House of the Dragon’s fifth episode is an eventful one. But between the weddings, feasts, and fights, the only most vital second was when all eyes had been on Alicent Hightower’s costume.
While the present itself gave a small rationalization of its historic significance, it performs an vital sufficient half within the remainder of the collection’ story. So let’s speak just a little bit extra about Westeros’ most well-known inexperienced costume.
[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for House of the Dragon episode 5.]
Essentially, every thing in House of the Dragon by episode 5 has been main as much as Alicent strolling into Rhaenyra’s wedding ceremony carrying a costume of vibrant inexperienced. While the late arrival of the queen was observed by all, it fell to Larys Strong, maybe House of the Dragon’s cleverest character, to clue the viewers into why the costume’ shade really issues.
First of all, inexperienced is about so far as you can get from the standard black and pink colours of House Targaryen, symbolizing an absence of help for the household — and Rhaenyra — by the queen. More vital, as Larys explains, the sunshine on the prime of the Hightower in Old Town (the seat of Alicent’s household and the constructing that offers them their title) glows inexperienced as an emblem for warfare, a bit of knowledge added to the present that wasn’t current its supply materials, George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood.
In different phrases, Alicent’s perceived betrayal of belief from Rhaenyra and her husband King Viserys, which additionally drove her father, Otto, from King’s Landing and his place as Hand of the King, was extreme sufficient for Alicent to functionally declare warfare on House Targaryen. As her first actual act of self-agency, Alicent has chosen to finish the uneasy — and all the time unequal in a single course or the opposite — friendship that Rhaenyra and Alicent as soon as shared.
Of course, this huge cut up is prone to pressure the remainder of Westeros to decide on which faction of House Targaryen to facet with, however extra importantly it’s additionally going to pressure the 2 sides to search out methods to determine themselves. Which is the place the costume itself comes again into play.
Without giving an excessive amount of away about what’s to come back, it’s most likely value figuring out now that Alicent’s followers are going to be referred to as the Greens, whereas Rhaenyra’s cohort would be the Blacks, who preserve House Targaryen’s conventional colours. And these two sides will make up our major two factions because the Dance of the Dragons marches ahead.