House of the Dragon Star Breaks Down Alicent's War Declaration in Episode 5

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House of the Dragon Episode 5 was a truly impressive episode as we saw a murder, a tense engagement, a confession, and a typical Game of Thrones wedding complete with one dead Joffrey. In addition to that, we saw Alicent Hightower finally live up to her role as the queen as she declared war against Rhaenyra Targaryen simply by wearing a new dress.

But why has Alicent Hightower decided to go up against her former best friend? Emily Carey explains to Total Film why the queen chose to let her dress make the declaration.

"Alicent doesn't like to be observed, she is the observer," Carey said. "But she comes in and she holds the room. For once, she looks like the Queen."

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She then pointed out that Alicent is still upset with Rhaenyra Targaryen for lying about being a virgin and choosing to sleep with Ser Criston Cole. However, the queen decided to declare her war in her own way.

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"She doesn't need to come in and shout and scream at Rhaenyra. Because of the dress that she's wearing, that says enough. She is a Hightower, through and through," Carey said.

We truly enjoyed how Alicent stole the show in House of the Dragon Episode 5. Unfortunately, the episode will be the last one featuring Emily Carey. The preview for the sixth episode confirms that Olivia Cooke is finally taking over as Queen Alicent. Although we're sad to see Carey leaving the role, we're eager to see Cooke embody the character in the upcoming episodes.

House of the Dragon Episode 5 is now streaming on HBO Max. House of the Dragon Episode 6 is titled The Princess and The Queen and will premiere on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 9:00 PM EST.

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