House of the Dragon S1E03 Explained

  • čas přidán 23. 09. 2023
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    0:00 Royal hunt
    01:31 Lords
    03:36 Rhaenyra
    08:24 Viserys
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Komentáře • 0

  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  Před rokem +311

    Crabs in the chat 🦀
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    • Bully Maguire
      Bully Maguire Před rokem +16

      God bless you for making these videos

    • Jester
      Jester Před rokem +7


    • Shady Sorkin
      Shady Sorkin Před rokem +3


    • Geo
      Geo Před rokem +2

      Not finished video. Why can't Rhaenyra marry her brother Aegon? Incest seems to be common on house targaryen and they seem to be resistant to it and that would solve a lot of their issues.

    • penguin0912
      penguin0912 Před rokem +1


  • Alessandro Dragoti
    Alessandro Dragoti Před rokem +5433

    Crabfeeder getting killed off-screen is a giant signal from the writers: the only enemy of the Targaryen dynasty are the Targaryen themselves. Absolutely love it.

    • Alt Shift X
      Alt Shift X  Před rokem +1278

      Yeah that's what they told us at the start of Episode 1 -- "The only thing that could tear down the house of the dragon was itself"

    • Zveebo
      Zveebo Před rokem +507

      Also, a dude who can barely walk, let alone fit, up against a Targaryen prince with Valerian steel sword, was never going to be much of a battle anyway - what they did was much more dramatic.

    • Vik Pydegadu
      Vik Pydegadu Před rokem +5

      ​@Alt Shift X

    • Penicio Del Toro
      Penicio Del Toro Před rokem +49

      @Alt Shift X or bobby b

    • brel
      brel Před rokem +39

      or because they dont know how to write more than 10+ characters, even a simple crazy crab dude with gray scale

  • Danger Leader
    Danger Leader Před rokem +2896

    George was absolutely correct when he said Paddy Considine gives Viserys a “tragic majesty” that isn’t present in the book. Loving the portrayal in the show.

    • CrazyFanaticMan
      CrazyFanaticMan Před rokem +127

      Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by all of the actors and how good the dialogue is. Although, maybe it shouldn't come as a shock that the dialogue is so good when I remember G.R.R Martin played a big role in the shows development
      This meme made me binge the first three episodes and thank god I did, so far really enjoying it.

    • Joe Reno
      Joe Reno Před rokem +45

      @CrazyFanaticMan I really doubt that much of the dialogue is written by GRRM. It sounds like he has more of an advisory role and he's overseeing the story and lore, not writing lines for every characters, which is probably done mostly by the writer's room

    • Harry H. R.
      Harry H. R. Před rokem +17

      People complain that they are not seeing the fat vicerys, but when he becomes fat and drunk, the noble portrayal is gonna feel EVEN more tragic...

    • Pengalor
      Pengalor Před rokem +36

      As someone who primarily knew Paddy from Hot Fuzz, I've been absolutely blown away by his depth in HotD. He has been absolutely killing it, he's by far one of my favorite characters on the show so far.

    • Jacob
      Jacob Před rokem +7

      @Pengalor Still, knowing that Paddy is from "Hot Fuzz" just makes me want to see Simon Pegg playing a minor role, somewhere in the show. lol

  • simbob_
    simbob_ Před rokem +1923

    "Lady Redwyne will remember that" it's the small details that you never fail to put in that makes these videos superior to all else

    • PaleBrownDot
      PaleBrownDot Před rokem +66

      "This kills the crab" is another great caption at 24:43.

    • theresurrection
      theresurrection Před 11 měsíci +1

      Bro m everyting he said was wrong in got. The writers are trash

    • Tomas Bynum
      Tomas Bynum Před 4 měsíci

      @theresurrection the writers are trash lmao

  • rafeang
    rafeang Před rokem +1072

    watching alt shift x's episode recaps is like drinking wine while it's being explained by a wine connoisseur: on its own you might enjoy the wine simply for its taste and enjoyability, but with the connoisseur you can appreciate it way more for all its subtleties, history and complex layers. a big thumbs up from me! 👍👍

    • Jim Beam
      Jim Beam Před rokem +20

      Not just a connoisseur, but a sommelier.

    • Salifyanji
      Salifyanji Před rokem +13

      This is well said, my Internet friend. Very well said

    • Dan Walker
      Dan Walker Před 11 měsíci +3

      Absolutely agree

  • Mary Karberg
    Mary Karberg Před rokem +1455

    The only time Alicent begins to fidget with her finger nails/rings is when she meets Rhaenerya by the Weirwood Tree. Rhaenerya is also reading the same story Alicent read to her there when they were younger, before the politics divided them. Excellent touch by the actresses and writing.

    • Caro
      Caro Před rokem +71

      The actress playing young Alicent seems super thoughtful (going based off her interview on the HOTD podcast) I hope once the show is done airing she’ll be able to share some enteres from her journal. Both of these girls are doing superb, especially rhyanera🥰❤️

    • CrazyFanaticMan
      CrazyFanaticMan Před rokem +23

      Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by all of the actors and how good the dialogue is. Although, maybe it shouldn't come as a shock that the dialogue is so good when I remember G.R.R Martin played a big role in the shows development
      This meme made me binge the first three episodes and thank god I did, so far really enjoying it.

    • Brandon Mayhew
      Brandon Mayhew Před rokem +8

      These actors clearly love Asoiaf

    • Daniel DaPonte
      Daniel DaPonte Před rokem +9

      She also does that when the king tells her about possibly marrying the velaryon girl

    • tamera tits
      tamera tits Před měsícem

      She starts picking her nails when Otto first tells her to get close to Viserys. We see it in ep.1 when she sits with Viserys & her father comes in. She starts picking at her nails.

