1.Around six years have passed between the last episode and this one — putting us more than 20 years after the events of the first episode (not counting the Great Council, which happened even earlier).
2.According to the show creators, collecting eggs on Dragonstone is Daemon's hobby — and is about part of him preparing for the conflict he believes is coming.
3.If you want to know exactly what Baela's letter to Daemon said, it's this: "Father, I write with news of Uncle Vaemond, who this moment sails for King's Landing. He plans to appeal to his Grace the King on matters of succession, rights, and the sanctity of blood. He wishes for the Driftwood Throne to pass to him, that is his by rights and that he is the only unattainted choice."
4.The table we see at Dragonstone is the one both Stannis and Daenerys use in Game of Thrones.
5.The changes to the Red Keep indicate not only the way Alicent has become more powerful but also her increasing religious fervor.
6.Alicent's more severe costume also reflects her closer connection to her faith.
7.Lord Caswell, who greets Rhaenyra at the Red Keep, is the same man who offered his service to her when she was making her way to Alicent after giving birth to Joffrey.
8.The lack of official greeting for Rhaenyra is an insult, deliberately perpetrated by Otto Hightower — we hear Ser Harrold Westerling tell him they were greeted according to his orders. Alicent notices this and seems surprised, and immediately gets up to greet them.
9.Viserys's model of Old Valyria has a lot of cobwebs on it, indicating that it's been some time since he was able to go near it.
10.The shot of Alicent framed through Corlys's former chair at the small council table feels symbolic, perhaps of the way she feels trapped by the argument over the Velaryon line of succession.
11.The setup of the family dinner was influenced by depictions of the Last Supper.
12.Helaena says, "Beware the beast beneath the boards."
13.Luke laughs when the pig is placed in front of Aemond because of the prank the boys played on him when they were younger, giving him a pig instead of a dragon.
14.Viserys's last words are "My love," and it almost sounds as if his last breath is a sigh of relief — as if he's glad at the thought that he's being released from his pain ("No more" is what he says before this) and will be reunited with Aemma.
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