House of The Dragon’s second episode is finally here, and Game of Thrones fans all over the world are reliving their favorite days of munching popcorn in front of their TV screens. The world of Westeros brings back with it all the memories of dragons, wars, kings, knights, queens, courts, and everything that comes with royal possession. While you make new memories watching the latest episode, it is our job here to make sure you don’t miss anything important during your watch. So here’s a list of seven details that you might have missed in House of The Dragon Episode 3.
SPOILER ALERT: This episode has major spoilers for the House of the Dragon Episode 3. Proceed at your own risk.
Craghas Crabfeeder has greyscale
As teased in the second episode of House of The Dragon, Craghas Drahar aka The Crabfeeder was the main antagonist in the War for The Stepstones, leading the armies of the triarchy against Daemon Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon. He had the added support of Dorne and extensive knowledge of Stepstones’ cave system. We know from Fire & Blood and earlier descriptions in the series that Craghas Drahar is mentally unstable, and one of the reasons becomes clear when the camera is zoomed close to his face, he is suffering from greyscale, the same disease Jorah Mormont catches on his way back to Daenerys via the ruins of Valyria. One of the symptoms of greyscale is losing one’s grip on reality.
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Viserys is missing two fingers
Episode 3 ‘Second of His Name’ takes place 3 years after the events of episode 2, and a lot has passed during those three years. King Viserys’ condition has worsened, leading to the amputation of the two fingers that got infected in the first episode after he got cut while sitting on the Iron Throne. His mental health has gotten even worse, suggesting the days (or episodes) to come won’t get any easier for the good king.
Callbacks: Talking about Aegon’s hair, boar attack on Rhaenyra, Samwell
Similar to the first two episodes of House of The Dragon, episode 3 had several Game of Thrones callbacks as well. Viserys talking about his son Aegon II’s hair is a direct reference to Ned Stark doubting Joffrey and his sibling’s lineage based on their hair color. King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones died in a boar attack during the royal hunt, a tragedy that Rhaenyra escapes narrowly. The name of the court singer singing the 10000 ships is Samwell, a noticeable callback to Samwell Tarly, Jon Snow’s best friend.
Hobert Hightower pulling the strings behind Otto
The third episode of House of The Dragon provides a closer glimpse at why Otto Hightower is the way he is. Just as he manipulates his daughter Alicent to get closer to the King, his older brother and head of House Hightower, Hobert (Steffan Rhodri), manipulates him into doing his bidding. It is his idea to push the newborn prince Aegon II Targaryen for the Iron Throne, despite knowing that Viserys has chosen Rhaenyra as his heir.
A song about 10,000 ships
The story of Princess Nymeria and her exodus with the 10,000 ships is a famous Dornish story. The first episode of House of The Dragon teased this story. It is something that Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower used to bond over 3 years ago. Rhaenyra misses her time with her former best friend dearly, part of the reason why she keeps asking the court singer Samwell to perform the song over and over again.
Lady Johanna Swann
Lady Johanna Swann is namedropped right as Rhaenyra overhears a conversation among the noble ladies at the giant feast before the royal hunt. According to George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, Lady Swann is a 15-year-old captive of Craghas Drahar, the Crabfeeder, who was “sold to a pillow house, where she rose to become the celebrated courtesan known as the Black Swan, and ruler of Lys in all but name.” It would be interesting to see if the character makes an appearance in the show, especially since there isn’t much about her in the books.
Lannister twins are played by the same actor who played Ser Hugh of Vale in Game of Thrones
Two of the most crucial characters in the third episode of House of The Dragon are the twins Jason and Tyland Lannister. Polar opposites of each other, one functions as a part of the small council, while the other vies to marry young Rhaenyra. If you feel like you have seen the actor somewhere before, you are absolutely right, and you won’t even have to look beyond the Game of Thrones franchise. Jefferson Hall, who plays the Lannister twins in the prequel series, also played the role of Ser Hugh of the Vale in the first season of Game of Thrones.
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