  • Penicio Del Toro
    Penicio Del Toro Před rokem +1051

    I think the actress who plays Allicent is doing a really good job of portraying someone who was pushed into a position of power that she didnt necessarily want, but understands its value to her family. she clearly cares about her children and does well talking to lords and ladies... but there is an insecurity behind her eyes, she isnt fully comfortable talking down to people (especially her friends) and is a little overwhelmed by her new royal life. she knows what needs to happen to have her son sit the throne and she knows what Rhaenyra will do if that happens. She's fearful

    • God Emperor of Mankind 3.0
      God Emperor of Mankind 3.0 Před rokem +88

      yeah she is very misunderstood by the fandom, pretending like she had any choice when she didnt

    • Aaron
      Aaron Před rokem +25


    • Lucjan
      Lucjan Před rokem +30

      Seems like every actor is doing a good job in HotD so far, Paddy Considine is winning me over in every scene he's in

    • Woosh Bait
      Woosh Bait Před rokem

      Please stop commenting spoilers.

    • Penicio Del Toro
      Penicio Del Toro Před rokem +7

      @Woosh Bait in what way is this a spoiler? this is entirely speculation based off what the show has given us so far. sit down champ

  • Threnody
    Threnody Před rokem +489

    Paddy Considine is really giving an award-winning performance so far. Loving his portrayal.

    • flpndrds
      flpndrds Před rokem +21

      Dude is becoming one of my favorite characters in GOT lore in only 3 episodes. His portrayal is incredible

      MDNBLUES Před rokem +9

      He carried this episode.

    • Roberto Clemente
      Roberto Clemente Před rokem +4

      He is dismay incarnate-- not easy to pull off. I also love his vicious smile when he's trashed. Kudos!!

  • generous 1 star
    generous 1 star Před rokem +519

    "Jason Lannister is grossed out by the blood but Harwin Strong is /visibly into it/" that killed me lmao

    • msbabycakes79
      msbabycakes79 Před rokem +32

      And you gotta love that freeze frame image. 😅 Nothing subliminal about that imagery.

    • Matt M
      Matt M Před rokem +37

      It's so weird not seeing the Lannisters as the most powerful family ATM

  • mst3KGf
    mst3KGf Před rokem +417

    Larys Clubfoot getting lowkey introduced in this episode is great, given he's someone who makes an asset of being overlooked. Little do they know he's basically the Littlefinger of this series.

    • Chel X
      Chel X Před rokem +3

      😱😱 not the littlefinger of this series! Who would have thought (I've never read the books)

    • Mutale Mulenga
      Mutale Mulenga Před rokem +17

      @Chel X he is a huge character in the books hope they use him well in this season

    • Akllls
      Akllls Před rokem +17

      Isn’t otto more like little finger and larys more like varys?

    • Mistress Distress
      Mistress Distress Před rokem +3

      I bet he’s faking that foot so he can sit and listen in to the ladies (lol I’m joking don’t @ me) 😉

    • advance512
      advance512 Před rokem +8

      Spoilers beyond s01e03.. sux. :/

  • Krozur
    Krozur Před rokem +626

    Nice to see you still uploading these extemely detailed videos. It's always made me see the stuff I missed and understand a lot more. Makes the shows in general more fun aswell. Appreciate it man.

  • Plastic Spoon
    Plastic Spoon Před rokem +314

    Imagine if the thing that finally motivates George to finish his books is getting his hunt.

    • A - cat
      A - cat Před rokem +22

      I still thing George finished that book years ago and just didn’t want to give D&D the easy dialogue. Like he’s holding that book hostage

    • Victor Silva
      Victor Silva Před rokem +38

      @A - cat Oh my sweet summer child.

    • D Double E
      D Double E Před rokem +10

      @A - cat i want this to be true lmao it’s not but one can only hope

    • RicksTalentedTongue
      RicksTalentedTongue Před rokem +2

      @A - cat I think George knew their agenda and didn't want evidence to be clear that they were intentionally ruining the show. So he told people it isn't finished. He is one of them you know.

  • A L
    A L Před rokem +211

    I’m torn between being happy that George is extremely hands on with this, and wanting him to sit down and finish Winds already

    • The Hoopman
      The Hoopman Před rokem +25

      Hes never finishing get over it

    • Worm
      Worm Před rokem +21

      @The Hoopman he has finished them and will release them posthumously to avoid backlash over the ending.

    • KerioFive
      KerioFive Před rokem +1

      @Worm I hope you're right but I don't think it's written :/

    • D Double E
      D Double E Před rokem +6

      @The Hoopman no I will never get over it 🥲

    • The Hoopman
      The Hoopman Před rokem +1

      @Worm sure lol

  • The Humanity
    The Humanity Před rokem +99

    Martin's focus to detail is impeccable. It makes so much sense that Targaryen women have a tradition of being rebellious and being problems for their fathers. They're essentially told that they're just below Gods, yet within their families, they are still treated lesser than common folk men.

  • Olorin
    Olorin Před rokem +223

    Paddy flawlessly played drunk so well. I never imagined I would enjoy Viserys this much. From Criston Cole's nevervous reply to the king, to his heartfelt appreciation of the princess, I feel like he was a subtle standout.

    • darthlucas0027
      darthlucas0027 Před rokem +6

      "Not to be suffocated by this fucking politicking!" is a line that impacted me so much I will quote it as much as I can now

    • Welshhomie
      Welshhomie Před rokem +1

      I mean he has lived in Burton his whole life

  • Darius Drake
    Darius Drake Před rokem +240

    I love when Viserys mentions "marrying Aegon to Rheanyra," the scene shows little Aegon just rolling back in a fit.

