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    All The "House Of The Dragon" Episode 9 Interesting Details And Moments

    Helaena's "beast beneath the boards" prophecy came true.

    Warning: This post contains spoilers for House of the Dragon Episode 9.

    Alicent sits at the Small Council table with Otto and Criston on either side of her

    1. The opening credits have changed. Viserys's symbol is now filled with blood, indicating his death, and instead of following the bloodline of Rhaenyra, which the credits have previously done, we switch to Alicent and her descendants. Alicent's symbol represents House Hightower combined with the Faith of the Seven.

    Alicent's symbol in the opening credits

    We see four bloodlines coming off Alicent and Viserys's union — that's right, four: Aegon II, Helaena, Aemond, and a child we haven't seen yet, Daeron.

    Four bloodlines flow from Alicent's symbol in the credits

    Meanwhile, we get a close-up of the symbols for Alicent's other three children: a spider for Helaena, a naked woman lying on top of what could be a dragon egg for Aegon II, and a sapphire for Aemond.

    Helaena, Aegon II, and Aemond's symbols in the opening credits

    2. You might remember from earlier in the season that Ser Harrold Westerling was Princess Rhaenyra's sworn protector when she was growing up — so it's no wonder he refused to murder her (in addition to, you know, all his vows and morals).

    Ser Harrold on a horse

    3. The little kids we see are Helaena and Aegon II's twins, Jaehaera and Jaehaerys.

    Helaena looks on as her twins play with their nurse

    4. Helaena repeats her "beast beneath the boards" warning in this episode, which many fans theorized was a future plot from the book but now seems likely to have been a prediction about Rhaenys bursting through the Dragonpit on her dragon, Meleys.

    Helaena and Alicent sit side by side

    5. Lord Caswell, whom Otto murders in this episode, was one of Rhaenyra's primary supporters at court throughout the season.

    Lord Caswell is held by two guards

    6. While this episode is the first time Otto meets Mysaria — aka the White Worm — he has been dealing with her for many years.

    Mysaria sits at a table wearing a green cloak

    7. If you can't tell the difference between the twin Kingsguards, Erryk is the one wearing his tunic open, with a slightly longer beard, while Arryk is all buttoned up with a shorter, tighter beard.

    Erryk and Arryk walk side by side

    8. The sept where Aegon II is found is where Alicent and Rhaenyra were talking and praying together earlier in the season.

    Aegon is pulled out from under a table lit by candles by the Kingsguard twins

    9. Alicent choosing Aegon the Conquerer's crown for Aegon II is huge symbolically.

    Aegon wears a crown and stands in front of Criston Cole

    10. It's also telling that the crown rests on a green pillow.

    Aegon's crown sits on a green cushion

    11. Rhaenys seems to spare Alicent and her family as an act of compassion from one mother to another.

    Rhaenys on dragonback

    12. Both sides show mercy in this episode — Alicent refuses to have Rhaenyra and her family murdered, and likewise, Rhaenys declines the opportunity to kill Alicent and her kids.

    Rhaenys and Alicent stand opposite each other

    What was your fave moment of the episode?