Writing down that the villainous king is going to conduct a judicial murder of the faithful servant who saved his son is one thing. But writing from the son's point of view -- who knows exactly what is happening, and knows that the sycophants and his father will prevent him from acting -- is somewhat more wrenching.
And I hadn't even realized that when I threw it in that the scene where the innkeeper's daughter and the man who went to rescue her come back means the scene where she learns that her father is dead. And must be written as such. (And to think I threw her into it so there would be someone to take over when the current innkeeper leaves to be queen.)