House Of The Dragon: Is the Crabfeeder (Craghas Drahar) Dead? – In the third episode of the HBO’s famous Game of Thrones prequel, which is bookended by bloody battle scenes, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) is depicted in “an abyss of sorrow and regret” as the kingdom deals with the outcome of its decision-making marriage and has children with the young, fertile Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey).
Less willing to comply with his demands is his obstinate daughter Rhaenyra (the magnificent Milly Alcock), a “heedless contrarian” who refuses to be married off to the highest bidder. The program makes that point without becoming obnoxious three years later. Rhaenyra’s displeasure with having a screeching young challenger for the Iron Throne is understandable. Otto begs Viserys to propose Rhaenyra as the Aegon heir, but she declines. The Triarchy and the Targaryen volunteer force engage in bloody combat after Viserys sends aid to Daemon at the Stepstones, and their commander, Craghas Drahar, is killed.
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Is the Crabfeeder Dead or Alive?
Yes! Craghas Drahar was killed by Daemon Targaryen. Laenor Velaryon saves the day on a dragonback in the “House of the Dragon” season 1, episode 3 conclusion. The Sea Snake’s son swooped over the battleground as the Crabfeeder’s army cornered Daemon, and ordered Seasmoke to shower down fire to liberate him. Laenor riding a dragon at the House of the Dragon may appear odd, given that she is a Velaryon and hence not a Targaryen. Yes, House Targaryen is the only dragonriding house in Westeros customarily, but during the chronology of House of the Dragon, some Velaryons were able to tame and bond with the monsters.
Because his mother is the dragonriding Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, who would have insisted on giving her young son a dragon egg in his cradle, Laenor Velaryon can ride a dragon. Rhaenys would have made sure that her half-Targaryen son would be a dragonrider if the day came that he also became an heir to the Iron Throne, considering that she was one of the two final Targaryen heirs chosen to be King Jaehaerys I Targaryen’s successor.
Laenor would undoubtedly be recognized as a dragonrider since he was a Velaryon and possessed both his mother’s and father’s pure blood from Old Valyria before the Doom. When Laenor was a youngster, there were also more dragons than Targaryens, leading Rhaenys Targaryen to give her Velaryon offspring to the beasts to form a link with them. Laenor may be the first Velaryon to be seen riding a dragon, but in House of the Dragon, many more of the Sea Snake and Rhaenys’ descendants will take up the position.
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It’s stunning that the Crabfeeder was killed off only one episode after his official introduction, which occurred in the House of the Dragon episode 2 conclusion, which launched the War for the Stepstones. The major antagonists in Game of Thrones often have multi-season arcs, although the Crabfeeder only makes a significant appearance in one episode while making just passing references in others.
Actually, the Crabfeeder wasn’t that significant to the overall plot of House of the Dragon. He served as a channel for Daemon’s rage as well as a means for him to demonstrate his abilities as a leader and conqueror. Although he had to be a dangerous and cunning opponent, his sole objective was to serve as a test case for Daemon.
Additionally, House of the Dragon episode 3’s time jump is three years; thus Daemon and the Crab Feeder’s animosity has been going on for far longer than represented on-screen. The countless bouts Daemon lost in the first season of House of the Dragon were unnecessary to depict; what matters is that the Crabfeeder is a nasty antagonist that Daemon ultimately defeats in one-on-one combat. The War for the Stepstones does not, however, officially come to an end with the death of the Crabfeeder in the books. The fighting picks back up after Dorne joins the Triarchy.