Beware of spoilers for House of the Dragon s01e09...
Following the death of King Viserys at the end of the last episode, House of the Dragon season 1 episode 9 zoomed in on The Greens’ faction and their usurpation of the Iron Throne from Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the rightful heir.
Queen Alicent and her father The Hand, Otto Hightower, may be divided when it comes to how their agendas play out, but their endgame has stayed one and the same for the longest time now – the installation of Aegon as king of the Seven Kingdoms.
Much to Alicent’s chagrin, Otto and some members of the King’s Council, now rightly called The Green Council, had been planning a hostile takeover all this time without her knowledge, with a series of events that included the murder of Rhaenyra, Daemon, and all their children. Thankfully, Alicent is still a tad decent at this point in the timeline and fiercely believes a bit of diplomacy and civility will go a long way. This line of thought brings her in contact with Rhaenys Targaryen, aka the Queen who never was, who’s unfortunate to be one of the few Blacks from the events of the last episode to still be in King’s Landing at the time of Viserys’ death and is being held hostage by the usurpers. Alicent wants her to jump ship and support her cause for Aegon to be king and holds her prisoner until she sees reason. Rhaenys is clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time, but fate (via a little help from Ser Erryk) comes to her rescue, and, to the unpleasant surprise of all the Greens gathered at the Dragon Pit for Aegon’s coronation, she comes face-to-face with them while on the black of her dragon Meleys.
Rhaenys could’ve uttered those magical, fiery words “DRACARYS” and the Dance of the Dragons would’ve simply ended before it even had the chance to fully begin. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case here. Meleys just roars at the Greens, particularly at a visibly scarred Alicent who’s shielding the new king Aegon, and then flies away with Rhaenys.
While I understand the need for all the future drama to ensue as is recorded in the books by George R.R. Martins, as a dragon lover, I can’t help but sympathize with all the human and dragon lives that are about to be lost onscreen because of that singular inaction.
Do you think Rhaenys should’ve burned all the Greens in that tense scene? Let me know in the comments.
House of the Dragon‘s season one finale will air next Sunday on HBO.