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REVIEW | HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: EPISODE 8

"THE LORD OF THE TIDES"

WRITTEN BY ELLIOT LINES / OCTOBER 12, 2022

Now closing to the latter stages of the series, House of the Dragon is way past being just a Game of Thrones spin-off, but establishing itself as it's own entity in the Westeros world.


Another small time jump here sees plenty of change in these characters, with most of that change being seen in the children of these great families. Over 6 years has passed since the events of the previous episode, and it seems as though many of these characters have had little/nothing to do with each other in that time. When the potential death of Corlys Velaryon comes to light, a battle for Driftmark ensues bringing this family together once again.


House of the Dragon has completely found its feet, even with the time jumps and actor changes it seems as though we are now coming to a point where the story will run in "real time" from here on. The kids are almost grown and their parents are at each others throats (even if at times in this episode, it seems like they've made up). Each and every character plays their part here with the actors pulling out all the stops. But there is one person in particular that i'd like to talk about.


Paddy Considine throughout this series has had so much to do as King Viserys, and throughout he's been outstanding. However, this episode the acting notches up to another level where his depleting character on his last legs drags himself through the episode, and the throne room, causing you to wonder, does Paddy have this illness himself. The portrayal of a dying king, devoted to his family is absolutely mindblowing.


Going forward the conflict will continue, and we may actually get to see some dragon action. But up to this point the show has you invested in these characters and continues to impress even if the majority seems like a political family war.



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