The Worst Episodes of House of the Dragon: When the Targaryen Flame Fizzled Out

Are you ready to fly back to the Game of Thrones universe with House of the Dragon? The prequel is finally here, bringing us the Targaryen dynasty at its absolute apex of power. But with great power comes great responsibility, and in this case, some pretty terrible episodes. As a die-hard fan of the original series, I have to admit that House of the Dragon has had its fair share of stumbles. So, in the spirit of constructive criticism, let’s take a look at the worst episodes of this highly anticipated prequel. From disappointing character arcs to cringe-worthy dialogue, we’ll explore what went wrong and hope that the showrunners are taking notes for future seasons.
The Princess and the Queen

The Princess and the Queen

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2022-09-25

Ten years later. Rhaenyra navigates Alicent’s continued speculation about her children, while Daemon and Laena weigh an offer in Pentos.

We Light the Way

We Light the Way

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2022-09-18

Daemon visits his wife in the Vale. Viserys and Rhaenyra broker agreements with the Valeryons. Alicent seeks the truth about the princess.

King of the Narrow Sea

King of the Narrow Sea

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2022-09-11

Daemon returns to court after the successful completion of the battle. Princess Rhaenyra must deal with potential suitors in order to keep her line of succession.

The Rogue Prince

The Rogue Prince

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2022-08-28

Princess Rhaenyra dives deep into the prophecies about House Targaryen while confronting a realm that resists the idea of a woman on the Iron Throne, and Prince Daemon, embittered over being passed over as the heir to Westeros, prepares to go to war.

Second of His Name

Second of His Name

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2022-09-04

Daemon and the Sea Snake battle the Crabfeeder. The realm celebrates Aegon’s second nameday. Rhaenyra faces the prospect of marriage.

The Green Council

The Green Council

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2022-10-16

While Alicent enlists Cole and Aemond to track down Aegon, Otto gathers the great houses of Westeros to affirm their allegiance.

The Heirs of the Dragon

The Heirs of the Dragon

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2022-08-21

Viserys hosts a tournament to celebrate the birth of his second child. Rhaenyra welcomes her uncle Daemon back to the Red Keep.

Driftmark

Driftmark

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2022-10-02

As the families gather on Driftmark for a funeral, Viserys calls for an end to infighting and Alicent demands justice.

The Lord of the Tides

The Lord of the Tides

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2022-10-09

Six years later. With the Driftmark succession suddenly critical, Rhaenyra attempts to strike a bargain with Rhaenys.

The Black Queen

The Black Queen

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2022-10-23

Mourning a tragic death, Rhaenyra tries to hold the kingdom together and Daemon prepares for war.