Written by Luke Barnes
Daemon, played by Matt Smith, returns to court and Rhaenyra, played by Milly Alcock, hits the town.
Things slow down a gear, but that doesn’t make this a bad episode. It is far more intimate and character driven than some of the previous episode we have had and we get a far greater exploration of Rhaenyra as a character.
I enjoyed the sex positive approach this episode took and think that we should see more content like it, for too long young women have been taught to repress their sexual urges and to be chaste, old fashion sounding but surprisingly common practice, so I think it is a good thing that Rhaenyra takes what she wants here in a sexual sense.
I also thought the complete destruction of Otto Hightower, played by Rhys Ifans, was very satisfying. All season long he has been slimy so it is nice to finally see him get his, even though he will probably be back at it in the next episode.
My main criticism of this episode would be that it was the first to really struggle with its pace in a major way and that by having such a personal focus there are a few boring sequences.
Overall, an episode that does a lot right but that also struggles with its pacing.
The sex positive approach
The destruction of Otto Hightower
The character focus
Matt Smith is great again
A few needless asides
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