House of the Dragon Has Serious Pacing Problems

Haven’t any worries, HBO viewers.

We perceive that this text could also be laborious to learn as a consequence of how rapidly your head should be spinning after the most recent episode of Home of the Dragon.

We get it. We’re with you.

That’s the complete level of this publish, the truth is.

On Sunday evening, all the following occasions transpired on Home of the Dragon:

Daemon bid farewell to his spouse, Girl Laena, through a burial at sea.

Aemond took management of Laena’s dragon, Vhagar.

Aemond then misplaced an eye fixed in a knife battle with Luke after he trashed him and his brother as a “bastard.”

Rhaenyra and Daemon had intercourse on the seashore.

Rhaenyra and Daemon determined to get married.

Rhaenyra and Daemon hatched a plan to due to this fact have Laenor murdered by his lover.

This lover pretended to kill Laenor, just for the episode to conclude with the reveal that Laenor was nonetheless alive and rowing away in a ship together with his supposed assassin.

Sure, all of that occurred in a single episode of tv.

It appears particularly notable that the Rhaenyra and Daemon union was in some way broached after which executed all in a matter of literal minutes on display screen, contemplating the build-up of this relationship all through Season 1.

“I can’t face the greens alone,” she mentioned to Daemon at one level of a looming battle we’ve solely barely actually heard about.

“Allow us to bind our blood, simply as Aegon the Conqueror did together with his sisters. With you as my husband and prince consort, my declare wouldn’t be so simply challenged.

“The Velaryon are of the ocean. However you and I are made of fireside. We now have at all times been meant to burn collectively.”

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Matt Smith
Home of the Dragon
Season 1 – Episode 7

It appeared (to this viewer, at the very least) on the time as if we had simply been launched to the top sport of the opening season; that the following episode or two could be dedicated to this aspiring couple’s plot to put off Rhaenyra’s husband in order that Daemon might take his spot.

However, nope.

We then instantly lower to Daemon bribing Laenor’s boyfriend and to a sword struggle that appeared to take Laenor’s life after which to the marriage after which to the closing shot of Laenor nonetheless very a lot alive.

The present gave the storyline no time to breathe, which is an issue it has encountered repeatedly this season.

We scarcely know characters earlier than they’re killed off.

We scarcely spend time with alliances or relationships earlier than they’re paid off or superior in some method.

Ought to we be rooting for Rhaenyra and Daemon? Rooting in opposition to them? How a viewer feels about such a monumental improvement is way extra vital than the event itself merely taking place.

It’s a lesson Home of the Dragon doesn’t appear to have discovered.

We a lot time-jumping and with so many storylines condensed into single episodes or set items, viewers primarily don’t have time to cease and suppose.

Or really feel.

With all this arguing over who will subsequent sit on the Iron Throne and all this maneuvering on numerous sides — and with no exterior battle, resembling an impending arrival of the White Walkers — it’s very laborious to not cease and surprise:

Why ought to I care?!?