House of the Dragon Episode 5 “We Light the Way” paradoxically introduced a ton of darkness to the nuptials of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Ser Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate). What was meant to be a lavish welcome dinner kicking off every week of tourneys, balls, and festivities was a nightmare for House Targaryen. First Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) selected this night time to declare herself an lively participant in the Game of Thrones by arriving late wearing her household’s battle colour, inexperienced. Then Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) went berserk on the Knight of Kisses, Ser Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod), beating the man to demise for no obvious cause. Finally, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) himself collapsed throughout Rhaenyra and Laenor’s hastened non-public wedding ceremony.

Is Viserys lifeless? Did House of the Dragon simply kill off the king? Why did Ser Criston kill Laenor’s boyfriend? (Yes, in the event you didn’t catch it, Rhaenyra’s new husband Laenor is certainly homosexual.) And what’s happening with Ser Criston and Alicent in the godswood at the finish of House of the Dragon Episode 5?

Here’s the whole lot you should learn about what simply went down on House of the Dragon on HBO…

Viserys collapsed in House of the Dragon Episode 5
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Well, it actually was a tough week for good outdated King Viserys I. After puking his technique to Driftmark and collapsing in the courtyard, his well being solely obtained worse at the welcoming ceremony for Rhaenyra’s wedding ceremony to Laenor. During the chaos that ensues when Ser Criston begins beating Ser Joffrey to demise, the digital camera cuts to a struggling Viserys at the excessive desk. The king seems to be bleeding from his nostril onto his platter. Even worse, Viserys ruins Rhaenyra’s somber wedding ceremony ceremony by collapsing as soon as extra onto the floor. Everyone understandably freaks out whereas rats feast on a puddle of Ser Joffrey’s blood.

So did Viserys die at the finish of House of the Dragon Episode 5?

Spoiler alert: Viserys will not be lifeless. (Not dead yet!) He is clearly doing very poorly, although. His cuts from the Iron Throne have unfold throughout his again, he’s misplaced fingers, and is now affected by some extra sickness.

Maybe the most stunning factor about Viserys’s well being is that he’ll nonetheless be alive when the present jumps forward ten years into the future subsequent week! Yes, there’s a large time leap arising in House of the Dragon Episode 6. Older actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke might be taking on the roles of Rhaenyra and Alicent respectively from Milly Alcock and Emily Carey. And someway — perhaps because of Maester Orwyle’s poultices? — Paddy Considine’s Viserys will nonetheless be rattling round.

Joffrey Lonmouth talking to Ser Criston Cole in House of the Dragon Episode 5
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The most stunning second of House of the Dragon Episode 5 is undoubtedly when Ser Criston Cole beats Ser Joffrey Lonmouth to demise in entrance of everybody in courtroom. What makes the Kingsguard lose his mood and actually homicide a dude? Well…perhaps as a result of he can’t lash out at who he’s actually mad at… Rhaenyra.

We realized final week that Rhaenyra misplaced her virginity to Ser Criston Cole. That scene was full of heartbreaking stress as Ser Criston took a beat to meditate on his white cloak — a logo of his advantage — earlier than succumbing to his want. This week, although, Ser Criston makes his emotions for Rhaenyra recognized. He means that they run off to Essos collectively. They can get married and discover the world unfettered from their duties to the Iron Throne. Rhaenyra will not be down with this concept. She explains that she is the crown and her responsibility is extra necessary to her than any type of love match. She additionally clearly needs the trappings of energy that include being queen. Ser Criston’s pitch is not

interesting to Rhaenyra.

So Rhaenyra has damaged Ser Criston’s coronary heart. Then she does one thing worse. Rhaenyra explains that she and Laenor have agreed to have an open marriage so she and Ser Criston can hold boning if they need. Ser Criston is disgusted by this. He explains that every one he has in life to his identify is his Kingsguard appointment and the solely method he might morally redeem his personal identify is by marrying Rhaenyra. He additionally realizes that Rhaenyra doesn’t love him as he loves her. She needs to make use of him for pleasure, and nothing extra.

For extra perception into how this devastates Ser Criston, we’d like solely to look at the scene the place he reveals he’s slept with Rhaenyra to Alicent. Alicent, of course, is making an attempt to determine if something occurred between Rhaenyra and Daemon. Ser Criston actually asks Alicent to be merciful by killing him slightly than gelding him. (For context: There had been a Kingsguard member named Ser Lucamore Strong — sure, associated to these Strongs — throughout Jaehaerys’s reign who was found carrying on with three completely different ladies. He was castrated and despatched to the Wall as punishment. Ser Criston is assuming that’s how he might be punished.)

So principally Ser Criston would slightly be actually lifeless. But what units him off is the proven fact that Ser Joffrey Lonmouth figures out his secret and throws it in his face. Ser Joffrey thinks he’s buddying as much as another person who’s down for this open marriage scenario. In truth, he’s mocking Ser Criston and underscoring that their collective secrets and techniques might find yourself killing all concerned.

While we don’t know precisely what was stated or finished that led to the altercation between Ser Criston and Ser Joffrey, Laenor is initially caught up in it. Ser Criston’s rage compels him to bodily destroy this one who represents his biggest disgrace in mirror type. It’s value noting that whereas Ser Criston Cole does kill Ser Joffrey Lonmouth, the Knight of Kisses, in George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, he waits till after the wedding ceremony. Ser Criston loses management at a tourney melée and kills Ser Joffrey there. House of the Dragon clearly determined to vary the timeline to offer us one other Game of Thrones bloody wedding ceremony…

Alicent approaching Ser Criston in the godswood in House of the Dragon Episode 5
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The last moments of House of the Dragon Episode 5 intercut Rhaenyra and Laenor’s somber wedding ceremony ceremony with Ser Criston Cole making the motions to die by suicide in the Godswood. As Rhaenyra pledges her life to Laenor, Ser Criston takes a dagger to his stomach and prepares to finish his life. However, he’s stopped at the final second by Alicent arriving, nonetheless in Hightower inexperienced, saying nothing however his identify.

While we’ll by no means know what was stated subsequent, what’s clear is that Ser Criston Cole is switching sides. His loyalty is now not with Rhaenyra, the princess who made him a Kingsguard solely to sully that honor, however with Alicent, the queen who confirmed him mercy by protecting his secret and saving his life. One thriller in Fire & Blood is how and why Ser Criston switched sides and now we perceive why.

In the weeks forward, count on to see Ser Criston as Alicent’s sworn protector and a key member of what is called Team Green.

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