Things get complicated when Rhaenyra has sex with Criston, even if it seems consensual. That’s because Ser Criston Cole really is a funny idiot and a complete idiot who can’t close his pie hole in a minute. You see, Rhaenyra liked Ser Criston, who seemed to have done the same.
So when Rhaenyra was forced into marriage, she suggested that she and Ser Criston continue to be together while she performed her duties in public – a very good one, right? A non-noble knight becoming a member of a prestigious organization while gaining the love of the most powerful man in Westeros? Sweet! However, not for Criston.
You see, Criston is not the type of man who allows himself to simply be content with a good job and a woman’s love. He just can’t understand the idea of being with a powerful woman while he’s her servant (while probably fine with the opposite). He scoffed at Rhaenyra’s suggestion that they stay together after she married by saying it would make him her whore. Instead, Criston’s brilliant suggestion is to drag an “Aladdin” and go to the other side of the world to live in poverty because at least then he’ll be the man in charge.
Here’s a guy stupidly obsessed with his gas, to which he owes Rhaenyra, and so obsessed with his honor (only when it’s convenient) that he now only recalls the words. swore his virginity and confessed the whole affair to the queen, who didn’t know or care about it until he confessed.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1015897/house-of-the-dragons-criston-cole-is-the-stupidest-man-in-westeros-since-ned-stark/ House Of The Dragon’s Criston Cole is the dumbest man in Westeros since Ned Stark