Rhaenyra Targaryen Death: After a warmed a conflict between Rhaenyra Targaryen and her malevolent stepmother Sovereign Alicent that closures in a wounding, Rhaenyra pursues a disputable decision. She goes to her uncle Daemon and requests to wed him, both to set her case to the privileged position and on the grounds that she’s plainly got a crush on her dad’s sibling.
Daemon concurs, yet brings up one significant blemish with his niece’s arrangement: She’s now hitched. Evidently separate from isn’t a thing in Westeros, in light of the fact that the main way forward is for Rhaenyra’s significant other to rearrange off this human curl. So they concoct a plot that includes paying off Laenor’s current “secret” sweetheart, Ser Qarl Correy, to kill his own darling.
Rhaenyra Targaryen Death: In a progression of occasions intercut with the Targaryen wedding, we see Daemon pay off Qarl and afterward slip into the Velaryon palace of Driftmark, where he cripples a gatekeeper. Then, Qarl appears at the palace, yells about how Laenor never approaches him with deference, and starts swinging his blade.
Laenor’s assistant runs for help, yet when anybody can appear the battle is done, and they find a dead body pushed into a lit chimney. He’s so consumed he’s scarcely unmistakable, yet his garments and gems clarify this is Laenor — or so we think.
Rhaenyra Targaryen Death: A last shot shows Qarl on a little paddle boat. He’s joined by a hooded figure who uncovers himself to be Laenor, still alive however with a shaved head.
The response here is straightforward. Daemon and Rhaenyra’s arrangement was to make a situation where Laenor and Qarl were separated from everyone else, except another person realized they were battling. Then they took another horribly tragic creature’s dead body, dressed it up like Laenor, and tossed it in the fire to conceal its actual character.
Rhaenyra Targaryen Death: From that point onward, Laenor just needed to trim off his streaming Velaryon hair and come to the boat, and afterward they were free as a bird. As Daemon recommends prior, the pair will go to Essos, where gay connections are more acknowledged than they are in the socially safe Westeros.
In light of those intercut scenes of Daemon and Rhaenyra’s wedding, obviously the arrangement worked, however whether Laenor will ultimately return and ruin everything is not yet clear.