Game of Threads: The Princess and the Queen & Driftmark | watchmen on the wall

We jumped two weeks (and 10 years) forward in this week’s Game of Threads. For the remainder of this season Dragon HouseI’m going to try to start doing the recaps of the costumes based on the time jumps so we can get a more holistic read of where these characters are style-wise during those times.

King's Landing Red Keep, Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy), 1x06 (4)

King's Landing Red Keep Rhaenyra's Chambers, Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr), Baby Joffrey Velaryon, 1x06 (1)

We open with Rhaenyra giving birth to Joffrey. She wears a powder blue shirt that has an appropriate motherly softness. It’s also the same tone as House Velaryon, which shows her allegiance to her husband, but it’s also worth noting that the blue ties her to Harwin Strong, as does the gold decoration of change on her golden cape and cuffs. armor details.

King's Landing Red Keep, Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy), Laenor (John MacMillan), 1x06 (1)

Laenor, however, begins to wear more black Targaryen, signifying that he prefers not to be bothered with politics and is happy to go along with anything as long as he can pursue his own interests.

Pentos, Demon Targaryen (Matt Smith), 1x06 (2)

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Across the Narrow Sea, this all contrasts with a very notable 180 from Daemon, as he has now settled into his life away from the machinations of King’s Landing. He has adopted his wife’s Velaryon colors and lives happily with her and her daughters, with no desire to return to the turmoil that is Westeros. The textile bears a strong resemblance to Pentoshi and an overall different tone from what he wore when he lived in Dragonstone and before that. However, there is still a bit of red that creeps in, which foreshadows future events.

Pentos, Demon (Matt Smith), Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell), 1x06 (1)

Pentos, Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell), 1x06 (2)

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Laena still wears the same Velaryon silhouette we last saw her 10 years ago, but she’s now fitting into a pregnancy belly. There is a very nice contrast between her hyper feminine dress and her dragon rider personality. The richness of the turquoise stones is also perfectly inspired by the colors of the Velaryon house and gives the dress a subtle hardness and sharpness.

King's Landing Red Keep Alicent's Chambers, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), Laenor Velaryon (John MacMillan), Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy), 1x06 (1)

King's Landing Red Keep, Alicent (Olivia Cooke) 1x06 (1)

King's Landing Red Keep, Alicent (Olivia Cooke), Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), 1x06 (2(

King's Landing Red Keep Alicent's Chambers, Larys Strong (Matthew Needham), Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), 1x06 (1)

Alicent continues to favor green as she feels increasingly isolated and paranoid. I like the choice to put her in the same dress for Joffrey’s birth, like the one she wears in the next episode at Laena’s funeral. If it’s her mourning dress, then she’s clearly mourning the birth of another male heir who threatens the Greens’ position.

King's Landing Red Keep, Alicent (Olivia Cooke), Young Helaena (Evie Allen), 1x06 (1)

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It’s a good costume choice to have Helaena in a purple pink dress. She detaches herself from the dark, heavy cloth her mother wears, which means she is in her own world and unlike anyone around her. It’s also a fun visual to see her dressed like a fairy tale princess while holding her pet centipede.




Driftmark, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D'Arcy), Demon Targaryen (Matt Smith), 1x07 (2)

Driftmark, Aemond Targaryen (Leo Ashton), 1x07 (1)~3

At Laena’s funeral, it’s no surprise to find everyone in dark colors. The Targaryens of course have their red family running through the black, and the Hightowers their green. Seems a little odd to me that the Viserys/Alicent kids aren’t aggressively dressed in red and black Targaryen because that’s what Alicent advocates, but then again, Viserys is probably also colorblind at this point. It just seems like a weird tactic while you’re trying to curry favor with the public.

Driftmark, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), 1x07 (1)

The reign of House Targaryen begins.

Interestingly, Otto abstains from wearing green. At least one overt green. Is it to appear less aggressive with its own agenda?


Skipping down, we finally come to Rhaenyra and Daemon’s wedding. This wedding is pretty much unlike any wedding we’ve seen in the world of Westeros. The two are dressed in relatively simple dresses as they wed in a ritualistic and beautifully streamlined ceremony. Costume designer Jany Temime described the idea behind the dresses as something ancient, while drawing inspiration from the silhouettes of the dragon rider. It feels like these garments have been kept for centuries for times like this, stained with blood from previous ceremonies. Rhaenyra’s headgear also appears to have been made centuries before her time. Of note, the colors are the same as the dress she wore in her first scene with Daemon in episode 1, where he offers her the Valyrian necklace. It’s a beautiful way to juxtapose his marriage to Laenor – bright and showy, but ultimately hollow like their political union, with his marriage to Daemon – meaningful, witty and tied in a deep way with emotion and history.

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