House of the Dragon Ep. 10 Finale Recap: Black Queen

House of the Dragon Ep. 10 Finale Recap: Black Queen

Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO “I wasn’t ready to be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms,” Rhaenyra tells her young son Jacaerys, speaking about when Viserys first named her his heir, all those years ago. “But… it was my duty. And in time, I came to understand I had to earn my inheritance.” What Rhaenyra doesn’t know much … Read more

A Look Inside George R.R. Martin’s New Targaryen History Book

A Look Inside George R.R. Martin’s New Targaryen History Book

Art by Hristo ChukovImage: Ten Speed Press Known to me only by the nickname “Ser Incel,” I’m delighted to learn here, for the first time, that the gross creeper dies. The Rise of the Dragon will be available on October 25. Preorder it here.  Reprinted from THE RISE OF THE DRAGON: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF … Read more

House of the Dragon Ep. 8 Recap: Lord of the Tides

House of the Dragon Ep. 8 Recap: Lord of the Tides

Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO They were happy. For one unexpected, shining moment, the extended Targaryen family existed as one House, together, the past at least temporarily forgotten. And then the moment ended. “The Lord of the Tides” is a mostly excellent episode of House of the Dragon, but it’s also a lot. To begin with, it … Read more

House of the Dragon Ep. 7 Recap: Driftmark

House of the Dragon Ep. 7 Recap: Driftmark

Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO Targaryen blood has been spilled. The unbelievable tension that has been building between Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Alicent (Olivia Cooke) since the beginning erupted in a mesmerizing episode of House of the Dragon where secrets were exposed, Westeros’ ultimate power couple emerged, and someone was pushed way past their breaking point. As … Read more

How is House Of The Dragon doing so far?

How is House Of The Dragon doing so far?

House Of The Dragon (Photos: Ollie Upton/HBO) Graphic: Jimmy Hasse House Of The Dragon dropped its fifth episode on Sunday night, which means we’re officially halfway through the first season of this Game Of Thrones prequel. (We did it, everybody!) And that means that it’s high time for The A.V. Club to take a step … Read more

Season 1, Episode 5, “We Light The Way”

Season 1, Episode 5, “We Light The Way”

Milly Alcock and Theo Nate Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO Over the course of its eight-season run, critics and fans alike dinged Game Of Thrones for its failures of representation. Characters of color were thin on the ground and often viewed through a regressive colonialist lens; violence and cruelty toward women was handled with graphic abandon; and … Read more

House of the Dragon Had a Wedding, So You Know What That Means

House of the Dragon Had a Wedding, So You Know What That Means

Image: Ollie Upton/HBO It is not a spoiler to say that weddings in the Game of Thrones franchise don’t often end well. There was, of course, the infamous Red Wedding, where Robb and Catelyn Stark were murdered after the former spurned a marriage/political alliance with House Frey. Then there was the wedding of the horrible … Read more

All 56 Targaryen Names, Ranked

All 56 Targaryen Names, Ranked

Image: Ollie Upton/HBO The branches of the Targaryen family tree stretch far beyond the Game of Thrones TV franchise. In fact, if you look to George R.R. Martin’s original Song of Ice and Fire novels—including Fire and Blood, upon which House of the Dragon is based—there are more than 50 named Targaryens mentioned throughout Westerosi … Read more