It took 3 years for Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and the Sea Snake (Steve Toussaint) to win their conflict withinside the Stepstones. For House of the Dragon, but, resolving that battle required simplest a unmarried episode, or even extra succinctly, a seven-minute motion sequence. Introduced in call and popularity simply closing week, Craghas “The Crabfeeder” Drahar isn’t anyt any extra, killed off-display on the give up of House of the Dragon’s high-octane 1/3 episode, “Second of His Name.” It’s disappointing information for all of us who seemed ahead to pronouncing the word “Crabfeeder” for the subsequent seven weeks. Still, his destiny is constant with what takes place in Fire & Blood, the fictitious records ee-e book on which HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel is based.
George R. R. Martin’s
In George R. R. Martin’s novel, Crabfeeder’s call simplest comes up 4 instances earlier than he’s gone. He’s the face of the battle withinside the Step stones, certainly considered one in every of many nameless admirals of the Triarchy terrorizing the region. The ee-e book mentions a number of their dealings, which include allusions to battle withinside the group, earlier than smartly wrapping the Crabfeeder’s destiny in a unmarried sentence: “In 108 AC, while at closing [Prince Daemon] got here head to head with Craghas Crabfeeder, he slew him unmarried-surpassed and reduce off his head with Dark Sister.”
The House of the Dragon model of the Crabfeeder’s demise is possibly even extra jarring, seeing because it doesn’t arise onscreen. Instead, we see the conflict’s aftermath: Daemon, blanketed in guts and gore, dragging the higher 1/2 of of his foe’s crabby corpse via the blood-soaked beach. It’s visceral sufficient on its very own, however for everyone who doesn’t sense their bloodlust happy need to take a look at out the ee-e book, wherein artist Doug Wheatly memorably depicts Craghas Crabfeeder’s very last stand.
House of the Dragon’s first boss conflict wasn’t the episode’s simplest memorable occasion for Fire & Blood readers, of course. Here are a few different via way of means of-the-ee-e book highlights from the week in Westeros.
The Warrior Queen
In her first scene of the episode, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) sits beside a bard named Samwell (now no longer Tarly), asking him to again and again sing approximately a girl who “fled together along with her ships and her people.” It’s very possibly the present day connection with Nymeria, a mythical parent in Westeros first referred to withinside the collection premiere, and the situation of certainly considered one among HBO’s capacity subsequent Game of Thrones spinoffs. Credited as a founding father of Dorne, Nymeria became a righteous warrior queen who led the Rhoynar to Westeros on an epic quest of survival. It’s now no longer simply the second one time we’re listening to approximately her tale on House of the Dragon—it’s additionally the second one time we’re listening to approximately it withinside the thick of a scene among Rhaenyra and Alicent (Emily Carey). Perhaps it’s really well worth listening to Nymeria’s story and the way it’d correlate with the princess and the queen’s destiny.
When Rhaenyra arrives on the Kingswood camp, she overhears a communication approximately a person named Johanna Swann, captured withinside the Stepstones. Lady Swann comes instantly from the pages of Fire & Blood, a 15-year-vintage captive of the Crabfeeder who became “bought to a pillow house, wherein she rose to grow to be the prestigious courtesan called the Black Swan, and ruler of Lys in all however call.” That’s the begin and give up of Swann’s tale, as according to Martin: Alas’ her story, but fascinating, has no bearing upon our gift records. Maybe we’ll ultimately study extra approximately the Black Swan on House of the Dragon, and citing her right here units the degree for her destiny arrival. Just as possibly, it’s the display nodding closer to a unprecedented second of Martin canonically displaying self-restraint
The Strong and Silent Type
In the equal scene that call-assessments Lady Swann, a as a substitute crucial man or woman sneaks his manner into the narrative: Larys Strong, additionally called Larys Clubfoot, performed via way of means of Matthew Needham. Through 3 episodes now, House of the Dragon lacks a man or woman who can rectangular up with the likes of Game of Thrones’ Littlefinger and Varys. The correctly named Larys simply is probably the person for the job. While his debut became as a substitute small, quietly putting in himself in a communication with strangers, it emphasized Larys’s key expertise for slipping into non-public rooms nearly absolutely overlooked earlier than it’s too late. It’s early days yet, however you’ll need to maintain your eye in this man anyplace he suggests up subsequent.
Return of the Twins
We met any other couple of crucial Fire & Blood characters on this episode, each of whom are performed via way of means of the equal actor: Jefferson Hall as Jason and Tyland Lannister, the present day set of twins hailing from Casterly Rock. (If Hall appears familiar, it’s with true reason: he additionally performed Ser Hugh of the Vale withinside the first season of Game of Thrones, making him the uncommon actor with 3 specific characters withinside the extra Westeros Cinematic Universe.) Jason and Tyland have full-size components to play on this narrative, no matter serving very specific roles from, say, the alternative Lannister twins. What’s extra, they’re now no longer the simplest twins withinside the Seven Kingdoms this season: simply wait till you meet the confusingly named brothers Ser Erryk and Arryk Cargyll, set to seem later withinside the season performed via way of means of Elliott and Luke Tittensor.
Sea smoke at the Water
After episodes teasing out the strength of the Targaryen’s titular beasts, House of the Dragon ultimately brought its first dragon-targeted motion scene this week — of them, in fact. First, Daemon flies Caraxes the Blood Wyrm into conflict on the Step stones. Later, he receives a few assist from Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate), presenting aerial aid atop his very own mount, Sea smoke. Described via way of means of Martin as “a fantastic grey-and-white beast,” Sea smoke is the 1/3 collection’ 1/3 dragon, and thus far boasts the best frame count; it won’t keep the identify forever, however really well worth acknowledging the stat even as it’s right here! Given the ee-e book’s sparse information about the conflict within side the Step stones, it shouldn’t be sudden to listen that Sea smoke’s function on this week’s episode became a display-simplest invention. With that said, it’s true we’re getting to fulfill the dragon now; it’ll make a key occasion within side the destiny regarding Sea smoke all of the extra heartbreaking.