Reviewing House of the Dragon episode 10 which follows Princess Rhaenyra and Daemon as they start preparing for the Dance of the Dragons.
House of the Dragon episode 10 was a fitting finale of a great season. The previous House of the Dragon episode focused on the Greens in King’s Landing. Contrarily, House of the Dragon episode 10 shows us the other side of things. We get to see Rhaenyra and Daemon in Dragonstone and what follows once Princess Rhaenys informs them about the recent developments. The episode sees the Blacks gather around the brilliant Painted Table and plot their next moves. It ends with a major dragon battle that sees an important character’s death. All in all the episode definitely lived up to its hype. We’re here to give you some of the highlights of the episode. Especially since we really could not fault much.
When Princess Rhaenyra found out about the death of her father, King Viserys and the coronation of Aegon II as King, she went into early labor. Even in the book, Fire and Blood, Rhaenyra miscarried her third child due to her heightened emotions upon hearing about the doings of the Greens. The scene was another breathtakingly horrific childbirth scene. Something that House of the Dragon seems to be excelling in. The third child, who has Rhaenyra’s only daughter named Visenya was a stillbirth. While the director did a brilliant job with the scene, Emma D’Arcy was exceptional. She made the scene truly come to life. In fact, even when she is crowned Queen or hears about the death of Lucerys, her acting sent a chill right down our spine.
While we always knew that Daemon had both good and bad in him, it had clearly been a while since we saw him do something reckless or aggressive. After all, this is the same guy who went on a rampage in King’s Landing and killed his own wife. Seeing him choke Rhaenyra and lose his temper is a reminder to all Daemon fans, including us, that he is no saint. His mood and actions are unpredictable and cannot be trusted even by Princess Rhaenyra herself. It was great to see him back in his usual ways.
When Ser Erryk Cargyll approaches the Blacks and bends his knee to Rhaenyra, we knew what was coming. He took out the crown of Rhaenyra’s father, the late King Viserys and swore his loyalty to the Queen. The entire scene of Rhaenyra being crowned by none other than Daemon as he and everyone present kneeled before her and swore their allegiance was simply breathtaking. Emma D’Arcy’s eyes portrayed Rhaenyra’s emotions of disbelief and gratitude perfectly. She did not require any dialogues whatsoever. The scene was simply chilling and effortlessly portrayed the difference between the Greens and the Blacks.
Princess Rhaenys is clearly a force to be reckoned with and the whole of King’s Landing is aware of it after House of the Dragon episode 7. In episode 8 as well, she is amazing. Despite not being the centre of attention and having fewer dialogues, she very easily stands out in the crowd. In fact, it was Princess Rhaenys who convinced Lord Corlys to side with the Blacks.
While we are disappointed that the fight between Lucerys and Aemond was slightly modified, it was a cinematographic marvel. The stormy skies, low hanging clouds, and the narrow path between the high rocks made the entire scene truly a wonder to watch. All while Aemond’s voice was echoing as he taunted Lucerys Velaryon. There was no better way to end the first season of House of the Dragon.