Hooooo, kid, there’s nothing similar to a Westeros wedding. The pomp. The rarities. The blood-coagulating shouts. Awful there’s not a Seven Realms form of Vegas, correct? For the people who need to finish.
That somewhat occurred toward the finish of “We Light the Way,” in a way, as Princess Rhaenyra and Ser Laenor Velaryon got unfashionably hitched through mournful countenances following the stunning homicide of Laenor’s Paramore an entire week before they should. Furthermore, amidst this disarray, this celebratory day flipped around by gore was additionally the main shot discharged in the forthcoming Targaryen nationwide conflict, The Dance of the Dragons.
Queen Alicent took a colossal action and agreed with a particular position this week, picking her child Aegon as a replacement and doing whatever it may take to brace herself and her family against Rhaenyra (and any offspring that ought to come from this new Targaryen/Velaryon association). This was not a conventional declaration or anything, simply a flashy showcase of detached forcefulness and some pointed overlooking of Rhaenrya at her wedding party. An icing out, the Princess was most certainly taken note.
The Green Dress
With Lord Viserys disintegrating well-being after getting gradually pricked to death by the Iron High position (we see you, powerful illustration), hard decisions must be made. Alicent’s been very dormant up until this point, yet now that her father’s been projected out of Lord’s Arrival, she’s the final straggler to save her kids. “We Light the Way” was the initial time Otto Hightower’s Littlefinger-Esque conspiring appeared intentional and defensive. He was a beast for placing his girl in Viserys’ lamenting way (which he did before Rhaenyra was named replacement), yet presently, his rationale about Aegon is sound years after the fact. At the point when the ruler passes on, there will be a monster crack, and Alicent’s children can confront their demise.
Alicent couldn’t ever have thought this conceivable beforehand, yet in the wake of finding that Rhaenyra deceived her about her righteousness, taking advantage of their kinship as a shortcoming, the queen needed to begin thinking about the worst situation imaginable. Likewise, might Rhaenyra, at some point, genuinely do the unfathomable and have her and Aegon put to death? Is it safe to say that they were companions? With her father’s expressions to her and Larys Solid (child of new Hand, Areas of strength for lyonel) behaving like her very own Varys, Alicent found herself certain and fearless interestingly. She was the queen, and she would have it known.
Showing up at the basic wedding week party late, and intruding on Viserys’ discourse, was a message by its own doing; however, wearing the green dress was an indication of war. Through side prattle, we discovered that the Hightower reference point blazes in their House Sigil are green and that that variety connotes an invitation to battle and allyship.
So for those searching for where the Dance of the Dragons began, the single second when battlefronts were set (regardless of whether it was only uneven), it’s here in “We Light the Way” (which is the Hightower House Witticism).
Saving Ser Criston
All saw Queen Alicent’s unpredictable party entrance in participation; however, a couple received the message flagging the crack among her and Rhaenyra’s future youngsters. Her aims are, generally, still confidential. This implies it’s the best time for Alicent to fill her positions with supporters. Her uncle, Master Hobert Hightower, promised himself and the militaries of Oldtown to her, and Larys Solid appears as though he’ll be great for Ruler’s Arrival intel. However, the queen required one more, a secret weapon to help her rest around evening time. Thus she found a sad Ser Criston Cole and, from the vibes of it, saved his life.
Which job will Ser Criston play from now on? It’s obscure now; however, it appears Alicent is searching for another person who felt hurt by Rhaenyra. Somebody who could connect with her sensations of selling out. She considers Ser Criston to be another casualty afterwards; thus, right as he’s at the absolute bottom, going to take his own life before the Godswood (following his severe public homicide of Ser Joffrey Lonmouth), she stops him. It will depend on Alicent to persuade Ser Criston that his honour can be recovered. That he has direction and much to provide for the domain.
There are ways of ruining yourself about Cole’s destiny if you decide, since the historical backdrop of this whole adventure, as GRRM spread it out, is accessible. Yet, for the time being, we should accept that Alicent involves her power as queen to save Cole’s life. Will she make him her gatekeeper? At any point, might he be returned to the driver’s seat of safeguarding Rhaenyra (as an enormous slight)? Until further notice, we all know that she’s forlorn, he’s lost, and they both despise the princess. With Ruler Viserys thumping on paradise’s entryway, Alicent needs to set up defences.
Started the Dance of the Dragons has.