What happens to Cristal in Dynasty season 5 episode 3?

Dynasty -- "Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart" -- Image Number: DYN421a_0004 -- Pictured: Daniella Alonso as Cristal Carrington -- Photo: Wilford Harewood/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Dynasty -- "Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart" -- Image Number: DYN421a_0004 -- Pictured: Daniella Alonso as Cristal Carrington -- Photo: Wilford Harewood/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Dynasty season 5 has finally returned on The CW and brought with it all the drama we have been craving. The fifth season kicked off in December with a special two-hour holiday premiere, but it’s back will all-new episodes as of Friday, March 11.

Without giving too much away about where Dynasty season 5 picks up in the third episode, Fallon jumps back into work, which worries Liam considering what she just went through. Meanwhile, Kirby helps Amanda with a matter involving Alexis, and Culhane plots his next romantic move.

But one of the episode’s most curious plot twists comes courtesy of Cristal. In Dynasty season 5’s first two episodes, Cristal’s brother Beto returns following his shocking stint in season 4. This time, he has Cristal’s evil Southern belle doppelgänger in tow with extra devious plans.

Beto has a bone to pick with Cristal for matters dealing with their family business, which also includes cutting him off. Clearly, he’s looking to take matters into his own hands by weaseling his way into his sister’s high-profile life at Carrington manor. So, what happened with Cristal?

Spoilers for Dynasty season 5 episode 3 ahead!

Why was Cristal kidnapped in Dynasty season 5 episode 3?

Beto trains Rita, Cristal’s doppelgänger with a Souther drawl (played by Daniella Alonso), how to act just like his sister to better infiltrate Carrington manor. That’s exactly what he does when he kidnaps Cristal and throws her in the back of a van.

Of course, he demands that Cristal gives him ownership of the family company, which she refuses. She attempts to threaten him with the fact that Blake will know something’s up when she’s absent from their gala. But it’s news to Cristal when Beto informs her she’s at the gala.

Rita shows up to the gala acting like Cristal, though a different version of Cristal. Blake notices she isn’t wearing her wedding ring, which remains on Cristal’s finger. (Don’t worry, Rita later retrieves it.) But she finds out about the deal with governor, the information Beto wanted.

Unfortunately, Cristal remains tied to a chair and under Beto’s thumb as Rita takes her rings, her husband, and her place. How long will Rita stand in for Cristal, and what else does Beto have planned? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Dynasty airs Fridays at 9/8c on The CW. Dynasty seasons 1-4 are now on Netflix.

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