[Warning: Spoilers for HBO’s “House of the Dragon” Episode 9, “The Green Council,” ahead.]
Brothels have nothing on foot fetish.
Fans were left behind for a moment in “House of the Dragon” on Sunday that even the episode’s director called a “really dirty scene.”
While delivering gossip that can help Queen Alicent Hightower – placing her son Aegon on the Iron Throne in a hostile takeover of Westeros – Larys Strong asks for something in return as the pair reunite in their bedroom.
But it looks like Alice got a helping hand in exchange for her feet.
As Larys, played by Matthew Needham, begins to spill the tea, Alicent (Olivia Cooke) begins to take off her shoes and stockings and places her bare feet on the coffee table. Larys then informs him of a network of spies in the Red Keep – led by the “White Worm” Mysaria and aided by one of his minions in an operation that his father, Otto Hightower, knows about – as he look at his dogs.
But it does not stop there. Larys offers to take out some of the spies, but he expects payment for his loyalty. It is then that the queen puts her feet on a chair, where he begins to indulge himself by looking at her hooves.
The awkward situation also doesn’t appear to be the first time the Queen has put her best foot forward. Larys – who is nicknamed Clubfoot due to his birth defect – proclaimed himself an ally of Alicent a long time ago, and although he is often the one giving information to the Queen, it seems they have already went through this fetish routine as a reward in exchange for her gossip. At least now her husband, King Viserys I Targaryen, is dead.
Clare Kilner, who directed Episode 9, described it to Entertainment Weekly as “looking at his feet and then jerking off, basically.”
While intimacy coordinators were used for many other sex scenes on the show, Kilner said the foot fetish scene was filmed without.
“It was an interesting scene actually,” she said. “Oddly enough, you get the Intimacy Coordinators [for] all the nudity, but they don’t think about it for that.
“It’s so intrusive and invasive,” she added. “It’s a really dirty scene.”
Fans seemed to agree, with many on Twitter calling him “rude” and expressing shock and disgust at the “dirty” moment – a feat considering the violence, gore and incest that frequent the show.
“I can’t believe Larys killed his family for foot pictures,” wrote a fan, in reference to episode 6 when Larys ordered the assassination of his father Lyonel Strong and his brother Harwin Strong.
“It’s the way Alicent was already taking off her shoes and socks without Larys even having to say anything. like you’ve done it before??!” thinks another.
“Larys is so mean what am I looking at??” someone else added.
“Are you telling me that alicent fed lord larys foot fetish in exchange for his service?????” wrote a fan of “House of the Dragon”. “AND LET IT J–K OFF IN FRONT OF HER??? and I thought this show couldn’t get any worse.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t prepared for Alicent’s Onlyfans live show for Larys,” added another.
“Alicent Hightower selling foot pictures for information to Larys Strong was not on my bingo card for tonight’s episode. said another.
Previously, Milly Alcock, 22, who plays young Princess Rhaenyra, spoke with The Post about filming “gnarled” incest scenes with actor Matt Smith, 39, who plays Prince Daemon Targaryen.
“No, strangely enough. [Matt Smith and I] were just friends. So it was quite comfortable,” Alcock said. “We had an intimacy coordinator, and we worked with her through the rehearsal process and blocked her months before.”
Alcock said the brothel scene was truly “shocking”.
“You’re like, ‘That’s kinda weird and silly,'” Alcock said. “There were some extras we had just met who were like, 69-ing for 12 hours. It’s pretty annoying. We felt pretty overdressed because everyone was naked.
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