Spoilers follow for house of the dragon meepisode 4, and the book fire and blood by Jorge RR Martin.
Right after Daemon’s attack on the crab feeder in episode 3 of house of the dragonepisode 4 lacked the violence and bloodshed we’ve come to associate with all things game of Thrones—but it included shock value in the form of a time-honored HBO tradition: sex scenes.
“King of the Narrow Sea” delivered a series of real connections that ranged from the profoundly depressing (poor rotten Viserys has never made Alicent climax, has he?) lettuce??). And since Daemon and Rhaenyra’s ill-advised date at the pleasure house took place in King’s Landing, it was only a matter of time before word of their mischief reached the Red Keep.
Palace intrigue, after all, is like all good gossip: it thrives on new and scandalous information. And no one knows this better than Otto Hightower, the soon-to-be deposed Hand of the King, who is tipped off to the incestuous mating at the behest of someone known as the “White Worm.”
Who is the White Worm in house of the dragon?
While the identity of this shadowy figure is not directly revealed in the episode, it is heavily implied that Otto received his information from Mysaria, the sex worker whom Daemon took as his second illegal girlfriend in Episode 2. The morning after the big night of Daemon and Rhaenyra. outside, Mysaria is shown to despise her lover more and more. In the same scene, she has a wordless interaction with the young man who was seen following Rhaenyra out of the pleasure house, and the money changes hands, making it quite clear that Mysaria was the one who paid her to follow the princess.
This is all backed up by George RR Martin’s fictional history of House Targaryen, fire and blood, in which it is confirmed that Mysaria is also known as the White Worm. In the book, that’s because of her pale skin, though on the show she’s played by Japanese-American actress Sonya Mizuno (whom you might remember from the modern sci-fi classic). former machine either crazy rich asians).
During the war of Targaryen succession, known as the “Dance of the Dragons”, Mysaria is also known as the mistress of whispers, and functions as a royal spymaster similar to Varys in game of Thrones. so far in house of the dragonMysaria seems to be a seller of sordid secrets more in the vein of Littlefinger, though if her character follows the same arc as the book, then she’ll play an integral role in the fate of House Targaryen, ultimately allying herself with Rhaenyra.
Philip Ellis is a UK freelance writer and journalist who covers pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller, and MTV.