House of the Dragon Episode 3 is the first big medium-sized battle in the House of the Dragon franchise

House of the Dragon Episode 3 is the first big medium-sized battle in the House of the Dragon franch ...

Game of Thrones on HBO had a keen eye for combat. The small-scale battles were often enjoyable, such as the Hound facing off against Brienne of Tarth, but the large-scale melees were almost always top performers. However, in just three episodes, House of the Dragon has already given us the Game of Thrones franchises first great medium-sized battle.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for House of the Dragon.]

Daemon Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon discover that their battle against the Crabfeeder has come to an end, and they devise an all-or-nothing strategy that is concealed from both the enemy and the House of the Dragon audience.

House of the Dragons' first major fight involves a dragon, which is instantly identifiable as a Game of Thrones match. Hundreds of extras join the fray, endless close-up kills soaked in blood and mud, and the slow focus on the main characters that most of Thrones' best battles include.

Corlys and Daemon may lead the Stepstones' final battle, but Laenor Velaryon wins the battle against his dragon, Seasmoke. It also provides a glimpse into how much bigger the House of the Dragons' scale is.

One of the most significant moments in Game of Thrones' eight-season run would have been a dragon soaring onto the battlefield and fiery waves of Targaryen foes. In House of the Dragon, everyone is expected to participate, except the poor Crabfeeder, who is granted the chance to be rest in peace. The battle itself is also an indication of how massive House of the Dragon may be.

The majority of Game of Thrones' biggest battles were separated into separate episodes. Things like the Wildling assault on Castle Black, Hardhome, the defense of Kings Landing, and the Battle of the Bastards all received the majority of an hour dedicated exclusively to them. While some fights late in the series, during seasons 7 and 8, featured shorter battles, none of them lived up to the standards of previous conflicts and were easily defeated by House of the Dragons' first open warfare attempt.

The Stepstones battle is an excellent way to demonstrate Daemons' ill-advised bravery and dragon's dominance on the battlefield.

The first battle in the show makes it clear that, thanks to the show's huge budget, huge battles may be planned at any time in House of the Dragon. Each episode has a bit more spontaneity and unpredictability, and, as you might imagine, the ability to pull off some surprising big battles will come later on.