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'House of the Dragon' Season 2 Episode 3 SPOILER Review

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Episode 3 of House of the Dragon is here. Last week's episode had an attempt to assassinate Queen Rhaenyra. This week's episode was more subdued but in classic Thrones fashion, keeps things interesting. Both Team Green and Team Black know a war is coming and preparing the moves necessary to win. How did episode 3 compare to the previous two? Let's find out.

The episode starts with the long feud of the Blackwood and the Bracken. The Blackwood and the Bracken have had a long history of feuding with each other. Two members of each group start shit talking each other and all of a sudden you see a million dead bodies. King Aegon holds a meeting with his council and of course Criston Cole is late. Aegon hears word of the gruesome battle between Blackwood and Bracken and declares victory. His council basically tells him that both sides lost numerous men and that there is no victory. Aegon wants to know what they should do to defeat Team Black. They come up with the idea to send Criston and an army to Harrenhal to secure the Riverlands. Aegon wants to go and prove his worth but his council suggests they need him in King's Landing.

On the other side of the coin, Rhaenyra is preparing for war by not making any moves. Her council is frustrated because they feel like they need to make a move now. Her council suggests to use dragons and basically burn everyone to pieces. Rhaenyra says dragons play a part in the war but not for use. Rhaenyra believes the fear of the use of dragons will be enough to defeat Team Green. Rhaenyra then talks to Rhaena and tells her she needs to take her children except for Jace to a safe land and be the mother of her kids. Rhaena reluctantly agrees to this.

We finally see Daemon in Harrenhal looking like a badass. He meets with Simon Strong the great uncle of Lord Larys Strong. Simon immediately bows to Daemon and declares himself loyal to Queen Rhaenyra. Daemon does an interesting thing by making Simon call him "your grace" instead of prince. Could this be Daemon trying to squeal his way back to the throne? An answer to that question should come in the following episodes.

Back in King's Landing, Criston is accompanied on his journey to Harrenhal with Alicent's brother Ser Gwayne Hightower. Criston is not overly thrilled about Gwayne joining him but pleases Alicent by letting him come. They are in an open area when suddenly we see Baela flying on a dragon. She is in striking distance to attack Criston and his men but she doesn't. Criston barely escapes with his life.

Next we see King Aegon getting ready for battle by putting on Aegon the Conqueror's armor. Lord Larys walks in and tells him he doesn't need to go into battle and needs to stay at King's Landing. Aegon takes Larys's advice and then heads out on a night with his boys. He find Aemond with his girl and Aemond feels embarrassed. Aegon openly mocks Aemond and Aemond leaves the venue.

Rhaenyra talks to Mysaria and tells her she wants to have a talk with Alicent. Rhaenyra realizes Alicent doesn't want a war either. Mysaria hatches up a plan to sneak Rhaenyra into King's Landing to talk to Alicent. Rhaenyra and Alicent finally see eacher face to face. Rhaenyra tells Alicent that Viscerys wants her on the throne and not Aegon. Alicent then brings up that she was with Viscerys when he died and he said Aegon should be king. Rhaenyra then remembers A Song of Ice and Fire and then tells Alicent that was about Aegon the Conqueror not her son. Alicent realizes the mistake she has made and Rhaenyra pleads with her to not let this war happen. Alicent then says it is too late and walks away.

This episode was more slower than the previous ones. Nothing major happened but it still built the story for the upcoming episodes. The best scene was Rhaenyra and Alicent at the end of the episode. You can tell they still love each other and care foe each other but Alicent can't let go of the power she has even if she knows she's doing something wrong. This should lead to interesting episodes coming up this season.

Grade: B

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