As you’re in all probability conscious by now, Home of the Dragon is a prequel. The Sport of Thrones spinoff, based mostly on George R.R. Martin’s Fireplace & Blood, takes place almost 200 years earlier than the occasions of the unique HBO sequence. In contrast to the unique sequence, which ran out of fabric to adapt by the tip of its fifth season, key particulars from the Targaryen dynasty have already got been revealed in Martin’s fictional historical past. If you wish to understand how the story ends, you may simply Google it—or, you already know, learn a ebook.
However since a few of The Ringer’s employees have but to learn any of Martin’s novels, we determined to create this weekly precap for these of you who stay blissfully unaware of what’s about to occur subsequent. It is a dialogue for the viewers treating Home of the Dragon like a great ol’ thriller field that twists and turns from week to week. With out additional ado, let’s get to this week’s immediate:
The burning query heading into Episode 6: Which Sport of Thrones wedding ceremony would you RSVP to?
Arjuna Ramgopal: Can I simply skip all of them? Each Thrones wedding ceremony includes dying, destruction, and worst of all, wasted meals. Weddings are a time of celebration, concord, and partying! You need good meals, good music, and a great time. I don’t need to have to fret about who’s going to kill who, whether or not my drink is poisoned, or the best way to greatest watch my again in order that I don’t get stabbed or get my throat slit. The Purple Marriage ceremony BY FAR could be final on my listing. An excessive amount of dying and disappointment. Additionally, not my favourite venue spot, if I’m being sincere.
If I needed to choose one of many larger ones throughout the franchise, the Purple Marriage ceremony could be the choose, as a result of seeing Joffrey die would at the least be considerably rewarding. I’d prefer to assume if I used to be a citizen of Westeros I’d hate Joffrey as king. I’d faux to be devastated so I wouldn’t get beheaded, however secretly be excited to know that man was gone. Actually, one of the best wedding ceremony to go to would in all probability be Lyanna and Rhaegar’s secret ceremony. It checks all of the packing containers; intimate, fast, and romantic. Positive, it was a doomed marriage, however the precise ceremony appeared good. Plus, who doesn’t prefer to go to an unique occasion?
Miles Surrey: For those who’re chilling in Westeros and get invited to a marriage, there’s just one factor it’s best to do: toss that save the date into the trash. (And, if anybody asks, say the invite by no means arrived—certainly ravens don’t have a 100% success charge on delivering mail.) Excluding a literal battlefield, weddings have repeatedly proved to be the deadliest affair in Westeros, whether or not it’s the Dothraki killing for the love of the sport or Home Frey being very [clears throat] inhospitable hosts.
Now that the realm’s penchant for deadly weddings has prolonged to Home of the Dragon, the place a second character named Joffrey met an premature finish at one in all this stuff, it’s important to marvel why anybody bothers to have a lavish ceremony. The place’s the Westerosi equal of going to a courthouse or being married by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas? When there are such a lot of methods for characters to fulfill an premature finish—warfare, illness, famine, respiration within the path of Daemon Targaryen when he’s in a foul temper—skipping out on weddings is a small value to pay for surviving one other day in Westeros.
Jonathan Bartlett: The Purple Marriage ceremony, and it’s not even shut. After all, Joffrey being absolutely the worst, it’s not that I need to attend out of respect for the couple, however moderately the social gathering appeared like a complete thrill. A fast little wedding ceremony that didn’t drag on, adopted by an out of doors feast with stunning climate at which, it’s been written, 77 programs have been served. 77! That’ll get any foodie excited. And hey, with weddings in Westeros being what they’re, a single dying is the type of matrimonial blessing you hope for.
So whereas this affair already has the makings of a superbly good technique to spend a day, getting to observe that little monster Joff perish is an actual cherry on prime. Good meals, nice drink, a front-row seat to the most well liked drama in all of the land, what extra may you ask for?
Katie Baker: Properly, I *was* going to sadly lament having missed the marriage between Daemon Targaryen and the late, nice Woman Rhea of Runestone. As a result of positive, the 2 clearly hated each other of their lone, lethal Home of the Dragon scene collectively, however additionally they made me curious to know extra! For instance, pre-cracked-head and all, I may completely see them briefly having the identical crackling chemistry of, say, Gretchen and Jimmy in You’re the Worst. (“Bronze bitch” is completely one thing Jimmy would say.) However after I appeared it up, I discovered that their marriage was organized younger they usually at all times hated each other. Oh effectively: I’ll crash the marriage of Jason Lannister and whoever he winds up with as an alternative! the wine could be flowing, the speeches could be reducing, and possibly a lacrosse sport may escape.
Claire McNear: There isn’t a doubt in my thoughts that the (presumed, based mostly on subsequent episode’s teaser) wedding ceremony of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon would set a brand new file for bloodshed at Westerosi nuptials. There may be additionally little doubt in my thoughts that it might be probably the most magnificently unhinged and wicked occasion of the century. This place has every little thing: incest, dragons, bare ambition, spurned lovers, patterns of wanton violence, fraught familial relations, and terribly enticing principal characters, plus a royal funds and the normal matrimonial threat of violent dismemberment and/or poisoning. When a Targaryen wedding ceremony invitation arrives, the gods flip a coin. I’ll take these odds.
Megan Schuster: Give me the Purple Marriage ceremony. Sure, Margaery and Joffrey’s wedding ceremony was a gauche affair, with feasts, singers, pyromancers, and a dancing bear. And it was additionally very offensive, that includes a play whose characters have been portrayed by little individuals solely for Joffrey’s amusement (and Tyrion’s torment). Only a few individuals had fun, the bride and far of the groom’s household amongst them.
However in comparison with different Thrones weddings, it at the least has comparatively little dying—Dothraki weddings are famously solely thought of good if at the least three individuals die, and we don’t even want to speak about that masquerade on the Twins. The one one that died on this wedding ceremony—and what a dying scene it was—greater than deserved it. And in later seasons it’s revealed that Olenna Tyrell, my true queen of Westeros, was the one who poisoned Joffrey. Think about being seated at her desk as that each one went down!
Aric Jenkins: As tempting as it might be to make an look at Joffrey and Margaery’s ceremony—a grand, splendid festivity by which the second worst character all through each sequence (shout-out no. 1, Ramsay Bolton) dies on the finish of it—I’m going to do the smart factor right here and attend a marriage really born out of affection. That’s proper, Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr, you’ve got formally earned my RSVP. What I really like about this wedding ceremony, notably within the context of the Sport of Thrones universe, is that there aren’t any company current—besides, uh, me now, I suppose. Which means I’m free to have fun this matrimony with out concern of being slaughtered, poisoned, or crushed to a pulp, which is clearly a requirement for each different wedding ceremony in Westeros. Nah, I’m good on that: Give me a quiet nighttime ceremony that lasts now not than quarter-hour so I can slink again to my fortress and drink mead or no matter in peace.
Khal Davenport: After spending the higher a part of my center and highschool years in a gown shirt, tie, and blazer, I swore to myself after commencement that no matter I did, I didn’t need to put on a tie doing it. Judging by the apparel rocked all through the Thrones universe, I can solely think about how irritated I’d be at any one in all these horrific weddings of their wedding ceremony vogue—after which the opportunity of dying being proper across the nook? No, I’m good. For those who’re twisting my arm, although, I’d guess I’d ship again that Purple Marriage ceremony RSVP. Joffrey’s trash streak is effectively documented; being on the web site of his demise could be a narrative I’d possible should retell to my grandchildren for years to come back. Hopefully I’m not doing it in Thrones-era wedding ceremony garb.