Lord Varys Posted October 18, 2022 Share Posted October 18, 2022 Just now, DMC said: I thought the show did an outstanding job showing Daemon's love and affection for Viserys (and of course vice versa) while still preserving Daemon being Daemon. You see it in the pilot when Daemon's eavesdropping on the small council meeting, you see it when Corlys recruits him for the Stepstones, you see it when he returns at the beginning of episode 4, and, yes, you see it throughout episode 8. He was a dick at the funeral/wake in episode 7, aye, but that's totally how he would express his resentment. Perhaps it's because I personally can very much identify with such a relationship between brothers, but I thought it was pitch perfect. Oh, I think the earlier episodes did a good job. It is just that you can also interpret things as Daemon's brotherly love having grown cold from the way how they presented it. He no longer views himself as his brother's champion who attacks anyone who challenges him ... nor as a guy who would do anything in his power defend him. He hands him over to the leeches he thinks will kill him. The issue there is what we discussed earlier when I said it made little sense that Otto became Hand again without anybody entertaining alternatives. It is much worse to just swallow that Rhaenyra and Daemon - who apparently both love Viserys (and are dependent on him to eventually succeed to the throne) - just avoid court for years and years. That's inviting your enemies to pull something like the Vaemond stunt. I mean, it is clear that they have to create the Dragonstone-KL dichotomy. That's a crucial part of the plot. But they do not do the necessary buildup for that. The book had Viserys rule that Rhaenyra reside on Dragonstone after the Aemond incident whilst Alicent and her children live at court. They could have kept that. Or they could have had Viserys make such a ruling after he learned about secret Daemon-Rhaenyra marriage. Alicent could have kept his anger alive afterwards ... and they could have not sent whatever letters of reconciliation he may have written or dictated as his health deteriorated further. In context, one imagines that once they started to operate on his face Viserys may have been concerned that he might die soon ... so why didn't he call Rhaenyra-Daemon to court then? Why not put his heir into a position where there would be a smooth transition. Even if Otto were to remain Hand - Rhaenyra should at least be back in the castle to sit on the council. Now we have to buy Rhaenyra-Daemon love Viserys without doing anything of note to help him ... or themselves. It is hilarious how Rhaenyra talks about asking Gerardys' opinion about that ruin of a man who is literally knocking at death's door. Lady, you should have thought about that five years ago. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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