‘House of the Dragon’: All the ‘Fire and Blood’ Easter Eggs from Episode 5

By Dothraki standards, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Laenor Velaryon’s (Theo Nate) wedding was a dull affair. For the new royal couple, however, it was anything but.

The brutal ending of “We Light the Way,” the fifth episode and midway point of House of the Dragon’s first season, comes straight from the pages of George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood, in many important ways. It also boasts key differences from the book in how some key elements are depicted, such as Queen Alicent (Emily Carey) boasting her Hightower pride, not to mention Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) killing Ser Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod) at the conclusion of the wedding feast. Let’s track some of the biggest moments from the episode, based on how they play out on the page.

The Green Queen

With its fifth episode, House of the Dragon puts forth one of the single most anticipated moments from Fire & Blood, as Queen Alicent loudly signal-boosts the end of her friendship with Rhaenyra by wearing an extravagant green gown.

“The beacon on the Hightower,” Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) whispers to his brother Harwin (Ryan Corr). “Do you know what color it glows when Oldtown calls its banners to war?”

The answer is all over Alicent’s attire, of course, and while the fashionable declaration of war originates from the book, it happens under different circumstances. Rather than occurring during Rhaenyra’s wedding, as on the show, the moment happens on the fifth anniversary of her marriage to King Viserys (Paddy Considine). What’s more, the book’s emphasis is less on Alicent’s green dress, and more on Rhaenyra’s choice of wardrobe.

Martin writes: “At the opening feast, the queen wore a green gown, whilst the princess dressed dramatically in Targaryen red and black. Note was taken, and thereafter it became the custom to refer to ‘greens’ and ‘blacks’ when talking of the queen’s party and the party of the princess, respectively.”

The Knight of Kisses

Despite appearing in only two episodes (this one, and previously in the Stepstones war featured in “Second of His Name”), Joffrey Lonmouth’s short reign on House of the Dragon leaves him as the by-far most likable Joffrey in the Game of Thrones franchise, at least for now. Yes, there is another on the way. No, you don’t want to google it.

Ser Lonmouth’s name appears only twice in Fire & Blood, and is described only as Ser Laenor’s favorite knight. Criston kills the so-called Knight of Kisses in the book, but in a very different manner than the show’s version of events. In the book, Criston unleashes unrelenting fury during a tournament held in honor of Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding, badly injuring Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr) and later using a morningstar to beat Joffrey within inches of his life. Laenor spends the next several days at Joffrey’s side before his beloved dies.

Afterward, Laenor leaves King’s Landing for Driftmark, completely devastated by the loss. How the show plans to handle Laenor’s next steps remains unclear; Laenor’s devastation, unfortunately, is all too palpable.

Ser Criston’s Collapse

In episode four, House of the Dragon revealed its answer to one of the biggest question marks from Martin’s book—namely, what actually happened between Rhaenyra and Criston Cole? This time around, we get clarity on what happens next: the complete and total collapse of Rhaenyra and Criston’s relationship.

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