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House Of The Dragon: 10 Biggest Mistakes The Greens Made In Season 1

Although the war in house of the dragon has just started, the Greens hold the Iron Throne for the time being. They’ve made some wise strategic moves to get to this position, but they’ve made their share of mistakes along the way that could cause more trouble than they think.


From moments of irrational thinking to trusting the wrong people and underestimating their enemies, Alicent Hightower and the green allies have made some big mistakes in season 1 of house of the dragon that could cost them the war.

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Otto spying on Rhaenyra

Alicent Hightower is perhaps the most prominent member of the Greens, but it was her father Otto who brought her to that position out of his own ambition. She started out as the King’s trusted Hand, but one misstep cost her the king’s trust forever.

After learning that Rhaenyra went to the city with her uncle Daemon, Otto brings the information to King Viserys. But he miscalculates who the king will side with, accusing Otto of trying to delegitimize his daughter’s claim to the throne.

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Alicent turning on rhaenyra

One aspect of Alicent that Olivia Cooke nails is her love for her children. That is the main motivator behind her actions, as Otto suggests that her lives would be in danger with Rhaenyra on the throne, as she would see them as threats.

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However, had Alicent remained a loyal friend to Rhaenyra instead of turning against her, she could have been one of her closest allies and seen that Rhaenyra would not harm her family. She would have relieved Alicent of the responsibility she feels she has.

Alicent trusting Larys

Although Rhaenyra is named heir to the Iron Throne, there are many willing to side with Alicent. One of the first allies is Larys Strong, who becomes one of Alicent’s best allies thanks to her scheming ways, but also becomes one of her biggest drawbacks.

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After implicating Alicent in the deaths of her brother and father, Larys begins blackmailing her in sinister and extremely creepy ways. It’s only a matter of time before he uses her control over her to do something truly evil.

The distrust between Otto and Alicent

Although Otto and Alicent seem to have the same goal in mind of having their children sit on the Iron Throne, that doesn’t mean they often agree. Otto quickly proved to be a horrible father by sending Alicent to seduce Viserys and Alicent has never fully trusted him since.

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Even in Viserys’s death when the Greens attempt to seize the Iron Throne, they are forced to go behind each other’s backs and work in secret because they cannot agree on the proper methods. A split like this will surely lead to their downfall in no time.

Allowing Aegon to become an unfit king

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Although there have been several Aegon Targaryens on the Iron Throne throughout Westeros’ history, Aegon II seems to be one of the least fit. He spends most of his time getting drunk, insulting people, and assaulting innocent women with no remorse.

While his family has shown their disapproval, they seem to have made little effort to make him king. If Alicent and Otto had done more to guide him, he might not have been such a terrible person.

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Not being able to secure Princess Rhaenys

Although Rhaenys Targaryen deserved more screen time in house of the dragonhe certainly made quite an impression in episode 9 when he managed to interrupt Aegon’s coronation by taking out his dragon and leaving King’s Landing.

Alicent had previously recognized what a great ally she would be, but she should have done more to make sure she didn’t move against them. Leaving her with such little observation and having unprotected access to her dragon not only caused them to lose a powerful weapon, but publicly made Aegon’s reign less powerful.

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Go behind the king’s back

One of the biggest mistakes Rhaenyra made was leaving King’s Landing and the Greens capitalized on that mistake. When Rhaenyra returns, he discovers that Alicent and Otto basically rule with Viserys too sick.

However, they end up underestimating their king, who goes to great lengths to seize the throne and regain control of Driftmark from Rhaenyra. It is a blow to the Greens and shows how his arrogance can get the best of them.

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Alicent misunderstood Viserys’s wishes

The death of King Viserys is a sad moment in the first season, but it’s made all the more tragic by the way it solidifies the war. Thinking that he is having a conversation that he had with Rhaenyra earlier, Viserys talks about the prophecy of the Song of Ice and Fire.

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Unfortunately, Alicent misunderstands that Viserys is saying that he wants Aegon to be king. Although she is not happy about this, Alicent agrees and sets off the war.

Aemond accidentally kills Lucerys.

While Aemond understandably feels some hatred for his nephew Lucerys for taking his eye out, his plans to intimidate him led to a defining moment for both families. When Aemond attacks Lucerys as they mount their dragons, they both lose control of their beasts.

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This led the dragons to take the dispute more seriously than their riders, which ended with Lucerys and her dragon eating. As cold as Aemond can be, he realizes the gravity of what he did and draws first blood in the war between the Greens and the Blacks.

Alicent attacking Rhaenyra

Alicent is a fantastic and complex character who can do some deplorable things, but also feels like she has well-founded and understandable reasons. However, one shocking moment of hers sees her acting in a way that tarnishes her reputation in the eyes of many.

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After the boys have a brutal fight, Aemond loses his eye. Alicent demands that one of Rhaenyra’s children lose his eye as punishment. When the king denies her, she tries to do it herself and ends up cutting Rhaenyra. Even Alicent immediately knows the damage she caused.

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