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Biggest moments from House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 3: The Burning Mill

Episode 3 gives us some spectacular moments.



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Episode 3 of House of the Dragon season 2 is filled with emotional and spectacular moments, driving the story forward to the edge of the war. The tension between Rhaenyra and Alicent reaches a new high, setting the stage for the inevitable conflict. This episode is named The Burning Mill and was directed by Geeta Vasant Patel, even though the Battle of the Burning Mill itself was sidelined and happened offscreen. Here are the most significant moments from Episode 3.

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Milly Alcock returns as young Rhaenyra


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In a surprising twist, Milly Alcock returns to play Rhaenyra. Alcock originally played the younger Rhaenyra in Season 1 before the time jump. She doesn’t appear in a flashback but in a vision. Alys Rivers makes Daemon see this vision, where Rhaenyra is shown sewing Jaehaerys’ head back onto his body. In the vision, she tells Daemon that he always leaves her to clean up after him.

Baela chases Gwayne and Cole


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We get our first look at Moondancer as Baela chases Gwayne and Cole. Gwayne sets forth without Cole’s permission, searching for a comfortable stay at an inn. When Baela spots them and gives chase, we hear Daenerys’ theme from Game of Thrones. Cole, Gwayne, and the others make it to the trees for cover, but now the Blacks know the Greens are on the move.

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Battle of the Burning Mill


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The ancient feud between the Brackens and Blackwoods leads to the Battle of the Burning Mill, the first significant battle in the Dance of the Dragons. Unfortunately, the entire battle happens offscreen, and we don’t see fan-favorite characters like Benjicot Blackwood and Alysanne Blackwood.

Daemon takes Harrenhal


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Daemon arrives at Harrenhal atop Caraxes, like his ancestor Aegon the Conqueror, to take the castle. Surprisingly, he meets little resistance. Ser Simon Strong, the castle’s castellan, surrenders easily, saying he is not loyal to Larys Strong. Daemon tries to assert his authority, but Ser Simon explains that Harrenhal is in disrepair, and their liege lord, Grover Tully, is too old and ineffective to command his bannermen.

Rhaenyra and Alicent in the sept


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In a bold move, Rhaenyra infiltrates King’s Landing to meet Alicent in the Great Sept. She confronts Alicent about Aegon stealing her crown. Alicent claims Viserys chose Aegon as the prince who was promised. Realizing that Viserys spoke of a prophecy, Rhaenyra tells Alicent about Aegon the Conqueror’s dream, the song of ice and fire. Despite understanding her mistake, Alicent refuses to change her stance on Aegon being king, making Rhaenyra realize that war is inevitable.

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Ved Prabhudesai is an avid enthusiast of all things pop culture. He has a special interest in the field of animation and art, with a background in Fine Arts and Digital Media Arts. He has begun his first into the field of Entertainment Journalism with Wiki of Thrones, and has been writing for them since 2023. He also has experience working as a screenplay writer, animator and comic book artist. His hobbies include holding discussions and organising events focused around pop culture, dissecting the importance of media in today's world. He began reading A Song Of Ice And Fire shortly before Game of Thrones debuted on HBO. He has followed the series religiously and has spent hours reading Wikis learning about Targaryen history and possible plot points we will see in the Winds of Winter.


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