House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 9 is the ninth and penultimate instalment of the first season of an American fantasy TV drama series based on the Fire and Blood novel written by George RR Martin and is a prequel to the highly successful Game of Thrones TV series. House of the Dragon will focus on the war of succession within House Targaryen, the ruling House of Westeros, almost 200 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones.
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Entitled “The Green Council”, House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 9 was a disappointment. Anybody following the series would know that once Viserys I died, his firstborn son Aegon would be installed as king by his grandfather and mother (instead of Rhaenyra, his rightful heir). So why was there a need to spend an entire episode on this? Most of the runtime was spent on Lord Hightower and Queen Alicent looking for the missing Aegon separately.
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Why? What was the point of that? Wasn’t the end result exactly the same no matter who found him first? Extremely boring and devoid of tension whatsoever. Poor decision. A misstep from the series for once. Sure, there are little points of conflict as Alicent tries to get Rhaenys on her side or when Aemond expresses his own ambition to be king but even that was not enough to make us engage with the events here.
Surely, this time here spent could have been spent in filling in some of the gaps in the previous time jumps? Completely bewildering. Of course, everybody watching this wants to know how Rhaenyra and Daemon would respond to this turn of events but looks like we have to wait for the finale. Presumably, we got the bread crumbs with that final scene with Rhaenys on Meleys, her dragon. Again, there was no way that Rhaenys would kill the newly installed king – the entire problem with prequels, we daresay – so no conflict again! Looked cool, though.
Watch House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 9 on HBO GO.
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