Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole

He was born on April 6, 1994, and is a British actor. He is well known for his part as Ser Criston Cole in the HBO fantasy drama series House of the Dragon.

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Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole

Criston Cole was a knight from the House of Cole who worked his way up and became Viserys I Targaryen‘s Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. At first, he got along well with Viserys’s daughter, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. But then, they became enemies.

Criston persuaded Viserys’s son, Prince Aegon the Elder, to assume control of the Seven Kingdoms after his father, King Lay, had passed away. This caused the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war between Aegon II and Rhaenyra, his older half-sister, whom Viserys had been training for a long time to be his heir. Because of this, the hero was called Criston the Kingmaker. During some parts of the war, Criston was also Aegon II’s Hand of the King.

Criston Cole, Character and How he Looks Like

Criston’s hair was dark brown, and his eyes were light green. A lot of women said he was attractive.

In Battle, Criston was very skilled, especially with his Morningstar. He is also known to have fought with a longsword. I saw the Kingmaker on a white horse.

Criston Cole Birth and Early Life

Blackhaven, in the Dornish Marches, is where Ser Criston was born to a steward of Lord Dondarrion.

In 104 AC, Criston won a melee tournament at Maidenpool to celebrate the ascension of King Viserys I Targaryen to the Iron Throne, drawing the attention of the royal court by knocking Dark Sister from the hands of Prince Daemon. Before Lord Lymond Mallister took him off his horse, he gave the winner’s wreath to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who is seven years old, and wore it while unhorsing Daemon in the joust.

He also wore it for the twins Ser Arryk and Ser Erryk Cargyll of the Kingsguard. Then, to make Rhaenyra happy, King Viserys made Criston her special sworn shield. In 105 AC, Criston, who was 23 years old, joined the Kingsguard to replace the legendary Ser Ryam Redwyne.

Criston wore Rhaenyra’s favor in a competition in 111 AC. That’s when he unhorsed Ser Gwayne Hightower, the younger brother and champion of Alicent Hightower, King Viserys’ daughter and queen.

After a fight with his royal brother, Daemon left the city for the second time six months later. Mushroom said that Daemon had taught Rhaenyra particular things so that she could charm the noble Criston. When Rhaenyra finally approached the knight, Criston turned her away in horror.

As a Lord Commander

When Lord Commander of the Kingsguard Ser Harrold Westerling died in 112 AC, Criston was named to take over as leader of the white cloaks.

King Viserys I Targaryen set up the marriage of his daughter Rhaenyra, Princess of Dragonstone, to Ser Laenor Velaryon in 113 AC, even though she didn’t want to. According to Septon Eustace, Criston sneaked into Rhaenyra’s bedroom to tell her he loved her and offer to run away with her to one of the Free Cities and give his sword to a merchant prince as a promise.

But Rhaenyra said no, because a Targaryen was supposed to be more than just a sellsword’s wife, and if he could forget his vows as a Kingsguard, he could forget his marriage vows too.

But Mushroom says that Rhaenyra was the one who tried to charm Criston in White Sword Tower and failed. The rejected girl found comfort in Ser Harwin Strong, known as Breakbones. Criston went from being Rhaenyra’s staunchest defender to her worst enemy, and she quickly left for Driftmark with Harwin as her new sworn guard.

In 114 AD, Ser Criston went to Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding, where they feasted and fought for seven days. Mushroom started calling Harwin “Brokenbones” after he fought with Queen Alicent Hightower’s token and broke his collarbone and elbow during a melee. Ser Joffrey Lonmouth was Laenor’s favorite, and Criston’s Morningstar broke his armor.

Six days later, the Knight of Kisses died from the wound. Many people, including King Viserys, were mad at Criston for this, but Queen Alicent disagreed. She asked that he be made her special sworn shield. As a result, Criston became a devoted Alicent fan and joined the Green Party.

Despite Aemond having only one eye, Criston taught Prince Aemond Targaryen how to be a skilled fighter.

Ser Criston Cole’s Role in the House of the Dragons

Aegon II

When King Viserys I Targaryen died in 129 AC, Criston and Queen Alicent Hightower called together the small council to discuss who would take over as king. They did this while keeping the public’s death a secret. Criston didn’t like the idea of Rhaenyra Targaryen, Princess of Dragonstone, or her husband, Prince Daemon Targaryen, being in charge. He also spread the story that Rhaenyra’s children from Ser Laenor Velaryon were terrible people.

The Greens wanted to crown Prince Aegon the Elder, Rhaenrya’s younger half-brother, instead of her. Lord Lyman Beesbury was the only councilor who backed Rhaenyra. Septon Eustace says that Criston killed him by cutting off his head, while Mushroom says that Criston threw Lyman out of a window and he died. Neither Eustace nor Mushroom was at the meeting, though.

Criston took into arrest any blacks who were still present at court. Eustace said that Aegon was with the daughter of a seller when Criston went to see him to try to persuade the prince to take the Iron Throne. Mushroom wrote that Criston found Aegon with a young girl in Flea Bottom. If the prince didn’t claim the Iron Throne, Criston allegedly threatened to have him and his brothers killed by Rhaenyra.

