Princess Rhaenyra learns about the death of her father and the crowning of Aegon.

Synopsis: In The Black Queen, Princess Rhaenyra learns about the death of her father and the crowning of Aegon. Plans are made and the quest to find who will remain allied to Rhaenyra ends in tragedy.


The Story

Picking up from where last week’s story left off. Aegon has been crowned King instead of Princess Rhaenyra, who was the named air to Viserys. Having managed to escape from Otto Hightower and the King’s Guard. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen has managed to get to the Dragonstone to inform Rhaenyra of Alicent and Otto Hightower’s treachery. As Rhaenyra and Deamon hear the news, Rhaenyra begins to give birth to her new child who winds up being stillborn. Daemon, of course, looks to put things on a war footing by taking an inventory of their forces and Allies, but Rhaenyra who hardly has a chance to recover from her grief wants to take a more methodical approach. 

In order to find out who is still allied to her claim for the Iron Throne. Rhaenyra sends out a few messages to find out who is still likely to support her claim to the throne. These envoys include her two sons Prince Jacaerys Velaryon and Prince Lucerys Velaryon. Lucerys is sent to visit Lord Borros Baratheon but unfortunately, Prince Aemond Targaryen has gotten there first and gotten Baratheon’s support for the newly crowned King Aegon. Baratheon sends Lucerys home, but Aemond follows him and looks to get some personal payback for the injury that Lucerys inflicted on him a few years prior. He literally wants an eye for an eye. 


The Acting

Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy are absolutely brilliant in their respective roles of Daemon and Rhaenyra and this episode sees them both bring their best acting game to the show. I loved the scene where Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) visits Dragonstone to try and make a bargain with Rhaenyra. This is the scene in which The Black Queen of the episode title is birthed. The moment where Rhaenyra calls Otto out as a traitor is fantastic. But it is the final few moments that truly set up the real trigger point for the all-out war that we’ll likely see bubble up in the second season.



This season one finale is pretty strong in terms of what it delivers insofar as character development and we do see another death. The fuse has been lit in ready for the show’s second season in which we’ll see the war between the houses break out. And we’ll probably get to see plenty of dragons too. As to the storyline. As said in last week’s review. It is quite predictable now. Even without knowing the backstory, which we do. The focus on only one or two houses does not make this series as fun as Game of Thrones, which preceded it.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (S1 – EP10) The Black Queen
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