September 24, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for House of the Dragon, Season 1 Episode 4, “King of the Narrow Sea.”]

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 to date the prequel sequence Home of the Dragon has proven each indication of following in that proud custom.

Thus, Consequence is pleased to introduce 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 listing (although anticipate for the present’s sequence regulars to be closely featured from week to week).

Episode 4, “King of the Slender Sea,” is particularly filled with misdeeds, as a homecoming rapidly goes awry because of scandal. No actual battles, no worldwide conflicts, only one huge incesty cleaning soap opera as Rhaenyra comes house from husband-hunting and Daemon comes again for “the comforts of house.” Lets get into it?

Least Worst: That Poor Blackwood Child (Alfie Todd)

In line with HBO, this character’s identify is Willem Blackwood, but it surely’s arduous to think about him as something aside from “that poor Blackwood child.” Think about: You’re too younger for chest hair and your loved ones sends you to go suggest to essentially the most highly effective lady within the land, and a few dick twice your age (not saying a lot) begins making enjoyable of you! Not a terrific day by any stretch of the creativeness, particularly when it ends with you stabbing the man in one of many least heroic battles ever seen on display. Certain, violence isn’t the reply, however you actually gotta pity this poor so-and-so, who doesn’t appear notably well-suited to the calls for of this world.

09. Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel)

Sucks to be this man, who simply needs to do his job — hold the princess protected — with out pointless issues brought on by aforementioned princess, like operating off into the woods or getting seduced by her. It does appear to be a correct seduction, as soon as Rhaenyra pushes previous his defenses, and after the earlier sexual content material of this episode it’s a aid to observe a scene the place each members are indicating enthusiastic consent and aren’t, y’know, associated to one another. To be clear, sleeping with the princess is a nasty concept and it most likely gained’t work out nicely in the long term for Ser Criston, however for proper now, he nonetheless deserves extra pity than judgement.

08. Woman Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey)

That is an opinion largely pushed by Emily Carey’s efficiency, however of everybody concerned within the nascent scandal of Daemon and Rhaenyra’s, um, interlude, Alicent is essentially the most trustworthy and honorable within the combine. She genuinely appears to be lonely and depressed, struggling to search out contentment in her place, grateful for Rhaenyra’s return from tour, and above all else hopeful that she and her once-dear buddy can reconnect.

And even as soon as she hears the scandalous rumor, she goes on to Rhaenyra to debate it, and yeah, Rhaenyra lies her ass off, however Alicent believes her, and even defends her to Viserys! In press main as much as the present’s premiere, Alicent was at instances in comparison with Cersei Lannister, however proper now it’s actually arduous to see that connection. #TeamAlicent.

Home of the Dragon (HBO)

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