Stepstone’s House of the Dragon villain, Crabfeeder, has scars and patches of skin that reflect a Game of Thrones infection in gray.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 3!After illness played a major role in Game of thronesAnd the Dragon HouseThe first major villain also suffers from grayscale. While his main arc only lasted about one episode, Crabfeeder served as the first formidable foes of Daemon Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon in Dragon House Season 1. However, his quick death by the devil’s sword Dark Sister in Dragon House Episode 3 left him a largely ambiguous character (the character didn’t even utter a single line), and it never confirmed on screen whether he was really suffering from the dreaded disease.
Grayscale was first introduced in Game of thrones Season 3 with Shireen Baratheon, who picked her up as a child. Her father, Stannis Baratheon, had summoned every teacher and pharmacists to stop the spread of the disease, and she narrowly escaped the largely fatal disease (although she would still suffer a brutal death by order of her father). Greyscale returns when Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister are attacked by Stone Men at Essos, sickening the knight until he is ordered to find a cure. Samuel Tarly managed to find a cure for Jura’s grayscale in unauthorized ways, making him one of the few known survivors of the disease (of course, he would also die soon at the Battle of Winterfell).
Although not explicitly confirmed on-screen, HBO Max’s The house that the dragon built A documentary series reveals that Crabfeeder has, in fact, grayscale. Because grayscale remains a baffling disease in Game of thronesschedule, it makes sense to Dragon HouseCharacters will be less familiar with how to handle or diagnose them. Additionally, while the Crabfeeder still has patches of grayscale on his skin, he also has scars reminiscent of Jorah’s once it’s removed. Crabfeeder’s grayscale similarly explains his semi-feral character, which is believed to be related to the stone men exiled at Essus. Grayscale is more common in free cities than in history Game of thrones’ Westeros, so Myrish Craghas Drahar gets infected with it Game of thrones‘ knowledge.
How was grayscale handled in Crabfeeder?
Although his scars initially seemed to indicate a burn, Crabfeeder’s gray skin patches confirm that these were scars from grayscale removal. This goes to suggest that Dragon HouseWicked took a similar approach to Jorah Mormont and Samuel Tarly in stopping the spread. However, since many of the grayscale spots remain, it appears that he has stopped removing them due to the extreme pain of the procedure and the exhaustion of others at risk of infection themselves. As a formidable leader, it was possible that Dharahar would have access to healers who were going to try to stop the disease. However, unlike Yura in Game of thronesresponsible for removing grayscale from Dragon House Clearly, Crabfeeder did not succeed in eliminating it completely.
The Crabfeeder is not described as having a grayscale in George R.R. Martin’s fire and blood book, so the source material is not helpful in confirming how he handled the condition. Dragon HouseThe staff established that Drahar had been ill for several years before his death and had obtained a mask to cover the traces on his face, so he may have given up using therapists for grayscale therapy. On the other hand, it seems that it is no longer contagious, like Dragon House Episode III gave no indication that fellow soldiers had been injured.
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