Criston Cole is the new favorite punching bag of ‘House of the Dragon’ fans

Criston Cole is the new favorite punching bag of 'House


Warning: This article contains spoilers for House of the Dragon Episode 5, “We Light the Way.

Even by Westerosi standards, Ser Criston Cole on House of the Dragon really goes through it. But whether you empathize with some of his actions, see him as an irredeemable villain, or fall somewhere in between, the result remains the same: Criston Cole, once (and for many still) the dreamboat of the series, is now next. great meme target.

In just one episode, the Princess Criston Cole had slept with rejecting his proposal to run away to Essos – and for her to leave the Iron Throne – to restore his honor, he immediately barks at their relationship with her overly religious stepmother, becomes the most obvious brooding ex at her wedding’s opening party, and commits a hate crime against his ex’s fiancé’s lover, who invented it all. He nearly ends his own life in shame for what he’s done and who he’s become, but it’s Queen Alicent Hightower who ultimately saves him. (And, given the glimpse of HOTDThe time jump so far, looks like Criston Cole will stay by Alicent’s side.)

It’s… to put it simply, a lot.

But it also means, when? HOTD fans are swinging the character to fool him, they are not going to hold back as there are so many ways to take him down.

For example, his plan to flee to Essos with Rhaenyra, marry her and become a merchant? It probably could have used a little more work! Also, traveling with Syrax – for Rhaenyra would never have left her dragon behind – would have been a logistical nightmare to stay out of sight. But the consensus is that he doesn’t handle it well.

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Nor was his immediate response to admit to Alicent – Rhaenyra’s stepmother and now her biggest rival – crimes he wasn’t even charged with.

Rhaenyra’s proposal—leaving things as they were thanks to her and Laenor’s agreement on an open marriage—wasn’t something Criston was after. “So you want me to be your whore?” he asks. Well, as Twitter pointed out, at least one person may have said yes to her lover. That’s Harwin Strong of the City Watch, the son of Viserys’ Hand who fans may recognize as the only person who wasn’t shocked to see Rhaenyra covered in blood after killing a wild boar a few weeks ago, and who left the princess behind. his shoulder to protect him. her when Criston killed Ser Joffrey Lonmouth.

And while, like most Westerosi marriages, Rhaenrya’s marriage to Laenor was a tragedy, it was the most important event to measure all the people in her life.

HOTD is about to take a big time jump as it swaps out different actors for older counterparts. But the level of mess Criston Cole brought in just one episode is sure to have the kind of consequences that last much longer than one fateful and chaotic night.