House of the Dragon: who is the Nutrigranchi?

House of the Dragon: who is the Nutrigranchi?

House of the Dragon

The Nutrigranchi is a new and mysterious character who is first mentioned in the first episode, but who we only see in the second episode of House of the Dragon, the House of Targaryen-based spin-off TV series based on the book. Fire and Blood by Geroge R. R. Martin (you can buy it here on Amazon). We have seen the first 6 episodes in preview, and here you can find our review.

The Stepstones are facing a particularly difficult moment: in fact, a man has recently appeared in the area, Craghas Drahar (Daniel Scott-Smith), than the macabre habit of feeding his enemies to crabs. For this, he has been defined "Nutrigranchi". In this article we will deal with his identity and the dynamics that led to the conflict in the Stepstones.

House of the Dragon: who is the Nutrigranchi?

The Nutrigranchi and the Stepstones Who is Craghas Drahar, the Nutrigranchi? Does Nutrigranchi have Gray Disease?

The Nutrigranchi and the Stepstones

The Stepstones are an important commercial sea route for Casa Velaryon, and this is what worries Corlys Velaryon (Steve Touissant), who accuses King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) of not do enough to resolve the situation. It should be remembered that Corlys Velaryon has the largest fleet in Westeros, which, therefore, bases its power on trade by sea, so it is obvious that they care about the fate of sea routes.

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Who is Craghas Drahar, the Nutrigranchi?

Based on information provided by Martin himself in Fire and Blood, Craghas Drahar was a prince-admiral of Myr, one of the Free Cities that was part, along with Lys and Tyrosh, of the so-called Triarchy, which formed 10 years devoid of the events of House of the Dragon to defeat the city of Volantis. Once this was achieved, they conquered the Stepstones with the help of Craghas Drahar. Sadly, however, Drahar went from fighting pirates to being one of them, storming ships (many of which were owned by Corlys Velaryon), stealing their wares, and having the sailors devour the crabs. >

Does Nutrigranchi have Gray Plague?

Game of Thrones fans will surely remember that the The most terrifying plague in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire is the disease known as Gray Disease, which is contagious by contact and hardens the skin of the sufferer causing it to take on a gray color and a scaly, stone-like appearance. Although there are some cures for Gray Disease in its early stages, if not treated in time it can spread to the brain, thus driving the patient insane.

The first two episodes of House of the Dragon are already available in Italy in V.O. subtitled exclusively on Sky and streaming on demand only on NOW TV at the same time as the United States, while the new episodes will be broadcast every Monday for another 8 weeks, and from 29 August the episodes dubbed in Italian will also be available. To take advantage of these and many other contents, you can buy NOW TV Stick with the first 3 months of your choice between Cinema or Entertainment directly here on Amazon.

House of the Dragon: The Targaryen family tree explained

HBO’s madly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, has finally arrived.

House Targaryen is at the centre of this adaptation of George RR Martin’s work.

The 10-episode series is set around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, when the Targaryens had united the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros under one ruler.

So, before Daenerys – who was there? Introducing the messiest family in Westeros...

Aegon the Conquerer

In A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series that Thrones is based on, author George RR Martin explains that, similar to real-life’s Before Christ and Anno Domini, dates in Westeros are described as “Before Conquest” (BC) or “After Conquest” (AC).

The conquest in question occurred when Aegon, Daenerys’s ancestor, conquered the whole of Westeros with his dragons, uniting all seven kingdoms under one ruler.

It’s been hinted that Ty Tennant, son of Doctor Who star David Tennant, may star as Aegon in House of the Dragon, meaning there could be some flashbacks in store.

Ty Tennant (right) may play Aegon the Conqueror in House of the Dragon (AFP via Getty Images)

Aegon I Targaryen died in 37 AC, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Aenys I Targaryen.

The Targaryens held themselves above the laws of men and therefore practised incestuous marriage and polygamy.

In true Game of Thrones fashion, Aenys married his eldest daughter, Rhaena, to his eldest son and heir, Prince Aegon. This union caused an uproar and Aenys fled to Dragonstone before dying in 42 AD.

Aenys’ sixth son Maegor returned from exile, killing Aegon and his dragon Quicksilver to reclaim the Iron Throne.

