Home of the Dragon – The Burning Mill – Overview: Two Queens Meet


“House of the Dragon,” the extremely anticipated prequel to “Game of Thrones,” emerged from the burning embers of its predecessor with the potential to tackle a myriad of outrageous instructions. “Game of Thrones” usually did no matter it felt like, showcasing every little thing from zombies and sacrificial infanticide to incest and castration. It was recognized for its willingness to discover the acute. “House of the Dragon” faces a problem acquainted to many prequels: balancing the necessity to lay groundwork with delivering compelling, substantive storytelling. This structural pressure — being too rushed for thorough groundwork but too gradual to dive into the center of the battle — highlights the fragile stability prequels should strike. Followers usually have excessive expectations for depth and complexity akin to the unique sequence. 

We open this week’s episode with the 2 households, Bracken and Blackwood who’ve been aching to battle over any little slight, combat for his or her respective declarations – Home Inexperienced vs. Home Black. It’s a disgrace we didn’t get to see the battle however simply the aftermath, which proved to be very brutal. Rhaenys and Rhaenyra have a dialog above the grave of the twins. Rhaenys does her finest to counsel Rhaenyra on find out how to transfer ahead. She suggests chatting with Alicent; she offers us the road from the trailer: “There is no war so hateful to the Gods as a war between kin and no war so bloody as a war between dragons.” 

Ser Criston is a nervous wreck as he ought to be and one his technique to his first assembly he sees the modifications that the immature Aegon has made concerning the knights. The assembly is a bunch of bickering backwards and forwards and Criston comes up with a plan to trip out and take the Rivermen. Aegon declaring his is fierce as anybody and met with silence was comical. 

“The Burning Mill” – HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, Pictured: Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole. Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO ©2024 . All Rights Reserved

Mysaria and Rhaenyra’s alliance makes me uneasy. It will likely be fascinating to see what comes of it. Rhaenyra sends her kids away with Rhaena as their protector. It is a disgrace how underused she is. Additionally how her and her sister haven’t any relationship with Daemon. Talking of Daemon, he goes on his personal little journey this episode at Harrenhal. The best way it’s performed, it’s troublesome to make out if he’s doing this for himself or his spouse however his visions of the Ghost of Harrenhal is intriguing. 

The addition of Alicent’s brother Ser Gwaine Hightower goes to trigger much more issues within the Fortress. The battle he and Ser Criston had appeared pointless and simply added for battle for battle’s sake. Particularly if we’re made to consider that Gwaine doesn’t know in regards to the secret relationship. I needed Baela to gentle them up so badly. She deserves a win. 

Rhaenyra’s counsel is beginning to waiver however Rhaenys reminds them of who’s in cost. I really like her and Corlys’s relationship a lot. It truly is probably the most secure at this level. The “stranger” within the bar who’s the Uncle of Rhaenyra will add much more drama for this season. The scene the place Aegon finds Aemond on the brothel was arduous to observe. 

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“The Burning Mill” – HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, Pictured: Eve Finest as Rhaenys and Steve Toussaint as Corlys. Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO ©2024 . All Rights Reserved

The scene I loved probably the most was the dialog between Rhaenyra and Alicent when she snuck within the Church. Alicent really does consider the King modified his thoughts whereas Rhaenyra now is aware of he was talking of Aegon from the story. Unsure what this new improvement will imply going ahead. This episode was gradual and a variety of speaking however nonetheless entertaining. 

“House of the Dragon” has proven to be more mannered and somber than Game of Thrones. Astonishingly, for a cod-medieval series about icy blonde arguing over whose dragon is more fiery, it is more subtle. This enormous, splashy spin-off of one of the biggest shows of all time insists on being frustratingly subtle about everything. 

What did you think of the episode House of the Dragons fans? Leave a comment below and remember to connect with me on X @jereereviews for more.

About the Author – Je-Ree Olenik


Je-Ree is the definition of a Jersey Lady. A real nerd who loves her comics. When not watching television she is a paralegal by day. She loves writing, studying, binging all the most recent reveals and spending time together with her household. Twitter @jereereviews

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