So a lot for Criston Cole being Rhaenyra Targaryen’s prince charming. That didn’t final. 

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

On Sunday night time’s fifth episode of the “Game of Thrones” spinoff sequence “House of the Dragon,” the dreamy Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) breaks bad. So, to any viewers hoping that Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) might have a fortunately ever after along with her sworn protector who she misplaced her virginity to, wave goodbye to that chance. 

In this episode, Cole will get livid that Rhaenyra rejects the thought of abandoning her crown to run off with him. So he reacts in a peaceful and logical manner by dramatically murdering any individual who doesn’t deserve it — thus ending anybody’s hopes of “possibly Criston is the good man who Rhaenyra ought to find yourself with!”

Here’s what occurs. Rhaenyra goes to marry Laenor (Theo Nate), Corlys Velaryon’s (Steve Toussaint) son, in a political association that each households have agreed on. It seems that Laenor is homosexual and has a boyfriend, Joffrey (Solly McLeod), so Rhaenyra and Laenor agree that they’ll have their marriage for present, and each date different folks on the aspect. 

Unfortunately, Cole isn’t eager on this. He desires Rhaenyra to run off and marry him and make a brand new life collectively far-off, however she’s unwilling to ditch her crown. Instead, she tells him about her association with Laenor, and explains that they will proceed seeing one another. 

Cole is so enraged — “You need me to be your whore?” he sneers — that he betrays her instantly.

Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) with her fiance, Laenor (Theo Nate) on a beach on "House of the Dragon."
Rhaenyra along with her fiancé, Laenor (Theo Nate) on “House of the Dragon.”
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Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) standing close together looking flirty in "House of the Dragon."
Rhaenyra and Cole in “House of the Dragon.”
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When her former greatest good friend and present stepmother, Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) asks him about Rhaenyra’s actions throughout the sex-fest last episode, he confesses that they had been intimate. This shocks Hightower, since she tried to assist Rhaenyra (when rumors had been flying round about her intercourse life) and she or he now is aware of that Rhaenyra lied to her (when she denied collaborating in any hanky-panky by any means).  

Later at the marriage ceremony feast, Cole’s true colours come out much more. Laenor’s boyfriend, Joffrey, makes a deadly error of not realizing what story he’s in. (Doesn’t this man know that nothing good ever occurs to guys named Joffrey at weddings in Westeros?) Joffrey tries to bond with Cole about each being the aspect companions to the bride and groom at this marriage ceremony.

Cole responds to this rationally. Just kidding, he responds like a psycho, brutally murdering Joffrey in entrance of everybody as the crowd panics and the occasion dissolves into chaos. 

Fabien Frankel as Ser Crison Cole on "House of the Dragon" kneeling.
Frankel as Cole on “House of the Dragon.”
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Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) entering a room looking serious.
Cole is now not Prince Charming on “House of the Dragon.”
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Later, Cole is proven taking his knife to his chest, apparently planning to kill himself after going off the rails, however Hightower seems and stops him.

[Warning: Spoiler alert from book source material.]

In the George R.R. Martin book “Fire & Blood” that the present relies on, this story is resulting in a civil battle between factions which can be mainly Team Hightower and Team Rhaenyra. So, though the scene ends there, this paves the manner for Cole’s loyalties to be on Team Hightower. 

It’s price noting that Rhaenyra didn’t even outright reject Cole — she was simply unwilling to surrender her life’s ambitions for him. She was open to a workaround to proceed seeing him. But, since the scenario didn’t go precisely his manner, Cole violently lashed out. 

King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) at her wedding feast sitting at a table.
King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Rhaenyra at her marriage ceremony feast that Cole ruins.
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Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) with Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) during happier times walking with a horse between them in a forest on "House of the Dragon."
Rhaenyra with Cole throughout happier instances on “House of the Dragon.”
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Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), Rhaenyra’s other love interest, is inappropriate in a slew of methods (he’s her uncle, he’s considerably older, and he’s additionally a psycho who murders somebody this episode too – his spouse!) however at this level, he’s beginning to appear to be a better option for her than Cole. 

Star Alcock agrees, since she recently told The Post about Cole, “I believe that she genuinely likes him. But I don’t assume she would decide him over Daemon, finally.”

Sorry, followers of Cole, it seems that he’s not a superb dude. He’s the form of man who reacts to a woman rejecting him by doing one thing completely unhinged.  

“House of the Dragon” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. 

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