House Of The Dragon: 7 Takeaways From Daemon’s Battle In The Stepstones, Rhaenyra’s Choice And More After Episode 3

Warning: spoilers ahead for Episode 3 of House of the Dragon Season 1.

House of the Dragon delivered its first major time jump in the third episode, with the action leaping forward around three years. It was long enough for Alicent to give King Viserys one son and become pregnant with their next child, but not so long that actresses Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have been replaced by the two who will take over their roles. While celebrating Prince Aegon’s birthday was anything but celebratory for most of the key players, Daemon wasn’t having a great time fighting in the Stepstones with Corlys Velaryon and his men either. There were some important developments that are bound to have a part to play in future episodes, so let’s dive in!

Caraxes the red dragon in House of the Dragon

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Caraxes Felt Daemon’s Pain

In the first scene of the episode (following the divisive opening credits and the Crabfeeder staking a Velaryon sailor into the surf), Daemon swooped in on his dragon Caraxes to start roasting the enemy’s men en masse. Even volleys of flaming arrows did nothing to stop Caraxes’ rampage… until an arrow hit Daemon in a chink in his armor. The dragon more or less recoiled and seemingly felt the exiled prince’s pain, and ultimately flew away from the carnage. Assuming that this is a bond between all dragons and their riders, House of the Dragon may have revealed a very big weakness in the creatures if the dragons are used as weapons of war in the future.

Emily Carey as pregnant Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon

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