Massacre of Craghas Drahar

TV show House of the Dragon (2022)
The dreaded pirate Craghas Drahar (Daniel Scott-Smith), nicknamed Craghas Crabfeeder because of the torture he inflicts on his victims, illegally occupies the Stepstones Worried, Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) asks King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) to act quickly. The torture scene with the crabs was shot on the beach of Holywell Bay.
Holywell Bay
Holywell Bay by Nilfanion. Wikimedia.

“Waiting in the Stepstones is a chance for you to prove your worth to any who might yet doubt it. We are the realm’s second sons, Daemon. Our worth is not given. It must be made.”

Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint)

Based at Warner Studios in Leavesden, near London, the House of the Dragon production sought to use locations in England to limit travel. It is thus on the beach of Holywell Bay in Cornwall that the scenes involving Craghas Drahar (Daniel Scott-Smith), alias Craghas Crabfeeder, at the beginning and end of episode 2, were produced.

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A crab against the dragons

A fearsome character from George R. R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, Craghas Drahar appears disfigured and monstrous in House of the Dragon. The role of the crabs being largely put forward in the series, contrary to the novel. In the book, the character earns his nickname Craghas Crabfeeder because he drowns his victims when the tide rises.

Holywell Bay beach was also used for a scene involving Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and an older version of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy).


Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik directed three episodes of the first season of House of the Dragon.

The Degrees of Stone
The Degrees of Stone. All rights reserved: HBO.
Craghas Drahar
Craghas Drahar. All rights reserved: HBO.

Holywell Bay

A jewel of Cornwall, this beach is known for its verdant dunes and impressive rock formations.

It is at low tide that the entrance to the Holywell cave is revealed, under the impassive gaze of the large dunes, the highest of which rise to more than 18 meters. Integrated into the National Trust, this natural site is located near the village of Holywell. It is just as pleasant in summer, especially for water sports, as in winter, when the storms give it an undeniably majestic appearance.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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