House of the Dragon season 1, episode 9 recap – “The Green Council”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 17, 2022 (Last updated: January 27, 2024)
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Unlike Game of Thrones, where the ninth episode would include some shocking events, this episode feels relatively tame in comparison. Despite that, it’s still a decent enough watch. Although there isn’t much action, the tension between the characters, namely Rhaenys and Alicent, is excellent to see.

This recap of the HBO Max series House of the Dragon season 1, episode 9, “The Green Council,” contains spoilers.

House of the Dragon season 1, episode 8 was quite an eventful one. When Viserys finally died, his wife, Alicent, misunderstood a comment and now believes that their son, Aegon, should be King. But what will happen next? And will news of Viserys’s death spread, or will Alicent keep it hidden for now? In Game of Thrones, the ninth episode of a season has always had some major event. For example, Ned Stark losing his head, the Red Wedding, and Daenerys burning down King’s Landing. Will the same happen in House of the Dragon? Read the below recap to find out.

House of the Dragon season 1, episode 9 recap

The King is dead, and Alicent mourns his death. But it’s not public knowledge yet. And she tells her father that Viserys had wished for Aegon to be King. But not everyone believes that Viserys said such things. It causes an argument, and Criston accidentally kills a man. Afterward, Alicent states that Rhaenyra must be locked up, likely as a way to keep her sons safe.

After that, Alicent tells her children that their father is dead. Throughout the episode, Alicent struggles with Viserys death. When she goes to see his body, she almost breaks down. Unaware that Viserys is dead, Rhaenys criticizes Alicent for the treatment she has received whilst in King’s Landing. Alicent tells Rhaenys that Viserys is dead, and she now wants her support in ensuring Aegon becomes King. Instead, Rhaenys tells Alicent to imagine herself on the iron throne. Aegon and Aemond argue over who should have the crown, and it seems Aegon is the brother most interested in gaining the throne, however. 

The ending

Rhaenys and Alicent both separately sit in silence, seemingly thinking about recent events. Alicent tells Aegon to look more grateful about the fact that he’ll be King in a few hours. There’s a huge assembly, and Otto tells them that not only is Viserys dead, but also that Aegon has been named the King. Aegon makes a dramatic walk through the people and gets crowned as the new King. Alicent watches with happiness.

The sweet moment soon comes to an end when a dragon flies through the Kingdom. Is it Rhaenyra? No, it’s Rhaenys. As Alicent prepares for herself and Aegon to be burnt to death, Rhaenys simply has her dragon roar and then flies away.

What did you think of the ninth episode? Do you think it keep the standard up from Game of Throne’s famous ninth episode? Or did the episode leave you feeling unimpressed? Either way, it looks like Alicent is going to have a mission on her hands trying to keep herself and her children, in particular Aegon, safe. And what will Rhaenyra do when she learns that Aegon is King?

What did you think of House of the Dragon season 1, episode 9? Comment below.

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