In Review: House of The Dragon (S1 – EP9) The Green Council

Otto gathers the great houses of Westeros to affirm their allegiance.

Synopsis: In The Green Council, Otto gathers the great houses of Westeros to affirm their allegiance. While Alicent enlists Cole and Aemond to track down Aegon.


The Story

Picking up from last week. The King has died and Alicent swears blind that his final words to her were that he wants their firstborn son Aegon to be his successor. It is a lie. But it’s a lie that looks to unseat Rhaenyra before she can claim her place as the true heir.

Acting on what Alicent has told him. The Kings Hand Otto plots to get Aegon on the throne before Raenyra has a chance to protest. To that end, they have locked up Princess Rhaenys Targaryen in order to prevent her from leaving to tell Daemon and Raenyra about the death of King Viserys. Meanwhile, Alicent sends Cole and Aemond to find Aegon who has gone missing. Added to that Otto is having people that do not agree that Aegon should take the throne murdered on the grounds of treason. 


The Acting

Olivia Cooke puts in a solid performance this week as Alicent who is seemingly happy enough to go along with her father’s scheme to place Aegon on the throne but is struggling to stomach some of the underhanded politics at play. There is one weird scene in which Alicent is getting some information about a spy network from the club-footedLord Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) who seems to be getting himself off over Alicents feet. 

Eve Best also puts in a good performance and also gets her moment to kick ass and take names as Rhaenys Targaryen eventually escapes capture with some help and gatecrashes Aegon’s crowning ceremony on the back of her dragon before flying off.



Much like with the whole of this series thus far. The Green Council doesn’t really offer up anything new to the Game of Thrones universe. Other than the backstory of the Targaryen houses, which is quite uninteresting. The backstabbing and political games at play are fun to watch. But this show isn’t really impressing me as much as Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power. So next week’s review of House of the Dragon. Is very likely going to be my last. 

House of The Dragon (S1 - EP9) The Green Council
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