Now that the King is gone, the House of the Dragon is in turmoil.
Anything remotely comparable to Game of Thrones’ last episodes is never intended to be tranquil because, as we all know, humanity’s venom, intrigue, treachery, and insidiousness generally break forth like an uncontrollable flood. The most recent episode of House of the Dragon, Episode 9, had everything, save for any specific moments of shock and awe that might compare to Ned Stark’s execution, which likewise set the stage for the first season. You never knew who may get their head hacked off or be turned to cinders in Episode 9 since there was so much suspense, anxiety, and unpredictability.
Why the Greens delayed the news of the king’s death?
Following the passing of King Viserys (Paddy Considine), the episode continues. Otto Hightower, his former close friend, and Hand of the King spares little time in expressing his sorrow since he has more serious concerns to attend to, such as planning to assassinate Viserys’ daughter Rhaenyra (Emma D’arcy), the successor to the kingdom, and imprisoning anybody who won’t swear loyalty. Ser Criston is now a schemer as well. When he kills Lord Beesbury in the council, who is horrified by the intentions to steal the crown and communicates his sputtering indignation, he displays his bloodthirsty side. Oh my, not the best of times to be a kind person.
Rhaenyra and Daemon are eerily missing in this episode, perhaps in anticipation of the truly bloody fight in the finale. There is still a lot going on in this narrative, despite the loss of Daemon’s icy harshness, as Alicent Hightower seeks down her evil, elderly son Aegon in order to anoint him king and tries to stop her father from killing her ex-best friend. Aaegon, who has fathered several children around the city and oversees an abominable child-fighting ring, is as unlikeable as characters from Game of Thrones can get.
Alicient brilliantly anchors this episode by stating what we’ve all been thinking: she was a blatant puppet in Otto Hightower’s schemes, which she may regret now. Her looks are filled with fatigue and exhaustion as she tries to utilize her ability to speak against a world of cunning guys, but it’s not very effective. Queen Rhaenys, the Queen Who Never Was, is the second queen who emits the same magnetic pull over the program. She has been fiddling with people’s allegiance for some time, but she also wants it known that she will not be trifled with, as she demonstrates in the show’s climactic scenes.
When Rhaenys enters with a dragon, Alicent and the rest of the troop quake in their boots. There was a brief moment when I thought this may be the show’s turning point when she would burn them all to death, but sadly, that doesn’t happen. She turns away after glaring at the lot with a chilly rage. It won’t be that simple for them, would it? When such foreboding music plays, you know that nothing positive is about to happen. House of the Dragon Episode 9 depicts the toxic oozing tension in the realms. It will be interesting to watch who survives or perishes in the conclusion of this well-suited darkness and shadow-filled episode (there is literally no brilliant light present).
Below is the trailer for House of Dragon episode 9: