The fifth episode of House of the Dragon, "We Light the Way," marks some significant developments for the Targaryen dynasty's future.

They determine that their children, Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Laenor (Theo Nate), will marry in a scene between Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Corlys (Steve Toussaint).

However, certain aspects of the arrangement serve as a reminder that, despite what we might initially believe, our world and this society don't actually differ all that much. 

We may agree that we're not talking about existing in a society where you're likely to be forced to marry your infant brother when we talk about "smashing the patriarchy" and everything that it entails.

Regardless of the obstacles it puts in our way, destroying the patriarchy is a good thing, but it doesn't mean we have to go through the same problems Rhaenyra did, does it?

Although House of the Dragon isn't actually situated in any particular historical period (there are far too many references to dragons for that), it is obviously based on real, ancient lifestyles.

It's obvious that there is a huge difference between the civilization within House of the Dragon and our own given the treatment of women, the discussion of relationships that can be difficult to imagine, and certain leech-laden situations that illustrate a terrible lack of modern care.

In House of the Dragon, discussions that would be entirely taboo and off-limits in our contemporary reality take place and are normalised in an effort to keep power and preserve a dynasty.

 As an illustration, it is suggested that Rhaenyra marry her infant brother, then her uncle, and finally it is agreed by a third party that she shall wed her cousin. Viserys is persuaded to marry a youngster as well.