The fifth episode of House of the Dragon raised the death toll to two. It began with a stunning murder and ended with a cliffhanger suggesting a major death in the future. There was one other death in the episode, and it initially appeared that it might not be particularly significant over time. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from the most recent episode of House of the Dragon. Continue reading at your own peril…
In episode 5, “We Light the Way,” of House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon have a wedding that was arranged for political reasons. The two don’t love each other but agree to try and produce heirs while continuing to see other people. For example, Rhaenyra can keep seeing Criston Cole and Laenor his lover Joffrey.
Cole is furious about the scheme, preferring to leave Westeros with Rhaenyra and live freely together, far away from the drama of her family. Joffrey approached Criston at the wedding celebrations to suggest they collaborate to keep each other’s secrets. Still embarrassed by his conduct, Criston is upset by everything that has happened, and he eventually assaults Joffrey at the party by beating his face until it’s little more than a bloody pulp. It’s a severe murder that sets up even greater events in the future.
What Happens to Criston Cole?
Cole is attempting to take his own life later in the episode when he’s interrupted by Queen Alicent. Cole and Alicent then have a conversation about his relationship with Rhaenyra before parting ways; however, this isn’t the last time we see either one of them. Thanks to Fire & Blood, though, we know what will happen next for these characters.
George R.R. Martin‘s book convinces Criston Cole not to kill himself, instead taking a position working with her as time goes on. He becomes a key member of the guards who watch over Alicent and her children when Viserys dies and Aegon II is crowned as the new king in King’s Landing. This makes him one of the most important figures in their lives
Eventually, Aegon and Rhaenrya go to war over the Iron Throne. Criston Cole ends up fighting against the woman he once loved–the woman with whom he hoped to run away and live a life free from politics.
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