‘House of the Dragon’ Precap: One Burning Question Ahead of Episode 6

As you probably know by now, House of the Dragon is a precursor. The Game of Thrones spin-off, based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, is set nearly 200 years before the events of the original HBO series. Unlike the original series, which ran out of material to adapt by the end of the fifth season, important details of the Targaryen dynasty have already been published in Martin’s fictional history. If you want to know how the story ends, you can easily Google it — or, you know, read a book.

But since some of the bells staff has yet to read each of Martin’s novels, we’ve decided to make this weekly precap for those of you unaware of what’s about to happen. This is a dialogue for the viewers who treat House of the Dragon like a good old mystery box that spins and turns from week to week. Without further ado, let’s jump to this week’s prompt:

The Burning Question in Episode 6: Which One? Game of Thrones wedding would you RSVP to?

Arjuna Ramgopal: Can I just skip them all? Each thrones wedding involves death, destruction and worst of all, wasted food. Weddings are a time of celebration, harmony and celebration! You want good food, good music and a good time. I don’t want to worry about who’s going to kill who, whether my drink is poisoned, or how best to watch my back so I don’t get stabbed or have my throat slit. The red wedding BY FAR would be last on my list. Too much death and sorrow. Not my favorite location either, if I’m honest.

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If I had to pick one of the bigger ones from the franchise, the Purple Wedding would be the pick as it would be at least somewhat rewarding to watch Joffrey die. I’d like to think that if I were a citizen of Westeros, I’d hate Joffrey as king. I’d pretend I was devastated so I wouldn’t get beheaded, but secretly be excited to know that guy was gone. Honestly, the best wedding to go to would probably be Lyanna and Rhaegar’s secret ceremony. It checks all the boxes; intimate, fast and romantic. Sure, it was a doomed marriage, but the actual ceremony seemed fun. And who doesn’t like going to an exclusive event?

Miles Surrey: When you’re chilling out in Westeros and getting invited to a wedding, all you have to do is toss the date you saved in the trash. (And if anyone asks, say the invite never arrived — ravens certainly don’t have a 100 percent success rate delivering mail.) With the exception of a literal battlefield, weddings have repeatedly proved to be the deadliest affair in Westeros, or it’s the Dothraki murder for love of the game of House Frey is bad [clears throat] inhospitable hosts.

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Now that the empire’s penchant for deadly weddings has expanded to House of the Dragon, where a second character named Joffrey came to an untimely end to one of these things, you have to wonder why anyone would bother having a lavish ceremony. What’s the Westerosi equivalent of going to a courthouse or getting married by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas? When there are so many ways for characters to end prematurely – war, disease, famine, breathing towards Daemon Targaryen when he’s in a bad mood – skipping weddings is a small price to pay to spend another day in Westeros to survive.

Jonathan Bartlett: The Purple Wedding, and it doesn’t even come close. Of course, Joffrey is the absolute worst, it’s not that I want to come out of respect for the couple, but the party seemed like a total thrill to me. A quick little wedding ceremony that didn’t last long, followed by an outdoor party in beautiful weather where, it is written, 77 courses were served. 77! That makes every gourmet enthusiastic. And hey, with Westeros weddings as they are, a single death is the kind of wedding blessing you’re hoping for.

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So while this affair is already a great way to spend an afternoon, watching that little monster Joff perish is the icing on the cake. Good food, good drinks, a front row seat to the hottest drama in the whole country, what more could you want?

Katie Baker: Well, I *went* regretfully missing the wedding between Daemon Targaryen and the late, great Lady Rhea of ​​Runestone. For sure, the two clearly hated each other in their lonely, deadly House of the Dragon scene together, but they also made me curious about more! For example, with a pre-cracked head and all, I could definitely see that they briefly have the same crackling chemistry of, say, Gretchen and Jimmy in you are the worst. (“Bronze bitch” Jimmy would say.) But when I looked it up, I found out that their marriage was arranged young and that they always hated each other. Oh well: I’ll let Jason Lannister’s wedding and who he’s replace it with ruined! You know the wine would flow, the speeches would cut and maybe a lacrosse game would break out.

Claire McNear: I have no doubt that the (supposed, based on the next episode’s teaser) wedding of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon would set a new record for bloodshed at Westerosi’s wedding. Nor do I doubt that it would be the most magnificently unhinged and depraved event of the century. This place has it all: incest, dragons, naked ambition, rejected lovers, patterns of willful violence, fraught family relationships and extraordinarily attractive protagonists, plus a royal budget and the traditional prenuptial risk of violent mutilation and/or poisoning. When a Targaryen wedding invitation arrives, the gods flip a coin. I take those chances.

Megan Schuster: Give me the purple wedding. Yes, Margaery and Joffrey’s wedding was a gauche affair, with parties, singers, pyromancers and a dancing bear. And it was also very offensive, with a play whose characters were played by little people solely for Joffrey’s amusement (and Tyrion’s torment). Few people had a good time, including the bride and much of the groom’s family.

But compared to others thrones weddings, at least it has relatively few deaths – Dothraki weddings are famously only considered good if at least three people die, and we don’t even need to talk about that masquerade at the Twins. The only person to die in this wedding – and what a death scene it was – more than deserved it. And in later seasons, it is revealed that Olenna Tyrell, my true Queen of Westeros, was the one who poisoned Joffrey. Imagine sitting at her table as that all goes down!

Aric Jenkins: As tempting as it would be to perform at Joffrey and Margaery’s ceremony – a grand, glittering party in which the second-worst character in both series (shout-out No. 1, Ramsay Bolton) dies at the end – I ‘ I’m going to do the sensible thing here and attend a wedding that was truly born of love. That’s right, Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr, you have officially earned my RSVP. What I love about this wedding, especially in the context of the Game of Thrones universe, is that no guests are present – except, uh, me now, I guess. That means I am free to celebrate this wedding without fear of being slaughtered, poisoned or beaten to a pulp, which is clearly a requirement for any other wedding in Westeros. No, that’s what I’m good at: give me a quiet nighttime ceremony that lasts no more than 15 minutes, so I can sneak back to my castle and drink mead or whatever in peace.

Khal Davenport: After spending most of my high and high school days in a shirt, tie, and blazer, after graduating, I swore to myself that whatever I did, I wouldn’t wear a tie. Judging by the clothes that rocked all the time? thrones universe, I can only imagine how annoyed I would be at one of these horrific weddings in their wedding fashion – and then the possibility that death is just around the corner? No, I am fine. But if you twist my arm, I think I’d return that purple wedding RSVP. Joffrey’s trash streak is well documented; being at the scene of his death would be a story I would probably have to tell my grandchildren for years to come. Hopefully I don’t put it in thronesera wedding dress.

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