House of the Dragon viewers were surprised by a scene with Alicent and Larys in the final episode of the hit HBO series.
The penultimate episode of the first season, which aired on Sunday (October 16), explores the consequences of the death of King Viserys (Paddy Considine).
*follow spoilers – you’ve been warned*
Alicent (Olivia Cooke), mistakenly believing that Visery’s dying wish was for their son Aegon to succeed him as ruler, informs her father Otto (Rhys Ifans). He then springs into action to prevent Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) from taking her rightful place on the Iron Throne.
Otto wants Rhaenyra to be killed, claiming that this is to prevent war, leading to a confrontation with his daughter. Alicent portrays him as Hand of the King and is later told by Larys (Matthew Needham) that her father is aware of a web of spies working around Alicent in King’s Landing. Otto has used the spies to his advantage.
As Larys speaks, Alicent takes off her shoes and stockings – and the scene ends with him pleasing himself at the sight of her bare feet. The wordless nature of the scene suggests that Alicent has been trading information for similar interactions for years.
Earlier this week, news about the scene leaked online, with many fans thinking the spoiler was fake. Watching the episode, however, these fans are now reacting on social media at the moment, with many expressing their disbelief at the reveal.
“Alicent using her feet as payment for Larys is not what I expected,” wrote one fan of the scene called “dirty” by the episode’s director, while another added that it “wasn’t on my bingo card.” “.
Another fan stated, “I’m still stuck with Alicent using her feet to get information, and has to be there while Larys… uh, collected the payment.”
“Don’t miss the holy roly Alicent Hightower trading her feet to Larys for information,” one wrote.
Many fans also called out Alicent, who has been portrayed throughout the series as a bit squeamish compared to other characters, for what they considered hypocrisy.
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Elsewhere, after the broadcast, viewers question the “bizarre” ending of the episode.
However, the show’s team seemed to anticipate the lukewarm response and explained the motivations behind the split moment.
‘House of the Dragon’ continues in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Mondays at 2am, and will be repeated later that day at 9pm. It is also available to watch on NOW.
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