Returning with Fire and Blood, the Game of Thrones franchise has witnessed a revival with its spin-off show, House of the Dragon. It follows the Targaryen conflict, around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, focusing on King Viserys Targaryen and Prince Daemon Targaryen.
The show is expected to cascade into a bloody civil war, as was in the case of Game of Thrones. It stars Matt Smith as the impulsive and violent Prince Daemon Targaryen who rides the Blood Wyrm dragon, Caraxes.
What is greyscale?
Greyscale is a disease that is usually deadly and communicable on contact. It leaves a layer of stiff and dead skin at the top which feels like stone on touch. In Game of Thrones, Shireen Baratheon had caught greyscale but survived it, leaving her disfigured.
It was also confirmed in the books that there are different versions of greyscale, with Shireen Baratheon actually having the dormant kind. The dormant kind only leaves the victim disfigured but doesn’t kill them, also is not contagious.
How’d Daemon touch his skin then and not get infected?
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At the end of the third episode of House of the Dragon, Daemon Targaryen killed the Crabfeeder and dragged his corpse into the battlefield, seemingly victorious. But the Crabfeeder also had greyscale across his body, leaving many viewers questioning whether the Prince caught it too.
Did Daemon Targaryen catch greyscale?
Since Daemon Targaryen had touched the Crabfeeder’s infected hand, it seems like he was infected with greyscale. On the other hand, since the disease can be a dormant variant, some argued that the Crab King’s greyscale was dormant too.
so shouldn’t daemon have it now that he was basically covered in his guts?
— connor 🩸 (@afc__98) September 6, 2022
Daemon dragged Craghas Drahar into the Battlefield, Craghas has Greyscale same disease as Shireen Baratheon and Jorah Mormont. pic.twitter.com/jMYfwSX9Md
— House of the Dragon × Game of Thrones (@gotandmore) September 5, 2022
— New Rockstars (@NewRockstars) September 7, 2022
Are Targaryens immune to disease? Cuz Daemon was sure touching that greyscale
— Mj (@ThisGrayArea) September 5, 2022
Furthermore, fans have also argued that Targaryens might be immune to greyscale, due to their dragon blood and magical origins. Also, plot armor also needs to be addressed, the show wouldn’t kill off such an important character who’s built up to play a bigger role in future episodes.
House of the Dragon is currently streaming on HBO Max.