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    "House Of The Dragon" Episode 3 Will Feature A Time Jump, Lannisters, And Dragons

    Strap in for a detailed breakdown of the trailer and teaser images!

    HBO has released a trailer as well as some preview images for House of the Dragon Episode 3 — and because half the fun of fandom is analyzing and speculating, let's do just that and prepare for what's to come. First, the trailer:

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    Let's break it down. First we see Rhaenyra walking away from Viserys in the Small Council chamber.

    Rhaenyra walks away from Viserys in the Small Council chamber

    Viserys looks downcast — and older. This is our first clue that we've skipped ahead in time.

    Viserys looks tired and downcast in the Small Council chamber

    Meanwhile, Alicent — now wearing Targaryen red, indicating her marriage to Viserys has taken place — is having a conversation with Otto.

    Alicent stands in her chamber wearing a red gown and looking serious

    Otto says, "The road ahead is uncertain but the end is clear. Aegon will be king. He is the firstborn son of the king." He is, of course, talking about Alicent's son with Viserys.

    Otto sits at a table and talks to Alicent

    In the next shots we get to see a toddler-aged Aegon being handed to Viserys, while Alicent appears to be pregnant again already.

    A woman hands Aegon to Viserys while a pregnant Alicent looks on

    The trio are at some kind of gathering in the woods with some noble houses.

    A crowd scene showing the royal party in a clearing inW the woods

    Notably, the Strongs are present as well as...wait for it...the Lannisters!

    A zoom-in on the crowd scene labelling the Lannisters and the Strongs alongside Alicent, Aegon and Viserys

    We get a shot of Rhaenyra looking pretty miserable — she is obviously not happy with her new stepmother, or the threat to her place as heir that her new brother represents.

    Rhaenyra sits looking sad

    In a carriage that appears to be part of the above sequence involving the gathering in the woods (perhaps a hunting party?), Viserys attends to Aegon while talking to Rhaenyra.

    A nurse holds Aegon while Viserys sits nearby and looks towards Rhaenyra

    Viserys says to Rhaenyra, "You would be with your own child sooner than late" in an apparent attempt to comfort her — she does not look impressed.

    Rhaenyra turns her face away from Viserys

    We then see Viserys (whose hairline is noticeably thinner) actually yelling at Rhaenyra in response to her saying "I do not wish to get married".

    Viserys yells at Rhaenyra

    Viserys says, "Even I do not exist above tradition and duty, Rhaenyra". It seems he is trying to convince her to marry and is very frustrated by her resistance.

    Rhaenyra stares at her father

    In the godswood, Alicent is seen pleading with someone, saying "None of it needs be this way, in truth". It's obviously Rhaenyra she's talking to here — from Episode 1, the godswood seems to be the place they'd meet. Alicent seems to be trying to heal their fractured relationship.

    Alicent looks emotional while standing in the godswood

    But we hear Rhaenyra say, "No one is here for me" — she is obviously feeling very isolated, and we see her running away from the camp in the woods on her horse in the next shots, watched by Ser Criston Cole, who shouts after her.

    Criston Cole watches Rhaenyra
    Rhaenrya races away on a horse

    In a shot that appears to be that night, Rhaenyra is seen on the ground in the woods, seemingly being confronted by some kind of animal.

    Rhaenyra looks afraid while on the ground in the woods

    The next part of the trailer switches gears and shows us the Crabfeeder, who we got a glimpse of in Episode 2. We hear how he has dug in for siege at Bloodstone, one of the islands in the Stepstones.

    Close-up of the Crabfeeder

    Corlys has finally got the fight he wanted. The War for the Stepstones has begun.

    Corlys in armor

    We get a shot of a sea battle with a dragon flying in the sky.

    Smoke and fire above ships in a bay, with a dragon flying overhead

    We briefly cut back to Viserys attacking something — presumably part of a royal hunt.

    VIserys holds a bloody spear.

    Then we're back to the war scenes.

    A board showing sigils representing factions at war

    Daemon stands looking battle-weary in his armor, and behind him we see Vaemond Velaryon, Corlys' brother, and a teen Laenor Velaryon — Corlys' son, who we briefly saw as a child in Episode 1.

    We get shots of Corlys and Daemon in battle, with the voiceover proclaiming, "We are losing."

    Corlys fighting amidst a rain of arrows
    Viserys fighting with his sword against a man holding an axe

    We even see Daemon get shot by an arrow.

    A line of archers firing arrows
    Daemon contorting in pain after being struck by an arrow

    And that's when a dragon comes flying in to fuck the enemy up! It's just like old times on Game of Thrones!

    A dragon breathes fire at soldiers

    So, from the trailer, we know that Episode 3 will include a small but not insignificant time jump, the introduction of Aegon, Rhaenyra struggling, and Daemon and Corlys and their allies at war in the Stepstones. In the preview images released by HBO, we can see even more details.

    There's a shot of Rhaenyra reading while sitting below a tree — this is possibly the scene in which she's talking to Alicent in the godswood.

    Rhaenyra reads a thick book below a tree

    Here's Rhaenyra and Viserys talking in their camp — likely of marriage — while Otto Hightower looks on.

    Rhaenyra and Viserys talk in their camp — perhaps of marriage — while Otto Jightower looks on.

    Now for a really exciting shot — we have a Lannister! This is one of the Lannister twins (yes, another set!) — either Jason or Tyland, presumably the former, who is the elder and therefore Lord of Casterly Rock. He's holding up the spear we saw Viserys wielding in the trailer.

    A Lannnister holds up a spear

    There's a shot of Jason or Tyland Lannister talking to Rhaenyra — perhaps he is the suitor Viserys is pressuring his daughter about in the trailer.

    A Lannister talks to Rhaenyra

    Here's a look at Rhaenyra riding her horse through the royal camp.

    Rhaenyra rides her horse through the royal camp

    And here's Ser Criston Cole accompanying Rhaenyra in the woods.

    Rhaenyra and Criston walk their horses through the woods

    There's an image of Viserys and Alicent in front of a bonfire.

    Viserys and Alicent stand in front of a bonfire

    Here's Otto getting in the ear of Viserys as he always does.

    Otto talks to Viserys

    We also have some better shots of the War for the Stepstones — here's Corlys in action.

    Corlys in battle

    And here's another look at his brother, Vaemond.

    Vaemond  in battle

    Here's a shot of Vaemond and Corlys having what appears to be a rather intense conversation.

    Vaemond  and Corlys talk while wearing armor

    We also have a better shot of teen Laenor.

    Laenor looks battle-weary

    And Laenor and Vaemond flanking Daemon.

    Laenor, Daemon and Vaemond look battle-weary

    Finally, we have a shot of Corlys and Vaemond in discussion about something with Laenor. The blonde guy with them is Joffrey Lonmouth, who is a knight that is very close to Laenor.

    Vaemond, Corls, Laenor and Joffrey Lonmouth stand around a table talking.

    All in all, there seems to be a lot happening in Episode 3! What are you most looking forward to?