‘House of the Dragon’ shocker: Criston Cole breaks bad

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 evening’s fifth episode of the “Sport of Thrones” spinoff collection “Home of the Dragon,” the dreamy Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) breaks unhealthy. 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 risk. 

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

Right 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 individuals on the facet. 

Sadly, Cole isn’t eager on this. He desires Rhaenyra to run off and marry him and make a brand new life collectively distant, however she’s unwilling to ditch her crown. As a substitute, 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 along with her fiancé, Laenor (Theo Nate) on “Home of the Dragon.”
Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) standing close together looking flirty in "House of the Dragon."
Rhaenyra and Cole in “Home of the Dragon.”
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When her former finest pal and present stepmother, Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) asks him about Rhaenyra’s actions throughout the sex-fest final 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 in any way).  

Later on 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 facet companions to the bride and groom at this marriage ceremony.

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

Fabien Frankel as Ser Crison Cole on "House of the Dragon" kneeling.
Frankel as Cole on “Home of the Dragon.”
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Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) entering a room looking serious.
Cole is not Prince Charming on “Home of the Dragon.”
{Photograph} by Ollie Upton / HBO

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.]

Within the George R.R. Martin e-book “Hearth & Blood” that the present relies on, this story is resulting in a civil struggle between factions which might be mainly Workforce Hightower and Workforce Rhaenyra. So, though the scene ends there, this paves the way in which for Cole’s loyalties to be on Workforce 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. However, for the reason that scenario didn’t go precisely his means, 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.
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 occasions on “Home of the Dragon.”
{Photograph} by Ollie Upton / HBO

Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), Rhaenyra’s different love curiosity, is inappropriate in a slew of the way (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 seem like a better option for her than Cole. 

Star Alcock agrees, since she lately instructed The Submit about Cole, “I believe that she genuinely likes him. However I don’t assume she would choose him over Daemon, finally.”

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

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

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