Crabfeeder for House of the Dragons gives a hint for the coming big conflict

Crabfeeder for House of the Dragons gives a hint for the coming big conflict ...

A Song of Ice and Fire is set to premiere in the third episode of House of the Dragon, which features injured foot soldiers loyal to Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint). The wreaking men are shown howling in the mud at low tide, as a gruesome figure, disguised and lumbering with a hunched gait and long, flaky hair.

Craghas Drahar (Daniel Scott-Smith) is also known as The Crabfeeder for his tendency to leave his foes stranded on bloodstained beaches so they may die a long, painful death in a fiery fire. Daemon Targaryen comes through in a fiery blaze of glory, but not before his poor, loyal swordsman is harmed by a piece of driftwood.

As palace intrigue and pornographic descriptions of feast tables groaning with delicious food are equally as essential to A Song of Ice and Fire. The battlefield is where legends are born, alliances are tested, and the names of kings and queens are made and unmade.House of the Dragon is set in a time that everyone has become complacent enough to simply ignore threats to their power, no matter how violent.

The popular notion that guerrilla warfare was not practiced in medieval Europe is the basis for Westeros and A Song of Ice And Fire. And as nomadic bands of Vikings and Mongols raided castle towns throughout Europe, Craghas and his army of mercenaries are wagering a guerrilla war against the Targaryen establishment. They do so ostensibly for the right to charge tolls to merchant ships passing through this rocky series of islands on their way to the Free

The Targaryens' dragon fleet has made them the most powerful force in the known world, and centuries of experience have made them arrogant. However, the Crabfeeders strategy has lasted three years, ultimately destroying the Targaryens' most valuable weapon by retreating into the Stepstones' caves.

Throughout his son's name day celebrations, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) refuses to reveal anything about the conflict, stating that it has been three years since the conflict had been declared. He knows that the Targaryens' military might (i.e. dragonfire) cannot be easily defeated, and he understands that a soft-hearted ruler who wants nothing to lose must keep two of Westeros' great houses at bay for years. But what might a bigger and better-organized

Prince Daemon, by comparison, has much to lose. His reputation, his honor, and, perhaps most importantly, his pride are all on the line. It was also pride, which fueled Daemon's desire to end the conflict himself, rather than his 12-year-old second cousin Laena Velaryon (Nova Fouellis-Mose) which resulted in the chaotic impromptu skirmish that ended the episode.

The Crabfeeder and his guerrilla forces have weakened House Targaryen and House Velaryon in ways that have yet to be fully manifested. And their guerrilla forces have exacerbated existing conflicts within the ruling houses, making it too easy to lose loyalty in the long run.

The Targaryens have treated this conflict, the men who fought and died in it, and much of the rest of the world as disposable. They have no imagination to imagine a world where someday, someone else might sit on the Iron Throne. It doesnt matter whether they crush each other from within or are ambushed by enemies from outside.