House of the Dragon Villain Crabfeeder Gets a New Backstory

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The Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is undoubtedly defying all the expectations, with Episodes 1 and 2 reaching an impressive 10 million viewership record. With that being said, HBO instantly renewed the show for a second season that would furtherly explore the rise and fall of House Targaryen.

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House of the Dragon Episode 3 introduced the prequel's first villain, the Crabfeeder, widely known as Craghas Drahar in George R.R. Martin's source material Fire & Blood. Sadly, things didn't work out for the villain after Daemon (Matt Smith) vanquished him easily at the end of the episode, leaving his origins and motivations a mystery.

Now, in an interview with EW, Crabfeeder actor Daniel Scott-Smith sheds some new light on the villain's origins and how the creators came up to define the character. It's safe to assume that the Crabfeeder is as good as dead in House of the Dragon, which means that the actor's statement will be the only detail about the character. See Scott-Smith's statement below:

"He's a nasty character. So as an actor, it's a dream. It's nice when you have details, as well, but it's also nice when it's a completely open book. That gave us the freedom to do what we wanted with the character, which, on a creative level, was incredible for me and I think for the directors, as well, because we could play with it and build our own version of Crabfeeder. Craghas Drahar is seen as the bad guy, but for any bad character there's always got to be a journey of how they got to that point. We wanted to remember that there's two sides to him. So we spoke about the idea of him being a prince, or that he calls himself a prince, so he came from some sort of higher House. We spoke about that and the gradual decline to where he is, how the greyscale might affect him physically, even mentally."

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It might be disappointing that the Crabfeeder didn't get a considerable amount of screentime, but his appearance as the first villain in the series would certainly leave a mark, especially for Daemon who was responsible for his demise. Following the triumphant Episode 3 battle, Daemon would certainly get more respect from the realm, which will make his bid for the Iron Throne stronger.

House of the Dragon is available to stream on HBO Max.

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