‘House of the Dragon’ brings another brutal wedding to the ‘GoT’ world

Ah, weddings – a time for love, and when you reside within the “Sport of Thrones” or “Home of the Dragon” world, a time for carnage and loss of life.

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

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

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

Now, add Rhaenyra and Laenor’s ceremony to the listing. One other Joffrey has died at a marriage in Westeros. 

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) getting stabbed on the Pink Wedding ceremony in “Sport of Thrones.”
Natalie Dormer with Jack Gleeson clutching his throat.
Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) dying on the Purple Wedding ceremony on “Sport 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 “Home of the Dragon.”

This Joffrey (Solly McLeod) in “Home of the Dragon” is far 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 they comply with have an open marriage the place they’ll each see different folks on the aspect. Laenor can proceed courting Joffrey, and Rhaenyra can hold seeing her dreamy protector, Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) who she slept with final episode. 

The wrench on this plan? Criston doesn’t need to be Rhaenyra’s aspect piece. And, he’s enraged that she’s not keen 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 truth that each of them are courting the bride and groom. Joffrey isn’t taunting him about it, he simply desires to be sure that they’re all on the identical web page with their unconventional relationship. 

However, 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) on the catastrophe marriage ceremony feast on “Home of the Dragon.”
Theo Nate as Laenor Velaryon on "House of the Dragon."
Theo Nate as Laenor Velaryon on “Home of the Dragon.”

The marriage wasn’t precisely going nicely even earlier than the homicide – Daemon (Matt Smith) exhibits up, smirking, and his exasperated brother King Viserys (Paddy Considine) permits him to affix their desk, although they’d a falling out final episode about Daemon making out with Rhaenyra in a brothel. You recognize, common household antics. Daemon additionally just lately murdered his personal spouse, and he or she’s bought some members of the family attending this occasion who aren’t proud of him — which makes for some awkward moments.

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

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

Spoiler alert from the e book “Hearth & Blood” – this story is resulting in a civil warfare between factions which are primarily Crew Alicent and Crew Rhaenyra. So, this can be a large step in that route. 

Alicent (Emily Carey) in a green dress standing in a doorway.
Alicent (Emily Carey) in her notorious inexperienced gown on “Home 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) conform to have an open relationship on “Home of the Dragon.”

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

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

Weddings in Westeros – so romantic! 

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