Spoilers for Episode 10 of House of the Dragon are present in this article.
The Dance of the Dragons, a brutal civil war between two Targaryen factions, the Greens and the Blacks, is depicted in the first season of House of the Dragon.
The driving forces behind The Greens are Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke) and her father Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), who want Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) to succeed King Viserys (Paddy Considine) as the monarch. The face of The Blacks is Princess Rhaenrya Targaryen (Emma D Arcy), who was appointed Viserys’ heir to the throne.
Actress Olivia Cooke encourages viewers to remain neutral as the conflict develops even knowing war is imminent as season 1 comes to a close. According to Cooke in an interview with Vulture, the main theme of the narrative is that individuals were compelled to choose sides, which is why a civil war breaks out.
We kindly request that they refrain from doing that and instead take the time to truly understand each character’s motivations.
The sensitivity and care that Cooke gives to Alicent’s character make it difficult to totally despise her, yet how difficult it is to continue to empathise with her as she upholds the same patriarchal structures that have kept her imprisoned.