Why Alicent’s green dress is a declaration of war

Why Alicents green dress is a declaration of war

It was supposed to be a night in honor of Rhaenyra and her fiancé Laenor, but the wedding feast in Episode 5 of House of the Dragon turns into a disaster. First Uncle Daemon appears, then Queen Alicent interrupts her husband’s speech. And let’s not even start from the end…

Before the blood spills, Alicent’s green dress comes to a head. But what is so special about the color? Why is it considered a declaration of war on Rhaenyra? This article explains the Meaning of the green dress and what it has to do with the “Greens” and “Blacks”.who will still play a major role in the Game of Thrones offshoot.

Alicent’s green dress in House of the Dragon explains: This is behind the declaration of war

What does the green dress mean?

At first glance, Queen Alicent’s appearance seems dramatic but harmless. However, Larys (Matthew Needham) hints to his brother Harwin (Ryan Corr) that the color wasn’t chosen randomly. For when House Hightower or Hightower draws its allegiance to war, the beacon on the tower of his headquarters shines green.

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So for Alicent Hightower, the green dress means, first of all, a readiness for battle and second one Appeal to their supporters at court to gather behind her. Her opponent: Rhaenyra.

Why does Alicent declare “war”?

Queen Alicent maintained her friendship with Rhaenyra for a long time, even when her father Otto accused Rhaenyra of having slept with her uncle Daemon. Because of this Otto is fired as a hand by King Viserys and has to leave the capital at the beginning of the 5th episode. In a conversation, he drums into his daughter Alicent how misguided her trust in Rhaenyra is.

In the long term, according to Otto, Alicent and her son Aegon will be a thorn in the side of the Targaryen Princess. If Alicent wants to protect her children’s lives, she must position her own son as heir to the throne in order to forestall Rhaenyra.

Only when Alicent learns from Criston that he spent the night with Rhaenyra does her attitude change. Alicent feels betrayed from her friend. After all, she vouched for Rhaenyra and with it a part in the dismissal of her own father.

Alicent wants to express that with the dress

With the green dress at the wedding, Alicent signals:

  • The Break with Rhaenyra and thus opposition to their claim to the throne.
  • That they are now in that “Game for the Throne” enter. Alicent was previously controlled in Game of Thrones, now she takes control.
  • This does not mean that there will be an immediate armed conflict. But that’s what the series boils down to.

    Who or what are the blacks and the greens in the template?

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    Anyone who knows the books by George RR Martin will nod knowingly at the sight of Alicent’s dress: Now the hot phase in House of the Dragon begins. Because in the template for the series are the greens and blacks important terms in the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen Civil War that the series is heading towards.

    The Greens are Queen Alicent’s factionwho support the claim to the throne of their and Viserys’ eldest son, Aegon.

    The blacks are the loyalists behind Princess Rhaenyrawho support their right to the throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

    the Nicknames for factions of Queen and Princess have a different background in George RR Martin’s original than in the series.

    In the template, a tournament is held to mark the fifth anniversary of Alicent and Viserys’ marriage. At the opening feast, Rhaenyra appears in a black and red dress representing the Targaryen colors. Alicent, on the other hand, wears a green robe. After that it became customary Designating Princess and Queen parties as Blacks and Greens.

    The terms have not yet been used in the series. After the mega time jump in the upcoming 6th episode of House of the Dragon, that could change.

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