Criston put the cap of Aegon the Conqueror on the head of the young king Aegon when he was crowned king in the Dragonpit. It was because Criston backed Aegon II that he was called the Kingmaker.

Hand of the King

Rhaenyra Targaryen, who was at Dragonstone when Aegon II Targaryen was crowned king, refused to back her half-brother. This started the Dance of the Dragons, a huge armed war that engulfed the Seven Kingdoms. Many of the lords of the Seven Kingdoms knew that Viserys I Targaryen wanted Rhaenyra to be the first queen of House Targaryen, so they backed the princess.

As the blacks gathered their troops and friends, Aegon II got angry at his grandfather, Ser Otto Hightower, who was the Hand of the King. He gave the job to Criston instead.

After Blood and Cheese killed young Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, the new Hand told Ser Arryk Cargyll of the Kingsguard to sneak into Dragonstone as his twin brother, Ser Erryk Cargyll, who was helping Rhaenyra on the island. Ser Arryk Cargyll didn’t want to do it, but he did it anyway.

Mushroom wrote that Arryk was meant to kill Rhaenyra’s sons, Jacaerys Velaryon and Joffrey Velaryon, but Grand Maester Munkun thought that Criston wanted Arryk to kill Rhaenyra herself. If Arryk and Erryk ever met, Criston’s plan fell apart because the twins killed each other in Battle.

Criston marched on Rosby and Stokeworth and made their troops join his group of Greens. He then led the attack on Duskendale and took it over. The Kingmaker was ready for Princess Rhaenys Targaryen and Meleys to arrive at the Battle at Rook’s Rest.

He had set up a trap for King Aegon II Targaryen on Sunfyre and Prince Aemond Targaryen on Vhagar. Rhaenys and Meleys were killed in the Battle, and Aegon was hurt badly too. The guards at Rook’s Rest were killed by Aemond and Criston, who then took Lord Staunton’s body back to King’s Landing. Because Aegon was hurt, Aemond took over as Protector of the Realm and Prince Regent, but Criston stayed as Hand.


There was an army of rivermen led by Prince Daemon Targaryen, who was married to Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, in Harrenhal. Prince Aemond Targaryen and Criston wanted to take it back from him.

While King Aegon II Targaryen‘s army, led by Lord Jason Lannister, marched toward the Gods Eye, Criston left King’s Landing with four thousand more Greens and Aemond on Vhagar. But Jason was killed in the Battle at the Red Fork, and his western troops kept fighting under Lord Humfrey Lefford.

By the shores of the God’s Eye, Criston’s troops beat Ser Oswald Wode and Lords Darry and Roote. When they reached the castle, they found that the blacks had left Harrenhal empty. Aemond thought it was a big win, but he was furious when he learned that Daemon had taken off on Caraxes to help Rhaenyra take down King’s Landing.

At the same time, the Rivermen and the Winter Wolves broke up Humfrey’s Lannister host in the Battle by the Lakeshore. After the blacks won, Criston told Aemond to go south and join the group of Greens led by Lord Ormund Hightower and Prince Daeron Targaryen. But Aemond said no and chose to burn the Riverlands with Vhagar’s Dragonflame instead.

Butcher’s Ball

Criston led his last group of 36,000 Greens south from Harrenhal to meet the Hightower group. They traveled along the western side of the Gods Eye. The blacks destroyed towns and polluted the water along his path, making it impossible for the Greens to get supplies.

Rivermen, like young Benjicot Blackwood, Lord of Raventree, hounded Criston’s army as it marched south. At Crossed Elms, Black Trombo planned an attack that killed 12 Greens.

An army of thousands of blacks led by Ser Garibald Grey, Ser Pate of Longleaf, and Roderick Dustin, Lord of Barrowton, met Criston’s remaining army on a ridge as they moved from the Gods Eye to the Blackwater Rush. When Criston asked the blacks to spare the lives of his men, they said no, so he gave up.

Pate had Robb Rivers and his archers kill the Kingmaker with three shots when Criston challenged all three of his opponents. A lot of Criston’s men were killed at the Butcher’s Ball in 130 AC by the Rivermen and the Winter Wolves. At the First Battle of Tumbleton, Garibald and Pate brought Criston’s head on a stick.

Lord Cregan Stark briefly took over as Hand of the King from Criston, and Ser Willis Fell took over as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Both men worked for Aegon III Targaryen.


It’s unclear why Criston sided with Aegon II Targaryen in the Dance of the Dragons. Aegon was easier to control than his stubborn half-sister Rhaenyra Targaryen, so some say he did what he did out of ambition. Rhaenyra’s rejection of him added a personal touch to the Battle.

Others think Criston had better intentions and say he was protecting an old Andal tradition that said sons should be given more importance than girls or that he didn’t want Rhaenyra’s children, Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon, to inherit the Iron Throne because he thought they were Strong jerks. Criston is known for being a mix of the Kingsguard’s best and worst traits.

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