoilers, but it proved they aren’t afraid to take risks and kill just about anyone to make a point.

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This episode isn’t without its little Easter eggs for the bigger Game of Thrones lore, either. There are exciting names like Joffrey and Pentos, with fans gasping and pointing at the screen.

House of the Dragon Episode 6 Review

It’s safe to say that while it was long-awaited, House Of The Dragon Episode 6’s time jump was also a bit feared by fans. Going so far ahead that you have to replace actors (who have done a phenomenal job, mind you) can really mess with the dynamics of the show. Fortunately for us, that was not the case in this case.

This episode has outrageous drama, noxious whispers, and a whole lot of dragons (finally!). There is much to love, and although Milly Alcock and Emily Carey are no longer around, their legacy lives on in their characters. Things are only getting warmer and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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About House of the Dragon

The reign of House Targaryen begins. House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, airs Sundays on HBO and HBO Max. Based on George RR Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.

House of the Dragon airs weekly on Sundays at 9:00 PM on HBO and streams on HBO Max.

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