“House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 5 Preview: King’s fate hangs in the balance after a brutal battle

Contains spoilers and speculations for “House of the Dragon” Season 2

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 4 aired Sunday, July 7, 2024, on HBO. The episode had an epic fusion of storytelling and a brutal fight that will surely be talked about for ages.

The episode began with both factions preparing for war and culminated in a bloody conflict that resulted in the death of a beloved character and left another decimated.

The episode lived up to its name, “Dance of the Dragons,” featuring a brutal and terrifying all-out war where dragons clashed with each other.

As the episode comes to an end, fans are eagerly anticipating what will happen in “House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 5.

When will ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2 Episode 5 release?

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HBO will follow a weekly schedule for “House of the Dragon” Season 2 and according to the schedule, Episode 5 will release on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT on Max.

The episode is directed by Clare Kilner. To watch the episode, you will need a Max Subscription. The streaming platform usually offers three packages that you can choose according to your budget.

The low-cost plan, which supports advertising, costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually. The second package, which does not support advertising, costs $15.99 per month or $149.99 annually.

Meanwhile, the third package, titled Ultimate Ad-Free, costs $19.99 per month or $199.99 annually.

What happened in “House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 4?

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The episode opens with Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), once again confronted by a vision of a younger Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) sitting on the Iron Throne, taunting him for her father’s preference for her over him.

The rogue prince struggles to gather armies at Harrenhal. There, he meets Alys Rivers (Gayle Rankin), who provides him with something to help him sleep better.

At the Green Council, Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney) faces disrespect from his small council, including his brother Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell).

He learns that Aemond and Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel) planned the war without consulting him. Meanwhile, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) is suspected to be pregnant with Criston Cole’s child and takes moon tea.

Criston Cole decides to proceed through Rook’s Rest as part of his and Aemond’s strategy to cut off the supply line to Dragonstone.

Rhaenyra returns to Dragonstone, where she, along with Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) and Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), asserts control of the council. Rhaenys volunteers to take her dragon, Meleys, to Rook’s Rest.

After Rhaenys and Meleys arrive at Rook’s Rest, Criston Cole’s plan is put into action when he signals Aemond and Vhagar.

Unknown to them, Aegon, eager to prove his worth, arrives on the battlefield with Sunfyre but finds himself easily overpowered by Meleys.

Vhagar and Aemond then join the battle, wounding Aegon’s dragon, which falls with the king into the forest.

An epic battle ensues between Vhagar and Meleys, but Vhagar’s great size and ferocity prove too much for Meleys, resulting in the death of the dragon and Rhaenys along with it.

Since Rook’s Rest is won, the collateral damage includes the fate of the king and his dragon, Sunfyre.

What to expect from the “House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 5?

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“House of the Dragon” Season 2 Episode 5 will likely reveal the extent of Aegon’s injuries and explore whether he can continue as King. In the book “Fire and Blood”, Aemond takes over as Prince-ruler in his absence.

Aemond will also have to justify his actions in hurting Aegon, although some may argue that Aemond’s public shaming of Aegon may have provoked such consequences.

Viewers will also learn if Aemond did it on purpose or maybe he didn’t expect Aegon to be present on the battlefield.

The next episode will also focus on the Blacks planning their next move after the devastating loss of Rhaenys. This loss is sure to deeply affect her husband, Corlys, as well as Rhaenyra.

According to the book, their next move involves searching for Dragonriders as they prepare to reclaim King’s Landing.

The loss severed their supply lines, leaving their military in a precarious position. Getting more dragons is crucial for them to mount any effective opposition against the Greens.

Criston Cole’s redemption may have been achieved with the victory at Rook’s Rest, but Aegon’s fate left the triumph feeling incomplete.

Alicent’s possible pregnancy could further complicate things for her and Cole.

Episodes 1-4 of “House of the Dragon” Season 2 are streaming on HBO Max.

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