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Best “House of the Dragon” Episodes Ranked

House of the Dragon season 2 premiered on June 16, 2024.

In this listicle, I have ranked the episodes from the good to the absolute best, going into the moments that caught our attention.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a new viewer, join us as we revisit this epic saga that happened almost 200 years before Game of Thrones.

Get ready to see if your favorite episodes reach the highest rating.

10. The Princess and the Queen (Ep 06)

DirectorMiguel Sapochnik
WriterSara Hess
CastsOlivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith
Release DateSeptember 25, 2022

The episode begins with a 10-year time jump, during which Queen Alicent has three children with King Viserys, and Laenor also has three children with Rhaenyra.

Meanwhile, Queen Alicent points her fingers at Rhaenyra, saying her children could be illegitimate because their hair color is different.

However, King Viserys denies the fact and defends his daughter.

On the other hand, Daemon marries Lord Corlys’s daughter, Lady Laena Velaryon, and has two daughters.

The episode wraps up after Queen Alicent shares words with Larys Strong, telling him she wants her father, Ser Otto, to become the King’s Hand again.

9. The Rogue Prince (Ep 02)

DirectorGreg Yaitanes
WriterRyan Condal
CastsPaddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Matt Smith
Release DateAugust 28, 2022

After Daemon was evicted from his brother’s city, he moved to the Targaryen castle Dragonstone.

Lord Corlys Velaryon and his wife Princess Rhaenys propose their 12-year-old daughter Laena Velaryon to the king’s hand in marriage.

Due to this, Corlys gets angry and shakes Daemon’s hand, additionally creating a sour friendship between Alicent and Rhaenyra.

8. King of the Narrow Sea (Ep 04)

DirectorClare Kilner
WriterIra Parker
CastsFabien Frankel, Matt Smith, Sonoya Mizuno
Release DateSeptember 11, 2022

In the fourth episode of the House of the Dragon, Prince Daemon Targaryen is named King of the Narrow Sea, giving him control over the waters around the city.

In the end, to avoid this whole scandal and to strengthen the kingdom, the King orders Rhaenyra to marry Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon.

7. The Green Council (Ep 09)

DirectorClare Kilner
WriterSara Hess
CastsEve Best, Tom Glynn-Carney, Olivia Cooke
Release DateOctober 16, 2022

The Green Council is the penultimate episode of House of the Dragon that follows the aftermath of Viserys’s death in King’s Landing.

On the contrary, King Viserys wished to make Rhaenrya the next queen, not Aegon, to sit on the throne.

However, Lord of Honey Holt and Master of Coin Beesbury oppose this, and as a result, Ser Criston Cole kills them.

Ser Otto Hightower forces lords and others to support Aegon by threatening to kill them if they don’t.

The twins find Aegon first, but Criston and Aemond force him to take them away.

On the other hand, the people of King’s Landing are taken to the Dragon’s Pit, where Aegon’s coronation takes place, and he is given the Aegon the Conqueror crown.

While the crowd cheers for him, Rhaenys breaks the surface of the dragon pit with her dragon, Meleys, and exits without saying a word.

6. Second of His Name (Ep 03)

DirectorGreg Yaitanes
WritersGave Fonseca, Ryan Condal
CastsSteve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock
Release DateSeptember 4, 2022

Second of His Name focuses on the young king, Aegon II Targaryen, who had just been crowned.

The episode starts after a three-year time jump, with Lord Corlys and Prince Daemon fighting Crabfeeders in the Stepstones.

On the other hand, King’s Landing is planning a big hunting festival to celebrate Aegon’s 2nd birthday.

Daemon lures the Crabfeeder out of the cave to fight and defeats him with the help of Corlys’s army before the King’s support arrives.

5. The Heirs of the Dragon (Ep 01)

DirectorMiguel Sapochnik
WriterRyan Condal
CastsMilly Alcock, Emily Carey, Eve Best
Release DateAugust 21, 2022

The Heirs of Dragon’s first episode starts with King Viserys Targaryen organizing a tournament to celebrate his wife, Aemma Arryn’s pregnancy, with the hope of giving birth to a boy.

