Ah, weddings a period for love, and when your home is in the overall game of Thrones or House of the Dragon world, a period for carnage and death.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode 5 of House of the Dragon.]
In the fifth bout of the GoT spinoff House of the Dragon (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO), theres a marriage. So, naturally, it becomes a tragedy with a dramatic murder.
GoT infamously had the Red Wedding (Season 3s episode The Rains of Castamere, where Robb Stark, his mom, his wife and unborn child were brutally slaughtered). That show also had the Purple Wedding (Season 4s The Lion in the Rose) where the odious villain Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) infamously choked to death, poisoned, at their own nuptials.
Now, add Rhaenyra and Laenors ceremony to the list. Another Joffrey has died at a marriage in Westeros.
This Joffrey (Solly McLeod) internal of the Dragon is a lot nicer compared to the one from GoT. Hes the boyfriend of Laenor, who Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) is marrying, in a political arrangement between their own families. As it happens that Rhaenyras fianc is gay, so that they consent to have an open marriage where they are able to both see other folks privately. Laenor can continue dating Joffrey, and Rhaenyra will keep seeing her dreamy protector, Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) who she slept with last episode.
The wrench in this course of action? Criston doesnt wish to be Rhaenyras side piece. And, hes enraged that shes not ready to quit her crown to perform off and marry him. Hes so furious, he turns full psycho and murders Joffrey in public areas, simply for the crime of approaching Criston concerning the proven fact that both of these are dating the groom and bride. Joffrey isnt taunting him about any of it, he just really wants to ensure that theyre all on a single page making use of their unconventional relationship.
But, Criston snaps and murders him, creating a full pivot from Prince Charming to Michael Myers.
The marriage wasnt exactly going well even prior to the murder Daemon (Matt Smith) turns up, smirking, and his exasperated brother King Viserys (Paddy Considine) allows him to become listed on their table, despite the fact that that they had a falling out in clumps last episode about Daemon making out with Rhaenyra in a brothel. You understand, regular family antics. Daemon also recently murdered their own wife, and shes got some family attending this event who arent pleased with him making for a few awkward moments.
Daemon also dances with Rhaenyra, while her angry father looks on.
To create matters worse, Alicent (Emily Carey), Rhaenyras former companion and current stepmother, has turned against Rhaenyra, since shes discovered that while she defended Rhaenyra from the rumors about her sex life last episode, Rhaenyra lied to her. Showing that shes no more supporting her stepdaughter, she makes a dramatic entrance in a green dress (which symbolizes war on her behalf house, someone whispers on-screen), interrupting the kings speech and developing a tense moment.
Spoiler alert from the book Fire & Blood this story is resulting in a civil war between factions which are essentially Team Alicent and Team Rhaenyra. So, it is a big part of that direction.
Most of these uncomfortable interactions culminate with Criston going off the rails and murdering poor Joffrey, who must have known much better than to wait a Westeros wedding. People named Joffrey should certainly just sit those out.
The episode ends with Rhaenyra and a weeping Laenor tying the knot as the dead body of Laenors boyfriend is based on the backdrop.
Weddings in Westeros so romantic!