    • Raine I
      Raine I Před rokem +17

      Lol! I think the absurd part of the suggestion from the Kings perspective is it stops Rheanyra from having children and strengthening her line for another dozen years or more. Considering Alicent is already on her second child, the suggestion was much too transparent in its political positioning.

    • Kavurcen
      Kavurcen Před rokem +18

      Did anyone else lose their shit laughing with the expression Otto makes and the way he rotates his head very slightly.

  • batgurrl
    batgurrl Před rokem +782

    George finally got the hunt he wanted.
    Excellent breakdown of the episode - your choice of words made me smile.
    I’m still compelled by Rhaenrya’s story. She’s acting like a grumpy teenager 😂😂 isn’t that exactly what she is? How would you feel if your former BFF married your daddy and got her pregnant and has a son who usurped your Royal chances 🙏😎

    • God Emperor of Mankind 3.0
      God Emperor of Mankind 3.0 Před rokem +14

      how would you feel if you had no choice in doing any of that and your best friend refuses to understand that/is mad at you instead of Viserys and Otto?

    • atmo
      atmo Před rokem +90

      @God Emperor of Mankind 3.0 ​ “If it was for advantage you would’ve married Laena Velaryon.” But he didn’t. He married her best friend because he wanted to, plain and simple. She has every right to be upset at both of them (Viserys and Alicent).

    • Barbara Gunter
      Barbara Gunter Před rokem +23

      Completely agree that’s how I would feel. It’s just a shame that she doesn’t have anyone sensible advising her that acting on your feelings isn’t always the best idea.

    • God Emperor of Mankind 3.0
      God Emperor of Mankind 3.0 Před rokem +16

      @atmo she has no right to be upset at alicent who clearly had no choice in the matter and was forced by her father. rhaenyra, a medieval noblewoman, should be able to understand how little choice and agency women have in their society. she is starting to experience that herself.

    • Olorin
      Olorin Před rokem +28

      All after tragically losing her mother. She's kinda having a rough few years and is actually being a bit of a saint. Hell, I wouldn't want my niece to have a dragon most days.

  • DaSracasticFish
    DaSracasticFish Před rokem +24

    The Stag being killed by a Lannister made spear is an incredible detail

  • Samarth Prabhu
    Samarth Prabhu Před rokem +161

    There are plenty of CZcams channels which rush to upload an explanation video within a day or two of the episode airing. But Alt Shift X takes his time and delivers like no one else. The amount of details captured in the breakdown videos is incredible.

  • Ruven D
    Ruven D Před rokem +819

    Finally George got his hunt

    • Alt Shift X
      Alt Shift X  Před rokem +417

      He finally got his hunt, his colourful heraldry, his colourful dragons, his Targaryen dreams.. maybe we'll get a fat pink mast too!

    • Kmasing
      Kmasing Před rokem +52

      @Alt Shift X plz no

    • Nicholas Ferancy
      Nicholas Ferancy Před rokem +19

      @Alt Shift X we can only hope

    • Bivamshu Khadka
      Bivamshu Khadka Před rokem +31

      @Alt Shift X don't forget the myrish swamp!!!

    • K, U aren’t a KILLA
      K, U aren’t a KILLA Před rokem

      PG13 crap

  • Carl Rood
    Carl Rood Před rokem +154

    The thing is, that Alicent really doesn't "outrank" Rhaenyra. She's Queen Consort, wife of the king, which has no actual official power. Rhaenyra is officially the heir to the throne.

    • Stephy2185
      Stephy2185 Před rokem +45

      Makes sense. She ignores Allicents requests to join them but when Rhaenyra asks is it the Kings request and Allicent says yes, Rhaenyra pops up and complies

    • Kevin W
      Kevin W Před rokem +7

      isn't "queen regent" also a title for a woman who's a queen but by marriage only, not the blood? I could've sworn I remembered hearing that phrased used before

    • Henry Forsyth
      Henry Forsyth Před rokem +58

      @Kevin W Queen Regent is a queen ruling on behalf of another; like Cersei on behalf of Tommen

    • Kevin W
      Kevin W Před rokem +4

      @Henry Forsyth okay thanks, I knew I heard it! lol

    • Alex Hay
      Alex Hay Před rokem +8

      Says more perhaps about how Rhaenyra is still not viewed as the actual heir to the throne then

  • BrightBeard
    BrightBeard Před rokem +194

    Also something to think about is, that even if Rhaenyra had killed the white hart and brought it back, since it was still the birthsday if Aegon, Viserys could have also interpreted it as a sign, that he should marry his children to each other. That Rhaenyra will make Aegon into the great King of his dreams.

    • Mistress Distress
      Mistress Distress Před rokem +55

      Yeah. That’s the thing about “omens”, isn’t it? Very much open to interpretation!

    • Sufnsk Anne
      Sufnsk Anne Před rokem +27

      Would have saved alot of heartache if they were married

    • Matt M
      Matt M Před rokem +1

      Very true.

    • João P
      João P Před rokem +1

      @Sufnsk Anne The way she is sturborn she would ve refused and th ewar would ve happenned anyway. Just look how she betrayed Laenor multiple times along the years

  • RM0620
    RM0620 Před rokem +91

    Love the parallels between Rhaenyra and Daemon.
    Both are underestimated, both have anger towards being underestimated, both violently kill to unleash their anger.

  • direcircumstances
    direcircumstances Před rokem +36

    I love how GRRM comes up will all sorts of cool, unusual names for his large cast of characters and then randomly throws in a guy named Jaime or Jason.

  • Kate Hunter
    Kate Hunter Před rokem +349

    No breakdown of this episode that I've seen has mentioned Rhaenyra's entrance to the camp. She walks in front of the cookfire, covered in blood. Fire and blood are the words of her house. I doubt this is just coincidental filming.

