In a few days it will be time to watch Episode 5 of House of the Dragon online. HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel ups the dramatic stakes even further, with a potential royal wedding for the heir to the Iron Throne. And fans of the George RR Martin books and the GoT series know how eventful – and red – weddings in Westeros can be.
Release date and time of House of the Dragon Episode 5
House of the Dragon Episode 5 will air on HBO and Sunday, September 18 at 9 p.m. ET HBO Max (opens in new tab).
Episode 5 of House of the Dragon entitled “We Light the Day” takes place after King Viserys (Paddy Considine) had previously ordered his daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) to marry her cousin Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate). Their union would heal the rift between the two most powerful houses in the realm and strengthen Targaryen rule.
Royal matchmaking is a complex business. It will be interesting to see how Laenor’s father Corlys (Steve Toussaint) reacts to the King’s Overture. The Sea Serpent may be difficult to win, having previously rejected Viserys’ daughter Laena.
Meanwhile, Queen Alicent (Emily Carey) is in turmoil after her father, Otto (Rhys Ifans), was fired as the Hand of the King. He insists that she encourage Viserys to appoint her son Aegon as the new heir, but she remains unsure.
Here’s everything you need to watch Episode 5 of House of the Dragon. Also, watch a preview video:
How to watch House of the Dragon Episode 5 in the US
In the US, House of the Dragon Episode 5 will air Sunday (September 18) at 9pm ET on HBO and HBO Max.
Season 1 consists of a total of 10 episodes, which will be released every Sunday at the rate of one per week.
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How to watch House of the Dragon Episode 5 in Canada
While Canadians don’t have access to HBO or HBO Max, they can still watch Episode 5 of House of the Dragon at the same time as it airs in the US. Yearn (opens in new tab)the usual source for HBO shows in Canada, has the rights.
The streaming service has a seven-day free trial (opens in new tab). After that, the Movies + HBO package costs $19.98 per month.
If you are an American traveling abroad and want access to all your paid services, you need to check out the best VPN services like Express VPN.
How to watch House of the Dragon Episode 5 online in the UK
As Brits also don’t get HBO or HBO Max, they will be watching House of the Dragon Episode 5 on Sky Atlantic and NOW. It will air simultaneously at 2am BST on Monday 19 September and again at a more reasonable time at 9pm BST.
Sky TV packages (opens in new tab) Start at just £25 a month.
Each episode will debut the day after it airs in the US.
How to watch House of the Dragon Episode 5 in Australia
Aussies can stream House of the Dragon Episode 5 on Binge (opens in new tab). It should arrive on Monday September 19th.
House of the Dragon episode schedule
House of the Dragon Episode 1: August 21 at 9pm ET House of the Dragon Episode 2: August 28 at 9pm ET House of the Dragon Episode 3: September 4 at 9 p.m. ET House of the Dragon Episode 4: September 11 at 9 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon Episode 5: September 18 at 9 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon Episode 6: September 25 at 9 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon Episode 7: October 2 at 9 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon Episode 8: October 9 at 9 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon Episode 9: October 16 at 9 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon Episode 10: Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET
House of the Dragon cast and characters
The cast of House of Dragon is a large ensemble including:
Paddy Considine as King Viserys I: He is described as “chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed old King Jaehaerys Targaryen at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wants to carry on his grandfather’s legacy. But good men don’t necessarily make great kings.”
Milly Alcock (later Emma D’Arcy) as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen“the king’s firstborn child, she is pure Valyrian blood and she is a dragon rider. Many would say Rhaenyra was born with everything…but she wasn’t born a man.”
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon TargaryenDescribed as “the younger brother of King Viserys and heir apparent to the throne. A warrior and dragon rider incomparable, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…”
Emily Carey (later Olivia Cooke) as Alicent Hightowerwho is “the daughter of Otto Hightower, Hand of the King, and the most attractive woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She grew up in the Red Keep, close to the king and his inner circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower: As the Hand of the King, Hightower loyally protects the throne and sees in the King’s brother, Daemon (Matt Smith), the monk’s greatest threat.
Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka The Sea Snake who will be the lord of House Velaryon. Her bloodline is as old as House Targaryen, and Velaryon earned his nickname as the most infamous “nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros”.
Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryona Dragon Rider, wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon. She didn’t get the throne at the Great Council because – be surprised – “the realm favored her cousin Viserys just because he’s male.”
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, a member of the Kingsguard of King Viserys I Targaryen. On his blog (opens in new tab)wrote George RR Martin that Ser Criston was “the mean-born son of the steward of the lord of Blackhaven. He has no claim to lands or titles, all he has is honor and skill with sword and spear. He is a challenger, a champion, acclaimed by the people, loved by the ladies, a lover (or is he?), a seducer (or is he?), a traitor (or is he?), a heartthrob and a maker of kings… Welcome to Westeros, Fabien. And keep your sword sharp.”
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria: A former prostitute who had nothing when she arrived in Westeros. Now, having been “sold more times than she can remember,” she actually has the trust and of Daemon, the heir to the throne.
House of the Dragon lot
House of the Dragon takes place hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones. It is based on Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, which chronicles the rule of House Targaryen from the beginning. The story begins with Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
House of the Dragon will focus on a specific part of Targaryen history: The Dance of the Dragons. It was a bloody and brutal Targaryen Civil War that takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. (This is just over a century after the conquest by Aegon I.)
Star Olivia Cooke has revealed that House of the Dragon will not have the unnecessary graphic violence against women that was commonplace on Throne. She told The Telegraph (opens in new tab) that “I wouldn’t feel comfortable being a part of something that just has egregious graphic violence against women for no reason just because they want it to be alluring in a way that draws viewers in.”
The death of King Viserys I sparks a battle over the succession between his daughter by his first marriage, Princess Rhaenyra, and his son by his second marriage, Aegon II. Princess Shireen Baratheon told this story in a Season 5 episode of Game of Thrones.
“Brothers fought brothers, dragons fought dragons,” she reminded her father Stannis. “When it was over, thousands were dead.”
As Shireen noted, the conflict took its toll on the Targaryens, as almost all of their dragons died in the war. The beasts remained extinct for a century and a half until Daenerys Targaryen hatched her three dragons in Game of Thrones.