The series premiere of house of the dragon spent most of his time introducing his many Targaryens, Velaryons, Hightowers, and various lords and emissaries, and establishing their competing interests for favorable standing in court – if not for the Iron Throne itself. That made it familiar game of Thrones territory, weaving a web of duplicity and intrigue that ensnared all manner of aspiring men and women desperate to improve their position in the ever-fickle Westeros.
At the same time, however, it also hinted at greater danger on the horizon – or, more specifically, on the fringes of the Targaryen Empire in Stepstones, where, much to the chagrin of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) and his allies, a revolt is brewing, led by a Person seemingly destined to have a prominent role in the HBO prequel.
Enter: the crab eater.
game of Thrones waited until its fourth season before revealing its great evil: the White Walkers’ silent sovereign, the Night King. His specter hovered over the back half of this George RR Martin fantasy epic, serving as the personification of winter’s demise. It wasn’t until he really took center stage in the series’ 48th installment, “Hardhomme,” that he was a menacing phantom, roaming the Periphery, patiently awaiting his chance to besiege man’s civilization to bring about a new world order of his own cool picture.
He was almost literally Death on a pale horse, and though his refusal to speak reduced him to a one-dimensional villain, his icy gaze and equally frightening fighting skills – not to mention his ability to revive the dead as his frosty minions – made him a scourge for every living, breathing character on the show.
“The Rogue Prince”, the second chapter of house of the dragon, further develops the palace intrigue of King’s Landing, but also complements its story with visions of Cragha’s Drahar, aka Cragha’s Crabfeeder. As we learned in last week’s episode, Crabfeeder is the Prince Admiral of the Triarchy, a collection of free cities banded together to rid the Stepstones – a chain of islands in the distant sea – of their pirate plague.
Getting rid of bandits is good for everyone’s business, but Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), the “Sea Serpent”, nonetheless sees this as a growing problem, as unified independent cities pose a natural threat to all of Westeros and particularly to its seafaring empire, whose wealth from the unhindered passage of his ships through the Stepstones. Corlys makes this clear at the beginning of The Rogue Prince, demanding that something be done about the four ships (and their companions) he’s now lost in the region thanks to the crabfeeders Corlys believes are through encouraged by the fact that the kingdom has never waged war against the free cities – and thus is unlikely to stop the reign of the villain of Stepstones Terror.
And what a terror! house of the dragonThe final hour of begins with a close-up of decomposing hands nailed to a broken ship’s beam via a giant spike and creepy crawling crabs gnawing at their flesh. A subsequent shot of a skull with small crustaceans poking at its temple and emerging from its mouth, with fuzzy carnage in the background and cries of pain ringing through the air, makes it clear that nothing good happened in that watery place. When a leg being eaten by crabs twitches and we subsequently see the living being consumed as voraciously as the dead, the depths of this nightmare become clearer. It culminates in an aerial panorama of the devastated beach, strewn with corpses and shrouded in smoke and the screams of the damned.
“The Crabfeeder is a force of monstrous destruction fueled only by greed, cruelty, and a penchant for turning his enemies into crab food”
This is the work of the Crabfeeder, who emerges at the end of the episode as a strategically sound foe for Corlys and Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), two second-born sons, who rightly deduce this by defeating the rebel – whom Viserys currently intends to ignore – they can strengthen their own shaky circumstances.
Consequently, the stage is set for a terrifying showdown between the Crabfeeder and Corlys and Daemon, who in turn awards house of the dragon a higher-stakes conflict to contend with while his underhanded political machinations rapidly advance. Additionally, it offers him a formidable devil capable of reversing the balance of power in ways unrelated to issues of succession and birthright; on the contrary, the Crabfeeder is a force of monstrous destruction fueled only by greed, cruelty, and a penchant for turning his enemies into crab food.
Whether the Crabfeeder is destined to play a Night King-esque role house of the dragon is best left unsaid for now. With charred skin and a face mask straight out of WWE — as well as an obvious interest in letting his brutal exploits speak for themselves — he’s a villainous figure whose mere presence serves as an omen for everyone in Westeros: no matter how sure you think that It’s you, there’s always an agent of chaos and madness waiting in the wings, ready to tear it all apart.
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