Home of the Dragon’s beatdown demise, damaged down by an MMA skilled

This week’s Home of the Dragon introduced rather a lot to the ceremonial desk: scheming energy {couples}, daring vogue decisions, and in the end, a very nasty brawl.

It’s that final bit that we’re right here to speak about right this moment.

[Ed. note: Significant spoilers follow for the fifth episode of House of the Dragon.]

One of many largest occasions of the episode is the marriage between Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon, solidifying the bond between two highly effective Westerosi homes. As is commonly the case for political marriages, the spouses have their eyes on others: particularly, their respective lovers, Ser Criston Cole and Ser Joffrey “The Knight of Kisses” Lonmouth.

On the wedding ceremony, Ser Joffrey deduces that Ser Criston is his counterpart on this four-sided relationship. Joffrey makes an try to strike up a dialog, letting on that he is aware of about Criston and Rhaenyra’s secret, and advises that the 2 knights look out for one another.

That goes… extraordinarily poorly. Quickly afterward, a commotion breaks out on the dance flooring, with Criston on prime of Joffrey, whaling on his face with reckless abandon. It’s a ground-and-pound scene straight out of a contemporary MMA combat (albeit with one combatant sporting a full swimsuit of armor).

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

Fortunately, I work on the identical place as MMA Preventing, the perfect MMA web site within the enterprise. So I reached out to senior reporter Damon Martin, who can be a self-described “large” fan of the Sport of Thrones universe.

Martin was impressed by Criston’s ground-and-pound combating, and in contrast the knight’s technical strategy to that of heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes. However he mentioned the younger fighter may nonetheless step up his recreation.

“Credit score to Criston Cole on his method with the fast takedown and shifting into mount, the place he simply started raining down blows on the ‘Knight of the Kisses,’ who actually must work on his protection on the bottom, though now it seems he’ll by no means get the prospect,” Martin mentioned. “The one actual enchancment that Ser Criston must make can be mixing in some elbows to go together with the punches if he actually needs to inflict most injury, however he appeared to be doing simply high quality along with his fists.”

As for Joffrey, the loser on this specific battle — there was no official affirmation as to his standing, however he positive appeared in very dangerous form on the finish of the alternate — Martin gave some notes on how he may have prevented his bloody destiny.

“Poor Joffrey simply by no means acquired the chance to showcase any of his combating expertise as soon as he was on his again,” he mentioned. “It appeared like he had by no means taken a single grappling class in all these years he was serving Home Velaryon in Driftmark. On the very least, Joffrey ought to have recognized the way to pull guard on the larger, stronger opponent to maintain him shut so he may no less than mitigate the injury he was absorbing. Making Ser Criston work to get free to posture up and throw punches would have probably drained him out, contemplating he had about 80 kilos of armor weighing him down on the time.”

Ser Criston Cole holds a knife to his stomach in a grassy area in House of the Dragon.

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO

What about Criston shifting ahead? We see on the finish of the episode that Queen Alicent stops him from killing himself. If Criston places his thoughts to it, Martin thinks he may grow to be an actual star on this planet of Westerosi MMA.

“Ser Criston definitely seems to be the total package deal,” Martin mentioned. “He’s acquired energy, velocity, and a ruthlessness that can probably carry him far in future fights. However combating with emotion generally is a double-edged sword, so he may wish to preserve his anger in verify. As a result of the day will come when Criston will run right into a cerebral opponent, who may reap the benefits of his lack of ability to separate the job from one thing extra private.

“If he retains engaged on that wrestling, he may contend for a WFC title in the future (Westeros Preventing Championships, in fact).”

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