Warning: spoilers ahead for Episode 5 of .
House of the Dragon Viewers were getting red flashes during Episode 5 entitled “We Light the Way” on Sunday night, when the terrible relationship of the royal wedding between Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and the son and heir of Lord Corlys Velaryon ended, Ser Laenor Velaryon.
Earlier in the episode, it was decided that Rhaenyra would marry Ser Laenor to join the two most powerful houses: House Targaryen and House Velaryon. While King Viserys worked out the details with Lord Corlys and Princess Rhaenys, Ser Laenor and Rhaenyra went for a walk on the beach, where they agreed that they would fulfill their political duties as husband and wife, but remain their marriage is open to their particular tastes.
In case you missed it, in the previous episode, Rhaenyra went to bed Ser Criston Cole. Meanwhile, we found out that Ser Laenor is gay and her secret lover is a knight, Ser Joffrey Lonmouth.
Skipping ahead to the pre-royal wedding dinner, the night already took a dramatic turn as soon as Viserys’ brother Daemon showed up to sit at the head table, followed by Queen Alicent Hightower, who showed up in a green dress emerald, the color. of House Hightower when its beacon declares war.
However, while the guests are dancing, Ser Laenor’s secret lover Joffrey approaches Rhaenyra’s secret lover Ser Criston and threatens him with blackmail, which prompts Ser Criston to eventually beat him to a pulp and his face completely beaten.
Marriages in Westeros are rarely non-violent. It’s almost expected at this point, which is why some viewers cheered before anything even went down. And although Ser Criston’s confinement did not end with a body count nearly as high as the red wedding, it was still shocking and jaw-dropping, and fans love it.
Even worse, despite Ser Laenor’s secret lover being brutally murdered, the wedding to enter House Targaryen and House Velaryon was still on, while Ser Laenor wept through the entire ceremony. And at the end of the episode, Viserys disappears, leaving his fate in question as we head into Episode 6 and its big leap forward in time, introducing new actors Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra and Olivia Cooke as Alicent.
House of the Dragon on Sunday at 9 pm HBO.
Watch Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon get cozy, which fans were totally here for:
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