House of the Dragon' episode 9

House of the Dragon episode 9 was filled to the brim with tension, panic, and unpredictability, you never know whose head could be cut off, and who could be burnt to cinders.

The King’s gone, and the House of The Dragon has descended into chaos. The penultimate episodes of anything remotely related to Game of Thrones are never supposed to be peaceful — after all, the poison, intrigue, betrayal, and insidiousness of humanity usually burst forth like an unstoppable dam. 

House of the Dragon’s latest Episode 9 doesn’t have any specific shock and awe moments, something that could match Ned Stark’s beheading — which also paved the path for the original series — but it had everything else.

Episode 9 was filled to the brim with tension, panic, and unpredictability, you never know whose head could be cut off, and who could be burnt to cinders. Everyone’s trying to play chess — some with trembling and nervous fingers without giving much thought — others more coolly, but playing the wrong pieces.

The episode continues in the aftermath of King Viserys’ (Paddy Considine) death. His former close friend and Hand of The King, Otto Hightower doesn’t waste he breathe in expressing his grief; he has other matters at hand to worry about, like plotting to kill Viserys’ daughter, Rhaenyra (Emma D’arcy), the heir to the throne, and imprisoning everyone who won’t swear fealty.

Ser Criston is now a schemer as well and reveals his murderous side as he eliminates Lord Beesbury from the council, who is appalled at the plans to usurp the throne and expresses his spluttering displeasure. Sigh, bad time and place for being a good person.