Meet Seasmoke, the Newest Beast in House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon changed something important from the books. We couldn’t be happier. 
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There’s a new beastie in Westeros, and he has a penchant for burning pirates alive. Meet Seasmoke, the latest dragon to debut in House of the Dragon. At this rate, we’re getting as many dragons as episodes. Seasmoke came in roaring at the end of Episode 3 during the last battle of the War of the Stepstones. And like all the dragons in HOTD, Seasmoke was busy barbecuing people alive. Just another day in Westeros.

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Who Is Seasmoke? 

Seasmoke is a young dragon with pale silver-grey scales that blend into his rider’s craggy domain. About the same size as Syrax, Rhaenyra’s (Millie Alcock) mount, Seasmoke had been fighting for the duration of the war of the Stepstones, one of the few dragons in Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) and Corlys Velaryon’s (Steve Toussaint) army. The dragon came swooping in just in time to save Prince Daemon from the Crabfeeder’s army as Caraxes was nowhere in sight. 

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Who Is Seasmoke’s Dragonrider? 

Seasmoke’s rider is Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate), heir to Driftmark and son of Corlys. Laenor was also fighting in the war for the Stepstones alongside his father and was shown to be taking part in battle planning. Laenor is the third dragonrider to be shown actually riding a dragon. So far, the show only has five: Rhaenyra, Daemon, Rhaenys, Laenor, and Laena. Viserys might have the throne but he’s no dragon rider. Not anymore. 

What Did House of the Dragon Change from the Books? 

By showing Seasmoke and Laenor in the Stepstones, House of the Dragon made a huge change from the books. But it’s for the better. In George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, Laenor was not a warrior or a proficient dragonrider. He’d only rode Seasmoke once, and was a flippant courtier in the Red Keep. However, to give his character more depth, House of the Dragon turned Laenor into a fearsome soldier in his father’s army and an active combatant in the war for the Stepstones. Seeing as the show is setting him up to be Rhaenyra’s future consort, we can see the need to make Laenor a more substantial character. By giving Laenor a bigger role, the show is also giving Seasmoke way more screen time than the books. And when it comes to dragons, the more, the merrier. 

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Now enough words. Here are some glorious shots of Seasmoke roasting pirates.

 

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