Is there a time warp in House of the Dragon?

The first season of House of the Dragon will cover a fairly large period of time, although we’re not sure how many years it will cover yet. We know that at some points the actors playing Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower – Milly Alcock and Emily Carey – are swapped out for older actors, Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke. But when exactly this big leap will happen, we’re not sure. Also, there is how much time passes between each episode.

The first episode covers the events surrounding the death of Aemma Targaryen (Sian Brooke) as she gives birth to a Targaryen heir who dies quickly. Viserys appoints Rhaenyra as heir and shares the A Song of Ice and Fire prophecy with her, removing his brother Daemon (Matt Smith) from the line of succession. Episode two doesn’t start the next day and quite an important time has passed. There’s an even bigger jump ahead of the third part as the whole kingdom celebrates baby Aegon’s second birthday. Episode four showed a lot of drama in Rhaenyra’s love life, and episode five shows that she is ready to accept a husband. Let’s break it down.

“House of the Dragon” Episode 2 Time Warp

The second episode of House of the Dragon takes place six months after the events of the first episode, which Rhaenyra reveals in a scene with Alicent at the beginning of the episode. Rhaenyra and Viserys still mourn the loss of Aemma and try to move on with their lives amid their grief. Rhaenyra also struggles to get the men of the Small Council to respect her. The situation in the Stepstones has continued to spiral out of control, to the dismay of Lord Corlys Velaryon. Prince Daemon has been hiding in Dragonstone with an army of his gold cloaks without his brother’s intervention.

“House of the Dragon” Episode 3 Time Warp

The third episode of House of the Dragon takes place three years after the events of the second episode. Episode two ended with Viserys announcing his intention to marry Alicent. In episode three, their first child, Aegon, turns 2 years old. Viserys tells Lord Tyland Lannister (Jefferson Hall) that the Crabfeeder problem in the Stepstones has been going on for three years.

“House of the Dragon” Episode 4 Time Warp

The fourth episode of House of the Dragon takes place not long after the events of the last episode, but long enough for Queen Alicent to give birth to their daughter, Helaena Targaryen. Rhaenyra was on a tour of Westeros to meet potential suitors, and Ser Criston Cole tells us she ended it two months before it was supposed to end. Prince Daemon has returned from the Stepstones.

“House of the Dragon” Episode 5 Time Warp

“House of the Dragon” episode five has no time jump. Events pick up right where they ended in episode four: Rhaenyra has agreed to marry Laenor Velaryon, Otto Hightower is on his way out as the Hand of the King, and Daemon has apparently been banished from King’s Landing.

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