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    House Of The Dragon Season 1 Episode 7 Review: Darkness All Around



    Rating:


    2.5
    /5


    Star
    Cast:

    Paddy
    Considine,
    Olivia
    Cooke,
    Emma
    D’Arcy,
    Matt
    Smith,
    Rhys
    Ifans,
    Steve
    Toussaint,
    Eve
    Best,
    Fabien
    Frankel,
    Graham
    Mactavish,
    Mathew
    Needham,
    Jefferson
    Hall


    Director:

    Miguel
    Sapochnik

    The
    internal
    succession
    war
    within
    House
    Targaryen
    is
    getting
    bloodier
    by
    the
    decade.
    Disney+
    Hotstar
    series

    House
    of
    the
    Dragon
    ‘s
    seventh
    episode
    goes
    brutal
    and
    excessively
    dark
    all
    in
    the
    name
    of
    power
    and
    lust
    for
    the
    throne.
    It’s
    but
    obvious
    the
    Westeros
    are
    sliding
    uncontrollably
    toward
    a
    calamitously
    bloody
    war
    but
    the
    body
    count
    is
    mounting
    way
    before
    that
    can
    happen.

    Laena
    Velaryon,
    her
    brother
    Laenor,
    and
    a
    man
    whose
    name
    we
    never
    learn
    are
    killed
    off
    quite
    conveniently

    not
    to
    mention
    the
    loss
    of
    an
    eye
    of
    a
    young
    prince
    and
    a
    relatively
    less
    serious
    wound
    to
    Rhaenyra.

    The
    Miguel
    Sapochnik-helmed

    House
    of
    The
    Dragon

    Season
    1
    Episode
    7
    titled
    ‘Driftmark’
    is
    so
    dark
    that
    it
    makes
    most
    of
    the
    characters
    in
    those
    visuals
    look
    almost
    invisible.
    Secret
    assignations,
    behind-the-scenes
    plotting,
    and
    insidious
    machinations
    in
    an
    effort
    to
    grab
    power
    are
    part
    and
    parcel
    of
    this
    Targaryen
    legacy.


    House
    of
    the
    Dragon

    Episode
    6
    and
    7
    are
    clearly
    the
    show’s
    worst
    two
    episodes
    even
    if
    they
    are
    bloodier
    than
    what
    went
    before.
    The
    sixth
    episode
    saw
    the
    new
    actors
    searching
    for
    purchase.
    Thankfully,
    in
    this
    seventh
    episode,
    they
    appear
    to
    have
    found
    it.
    Both
    actors
    playing
    Rhaenyra
    and
    Alicent
    appear
    to
    have
    found
    their
    footing
    and
    have
    begun
    showing
    their
    craft.

    House Of The Dragon

    ‘Driftmark’
    opens
    with
    the
    post-death
    ceremonies
    held
    in
    honour
    of
    Laena’s
    memory.
    It
    is
    sombre,
    and
    lengthy
    and
    hopes
    to
    set
    a
    mood
    for
    rising
    passions
    and
    more
    hideous
    moments
    in
    the
    episode.
    Ramin
    Djawadi’s
    score
    swells
    and
    ebbs
    to
    a
    quiet
    while
    the
    prominent
    characters
    hang
    around
    with
    glum
    faces
    and
    nothing
    to
    say.

    Aegon
    (Ty
    Tennant)
    gets
    drunk,
    Jacaerys
    (Leo
    Hart)
    reluctantly
    goes
    to
    comfort
    Baela
    (Shani
    Smethurst)
    and
    Rhaena
    (Eva
    Ossei-Gerning).
    Corlys
    Velaryon
    (Steve
    Toussaint)
    tells
    his
    younger
    grandson
    Lucerys
    (Harvey
    Sadler)
    that
    one
    day
    he
    will
    serve
    as
    the
    Lord
    of
    Tides
    at
    Driftmark.

    Aemond
    (Leo
    Ashton)
    claims
    Vhagar

    the
    biggest,
    oldest
    and
    most
    powerful
    dragon
    orphaned
    by
    Laena’s
    demise
    and
    Rhaenyra
    (Emma
    D’Arcy)
    and
    Daemon
    (Matt
    Smith)
    are
    plotting
    a
    stronger
    bond
    between
    themselves.

    Vicerys
    has
    all
    but
    become
    redundant
    as
    King
    as
    Queen
    Alicent
    and
    her
    father
    Otto
    Hightower
    (Rhys
    Ifans)
    are
    not
    about
    to
    let
    his
    word
    sway.

    The
    time
    jumps
    literally
    kill
    the
    excitement.
    The
    choice
    of
    nighttime
    for
    most
    of
    the
    devious
    carrying
    around
    happening
    in
    this
    episode
    isn’t
    productive
    or
    effective.
    The
    lack
    of
    light
    makes
    the
    characters
    and
    their
    shenanigans
    invisible
    and
    uncool.
    It
    would
    have
    been
    better
    if
    those
    events
    were
    suggested
    rather
    than
    shown
    in
    such
    a
    shadowy
    form.

    The
    dragon
    also
    makes
    quite
    an
    appearance
    here
    and
    one
    would
    think
    that
    shooting
    it
    at
    nighttime
    was
    mainly
    to
    cover
    up
    some
    of
    the
    blemishes
    in
    the
    CGI.

    Episode
    7
    of

    House
    of
    the
    Dragon

    may
    not
    be
    as
    bad
    as
    the
    previous
    one
    but
    it
    still
    doesn’t
    manage
    to
    intrigue
    or
    excite.

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