House of the Dragon episode 3 is the first epic medium-sized battle in the franchise

House of the Dragon episode 3 is the first epic medium-sized battle in the franchise ...

Game of Thrones on HBO always had an eye for combat. The smaller-scale confrontations were often exciting, like the Hound facing off against Brienne of Tarth, but the larger, more powerful melees were often top performers. However, in just three episodes, House of the Dragon has already given us the Game of Thrones franchises first great medium-sized confrontation.

House of the Dragon spoilers are included in this article. [Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the game.]

Daemon Targaryen gets to talk about why he is one of the most feared warriors in the Seven Kingdoms. When the two receive word from Daemons brother, King Viserys, the plan is revealed to both the enemy and the House of the Dragon audience.

House of the Dragons' first major fight features something that was previously unrecognizable as a Game of Thrones battle. There are tens of thousands of extras joining the fray, scenes of close-up kills with blood and mud, and the repetitive focus on the main characters that most Thrones battles include.

Corlys and Daemon may lead the Stepstones' final battle, but Laenor Velaryon's ride on his dragon, Seasmoke, is the first indication that the House of the Dragons is larger than its predecessor.

One of the most significant moments in Game of Thrones' eight-season run would have been a dragon soaring onto the battlefield and fierce winds of Targaryen foes. In House of the Dragon, everyone is expected except the poor Crabfeeder, who is to be commended for his effort. The battle itself is also an indication of how large House of the Dragon may be.

The majority of Game of Thrones' largest 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 got the most attention during their premiere seasons. While some fights later in the show run, during seasons 7 and 8, featured shorter battles, none of them lived up to the standards of previous conflicts, and were easily overtaken by House of the Dragons' first open combat attempt.

The Stepstones Battle, although often half-baked and a waste of money, feels like the perfect length to both demonstrate Daemons' unwise bravery and dragon dominance on the battlefield.

Because of the show's huge budget, huge battles can be set off at any time in House of the Dragon. Each episode gets more spontaneous and unpredictability than the previous. And, as you may expect from the House of the Dragons premise, there will be occasions to execute unexpectedly huge battles later on.