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Warning: The following article contains spoilers house of the dragon Episode “The Green Council”.
house of the dragon Episode nine ended with quite a bang, setting up an eventful and action-packed finale.
Central to this ending was the queen that never was, Rhaenys Targaryen, portrayed by Eve Best. She and director Clare Kilner unpacked the stakes behind the pivotal moment when Rhaenys shot and killed herself and her dragon, Meleys, outside the dragon pit.
She explains how Rhaenys put the Hightowers in distress, saying that they either had to try to save their trump card (the Meleys) for the coming civil war, or save face in front of the people of Kings Landing by giving the Civilians were granted exit from the slaughter.
Of course, the tricky part is that with the first option, they also risk being burned extra crispy. Kilner fleshed out the idea further in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“They have this dragon, and while they have this dragon, they think they have all the power. And Otto relies on this kite. The fact that Rhaenys comes and goes with the dragon means they have very little to contend with. On the one hand he wants to say ‘close the doors’ because he wants to keep the dragon in there and tame it and get rid of Rhaenys – sort of have the nuke.”
Of course, the way this whole sequence unfolded turned out to be complete chaos. Kilner tells EW that the soldiers were originally ordered to close the doors, but Rhaenys’ entry caused so much confusion that Otto’s command to open the door went unheeded.
With the Hightower family’s best chance of truly securing the Iron Throne for themselves, they fly into the sunset, and the current throne sitters are now dragonless sitting ducks.
We can’t wait to see how Rhaenyra reacts to this house of the dragon Season 1 finale, coming to HBO next week.
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