    • my name is jeeeyf
      my name is jeeeyf Před rokem +23

      General symbolic composition and framing? I dunno might not have a specific point.

    • Original J
      Original J Před rokem +26

      It’s not, Daemon was covered i blood fire all around. Viserys was just staring at fire in the episodes. Shows the differences between the three.

    • Bishey
      Bishey Před rokem +6

      Daemon and Rhaenyra have been framed through fire multiple times in the last 3 episodes. It's a common motif.

    • Matt M
      Matt M Před rokem +2

      Yeah, clearly symbolic but not sure it has much more meaning than that. It was meant to show she can take care of herself in front of everyone, who until they saw her as just a spoiled little princess(a rep she kinda earned)

    • Bhlack Bishop
      Bhlack Bishop Před 9 měsíci +1

      I feel like thats pretty obvious. Got doesn't hand hold it's audience (well except S8). They are stuff they expect you to pick up with the visual storytelling.

  • ssjdeadpool1227
    ssjdeadpool1227 Před rokem +61

    I feel like the comparisons between Viserys and Robert are kind of unfair. Viserys wants to be a good father and King, But the situation he's in is incredibly stressful and it's incredibly hard to do both. Bobby B was just out here for it, living like that, didn't give a fuck about either one, the Kingship or his family.

    • Sokar Rostau
      Sokar Rostau Před rokem

      I haven't read the book in a while but there is something to the symbolism of killing the stag isn't there? One of the Targ's is half Barratheon and the first duel of the Dance take place over Storm's End with the Barratheon descendant losing. Bit of a stretch since it's not super important to the plot but it's still a Targ killing a Barratheon, in a one-sided duel under a banner of peace and against explicit instructions, ending any chance of a peaceful resolution.

  • TWSTF 8
    TWSTF 8 Před 11 měsíci +9

    Haha that out-take of Paddy slipping and almost falling when egressing the carriage, and recovering into a little spinny dance thing!! 🤣
    I bet he was a blast to work with, every day.

  • Madock
    Madock Před rokem +12

    I love the fact that Alt Shift X gives us 25+ more minutes of extended fun to every episode. Thank you man

  • Naoise Golden Santos
    Naoise Golden Santos Před rokem +395

    “Of course, if every generation of Targaryen women struggle against the political system, that might be a sign that the system is the problem… not the women.”
    Amazing. Kudos for that.

  • Honored Madman
    Honored Madman Před rokem +25

    Viserys is a character that on paper I didnt like particularly. But holy shit I really enjoy him in this. He really is tragic and I totally feel for him, he's in a rough situation and it is his fault of course but the fact I feel bad for him is a damn testament to the portrayal

    • Kyle
      Kyle Před rokem +2

      Yeah, I'm enjoying the portrayal too. He is a weak king but a good man deep down.

  • Infinite Voyager
    Infinite Voyager Před rokem +686

    Viserys has been such a great character so far: lovable but immensely flawed at the same time. Can’t wait for what is to come!
    Also, your vids are fire and blood; great job as always.

    • Khusi Zwane
      Khusi Zwane Před rokem +6

      Just hate the plot armor. In the OG Game of Thrones he wouldn't have survived that onslaught of arrows and men

    • jules
      jules Před rokem +9

      I look forward to his live, 3 hour Q&A's after each episode *almost* as much as I do the episode itself. HBO should hire Alt Shift X to do "Talking Dragon". Chris Hardwick only wishes he could create an after show half as entertaining.

    • Violet
      Violet Před rokem +14

      @Khusi Zwane Lol like Jon Snows plot armor ?

    • Khusi Zwane
      Khusi Zwane Před rokem +2

      @Violet in the later seasons yes

    • Elias Eckmayr
      Elias Eckmayr Před rokem +1

      @Khusi Zwane have you seen the battle of the bastards ??

  • Dante
    Dante Před rokem +78

    The Lannister spear killed the stag - also foreshadowing how the Lannisters will kill the Baratheons

  • The White Dragon
    The White Dragon Před rokem +16

    I like how in the scene revealing the color of the deer, while the deer isn't white, the reveal happens as the camera pans up behind the white hair of the king. There's just so many layers to the camerawork and is just absolutely gorgeous.

  • Michelle Hummingbird
    Michelle Hummingbird Před rokem +93

    I"ve seen a handful of other channels explaining each episode of HotD, but this one is by far the best. The narrator's voice is calm, clear and highly informative. Now I have to catch up on the book since E3 is far ahead of it. Thanks, Mr. Narrator ☺

    • Stuwi
      Stuwi Před rokem +4

      You're new here? A lot of us have been alt shift x fans all through got, brilliant videos.

    • Michelle Hummingbird
      Michelle Hummingbird Před rokem +5

      @Stuwi Yes, I AM new here....kinda obvi, don't you agree? And Yes, these vids are Brill! Thanks for the warm welcome, Stuwi 😉I have 6 videos of his that I need to watch before I get into E4. Take care!!!

  • BPJ
    BPJ Před rokem +33

    you are the very top of the food chain when it comes to explaining GoT sories and episodes. very nuanced and detailed. and never boring. as a video creator myself, i understand the aount of time and work that goes into making these

  • Darth Vader
    Darth Vader Před rokem +8

    can someone talk about how spectacular Rhae's gowns and powersuits are; each are so finely detailed and correspond to the mood, tone, and context of the scene.

  • Nick Fernandez
    Nick Fernandez Před rokem +92

    I love Daenerys always will but it’s refreshing to see a Targaryen (daemon) with actual battle field skills

    • gosmashgo
      gosmashgo Před rokem +3

      Jon Snow?

