"Driftmark" begins, well, on Driftmark, the seat of House Velaryon, as the family, along with the Targaryens, have gathered for the funeral of Laena, who perished in the previous episode. As the funeral rites are read, the camera circles around those who have gathered, and we get a sense of who is there to mourn, who is ambivalent, and whose motives we still can't figure out.
Curiously, Daemon, her widower, stands next to her casket and begins to laugh as she is lowered into the water. Though her time on the show was brief, it was clear that Laena was one of the few people who wanted the best for her family and had no other motives besides that.
There's a clear tension at the gathering afterward, with the two sides of the coming Civil War (the Greens and the Blacks) practically almost congregating together already. Picture an awkward work or school get-together where the organizers want everyone to intermingle, but you want to hang out with your friends, and you can picture what this all looks like.
Aegon and Aemond are watching their sister Helaena play with bugs again as she mutters another weird, prophetic poem of what is to come:
Hand turns loom
Spool of green, spool of black
Dragons of flesh weaving dragons of thread.
We learn now that Aegon has been betrothed to his sister, a fact that he is not too happy about because he thinks she's weird and not a good match for him. He continues to drink, getting deep in his cups and berating the "wenches" for more wine.
A real stand-up guy that Aegon.
Jace comforts his cousins, Baela and Rhaena, over the loss of their mother, and unlike the Targaryen kids, he shows genuine compassion for the twins, who just lost their mother. Corlys approaches young Luke, telling him that he is now the heir to Driftmark, who tells Corlys that he doesn't want the seat. If he is the heir, it means everyone else is dead.
I'm starting to sense that Rhaenyra's kids care about other people, unlike those pesky Targaryens.
Daemon admires the dragons as they fly by, while Laenor departs to the sea and stands solo in the waves, mourning the loss of his sister. Corlys, worried over how that display of "weakness" might look, tells Ser Qarl, Laenor's latest paramour, to "retrieve your patron."
After not seeing one another for many years, Viserys approaches Daemon, hoping to make amends and welcome him back to King's Landing. Daemon says that Pentos is now his home, along with his children, and angrily rebuffs Viserys' offer of a spot in his court. As Daemon storms off, Otto Hightower offers his sympathies which Daemon also rejects. We also see that Otto has been renamed Hand of the King in the wake of Lyonel Strong's death.
Viserys leaves the crowd of people, using a cane to walk as he continues to grow weaker by the episode. As he leaves, he says, "I'm going to bed, Aemma," to Alicent, another sign that he's no longer in full possession of his faculties. Ser Harrold tells Ser Criston to see to the watch of the Queen, and they leave.
Otto discovers a drunken Aegon passed out on the stairs and tells him to get to bed as Aemond watches, with Ser Qarl dragging Laenor to bed. Aemond uses this opportunity to sneak down to the beach, but more on that later.