AceShowbiz - Episode 6 of "House of the Dragon" season 1 will see the HBO show making its biggest move so far. The episode, titled "The Princess and the Queen", is set to feature a big time jump with Emma D'Arcy taking over the role of Rhaenyra Targaryen from Milly Alcock as the character grows older.
The preview of the episode opens with Daemon Targaryen's dragon Caraxes. Fans are also given a glimpse of Prince Aegon II, who looks much older, practicing his sword fighting with who seems to be his brother Prince Eamon a.k.a. Eamon One Eye.
The preview also hints that King Viserys' health continues declining. The King is seen wearing a golden mask to hide part of his face that is affected by his illness, leprosy. Elsewhere in the trailer, Vhagar, a she-dragon of House Targaryen, makes an appearance. The next episode also seemingly will feature a fire somewhere in the castle.
Fans also notice that the war between the Blacks (Rhaenyra) and the Greens (Alicent Hightower) seemingly starts in the next episode. The Queen, whose older version will be played by Emily Carey, is seen wearing green gowns more often than before. She is additionally featured having a meeting with her version of the small council, which is called the Green council.
Meanwhile, fans were shocked as episode 5 began with the murder of Lady Rhea Royce, Prince Daemon's wife. He never showed affection for his wife, but it still came as surprise when he went to Vale to throw his wife off her horse and bash her head in with a rock, framing the whole thing as a gruesome hunting accident. Meanwhile, Rhaenyra got married to Lord Corlys' eldest son, Laenor, to assure stability for the realm.
While Rhaenyra and Laenor seemed to be a good match, it was the in-laws who showed concerns. Lady Rhaenys worried that Rhaenyra's claim to the throne would be disputed and that would cause a war. Her husband then put her at ease as he reminded her of House Velaryon's military strength. Lord Corlys, on the other hand, wants his grandchildren to carry his family name. The King agreed as long as they change their last name to Targaryen once they rise to the throne.
Rhaenyra and Laenor, meanwhile, decided to fulfill their duties to their families and to "dine" how they saw fit as they were both aware that they had their own lovers. Laenor's lover, Joffrey, was more than okay with the plan. However, Ser Criston Cole was still heartbroken after Rhaenyra refused to elope with him to Essos.
As for Alicent, she called Ser Criston over for a chat. She hoped that the knight would tell her the truth about Rhaenyra's night out with Daemon. It was also seen that the King's health was declining even further. Despite that, he still had enough strength to host a welcoming feast for all of his daughter's wedding guests. Things, however, didn't go as planned when Daemon made an appearance.
Not stopping there, Ser Criston, who was still feeling guilty of sleeping with Rhaenyra in the first place, was bothered that Joffrey kept bringing up his affair with the heir. Criston smashed Joffrey's head to a pulp right in the middle of the dance floor in front of the wedding guests. Criston then tried to kill himself but was stopped by Alicent.