September 28, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for House of the Dragon, Season 1 Episode 5, “We Light the Way.” To read last week’s ranking, click here.]

Sport of Thrones was a present that grew to become well-known for the shades of gray to be present in its heroes and villains alike, and to date the prequel sequence Home of the Dragon has proven each indication of following in that proud custom.

Thus, Consequence is comfortable to carry you Who’s the Worst Individual in Westeros, a weekly rating of Home of the Dragon‘s most vital characters, and simply how unsavory they ended up being every week. Everybody on display, together with dragons, is eligible for this listing (although count on for the present’s sequence regulars to be closely featured from week to week).

In “We Mild the Means,” there’s a minimal quantity of time-jumping (past the months at sea as royals shuttle from King’s Touchdown) and just one notable scene of fight. As an alternative, it’s a reasonably discussion-heavy episode, although the discussions are fairly intriguing, as some very clever individuals take inventory of the present political scenario and put together for some type of struggle.

Whether or not that struggle is fought on a battlefield with swords or in a fortress with phrases or intrigue seems to be the unanswered query at this level, as quite a lot of new gamers emerge on this sport of… Hmmm, there’s in all probability a great way to complete that sentence, however it’s escaping me. Within the meantime, let’s get to the rankings, as a result of any individual’s getting married!


Least Worst: Woman Rhea Royce (Rachel Redford)

We tragically solely meet the Woman Rhea briefly at first of the episode, however in her temporary time on display actress Rachel Redford does so much to make it clear that this can be a sharp, sturdy, and daring younger lady who would have been very content material spending her days searching on her land and by no means having intercourse along with her husband. Sadly, Daemon’s dedication to uxoricide means we’ll by no means get to understand simply how a lot of a badass she was in her personal time. She no less than received in a single final dig at her problematic husband: ” I knew you couldn’t end — craven!”

12. Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans)

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Who is aware of if we’ll ever see Otto once more, as he takes his depart of King’s Touchdown after being dismissed from his place as Hand of the King. However he does provide some fairly sensible phrases of knowledge to his daughter, as somebody with a stable perspective on what, precisely, is brewing inside Westeros.

It’s disloyal to the King for him to say it out loud, however the details are inescapable: The King’s well being could be very dangerous, there are elements of the dominion that received’t settle for Rhaenyra as inheritor, and battle is coming consequently. So whereas it is perhaps just a little petty for Otto to basically abandon his daughter in the course of this mess, maybe he does so as a result of he is aware of she’s able to handle herself (and by the top of the episode, it’s clear he’s not mistaken about that).

11. Woman Laena Velaryon (Savannah Steyn)

Oh boy, Laena is aware of precisely what she’s doing, flirting with Prince Daemon like that on the marriage ceremony. Good luck to her with that one.

10. King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine)

That is maybe probably the most passive we’ve seen Viserys but, along with his largest proof of spark being his negotiations with Lord Corlys over what household title Rhaenyra and Laenor’s kids would bear. However, on condition that even standing upright has turn into a problem for him currently, that’s to be anticipated. It’s onerous to be too massive a jerk whenever you’re dying (no less than compared to the jerks that encompass him).

09. Ser Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate)

The brand new king consort appears okay with getting married, particularly given the comparatively frank dialog he and Rhaenyra have about what sort of marriage they’re speaking about. And as much as a sure level within the episode, he additionally appears greater than prepared to carry up his finish of the discount. However we’ll see how his lover’s loss of life finally ends up affecting him sooner or later — his low placement on this listing might be in flux.

08. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock)

Rhaenyra isn’t to be upheld as a paragon of advantage right here — she has her secrets and techniques similar to everybody else — however in lots of respects she appears decided to make the perfect of a troublesome scenario for everybody. Armed with sufficient intel to know that her marriage to Laenor won’t ever be certainly one of love and fervour, she appears to return to a nice understanding along with her future partner about each their obligations as heirs and the truth that as soon as their duties to their households are met, they need to be free to do as they want.

Have a look at her by means of Ser Criston’s eyes, in fact, and she or he doesn’t look excellent, and to his credit score he did make her a pleasant provide: a wedding based mostly on love and an journey on the furthest edges of the maps. However that is general probably the most accountable and mature conduct we’ve seen so removed from Rhaenyra (past taunting her wife-murdering uncle, in fact), and good for her.

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