    • Nick Fernandez
      Nick Fernandez Před rokem +43

      @gosmashgo he learned his skills from the starks he might have Targaryen blood but I feel like he’s a stark through and through my opinion though

    • Philip Sandberg
      Philip Sandberg Před rokem +5

      @Nick Fernandez to add on to that, no Starks have ever been great knights. They are of the north and always fight for survival.

    • kaloC aploC
      kaloC aploC Před rokem +24

      @gosmashgo he is an average swordsman at the very best, Rob was a lot better than him and wasn't even great, Qhorin halfhand for example just let him kill him, if he wanted he would kill Jon in a duel with his eyes closed. The top level swordsman were the likes of Barristan Selmy, Qhorin Halfhand, and whole Jaime Lannister, and all 3 would murder any stark in less than 30 seconds if they wanted to.

    • Maximus Froth
      Maximus Froth Před rokem +3

      I like that they use saddles because it makes sense.

  • marjoe32
    marjoe32 Před rokem +93

    Honestly from the book to show, the I love what they have done to flesh out the politics of the time. Explaining the tension and ambitions, I love it.

  • Arkios
    Arkios Před rokem +39

    Rhaenyra defending herself against a boar attacking her directly, but choosing not to actively hunt the White Hart for the glory of it really feels like foreshadowing on so many levels.
    She WILL defend her claim to the throne. She WON'T kill Aegon to take the easy road to the throne.
    She recognizes that the Hart might be one of those signs that people believe in, but won't become obsessed with chasing after those signs.
    She will use violence if necessary, but also restrain herself from actively seeking conflicts.
    She is faster to act than Viserys, but doesn't go as far as Daemon. The men she looks up to BOTH make her who she is.

  • Olorin
    Olorin Před rokem +33

    I wonder how people will take to the older versions when they switch actresses. The younger actresses have done so well. It will be a tough act to follow.

  • Dandy Chiggins
    Dandy Chiggins Před rokem +89

    It took Daemon three years, but he finally got the secret formula and served his men some krabby patties.

  • kapreysun
    kapreysun Před rokem +6

    This episode was full to the brim with signs and portents! Absolutely loved it. Also I would die for Seasmoke he is so beautiful, I wish we got a few more shots of him 😭

  • Original J
    Original J Před rokem +18

    Love the scene when Daemon turned into a vampire and told the Crabfeeder he would pay in “Fire and Morb.”

  • Gary Ermann
    Gary Ermann Před rokem +23

    13:51 - That's cool that Otto used the same phrase as a historical Targaryen book. It's something that would have flown over almost every viewer's head (I had no idea until watching this video), but it's neat to appreciate the extra little details the writers added in.

  • M.M.
    M.M. Před rokem +6

    I interpreted the final siege against the Crab Feeder as Daemon basically stating with his action "I could have ended this when I wanted to, on my terms, but I enjoy War and if the Kings Army arrives after I win, he will claim credit and use this aid against me."

  • war2theren
    war2theren Před rokem +4

    The reason I love your channel so much, is since you started doing these types of videos you make connections and point out symbolism that I would have otherwise missed, so thank you so much for that. I hope GoT has a thousand spin offs so you never run out of content.

  • Jack Ashmore
    Jack Ashmore Před rokem +7

    They are doing amazing job with the pacing of the story. Setting up the side really well and showing how it’s all going to effect down the long stretch of everything.

  • Ríastrad5409
    Ríastrad5409 Před rokem +121

    Alicent’s arc kind of resembles Daenerys’s arc in season one of GoT. She starts off as meek, nervous pawn in her family’s plan to gain power, but through marriage becomes a powerful political figure who uses her intelligence, empathy, and sway over her husband to reign in his worst impulses (to a degree), becoming a confident, determined young woman as a result

    • God Emperor of Mankind 3.0
      God Emperor of Mankind 3.0 Před rokem +24

      yeah she is very misunderstood by the fandom, pretending like she had any choice when she didnt

    • CrazyFanaticMan
      CrazyFanaticMan Před rokem +11

      Honestly, so far, I'm liking all of the characters. If I had to pick a favorite I'd say Rhaenyra is my favorite and Otto is my least favorite, but they're all pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the actors and how good the dialogue is. Although, maybe it shouldn't come as a shock that the dialogue is so good when I remember G.R.R Martin played a big role in the shows development
      This meme made me binge the first three episodes and thank god I did, so far really enjoying it.

  • Aphelion
    Aphelion Před rokem +85

    I just want to say how grateful I am to this channel. I watched GoT so very late just early this year and as we all know it gets confusing at times. I stumbled upon Alt Shift X looking for answers and a deeper understanding of symbolisms, the characters, and even some details in the book. It's just funny how old the videos were and it almost felt for me like watching an older person tell stories about their passion. I know that there are other Alt Shift X videos but the Game of Thrones series is just different and honestly well made (compared to other channels I've seen).
    And now that HotD is streaming on HBO now, I finally felt like I belong at the older people's table. I feel the hype even more now and more engaged compared to when I was watching GoT so late which I regret. I'm just so proud of Alt Shift X and thankful for doing these analyses for us.

    • Wveth
      Wveth Před rokem +5

      Honestly, just read the books. The second half of Game of Thrones is uh, to put it as politely as possible, light on literary craftsmanship. I am glad you're coming in now when House of the Dragon is on, since the writing is actually good. Hopefully it will stay good and you won't have to endure the horror of watching the plot fall into nonsense, the character arcs get ruined and of course, the complete lack of a thematic layer entirely. One of the showrunners of GoT, David Benioff, once said "Themes are for eighth-grade book reports." So that should tell you how qualified he is as a writer lol

    • Aphelion
      Aphelion Před rokem +1

      @Wveth I agree with how rushed it felt the second part of GoT was. Thanks for the insights I will definitely read the books. However, I'm merely pointing out how Alt Shift X helped me and was thankful for it. I'm loving HotD so far, I wish it was the same with you I assume?

