The episode opens with Laena’s traditional Velaryon seaside burial, which elicits a variety of reactions from those attending it. Understandably, Laena’s parents Corlys (Steve Toussaint) and Rhaenys (Eve Best), along with her brother Laenor (John Macmillan), are completely grief-stricken, while Alicent and Viserys’ snotty eldest son, Aegon II (Ty Tennant), is rolling his eyes and waiting for it to be over. Meanwhile, Laena’s own widower Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) lets out a laugh right as his wife’s coffin is tipped into the sea, which is, uh… weird, to say the least!
Throughout the rest of the event, characters just kind of… walk around and cast knowing glances at each other before moving away, and this just goes on for a while. Rhaenyra and Daemon, reunited after many years apart, are pointedly avoiding each other as Alicent watches, sneering, while Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) watches her. Viserys is, somehow, still alive. Meanwhile, Laena’s daughters are simply trying to mourn their mother, and end up finding surprisingly tender comfort in Rhaenyra’s eldest son Jacarys (Leo Hart). It’s a lot of intrigue for a funeral, to be sure, culminating in several late-night jaunts which are way more impactful than you might think at first.