House of the Dragon jumps ahead again – taking Rhaenyra and Alicent’s unrequited queer love with it

A screenshot of actors Emily Carey and Milly Alcock as characters Rhaenyra and Alicent in HBO's House of the Dragon series

After years of bad blood between Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) – the latest episode of House of the Dragon proved they are still as madly in love as ever.

Last night’s episode (9 October) saw a six-year time jump, with Daemon (Matt Smith) and Rhaenyra now a fully established couple, and the children all grown up.

King Viserys (Paddy Considine), who’s been clinging on for dear life the past few episodes, is finally on his deathbed when he decides to throw one last family party – full of drama, of course.

All the main family are reunited in honour of the King, with Daemon, Rhaenyra and Alicent trying to navigate their own – and their children’s – problems.

Despite all their differences, everyone’s love for Viserys is enough to reconcile them and Rhaenyra and Alicent shippers finally saw that old sapphic spark return.

Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra and Emily Carey as Lady Alicent in House of the Dragon

Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra and Emily Carey as Lady Alicent. (HBO/Sky)

During the dinner, Viserys wants Rhaenyra and Alicent to reconcile their differences which leads to the sweetest toasts.

“I love my father, but I must admit that no one has stood more loyally by his side than his good wife,” Rhaenyra tells Alicent.

“She has tended to him with unfailing devotion, love, and honour. And for that, she has my gratitude and my apologies.”

Alicent responds saying Rhaenyra will make a fine queen, and they share tender looks of reconciliation.

The two also have a charged interaction later when they hold hands and gaze at one another, which had fans screaming.

“Alicent’s face at that toast. Honestly, throw away all the men and let them marry each other instead,” one fan wrote.

And another added: “every time Rhaenyra and Alicent talk to each other… come on gays we can’t lose this.”

Meanwhile, no one has forgotten the iconic moment Laenor made his escape with his gay love, Qarl, last episode, and were devastated when Rhaenyra decided to not let Rhaenys her son was alive and happy.

“Idk why they didn’t tell Rhaenys about the plan. That woman would’ve let Laenor go live his best gay life,” one viewer correctly pointed out.ouse

Although Laenor and Qarl are thriving, the end of the episode did not bode well for Rhaenyra and Alicent’s burgeoning reconciliation.

As Viserys breathed his last breath, he gave a future prophecy to Alicen – thinking she was Rhaenrya – about her being queen and one of her descendants being the Prince Who Was Promised.

However Alicent mistook the prophecy as Viserys wanting her creepy son Aegon to be on the throne instead of Rhaenyra.

So as the battle for the throne continues, viewers will have to wait to see if Alicent and Rhaenyra’s bond will survive this new spanner in the works.

House of the Dragon airs on Sunday at 9pm on HBO and on Monday at 2am on Sky.