    • chrisgsayshello
      chrisgsayshello Před rokem +2

      Agreed, nothing beats Alt Shift X! I will say though- if you haven't seen them, DEFINITELY check out the animated "Game Of Thrones Histories And Lore" they did for each season. The actor's voices really help with the immersion and it filled in a lot of blanks for me and was quite entertaining in it's own right. I think they were like a DVD extra but a lot of people missed 'em.

    • Darkaero
      Darkaero Před rokem +1

      @Wveth I'll never tell someone not to read the books, I know i blasted through them all after the first season of GoT ended. I watched the first episode on HBO on a whim since I'd always enjoyed HBO series' (especially Rome which I'd been salty was cancelled still at the time) not knowing anything about it going in. The pilot hooked me and bought and read all the books to get my fix while waiting for the second season to come out.
      But I do wonder that if someone were to wait until finishing the show to read the books if they may enjoy some of the later seasons a bit more lol. I know that I, and a lot of others who had either read the books early into the show's run or had already before the show came out, kept being disappointed when x or y didn't make it into the show more times than I can count. Especially after season 3, there were pretty major storylines being left out that left a lot of people wondering if maybe they were just waiting for the next season in order to devote enough time to it, only to be disappointed the when it became obvious they had cut it out entirely. Then having the same hopes for a different storyline or character all over again the next season. Rinse and repeat until there was no more book material left to adapt. There was definitely enough disappointment to go around well before the last season.
      100000% If someone hasn't read the books they definitely should though, there's a reason the show resonated with so many people and became a cultural phenomenon and it definitely wasn't because of the showrunners.

  • Benjamin White
    Benjamin White Před rokem +61

    Re: Greyscale, did anyone notice that Daemon was dragging the Crabfeeder’s torso by a piece of driftwood to which it was nailed? I think that’s why he’s avoided greyscale; he crucified the Crabfeeder before cleaving him in two.

    • Jalanko13
      Jalanko13 Před rokem +10

      But he’s caked in his blood.

    • Benjamin White
      Benjamin White Před rokem +13

      @Jalanko13 Yeah, I noticed. Hehe. Perhaps greyscale isn’t a blood borne disease, but more of a contagious skin condition? I’m aware it’s problematic, but I’m trying to find a decent, logical reason Daemon won’t contract greyscale instead of it just being an illogical scene/detail. 😬 I’m 99% sure Daemon won’t get it, but I read up on my Targaryen history years ago (well before HOTD) so I know the spoilers. Unless they decide to really change things with his character.

    • cautare pvp
      cautare pvp Před 10 měsíci +4

      @Benjamin White Maybe Targaryens resist greyscale better than other races.
      or maybe he will catch it but he later dies anyway from Dragon 🐉 fall

    • DefinitelyNotAMachineCultist
      DefinitelyNotAMachineCultist Před 7 měsíci +2

      @cautare pvp Dany was immune to diseases IIRC. Less weird than the fireproof skin tbh.

  • Rose H
    Rose H Před rokem +27

    Maybe crabfeeder's greyscale has become non-contagious thanks to crabs picking some of it off, that would also partially explain his crab obsession

  • elijah rodriguez
    elijah rodriguez Před rokem +14

    Mr Shift X I just want to say thank you for picking this series up. One of my family’s favorite things to do a few years ago was wait for your review episodes so seeing these again floods me with nostalgia .

  • jackasom
    jackasom Před rokem +5

    Regarding the stag I think it was symbolic of how Viserys being too empathic and indecisive leads to people around him being hurt.
    Had he not hesitated when dealing the first blow, the stag would have been spared a slow and painful death.

  • XogeiD
    XogeiD Před rokem +2

    Viserys not only told Rhaenyra to marry whom she likes, he also told her that he supported her, but she needed to strengthen her claim. This not only shows that Viserys actually understands the situation, but kind of open Rhaenyra's eyes too. It sets a clear objective for her, and it means that she can't get by whining and pouting anymore.

  • Dr Vishesh Verma
    Dr Vishesh Verma Před rokem +3

    I love that your videos just explain us what’s happening in the episode (along with links to previous incidents), unlike every other channel nowadays who just keep giving spoilers to showoff how well they know the books…… THANKS FOR NOT RUINING THE ANTICIPATION FOR THE UPCOMING EPISODES ❤❤❤

  • hen-ryebread
    hen-ryebread Před rokem +1

    i absolutely loved this episode, i thought the development between rheanyra and alicent was lovely and the hunt was great plot progression, not even mention how AMAZING the opening attack by caraxes was. there is such a focus on targaryen power in this episode and how strong they can be, very excited for what’s to come

  • No name
    No name Před rokem +4

    Impressive! You all's work is outstanding. I can't say enough that we're so happy for the return of your weekly breakdowns. I Know a lot of work goes into your episodes. Combining the books, original show with the new show material into something eloquently yet simply organized for those who have not and those who have read the source material, into one cohesive unit for all of us, show and book readers alike, to enjoy.
    Thank you so much for the great work you and your team does.

  • VeWatchesVideos
    VeWatchesVideos Před rokem +6

    "And no one has fun except for this pug". That had me giggle far longer and louder than it should. Thank you.

  • _carbon.acid_
    _carbon.acid_ Před rokem +2

    Seeing these explained videos feels like a whole new episode with the same story but with more insights, and the narration and explanation is so damn good.

  • Rachel D
    Rachel D Před rokem +1

    Really look forward to these videos. The effort you put forth to combine all the different stories and references make watching the show way more enjoyable. Please keep it up!

  • Joshua Henely Thornhill
    Joshua Henely Thornhill Před 11 měsíci +3

    Paddy Considine is such an VP amognst all those amazing performances. The man never misses a beat conveying Viserys' perils.

