House Of The Dragon Episode 4 Recap: Heir Affair

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Like so many queens before her in the “Game of Thrones” universe, Queen Alicent Hightower (still played by Emily Carey) is little more than a pawn used by her powerful father Otto (Rhys Ifans) to potentially put an heir on the throne — and she doesn’t exactly work hard to hide how miserable she is. Throughout this installment, Alicent usually just lurks around from scene to scene, looking unmoored and lonely — especially when she’s near her much older husband, Viserys. Despite briefly reconnecting with Rhaenyra, Alicent is isolated beyond belief, which is thrown into sharp focus when Viserys comes to her bed one night and she simply stares at the ceiling, her face expressionless and desperate all at once.

When she hears rumors of Rhaenyra and Daemon’s tryst, she’s furious at and worried for her confidante and friend, and immediately confronts her… but Rhaenyra reassures her, saying she would never, ever pursue anything with her uncle. (She does lie, however, telling Alicent that Daemon “never touched” her). Alicent stands by Rhaenyra and even goes against her own father… but as her father’s ambition grows, it remains to be seen where Alicent’s allegiance will fall.

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