September 24, 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.]

Recreation 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 up to now the prequel collection Home of the Dragon has proven each indication of following in that proud custom.

Thus, Consequence is glad to deliver you Who’s the Worst Particular person in Westeros, a weekly rating of Home of the Dragon‘s most essential characters, and simply how unsavory they ended up being every week. Everybody on display, together with dragons, is eligible for this record (although anticipate for the present’s collection 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 fairly discussion-heavy episode, although the discussions are fairly intriguing, as some very clever individuals take inventory of the present political state of affairs and put together for some form of battle.

Whether or not that battle is fought on a battlefield with swords or in a citadel with phrases or intrigue seems to be the unanswered query at this level, as a variety of new gamers emerge on this recreation of… Hmmm, there’s most likely a great way to complete that sentence, but it surely’s escaping me. Within the meantime, let’s get to the rankings, as a result of any person’s getting married!

Least Worst: Woman Rhea Royce (Rachel Redford)

We tragically solely meet the Woman Rhea briefly at the start of the episode, however in her transient time on display actress Rachel Redford does lots to make it clear that it is a sharp, sturdy, and daring younger girl who would have been very content material spending her days looking on her land and by no means having intercourse together 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 at the very least bought 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 go away of King’s Touchdown after being dismissed from his place as Hand of the King. However he does provide some fairly clever phrases of knowledge to his daughter, as somebody with a strong perspective on what, precisely, is brewing inside Westeros.

It’s disloyal to the King for him to say it out loud, however the information are inescapable: The King’s well being may be very unhealthy, there are components of the dominion that gained’t settle for Rhaenyra as inheritor, and battle is coming in consequence. So whereas it could be a bit petty for Otto to basically abandon his daughter in the midst of this mess, maybe he does so as a result of he is aware of she’s able to deal with herself (and by the tip of the episode, it’s clear he’s not improper 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 wedding ceremony. Good luck to her with that one.

10. King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine)

That is maybe essentially the most passive we’ve seen Viserys but, together with his largest proof of spark being his negotiations with Lord Corlys over what household identify Rhaenyra and Laenor’s kids would bear. However, provided that even standing upright has change into a problem for him recently, that’s to be anticipated. It’s laborious to be too massive a jerk whenever you’re dying (at the very least 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 cut price. However we’ll see how his lover’s loss of life finally ends up affecting him sooner or later — his low placement on this record could possibly 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 very best of a tough state of affairs for everybody. Armed with sufficient intel to know that her marriage to Laenor won’t ever be one in every of love and fervour, she appears to return to a nice understanding together with her future partner about each their tasks 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 need.

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

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