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House of the Dragon: A full DECADE has passed since the last episode


The second half of the first season of HBO’s House of the Dragon offers the biggest time jump yet, with a full decade passing in Episode 6 since last week’s Episode 5.

The new episode airing Sunday evening introduces two new actresses playing the adult versions of Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, replacing Emily Carey) and Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy, replacing Milly Alcock).

The trailer also teases that Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is now married to Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell), after killing his former wife.

Decade: The second half of the first season of HBO's House of the Dragon offers the biggest time jump yet, with a full decade passing in Episode 6 since last week's Episode 5

Decade: The second half of the first season of HBO’s House of the Dragon offers the biggest time jump yet, with a full decade passing in Episode 6 since last week’s Episode 5

Princess: The new episode airing Sunday evening introduces two new actresses playing the adult versions of Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, replacing Emily Carey) and Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy, replacing Milly Alcock)

Princess: The new episode airing Sunday evening introduces two new actresses playing the adult versions of Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, replacing Emily Carey) and Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy, replacing Milly Alcock)

Married: The trailer also teases that Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is now married to Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell), after killing his former wife

Married: The trailer also teases that Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is now married to Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell), after killing his former wife

The episode begins with an adult Rhaenyra in labor, as she’s told by the midwife to keep breathing and push.

She keeps pushing as a baby boy is delivered successfully, as the proud mother holds her crying baby for the first time.

She asks if the child is healthy and one of the midwifes says he is ‘kicking like a goat,’ when an aide arrives and says the Queen has requested the child be brought to her immediately.

Rhaenyra says she will take the child herself as the women help her get dressed to go see the Queen… though she pushes out the afterbirth first.

She’s met by her husband, who is pleased that it’s a boy as she helps him walk to the Queen, as he jokes he’s glad he’s not a woman.

She stops, seemingly in pain, and he asks what it is but she tells him to keep walking as he thinks they were ‘passed all this’ with the Queen.

She stops on the stairs, clearly in pain, as her husband thinks they should go back, but she powers through as Laenor says this is ‘absurd.’

When they get to the door, we see Criston is standing watch as they’re let in to meet the Queen… though Alicent says she should be resting.

Viseryss enters and asks to see his grandson, as he holds the newborn, while Alicent asks if they have decided on a name.

While Rhaenyra says they haven’t decided on a name, Laenor says they will name him Joffrey – seemingly after his former homosexual lover who Ser Criston killed a decade earlier.

Alicent says they should keep trying, adding, ‘Soon or later, you may get one who looks like you.

After leaving, Rhaenyra is clearly upset that he chose the name without consulting her. 

They get back to their chambers as they’re greeted by their sons, who say they have chosen a dragon egg for their new brother Joffrey.

Their oldest child Jacerys is trying to bond with his dragon, as he’s told the beast will only obey him in time.

The other children pull a prank on Aemond, the son of Viserys, bringing him a pig since he doesn’t have a dragon yet.

He goes into the dungeon and sees one of the dragons blowing his fire before running off. 

Queen Alicent is chatting with her daughter when her son is brought in, as she’s told he went into the dungeon yet again.

Alicent tells Viserys that his, ‘grandsons are a menace’ and adds, ‘they’re savages.’

She adds, ‘To have one child like that is a mistake, to have three is an insult, to the throne, to you, to House Velaryon and the match you battled so hard to make for her. Not to mention decency itself.’

Viserys tells her a story, beginning, ‘I had a black mare once. Black like a raven. One day, she escaped her pasture and the neighboring stallion sired a foal on her. The stallion was as silver as the moon on a winter’s night and the foal, when it was born, chestnut.’

‘Just the most unremarkable brown horse you ever saw. Nature is a thing of mysterious works,’ he says, as Alicent asks if he saw it himself.

‘The consequences of an allegation like the one you toy at would be dire,’ Visserys says, asking her to not speak of it again.

Despite his health troubles, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) has seemingly survived the 10-year time jump.

While little is known about his actual condition, is has left him quite weak, even before the time jump.

Now he looks like he has aged far more than a decade and seems more frail than ever in the sixth episode. 

Survived: Despite his health troubles, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) has seemingly survived the 10-year time jump

Survived: Despite his health troubles, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) has seemingly survived the 10-year time jump

Another character who survived the time jump is Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel), who was about to kill himself at the end of Episode 5.

Criston – who slept with Princess Rhaenyra after her affair with uncle Daemon – had killed Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod), the secret homosexual lover of Rhaenyra’s new husband of Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate).

After killing Joffrey, he was about to take his own life, when he was stopped by Queen Alicent. 

Criston: Another character who survived the time jump is Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel), who was about to kill himself at the end of Episode 5

Criston: Another character who survived the time jump is Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel), who was about to kill himself at the end of Episode 5

The show also made headlines last week with the viewership continuing to increase as the season continues.

The fifth episode of the wildly-popular Game of Thrones prequel series – set 172 years before the original series – drew in 3% more viewers than the fourth episode (via Variety).

It was also revealed that the first five episodes of the 10-episode first season are averaging a whopping 29 million viewers per episode, throughout linear and all HBO streaming platforms thus far. 

Viewership: The show also made headlines last week with the viewership continuing to increase as the season continues

Viewership: The show also made headlines last week with the viewership continuing to increase as the season continues

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