Following his mysterious death in 48 AD, Maegor was succeeded by Aenys’s only remaining heir, Jaehaerys.

A prophetic dream Aegon once had is a big plot point in episode one of House of the Dragon – find the full explanation here.

House of the Dragon begins with Viserys I Targaryen’s rule

Paddy Considine in ‘House of the Dragon' (HBO)

Jaehaerys ruled wisely for 55 years until he was succeeded in 103 AC, by his grandson, Viserys I Targaryen – this is where House of the Dragon takes its cue.

Story continues

Viserys, played by Paddy Considine, chose his daughter from his first marriage to Lady Aemma Arryn, Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) to succeed him, over Daemon (Matt Smith) – his younger brother and rightful heir to the throne.

Spoiler alert: After the death of their respective spouses, Rhaenyra and Daemon married each other in 120 AC, and had three more children, Aegon the Younger, Viserys, and the stillborn Visenya.

When Viserys died in 129 AC, his widow and second wife, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower defied Viserys's last will, and crowned his son Aegon II while Rhaenyra resided on Dragonstone.

Rhaenyra declared war over the succession, dividing the kingdom and killing thousands of men and several dragons.

After killing Rhaenyra with his dragon, Aegon II betrothed his daughter and only remaining child, Jaehaera, to Rhaenyra's eldest surviving son, Aegon the Younger, and named them his heirs.

Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen (HBO)

Between two series

In 131 AC, Aegon II was poisoned by his own councillors and 11-year-old Aegon the Younger ascended the throne as Aegon III Targaryen.

Aegon III died in 157 AC from consumption and was succeeded by his eldest son, Daeron I Targaryen, born to him by his second wife, Queen Daenaera Velaryon.

In 160 AC, Daeron was killed without heir and succeeded by his younger brother, Baelor I Targaryen.

Baelor starved himself to death and was succeeded in 171 AC by his uncle, Prince Viserys, brother of Aegon III.

Viserys II was succeeded by his eldest son, Aegon IV, who was rumoured to have been involved in his father's death.

Aegon was succeeded by his son Daeron II after legitimising many bastard children, including Daemon Blackfyre who rebelled against the king and was killed.

Daeron II was succeeded by his second son, Aerys I Targaryen, in 209 AC.

Aerys I's youngest brother, Maekar was named heir and succeeded in 221 AC reigning for 12 years. Maekar I's youngest son Aegon V was later crowned “The Unlikely” as he had been the fourth son of a fourth son.

The events of Game of Thrones begin

Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon in ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

Aegon V's second son Jaehaerys II Targaryen ascended the throne in 259 AC but died after just three years of rule and was succeeded by his only son, Aerys II Targaryen AKA... “The Mad King”.

Cue Game of Thrones.

Aerys’ reign would prove to be the one that ended the Targaryen Dynasty. Aerys appointed his friend Tywin Lannister (played by Charles Dance), as his Hand of the King.

Growing in jealousy, Aerys appointed Tywin's heir, Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), to his Kingsguard in 281 AC, leaving Tywin with his dwarf son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) for an heir.

Meanwhile, Aerys’ heir, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), secretly married Lyanna Stark, the betrothed of his cousin Lord Robert Baratheon (played by Mark Addy), and fathered Jon Snow (Kit Harington). This revelation comes to light in the final season of Thrones as it is revealed that Jon Snow is Daenerys’ nephew. Awkward.

Kit Harington, right, as Jon Snow in ‘Game Of Thrones’ alongside Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen (HBO/PA)

Robert then proclaimed his intent to claim the Iron Throne due to the fact that his grandmother was Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V Targaryen.

Robert killed Rhaegar and Jaime Lannister, earning his monicker of “Kingslayer” killed Aerys in the throne room of King’s Landing.

Following his victory and Lyanna’s death, Robert married Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to secure an alliance with House Lannister.

Meanwhile, Aerys’s remaining heirs Viserys and Daenerys fled to Essos where they attempted to recruit followers and reclaim the Iron Throne.

Thus we join the first series and chaos unfolds.

House of the Dragon will begin on Sunday 21 August at 9pm on HBO. It will then be available to stream on HBO Max afterwards.

For UK viewers, it will premiere at 2am on Monday 22 August on Sky. The episode will then be repeated at 9pm on Monday, and will be available to stream on Sky and NOW after its initial airing.

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