‘House Of The Dragon’ Episode 5 Ending Explained: Criston Cole’s Killing Spree To Alicent’s Green Dress

House of The Dragon episode 5 brought out the big guns, with politics, blood, and gore the episode came so close to its predecessor. Even if we don’t compare the two HBO shows, episode 5 left many questions unanswered. With another possible time leap in the next episode, there is no letting if the show will ever explain it. From Ser Criston Cole’s killing spree to Alicent Hightower’s green dress, here’s everything you need to understand about the episode.

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Rhaenyra’s scandalous night with Daemon and Ser Criston Cole’ brought many uncertainties to the House Targaryen, to the throne as well as to Alicent Hightower who is now left alone in the palace without her father’s support in fear for her life as well as her children. With Viserys’ health in question and death looming over everyone is preparing for what’s to come father his death, including the King himself. He sets out to offer Rhaenyra’s hand to the son of Lord Corlys — a fine match for both dragons riding houses. Instead of settling the storm, the episode shows new alliances forming and others breaking.

Lady Rhea’s Murder
Lady Rhea Royce was Daemon’s wife. While we didn’t get to see much of her, she was often mentioned in the show. What her death is set to bring Daemon is wealth and title, without an heir to succeed her he technically is the true owner of her land and titles. However, under the given circumstances of her suspicious death, Daemon is not deemed worthy. Without his brother’s support and his dead wife’s wealth Daemon is sure to be left on the sidelines, in no way closer the throne than he began in episode one.

Rhaenyra And Laenor Velaryon’s Deal
After Viserys proposes a wedding between his daughter, heir to the Iron Throne, Rhaenyra and Lord Corlys’ son Laenor Velaryon, the two are seen talking on a stroll by the beach. While talking about their eating habits it becomes obvious that they are talking about their choices in life instead. Both decide to strike a deal as have their fathers. The deal goes after they performed their duty to the realm and the throne they are allowed to dine as they wish whether is a goose or a duck. With Laenor already in a relationship that may not be accepted easily, he believes there isn’t a better option for him.

Criston Cole’s Killing Spree
Meanwhile, Rhaenyra’s endeavors with Ser Criston Cole ended on the one night that they shared together. He proposes they run away, away from the duties, the throne, and start a life together. Rhaenyra makes it clear the only way they can be together is through an extramarital affair or an open marriage. In the moment, while explaining how they granted each other the leave to pursue their own interest, she also makes it clear that Rhaenyra also makes it clear that the Throne is all she cares about. He rightfully feels used and betrayed after he had broken his vow, and crossed the boundaries of morality for her.

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At the wedding celebration, Laenor’s mate Joffrey Lonmouth approached Criston Cole after watching him stare at Rhaenyra all night. Since both vested interests in the alliance, Joffrey suggests they should swear to protect their loved ones, but it does not sit well with Criston. Criston who felt betrayed couldn’t bare the fact that someone else knew the truth and that he’d have to live with it. He couldn’t let it be that Rhaenyra would get what she wanted and could cast him aside, in a fit of rage and to protect the image of the throne he bashed in Joffrey’s skull killing him.

Alicent’s New Dress
Alicent who is left all alone in the palace takes her father’s advice after realising that Rhaenyra truly betrayed her, setting off the great rivalry between the former best friends. Alicent is left with no other choice but to choose, between the family she was born into and the family she was married into. By wearing red or black Alicent could have made her space within the Targaryen family but that would only make her a small pawn in the family. Instead, she chose to wear green in honor of house Hightower, making her stand clear she would stand by the house and they’s have to do the same for her. Green is all known as the colour of War, the beginning of the Dance of Dragon.

Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India


John Colin

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