Unfortunately, both Aemma and her son, Baelon, die within an hour, and Daemon celebrates their death parade.

With this, King Viserys orders his brother Daemon to leave the city of King’s Landing immediately.

King Viserys I now has to choose the next ruler, and everyone thinks his daughter Rhaenyra will be the queen.

King Virserys organizes the “Heir to the Iron Throne” ceremony, during which he takes an oath that Princess Rhaenyra will be the next Queen after he dies.

4. We Light the Way (Ep 05)

DirectorClare Kilner
WriterCharmaine DeGrate
CastsPaddy Considine, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans
Release DateSeptember 18, 2022

In the episode We Light the Way, Daemon visits his estranged wife, Rhea Youce (Rachel Redford), in the Vale.

This wedding is important because it is supposed to unite two powerful families and strengthen the kingdom.

However, Rhaenyra is not sure if she wants to marry Laenor, but she knows it’s her duty for the sake of peace and power.

The twist happens during the celebration when things go wrong. Alicent Hightower joins the party wearing a green gown, which signals that they should get ready for the fight with Hightower.

3. Driftmark (Ep 07)

DirectorMiguel Sapochnik
WriterKevin Lau
CastsOlivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith
Release DateOctober 2, 2022

It opens after Alicent’s youngest son, Prince Aemond, claims the largest dragon, Vhagar, that belonged to the late Lady Laena.

This leads Laena’s daughters to fight Aemond, and during this, Lady Rhaenyra’s son Lucerys cuts Aemond’s eyes with a knife.

Alicent takes a steel dagger to take Lucy’s eyes in exchange when she finds out about the incident.

Rhaenyra moves toward Alicent and injures her with a dagger, creating silence in the room.

This episode ends with Daemon and Rhaenyra marrying privately in their old Velaryon tradition to keep the Targaryen dynasty going.

2. The Black Queen (Ep 10)

DirectorGreg Yaitanes
WriterRyan Condal
CastsMatt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint
Release DateOctober 23, 2022

The Black Queen is the finale episode of House of the Dragon, that focuses on Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen’s arrival at Dragonstone to deliver the news of King Viserys’s death.

Daemon learns that the throne has passed to his half-brother Aegon, which impacts the Pregnant Rhaenyra, killing her child right after birth.

With anger bursting inside him, Daemon pressurizes Rhaenyra to start a war. Meanwhile, one of the twin brothers arrives and crowns Viserys’s crown on Rhaenyra’s head.

Daemon becomes angry when Rhaenyra says uniting the realm is more important and mentions the dream of Aegon the Conqueror.

The episode shows her trying to win over lords and knights to her side, to prove she is a leader worth following.

After that, Lucerys flies off on his dragon, Arrax, and Aemond follows on his dragon, Vhagar.

Surprisingly, both dragons disobey their dragon rider, and Arrax fires at Vhagar, causing Vhagar to eat both Lucerys and his dragon.

The finale leaves the audience eager to wait and see what Black Queen will do in the next session as she prepares to battle for the throne.

1. The Lord of the Tides (Ep 08)

DirectorGeeta Vasant Patel
WriterEileen Shim
CastsPaddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke
Release DateOctober 9, 2022

On the other hand, Rhaenyra goes to Lord Corlys to seek her support, proposing that her granddaughter Bella be married to her son Lucerys.

After Viserys walks to the throne, Wyman is allowed to speak freely and shouts that Rhaenyra’s children are illegitimate.

Daemon can’t handle the insult of his wife and cuts off his head, creating a babble inside the hall.

Episode Rating
The Princess and the Queen8.0/10
The Rogue Prince8.3/10
King of the Narrow Sea8.4/10
The Green Council8.7/10
Second of His Name8.7/10
The Heirs of the Dragon8.7/10
We Light the Way8.8/10
The Black Queen9.2/10
The Lord of the Tides9.3/10


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