Ah, weddings – a time for love, and in case you reside in the “Game of Thrones” or “House of the Dragon” world, a time for carnage and dying.

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode 5 of “House of the Dragon.”]

In the fifth episode of the “GoT” spinoff “House of the Dragon” (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO), there’s a wedding. So, naturally, it turns right into a catastrophe with a dramatic homicide. 

“GoT” infamously had the Red Wedding (Season 3’s episode “The Rains of Castamere,” wherein Robb Stark, his mother, his spouse and unborn youngster have been brutally slaughtered). That present additionally had the Purple Wedding (Season 4’s “The Lion in the Rose”) wherein the odious villain Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) infamously choked to dying, poisoned, at his personal nuptials.

Now, add Rhaenyra and Laenor’s ceremony to the checklist. Another Joffrey has died at a wedding in Westeros. 

Robb Stark getting stabbed by Roose Bolton on "Game of Thones."
Robb Stark (Richard Madden) getting stabbed at the Red Wedding in “Game of Thrones.”
Natalie Dormer with Jack Gleeson clutching his throat.
Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) dying at the Purple Wedding on “Game of Thrones.”
King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) sitting at a table at a feast on "House of the Dragon."
King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) on “House of the Dragon.”

This Joffrey (Solly McLeod) in “House of the Dragon” is way nicer than the one from “GoT.” He’s the boyfriend of Laenor, who Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) is marrying, in a political association between their households. It seems that Rhaenyra’s fiancé is homosexual, so that they agree to have an open marriage the place they will each see different folks on the facet. Laenor can proceed courting Joffrey, and Rhaenyra can maintain seeing her dreamy protector, Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) who she slept with last episode


The wrench on this plan? Criston doesn’t need to be Rhaenyra’s facet piece. And, he’s enraged that she’s not prepared to surrender her crown to run off and marry him. He’s so livid, he turns full psycho and murders Joffrey in public, only for the crime of approaching Criston about the undeniable fact that each of them are courting the bride and groom. Joffrey isn’t taunting him about it, he simply desires to ensure that they’re all on the similar web page with their unconventional relationship. 

But, Criston snaps and murders him, making a full pivot from Prince Charming to Michael Myers. 

King Viserys (Paddy Consideine), Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Laenor (Theo Nate) at the disaster wedding feast on "House of the Dragon."
King Viserys (Paddy Considine), Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Laenor (Theo Nate) at the catastrophe wedding feast on “House of the Dragon.”
Theo Nate as Laenor Velaryon on "House of the Dragon."
Theo Nate as Laenor Velaryon on “House of the Dragon.”

The wedding wasn’t precisely going properly even earlier than the homicide – Daemon (Matt Smith) exhibits up, smirking, and his exasperated brother King Viserys (Paddy Considine) permits him to be part of their desk, despite the fact that that they had a falling out final episode about Daemon making out with Rhaenyra in a brothel. You know, common household antics. Daemon additionally not too long ago murdered his personal spouse, and he or she’s bought some relations attending this occasion who aren’t pleased with him — which makes for some awkward moments.

Daemon additionally dances with Rhaenyra, whereas her offended father appears to be like on.

To make issues worse, Alicent (Emily Carey), Rhaenyra’s former finest pal and present stepmother, has now turned in opposition to Rhaenyra, since she’s came upon that whereas she defended Rhaenyra from the rumors about her intercourse life final episode, Rhaenyra lied to her. To present that she’s not supporting her stepdaughter, she makes a dramatic entrance in a inexperienced gown (which symbolizes conflict for her home, somebody whispers on-screen), interrupting the king’s speech and making a tense second.

Spoiler alert from the book “Fire & Blood” – this story is main to a civil conflict between factions which might be primarily Team Alicent and Team Rhaenyra. So, this can be a large step in that path. 

Alicent (Emily Carey) in a green dress standing in a doorway.
Alicent (Emily Carey) in her notorious inexperienced gown on “House of the Dragon.”
Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and her fiance Laenor (Theo Nate) smile at each other on a beach on "House of the Dragon."
Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and her fiancé Laenor (Theo Nate) agree to have an open relationship on “House of the Dragon.”

All of these uncomfortable interactions culminate with Criston going off the rails and murdering poor Joffrey, who ought to have recognized higher than to attend a Westeros wedding. People named Joffrey ought to actually simply sit these out. 

The episode ends with Rhaenyra and a weeping Laenor tying the knot whereas the lifeless physique of Laenor’s boyfriend lies in the background.

Weddings in Westeros – so romantic! 

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