House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm? What to remember from episode 4

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

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Episode 4 of the Game of Thrones spin-off has just been released and as always brings its share of questions. We dissect with you “The King of Detroit” to find out what the sequel to House of the Dragon has in store for us.

Summary

  • Whisperers of the Ver Blanc
  • Rhaenyra and Alicent, two women that everything opposes?
  • Daemon Targaryen or Laenor Velaryon?

Spoiler alert

The following paper spoils the events of the first four episodes ofHouse of the Dragon. If you want to keep the surprise, we advise you to watch them before diving into this reading. In addition, we will discuss upcoming events in future episodes of the series. If you want to know as little as possible, be careful when reading.

Whisperers of the Ver Blanc

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

If you watched Episode 4 of House of the Dragon, two questions may have crossed your mind. What does the tea given to Rhaenyra contain and who is this mysterious White Worm evoked by Otto Hightower? If we will talk about the first a little later, it is the second that interests us now. The White Worm is the person who employs the little boy who revealed Rhaenyra’s transgressions to Otto. Rapidly, we understand that it is about Mysaria. This name is of course not unknown to you, since it is the prostitute that Daemon married and took to Dragonstone. What is she doing here will you tell me?

And long after the confrontation between Daemon and Rhaenyra concerning the dragon egg, the young woman was sent back to Lys, her city of origin. On the ride, she gets caught up in a storm and mostly miscarries, prompting Daemon to disown her. Abandoned, she then returns to Port-Réal where she decides to embark on a much more lucrative and interesting business: trade information. And his technique, that is to say employing particularly discreet young vagabonds, is inevitably reminiscent of Lord Varys, the Master of Whisperers. As you can imagine, in this universe nothing is left to chance and Myseria should have an important role in the next episodes.

In Fire and Blood, she indeed takes part in the events of the Dance of the Dragons, working in the shadows for the benefit of Daemon and then of Rhaenyra. She becomes Mistress of whisperers for the pretender and contributes, thanks to his informants, to dismantling the actions aimed at harming him and weakening his enemies. This short passage is therefore not to be taken lightly and it would be ill-advised on your part to forget this dear Myseria, although it is easily forgettable in view of the events of this episode.

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

Rhaenyra and Alicent, two women that everything opposes?

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

This fourth episode is mainly focused around an important parallel: the one between Rhaenyra and Alicent. The two former friends have taken paths that are both intertwined and distant. If on the surface, marrying King Viserys has given Alicent the upper hand over Rhaenyra, she seems increasingly trapped in her own situation. With this marriage, it is a status and obligations that she has accepted, more than a relationship. Affection is almost absent between the two bride and groom and the only moments of intimacy that can be seen are suffered by Allicent. Finally, she represents in every way what Rhaenyra tries to flee at all costs: a woman “imprisoned in a castle and forced to lay {her husband} heirs”.

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

At the same time, Rhaenyra enjoys the freedom she has longed for. By walking the streets of Port-Réal in the skin of a page, she discovers the city and its vices, which are far removed from the gilding of her castle. If the absence of obligations is an already very exhilarating feeling, it is above all the discovery of the pleasures of the flesh that is highlighted in this episode. While Daemon and Rhaenyra engage in incestuous but passionate antics, Alicent, as we have said, undergoes an almost mechanical relationship. Better still, Rhaenyra even enjoys a certain form of power by finding herself in a position of strength against Criston Cole.

But it would be very presumptuous on the part of Rhaenyra to believe that she can completely extract herself from her obligations and from the influence of men. Despite her ardor and her casual air, she cannot escape her condition and what that implies. Thus, the moment of freedom offered to her in the streets of Port-Réal is not authorized to her, unlike men, and she will have to pay the consequences with a forced marriage. Her relationship with Daemon also remains a relationship of control over which she has no real power. When he leaves abruptly, she finds herself alone and disillusioned.

But the strongest symbol of this deprivation of freedom is of course the final scene of the episode, in which someone comes to bring him a moon tea. Known for its abortive properties, this tea symbolizes the hold of men over her, who go so far as to decide what happens in her own body. Take it or not, we’ll know in the next episode. Because if Rhaenyra contemplates the cup for so long, it’s good because it represents this necessary choice between duty and freedom.

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

Daemon Targaryen or Laenor Velaryon?

According to the teaser of episode 5, it is rather for the sense of duty that seems to have chosen Rhaenyra. The big wedding is coming and given the decisions made in episode 4, Laenor should be the lucky one. But then what about Daemon? The chemistry between the Targaryen and his niece has been palpable since the very first episode. The latter exposed herself in broad daylight in a brothel with a scene that bothered more than one on social networks. The customs of the Targaryens are indeed very particular. But if Rhaenyra seems to have always felt a form of attraction, or at least admiration, towards her uncle, Daemon’s intentions are less clear.

House of the Dragon: who is the White Worm?  What to remember from episode 4

Seeing him wake up near Mysaria, our famous White Worm, is enough to sow doubt. Would she have given the information to Otto Hightower to promote the interests of her former lover? Would Daemon have tried to pervert Rhaenyra only to sow discord in the court of his brother? That would be pretty consistent. Indeed, the resilience of Daemon, knowingly returning his crown as King of Straits to Viserys at the start of the episode, is surprising to say the least, especially when one remembers with what hatred he greeted the latter’s messenger at the end. from episode 3. The idea of ​​a ruse aimed at weakening the crown from within is therefore more than likely.

Nevertheless, the fact that Daemon did not go through with his act can foretell remorse and therefore a real affection for Rhaenyra. Suffice to say that Rhaenyra may have a choice to make on the emotional level. Will he jeopardize his obligations and his position? This is very likely. Otto Hightower is determined to seize the slightest opportunity to push the young woman out of the throne and place his descendant, Aegon II, there. A plan that he seems to assume in the teaser for episode 5, hinting that the war for the throne will kick into high gear.


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