Westerosi Weddings
Emily Carey as Alicent in House of the Dragon

These Tweets About House Of The Dragon's Green Wedding Are Vicious

Joffreys never fare well at weddings.

by Ani Bundel
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There were certain turning points in Game of Thrones that turned it from HBO’s fantasy dragon series into the biggest show in the world. Several of those moments included weddings: Sansa’s Gold Wedding, the Freys’ Red Wedding, Joffrey’s Purple Wedding, and the Boltons’ Black Wedding. House of the Dragon has now added to the legacy with the *Green* Wedding, a nightmare of jealousy and division. These tweets about House of the Dragon’s Green Wedding are as vicious as what happened to poor Joffrey Lonmouth.

Warning: Spoilers for House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 5 follow. In terms of marriages, Rhaenyra and Laenor’s looked pretty promising. She understood he liked men; he understood she had her own romantic interests. Each had their own lover on the side who doubled as their main protectors; he had Ser Joffrey Lonmouth, and she had Ser Criston Cole. Three out of four were clear-eyed about the situation and happy to make it work.

Unfortunately, the fourth, Criston, had his head in the clouds. He believed Rhaenyra would run away with him and live like a commoner for love, and when she told him she would never agree to that, he was shattered. Worse, when Alicent cornered him and asked if Rhaenyra’s “virtue” had been tarnished, his guilt and shame (and heartbreak) led him to confess everything and beg for the mercy of a swift execution.

One could imagine Cersei rolling her eyes at such melodrama, but Alicent was too shocked and heartbroken to do anything but send him on his way. Alicent was enraged that Rhaenrya played her for a fool (she *had* defended her friend’s honor against her father’s word — causing him to be dismissed as hand of the king — after all). So, for Rhaenrya’s wedding festivities, Alicent dressed in Hightower green, signaling to those who were against Rhaenyra taking the throne that she was on their side.

Meanwhile, Joffrey, thinking Criston was about to be his buddy, sidled up to him and introduced himself. But Criston was horrified that Joffrey knew his shame and was degenerate enough to be OK with it. In a panic, he savagely attacked and murdered Joffrey in cold blood on the dance floor in front of the whole delegation.

Assuming his life was over, Criston was about to end it all. But having seen his savagery, Alicent stepped up and took the fighter under her wing, recognizing him as an ally in her impending fight against her former friend.

The fandom was pleased to see that weddings in Westeros have not changed in a few hundred years.

House of the Dragon Season 1 continues with new episodes on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.