  • nym
    nym Před rokem +1

    Great video as usual. You keep reminding me things from the books that I read long ago and giving detailed explanations on subtle things in the series that I sometimes fail to see. Keep up the good work!

  • Logan Fodrie
    Logan Fodrie Před rokem +2

    Goddamn these breakdowns are so thoughtfully and painstakingly researched. Always blown away at some of the connections you make and ties back to previous lore.

  • Filip Levec
    Filip Levec Před rokem +10

    Might just be my interpretation of it, but the way Viserys gradually went from annoyed to angry while speaking with Jason seemed to me like a subtle sign of Targaryen madness. I thought it really showed when Viserys paranoically started questioning Jason about a secret rebellious movement being planned by the lords, similar to the delusions of the mad king

  • M D
    M D Před rokem +2

    I absolutely love your recaps! they're almost as entertaining as the show itself.

  • Lord Hypnocat
    Lord Hypnocat Před rokem +2

    I like to read Raenyra sparing the white Hart as her feeling reassured by its appearance. Like you said, a white Hart appearing at the Hunt is viewed as a sign from the Gods, but it isn't really complete without it being caught and killed. However, it then decides to show itself to Raenyra instead of the Hunting party, even approaching her. I like to think she reads this as the Gods taking her side, and she in turn doesn't push her luck. To rub salt in the wound, she *does* return to the party with her own kill, not only upstaging her own dad who barely managed to kill a restrained Hart, but also symbolising her victory over her younger brother, considering the connection made between boars and children earlier in the episode.

  • The Aromantic Shipper
    The Aromantic Shipper Před 11 měsíci +3

    Now we know the real reason GRRM hasn’t finished Winds of Winter. He poured all his effort into getting HOTD off the ground so he could finally portray an accurate royal hunt!

  • M30
    M30 Před rokem

    Thank you for your amazing well made and detailed videos! I really love them and they became part of a weekly routine after watching HOTD.

  • Furkan Tarım
    Furkan Tarım Před rokem +8

    The only thing thats bad in this episode is Daemon's plot armor. How did he dodge dozens of arrows and why did Crabfeeder exposed his entire army just for one man even though he knew a dragon might come and destroy them?

  • Ja Yoyo
    Ja Yoyo Před rokem +4

    That’s crazy the actor who is playing both Jason and Tyland Lannister was in Game of Thrones but only he was in one episode it’s good we are going to see him more in HotD.

  • Yoni Rais
    Yoni Rais Před rokem +2

    I love the moment between otto and his brother
    Makes me think that otto was talked down to his whole life because he is a second son and is now doing everything not to secure a place for himself, but to prove to his brother and everyone else that he is able to contribute to his family and elevate their station
    Its this kind of generational trauma that he is now giving to his daughter by commanding her to try to secure her son as heir to the iron throne
    Makes me feel kind of sorry for him

  • Blake Robinson
    Blake Robinson Před rokem +104

    Kept checking CZcams every day for the explained videos, always nice to see when there's a new one out!
    Even though I've read Fire and Blood and kinda know how it ends, HOTD is honestly so refreshing considering the dumpster fire ending the parent show had

    • Rocket Small
      Rocket Small Před rokem

      someone on yt rewrote some esp for the crappy show..and re did the ending. it made alot more sense and just way way better all around.
      i dont remember who did it tho.... sry

    • Salifyanji
      Salifyanji Před rokem +1

      @Rocket Small you would be referring to Talking Thrones. He also does HotD video updates....especially concerning casting, future episode names and behind the scenes interviews !

    • Rocket Small
      Rocket Small Před rokem

      @Salifyanji woot thanks. im go watch again. yay

  • FelipeWalker2
    FelipeWalker2 Před rokem +25

    I eagerly await these episodes more than the ones in the show, lol.
    Thanks Alt, these have been therapeutic to me. And also very nicely done, like always.

  • Vlad Ardelean
    Vlad Ardelean Před rokem +1

    I love you guys, your videos are so cool, it’s also very funny for me, as a person who read the book, to see you guys struggling to not give spoilers. Hahaha
    I believe the show runners will stick to the book for the general narrative, with only tiny pieces here and there, making the whole story, as you guys previously said in a video.

  • Hayden Schuetze
    Hayden Schuetze Před rokem +6

    Really appreciate the quality in these videos. The visual family trees and the names labeling the characters when you bring them up makes for a great flow and video!

  • Cuba Blue
    Cuba Blue Před rokem +9

    Woh, I didn't catch that Casablanca link! You might well be right haha. Another strong episode and it sure feels good to be having these GOT conversations again. I LOVE Lyonel Strong, his wisdom, subtle influencing and injection of humour at key moments, I also like that little pat Viserys gives him at the end of their little exchange.

  • kezia
    kezia Před rokem +14

    I always wait for your breakdowns slightly more than the episode itself. I'm a long time fan and I've watched lots of 'breakdown' channels, but yours is the best!

  • Honored Madman
    Honored Madman Před rokem +4

    Daemon is so fun to watch he had like no lines after the opening and still delivered

  • B. P.
    B. P. Před rokem +1

    Man, I always miss some things in the episodes but I can always rely on ASX to deliver!

  • Yaell Ramirez
    Yaell Ramirez Před rokem +5

    Along with In Deep Geek, these are far and away the best analysis of GOT on CZcams. I’ll be joining Patrion today

  • bus
    bus Před rokem +1

    awesome video as always. all these explained videos take me back to when GoT was on tv, i didnt realize how much i missed your content. cheers

  • Azrielxo
    Azrielxo Před rokem +2

    good video, I also thought from the first episode opening scene where Rhaenyra approaches the carriage after her dragon ride and her friend Alicent is standing above her at the time and Rhaenyra is looking up at her. I thought that was very symbolic showing Alicent at some point was going to be a higher rank than Princess Rhaenyra.

