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‘House of the Dragon’ #DragonsYall Recap “The Green Council”

‘House of the Dragon’ #DragonsYall Recap “The Green Council”

In Episode 9 of House of the Dragon, “The Green Council,” the king is dead. A little boy informs Talia, the maidservant (Alexis Raben), who informs Queen Alicent (Oliva Cooke) that King Viserys (Paddy Considine) has passed. Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) asks Alicent who knows, and she mentions Talia. She lies and informs Otto that Viserys told her that Ageon should be the king.

The Small Council has a meeting and Otto informs them that the king is dead. As the council proceeds to move Aegon Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney) as next in the line of succession, Master of Coin Lyman Beesbury (Bill Paterson), is not thrilled with the idea of Aegon over Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) as heir.

Otto gets to the matter at hand: there are two captains of the City Watch that remain loyal to Daemon and must be replaced. Tyland Lannister (Jefferson Hall) advises that treasury is well in hand and gold has been set aside for safe keeping. Otto requests that ravens be sent to their allies in Riverrun and High Garden. Alicent realizes that some members of the Small Council had been planning secretly for Aegon’s ascension without her. Lord Jasper Wylde, Master of Laws (Paul Kennedy), advises there was no need to sully her with darkling schemes.

Lyman further questions whether Alicent’s story is true, given that the only witness to Viserys’ request was the boy’s mother. As Lyman says he will have no part of this, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) smashes his head into a marble rock, crushing his skull. As Lyman lies bleeding out, Otto insists no one leaves until the business is finished. Ser Harrold Westerling (Graham McTavish) says he is Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and until there is a king, he has no place here and leaves.

In the next scene, Heleana Targaryen says to the midwife, “If one possesses a thing, the other will take it away.” Pay attention to this quote because her words are always prophetic, even if she doesn’t see the prophecy. The queen walks into Heleana’s room and asks where Aegon is, and Heleana simply says, “Not here.” When Alicent says, “Your father — ” Heleana interrupts and says, “There is a beast beyond the walls.” This was mentioned in a previous episode

Talia, who discovered the body of Viserys, is locked away to protect the secrecy of the news surrounding his death. Meanwhile, everyone is looking for Prince Aegon. Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell) decides he will join Ser Criston Cole in searching for Aegon. Criston and Aemond, dressed as commoners, head down to King’s Landing to find the prince. 

Otto speaks among the various houses announcing Prince Aegon as the new king, and House Fell announces they have sworn their oath to the princess. As Aemond and Criston search for the prince, Aemond expresses it is he who should be heir to the throne since Aegon has no desire for his birthright. 

Otto states it’s a necessary evil as they must carry out the king’s wishes. Alicent declares the king did not wish for the murder of his own daughter. He loved Rhaenyra, and she will not have it. Lord Wyle begins to speak, and Alicent angrily tells him if he says one more word, she will send him to the Wall.

Alicent finally tells Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) that the king is dead. Rhaenys knows that Alicent is trying to usurp the throne. Alicent tells Rhaenys she should have been queen, and this surprises Rhaenys. Otto Hightower meets the White Worm, also known as Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno). She knows the location of Aegon and proposes an offer to Otto. She wants the use of children in Fleabottom as fodder for fighting in cages to be stopped, and she will give the location of Aegon. 

Aegon is found, but it appears he’s upset that he has been found. He’s drunk and disheveled. Criston and Aemond also find Aegon, and Aegon tries to flee. Aemond grabs a hold of Aegon and tells them their father is dead and they’re going to make him king. Aegon responds by spitting in Aemond’s face. Otto and Alicent have a discussion over Aegon while Alicent admits she’s always done the bidding of her father Otto, and Otto says every sacrifice he’s made was for the realm.

Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) meets with Alicent and says there is a web of spies in the Red Keep and that Otto is aware of this. He confesses that one of the spiders is Alicent’s lady-in-waiting, Talia. Larys suggests Otto’s spies should be cut off at the head, and he will do so at her command. Alicent takes off her shoes, shows off her feet to Larys, and he starts jacking off while Alicent looks away.

A reluctant Aegon is driven by carriage with his mother Alicent beside him as he is about to be named king within the hour. He says that his father didn’t want this. Alicent lies to her son and says that with his last breath, he changed his mind and wanted Aegon as his heir. She hands a dagger to Aegon (the same dagger that Arya kills the Night King with in Game of Thrones) as he tells her he shall not be toyed with. 

Otto announces to the common folk as the bell tolls that the king is dead and that Aegon was named as his heir. Aegon has Aegon the Conqueror’s crown placed on his head and is named king. As he sees the crowd cheering, Aegon’s look of reluctance slowly begins to fade, and he raises his sword in solidarity with the crowd. 

Suddenly a dragon invades the castle destroying its bricks and killing some of the common folk in the crowd. The dragon is none other than Melys, ridden by Rhaenys. She approaches the throne, and what looks like it could be the end of the realm with just one utterance of dracarys, instead Rhaenys turns the other way, and Melys flies out of the castle. 

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Next week the recap will occur later in the week after the airing of the series.

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