After a pretty good premiere made the world realize they will always be suckers for more Westeros, the second episode doubles down on everything people liked about the original show. That means more Small Council meetings and political scheming, showing the cost of playing the game of thrones and how it usually means marrying off literal children for political gain.
Then there’s the standout of the episode: the introduction of one Craghas Drahar, also known by the much better and surprisingly accurate name, Craghas Crabfeeder. We first hear of the Crabfeeder in the “House of the Dragon” premiere, where Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) talked about a pirate from the Triarchy (the Free Cities of Myr, Lys and Tyrosh) attacking the Stepstones. Though the other lords paid no attention to Corlys’ warnings, we get to see the gravity of his concerns in the second episode.
Now, a title like the Crabfeeder could mean various things. After all, we’ve heard plenty of cool nicknames in “Game of Thrones” over the years, but none have been so literal. Sandor Clegane may have been called The Hound, but he wasn’t a literal dog. Davos Seaworth’s name was the Onion Knight, but he was not made out of onions and he wasn’t an ogre (because they’ve got layers, get it?), and Aemon Targaryen the “Dragonknight” wasn’t an actual dragon wearing armor. So why should a Crabfeeder be literal? And yet, we are all much better for it.