  • Snazzy Puke
    Snazzy Puke Před rokem +34

    I'm actually excited for Fridays and Sundays again. 3 for 3 so far. Let's hope they keep this up

  • nvimvd
    nvimvd Před rokem +98

    if rhaenyra killed the white hart all the lords would spin this against her and say that she stole it from the king who was supposed to kill it and justify to viserys that they couldnt find it for him becouse it was already killed by her

    • All The Artsy
      All The Artsy Před rokem +5

      It's not even like she could have killed it even if she tried. I would love to see a lone, fully-armoured knight with just a sword try and run down and kill a deer. Let's see how that turns out 😅😅😅

    • cautare pvp
      cautare pvp Před 10 měsíci

      @All The Artsy the Deer runs out

    • cautare pvp
      cautare pvp Před 10 měsíci

      ye but that's poor excuse, since everyone was searching for it, so whoever finds the white hart first, finds it.

    • nvimvd
      nvimvd Před 10 měsíci

      @cautare pvp only kings party was looking specifically for white hart and they did it so the king could killed it so im pretty sure it would be punished if any other lord efound it and killed it at that time

    • cautare pvp
      cautare pvp Před 10 měsíci

      @nvimvd then what was the point of the hunt for others to participate??

  • Pepto Bismol
    Pepto Bismol Před rokem

    Ugh it’s so good to have you back. I absolutely adore your videos and the care you put into each one. I’m curious if you’d ever consider doing some lore videos on LOTR.

  • Goat Ops 9
    Goat Ops 9 Před rokem

    I'm so glad this show came out I feel it has extremely good potential and this episode solidifies the show as a serious storyline with excellent themes

  • Luis H
    Luis H Před rokem +3

    These breakdowns are like a mid-week episode of the show. They had become a must before the next one airs.

  • Jef
    Jef Před rokem +7

    I've been on a borderline problematic Shifty, Shwifty Glidus & Glames (& Materia 👌🏽) deep dive since HOT D came out and it has been so elite. Been a huge fan of ASX for years (& Glidus, since the piss was taken) but there are so many layers of excellent content I'd never noticed. Thanks, props, and keep up the good work! You guys are hilarious. I wish you'd all get along a bit more though

  • David YL
    David YL Před rokem +3

    Your narration of each episode is so awesome, it makes me appreciate the show even more, you're the best, thank you

  • Deepeye
    Deepeye Před rokem +3

    You are the only person I have heard to mention this symbolism of "dying boar resembling child squeal" and later her killing the boar mercilessly. Regardless of what happens next, this was extremely strong symbolism.

  • Mimi
    Mimi Před rokem +3

    I love your reviews because you tell us more than just what happened.

  • Zachary Amos
    Zachary Amos Před rokem

    The only thing I worry about with this show, is it feels like they didn’t spend enough time exploring the relationships and friendships between these characters before their division. So when it comes down to it and they begin fighting and killing each other it’ll sting less.

  • Yggdrasil Audio
    Yggdrasil Audio Před rokem +9

    Notice how Larys is the only one not looking away from Viserys after the shouting-match, he sits perfectly still, almost as if he was listening carefully the whole time....

    • Hisame Artwork
      Hisame Artwork Před rokem +9

      didn't even see him, that's some Drax level shit.

    • Yggdrasil Audio
      Yggdrasil Audio Před rokem +1

      @Hisame Artwork What?
      EDIT: Oh yeah, that's a good one!

  • The Hokage
    The Hokage Před rokem

    Thanks for the the thorough and awesome breakdown as usual! Really appreciate the great content!

  • George Jackson
    George Jackson Před rokem +13

    Sure, it was a cool scene when Rhaenys didn't kill the white hart, but can you imagine all the problems solved and doubters silenced if she'd brought it back to the camp, rather than just a boar

    • Andy
      Andy Před rokem +25

      They'd probably just spin it in Aegon's favor, since it appeared at his birthday party

    • Olorin
      Olorin Před rokem +7

      Let's be real. They never showed them with a bow and arrows. The odds of Cole killing it with a sword was non-existent.

    • rdh
      rdh Před rokem +3

      they could've spin the narrative into marrying aegon and rhaenyra because rhaenyra would make aegon a great king. It's more powerful in symbolism that she let the deer go.

  • Captain Weekend
    Captain Weekend Před rokem +3

    I love Viserys, at certain times he seems like he's the only sane man in Westeros. When Otto suggested Rhaenyra marry Aegon, Viserys' reaction reminded me of the Jontron "what the absolute fuck did you just say to me right now? Get out of my sight" meme. I also really like Lord Strong, he seems to not be as much of a schemer as the other lords and seems like he actually wants what is best for the kingdom. It will be interesting to see how things play out for him and house Strong going forward and whether he is actually up to something, or if his trying to do good will end badly for him.

    • Well known
      Well known Před rokem

      when he said that, I was like lord strong is a good guy in my book. However, imagine if he was actually told velaryon to marry his son to rhaeynera instead of trying to marry off his daughter to the king. It would be much better

  • Hari Krishnan
    Hari Krishnan Před rokem +4

    Paddy and Milli are outstanding. My favorites from the show.

  • Trav
    Trav Před rokem +1

    I look forward to these videos as much as the episodes themselves. Thanks ASX 💜

  • Slinky Josh
    Slinky Josh Před rokem +2

    You always find so many little easter eggs and parallels that I never would have noticed just from watching the show. I love watching these recaps!

  • RollingReggie
    RollingReggie Před rokem +1

    These videos are my most anticipated after the episodes. Thank you for your hard work. Great insights