(Warning: The following contains spoilers from House of the Dragon.)
It wouldn’t be a royal wedding in Westeros without a little bloodshed.
Following in the footsteps of Game of Thrones’ Red and Purple Weddings, the September 18 episode of House of the Dragon stepped up with a royally gory wedding of its own. Surprisingly, the rehearsal dinner chaos for Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Ser Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate) was not created by Prince Daemon Targaryen (MattSmith), Rhaenyra’s uncle who was disinherited and has an uneasy fixation on the princess.
Instead, the present drama was written by Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel), Rhaenyra’s lover and sworn protector. So who exactly did Ser Criston kill? Ser Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod).
But before we jump into the brutal duel, let’s explain how the two knights got into this position.
Earlier in the episode, Queen Alicent (Emily Carey), Rhaenyra’s former best friend and now stepmother, interrogated Ser Criston about the rumor that Rhaenyra had been seen intimate with her uncle in a brothel. Ser Criston, however, didn’t notice Alicent asking about Daemon and went on to admit that he himself had slept with the princess, breaking his vows as a member of the Kingsguard.