If you were one of the millions who tuned in for House of the Dragon Episode 5, "We Light the Way," then I probably don't need to explain to you how truly wild it was.
For those of you who either haven't caught up (highly recommend you do) or blacked out after all the D-R-A-M-A, here's a little refresher...
Note: Before we get going here, there are spoilers ahead, so if you haven't caught up with Episode 5 yet...get on that...STAT!
So, this week's HoTD was a big one. Viserys and Rhaenyra traveled to Castle Driftmark, where a mostly agreeable union of Rhaenyra and Lord Corlys Velaryon's son Laenor (who, by the by, is also Rhaenyra's cousin) was made.
As Viserys and Corlys worked out the details of their children's wedding arrangement, Rhaenyra and Laenor were busy making an agreement of their own — to be cool with each other hooking up with their respective paramours.
Back at King's Landing, the scene was then set for Rhaenyra and Laenor's grand wedding.
But, given the Game of Thrones-verse's history with weddings, obviously, this was never going to go down well.
A wedding in Westeros is never a good sign #HouseOfTheDragon
Aside from the usual Targaryen family drama, Laenor's lover, Joffrey Lonmouth, figured out that Rhaenyra's side piece was Ser Criston Cole.
So in an attempt to blackmail/threaten Ser Criston Cole (to what end, I don't know), Joffrey basically told Criston that he knew about him and Rhaenyra. He then said they should kinda, like, watch out for each other.
Criston Cole did NOT like this.
And it didn't take long before he snapped, brutalized the heck out of Joffrey, and ultimately killed him. Suffice to say, this caused a ton of chaos in the Great Hall.
Rhaenyra, caught in the middle of the madness, found herself also in danger.
While Rhaenyra's father, Viserys, literally stood there and did nothing, his Hand, Lord Lyonel Strong, quickly called his own son, Ser Harwin Strong, into action. (BTW, Ser Harwin's nickname is "Breakbones," if that tells you anything about him.)
And like the hero he is, Harwin swooped into the crowd, tossed Rhaenyra over his shoulder, and saved her.
Although it was a brief moment, fans REALLY fixated on Ser Harwin's moves and had some highly visceral reactions:
Ser Harwin bodying everyone, picking up Rhaenyra, and taking her to safety #HouseOfTheDragon
Harwin Strong is about to roll up to Rhaenyra like "So I heard the position to be the queen's whore is open?"
Blame @TouretteOfTarth and @ashanotyara for this. Harwin Strong Bodyguard remix. 🔊(Sound Up)🔊
Me when Harwin Strong finally sweeps in to save Rhaenyra. #HouseOfTheDragonHBO #HouseOftheDragon #hotd
You know House of the Dragon’s screen writting was effectively done when you have huge crush on Ser Harwin Strong who has less than 2 mins of screen time #harwinstrong #HouseOfTheDragon #hotd
me when i see Harwin Strong unabashedly rush into a sea of fighting people & beat the shit out of anyone who crosses his path, only to find the woman he quietly adores and carry her to safety #HouseOfTheDragon #HouseOfTheDragonHBO
harwin strong threw rhaenyra over his shoulder & got her outta there like it was nothing,,,, me next 🤭🤭 #HouseOfTheDragon
This is how I sleep knowing my man Harwin Strong is neither a murderer nor a traitor #HouseOfTheDragon
i just know its big #HouseOfTheDragon
harwin strong at the end of this episode
We ain't talking about Harwin Strong enough. He's holding shit down, no drama, sexy and his nickname is Breakbones #HouseOfTheDragon
THANK YOU NEXT #HouseOfTheDragon
Me whenever Harwin gets his 10 seconds of screen time #HouseOfTheDragon #hotd
ser harwin strong is ridiculously sexy i need him to throw me over his shoulder…. DESPERATELY #HouseOfTheDragon #HouseOfTheDragonHBO
Harwin Strong: *exists*Me:#HouseOfTheDragon #hotd
he served, he ate, he slayed. #harwinstrong #hotd #houseofthedragon #houseofthedragonhbo
Okay Daemon, but Sir Harwin Strong deserves the heaven too!!!! 🤌🤌🤌#HouseOfTheDragon
Now that’s a real man right there #HouseOfTheDragon
Ser Harwin Strong is the type of men who solve all of your problems, don’t ask stupid questions, take care of you, stay loyal and eat your pussy. That’s why everyone wants this man. So do I.
Watching Harwin Strong go through that crowd so easily #HouseOfTheDragon #HOTD
Harwin Strong, a real man, a great father, loyal, smart, protective and respectful of his Queen Rhaenyra. 💖Imagine the show wasting such a potential. smh #HouseOfTheDragon #HOTD
Everyone trying to defend or explain Criston “Hate Crime” Cole’s actions when Harwin “Here to Have Fun” Strong is right there.
When Harwin Strong turned to get Rhaenyra I felt that in my ovaries #HouseOfTheDragon #HOD
When Ser Harwin Strong bodied every mf in his way and swung Rhaenyra over his shoulder to secure her safety omg what fucking sexy man he is #HouseOfTheDragon #HouseOfTheDragonHBO
i scream cry and wail at the sight of harwin strong everytime he gets his 5 seconds of screentime
Sir Harwin Strong... points have been made.#DemDragons #HouseOfTheDragon
Harwin was looking very daddy-ish this episode #harwinstrong #RhaenyraTargaryen #HotD #HouseOfTheDragonHBO
Me jumping right from shipping Rhaenyra with Ser Criston to Harwin Strong #hotd #HouseOfTheDragonHBO #HouseOftheDragon
the feminism leaving my body when i saw harwin strong beat the shit outta anyone who crossed his path just to get rhaenyra to safety #Houseofthedragon
ser harwin strong is a man who solves problems not causes problems
Harwin fighting off everyone to fireman carry Rhaneyra out of the great hall at one nod from Lyonel Strong, pretty incredible #HouseOfTheDragon
nothing but love for ser harwin strong #HouseOfTheDragon
The unsung hero of #HouseOfTheDragon is Ser Harwin. Just holds it down every episode.
What about you? Are YOU a Harwin Strong stan, or are you still holding out for Criston Cole or Daemon Targaryen? (OR SOMEONE ELSE?!) Tell us in the comments below!