Out of 5 Conversations with the Wrong Relative
Title: “The Lord of the Tides”
Directed by: Geeta Vasant Patel
Written by: Eileen Shim
Release Date: October 9, 2022
Six years on, Corlys Velaryon, Lord of the Driftmark, is severely wounded fighting in the Stepstones. His brother, Ser Vaemond, petitions King’s Landing to name him Corlys’ heir, proclaiming Rhaenyra’s son, Lucerys, illegitimate. Rhaenyra and Daemon return to the capital to defend Lucerys’ claim. They find King Viserys is bedridden, disfigured, and mentally muddled. Queen Alicent and King’s Hand Otto Hightower oversee royal matters. Alicent covers-up Prince Aegon raping a handmaiden. Rhaenyra proposes two marriage arrangements to gain Princess Rhaenys’ support. She implores Viserys to defend her succession, quoting Aegon the Conqueror’s dream about the Prince That Was Promised. As Vaemond’s petition is presented at court, Viserys, barely ambulatory, enters and declares Lucerys the Driftmark heir. Daemon beheads Vaemond when he denounces Rhaenyra as a whore and her children bastards. The family appears to reconcile during a feast, but after Viserys departs, Aemond incites a fight by insinuating Rhaenyra’s three eldest sons are illegitimate. Viserys, near death, mutters parts of Aegon the Conqueror’s dream, which Alicent believes refers to their son, Aegon. Meanwhile, Alicent’s lady-in-waiting, Talya, regularly provides Daemon’s former mistress, Mysaria, with information.
House of the Dragon (Season 1 Episode 9)
Out of 5 Blatant Shrek Ripoffs
Title: “The Green Council”
Directed by: Clare Kilner
Written by: Sara Hess
Release Date: October 16, 2022
After Viserys’ death, the Small Council plots to crown Prince Aegon. Ser Criston kills Lord Beesbury, who protests Rhaenyra being usurped. Kingsguard Lord Commander Harrold Westerling resigns. Ser Otto delays announcing Viserys’ death to fortify the council’s position, then coerces House lords’ fealty. Those resisting are imprisoned or hanged. Princess Rhaenys, refusing to support Aegon, remains a captive. Otto orders Kingsguard brothers Ser Erryk and Ser Arryk Cargyll to search the city for Aegon, while Alicent sends Criston and Prince Aemond. Mysaria, possibly the White Worm, tells Otto where Aegon is. The Cargylls find Aegon, but Criston and Aemond forcibly take him. Lord Larys tells Alicent that spies, including lady-in-waiting, Talya, are within the Red Keep. Alicent approves eliminating the spy head. Aegon resists being king, but Alicent persuades him otherwise. Meanwhile, King’s Landing citizens are herded into the Dragonpit to witness Aegon’s coronation. Erryk frees Rhaenys, who enters the Dragonpit caverns. Astride her dragon Meleys, she breaches the grand hall, causing mayhem and confronting the royal usurpers; sparing them, she leaves on dragonback.
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