Ah, weddings – a time for love, and if you live in the world of “Game of Thrones” or “House of the Dragon”, this is a time of carnage and death.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode 5 of “House of the Dragon.”]
In the fifth episode of GoT’s “House of the Dragon” spin-off (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO), there’s a wedding. So, naturally, it turns into a disaster with a tragic murder.
“GoT” was notorious red wedding (Season 3 episode “The Rain of Castamere,” in which Robb Stark and his mother, wife, and unborn child are brutally murdered.) This show also included The Purple Wedding (season four “The Lion in the Rose”) where the hateful villain Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) choked to death, poisoned, at his own wedding.
Now, add the Rhaenyra and Laenor ceremonies to the list. Another Joffrey died at a wedding in Westeros.
This Joffrey (Solly McLeod) in “House of the Dragon” is much nicer than the GoT movie. He is Laenor’s friend, whom Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) married, in a political arrangement between their families. It turns out that Rhaenyra’s fiancé is gay, so they agree to an open marriage where both can see other people on the side. Lenore could go on dating Joffrey, and Rhinera could go on to see her dreamy protector, Kriston Cole (Fabian Frankl) Who slept with last episode.
Wrench this plan? Kriston doesn’t want to be Rhaenyra’s side piece. He is angry that she is not willing to give up her crown to elope and marry him. He’s so angry, he turns full psychic and kills Joffrey in public, just for the crime of getting close to Kriston about the fact that they’re both dating the bride and groom. Joffrey isn’t making fun of him, he just wants to make sure they’re all on the same page with their unconventional relationship.
But Creston attacks and kills him, making him a complete hub from Prince Charming to Michael Myers.
The wedding wasn’t quite going quite right even before the murder – a smiling Daemon (Matt Smith) appears, and his angry brother King Viserys (Paddy Considine) lets him join their table, although they have a disagreement in the last episode about Satan is made with Rhaenyra in a brothel. You know, normal family behaviors. Daemon also recently killed his wife, and she has some family members attending the event who are not satisfied with him – which makes for some awkward moments.
A demon is also dancing with Rinera, while her angry father looks at her.
To make matters worse, Aliscent (Emily Carey), Rinera’s ex-best friend and current stepmother, has now turned against Rhinera, since finding out that while she defended Rhinera from rumors about her sexuality in the last episode, Reynira lied to her. To prove that she no longer supports her stepdaughter, she makes a dramatic entrance in a green dress (which symbolizes the war on her house, someone whispers on screen), interrupting the king’s speech and creating a tense moment.
Spoiler alert from Fire and Blood book. – This story led to a civil war between the factions which are mainly Team Alicent and Team Rhaenyra. So this is a big step in that direction.
All of these uncomfortable interactions culminate with Kriston derailing and killing poor Joffrey, who should have known better than to attend Westeros’ wedding. Only people called Joffrey have to sit down.
The episode ends with Rhaenyra and a crying Laenor tying the knot while Laenor’s friend’s body lies in the background.
Weddings in Westeros – very romantic!