House of the Dragon episode 3 brings the franchise its first major medium-sized conflict

House of the Dragon episode 3 brings the franchise its first major medium-sized conflict ...

Game of Thrones always had an eye for action. Small-scale battles were often fun, such as the Hound facing off against Brienne of Tarth, but the dramatic melees were usually 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 becomes one of the most famous warriors in the Seven Kingdoms when he receives word from Daemon's brother, King Viserys, that the kingdom is sending help. Both men consider this a rather subtle outburst of their martial abilities.

House of the Dragons' first big fight starts off as something instantly recognizable as a Game of Thrones fight. There are dozens of extras joining the fray, as well as blood and mud-filled close-up kills, and the slow focus on the main characters that are used in most Thrones battles.

Corlys and Daemon may lead the Stepstones' final battle, but Laenor Velaryon's dragon, Seasmoke, wins the contest. It's also the first indication of how much bigger the House of the Dragons' scale is.

One of the greatest and 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, except for the poor Crabfeeder, who may he may rest in peace.

The majority of Game of Thrones' biggest battles were separated into their own 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 of an hour dedicated exclusively to them. While some fights late in the season 7, during seasons 7 and 8, featured shorter battles, none of them lived up to the standard of previous conflicts and were easily eclipsed by House of the Dragons' first open combat attempt.

Although those conflicts sometimes felt half-baked and like they were being trimmed down (possibly due to the cost of the dragon visual effects that were often included in them), the Stepstones conflict seems to be the perfect length to both demonstrate Daemons' unreliable bravery and dragon dominance on the battlefield.

House of the Dragons' first battle demonstrates that the show's massive budget allows for big battles to occur at any time. This gives each episode a bit more spontaneity and unpredictability, as you might expect from the show's plot.