House of the Dragon has geared up to begin the Targaryan Cvil War: The Dance of the Dragons that will reshape the world of Game of Thrones. But…there sure are a lot of dragons, aren’t there? With lots of X names. So in this video we explain every dragon, who rides then,, and what this means for the future of the show.
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Written and Edited by Pavel Terehovsky () [email protected]
Hosted by Ryan Arey ()
The first season of House of the Dragon has just ended and it delivered on so many great things. And it gave us so- many-dragons!
About 11 dragons have appeared in season 1. About 12 dragons have appeared in season 1 (2 takes)
Some are big, some are tiny, and some are freaking gigantic.
The show is very well made, however with so many dragons and riders it’s a bit hard to keep track of who’s who and which Targaryen rides what dragon.
So to make things easier, we compiled a list of all the dragons that appear in season 1, and we will go over every dragon, explaining who rides each dragon and their history.
We will also talk about some dragons that didn’t appear in the show yet.
Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers, but we are going to reveal who is the biggest living dragon in Westeros.
Surprise, it’s not Vhagar, it’s not even Balerion. There’s a massive dragon out there and its identity and story are wild.
So let’s go over all the dragons in House of the Dragon season 1, as well as all the dragon-riders, the different sizes and the special attributes some dragons have. Including a dragon that shoots gold flames, and another one that has blue flames.
According to Ryan Condal and George R. R. Martin we will see about 17 dragons in the show. Season 1 introduced some of them. And Season 2 will give us more dragons and battles.
Few things before we start.
We will be focusing only on dragons that appeared in season 1 or relevant to the story. So we won’t talk about every dragon that ever lived.
We will mention the size of some of the dragons, but there are no exact measurements for the dragons in the show or the book Fire and Blood which the show is based on.
We will mention the size when it’s relevant though.
The final note is that some of the dragons in the show barely appeared on screen. So for the sake of keeping this video visually interesting, when we talk about some of these dragons we’re gonna have to use some random footage to make it work. Apologies in advance. Blame Doug.
What did I do?
Don’t worry bud, no one’s gonna stay mad at a dog for too long, it’s all good.
Wait….I’m a dog? I thought I’m a small dragon.
Ahem… moving on.
To explain dragons we must explain the Targaryens history, since they are intertwined with each other.
About 8 thousand years before the events of House of the Dragon, the Valyriaians in Essos discovered the first dragons. Essos is the continent that is across the narrow sea from Westeros.
According to the Valyrians, the dragons were born from a ring of volcanos called the Fourteen Flames, meaning 14 active volcanoes.
[Dragons came from moon] It is known…
This happened shortly after the Long Night ended in Westeros. Strange coincidence I’m sure.
The Valyrians mastered the secrets of commanding dragons and became the dragonlords.
Neither House of the Dragon nor Game of Thrones ever explained this, but it’s implied that the Valyrians used magic and blood to create a bond with the dragons.
With this power they built the greatest empire in the world, ruling the majority of the continent of Essos.
Despite all the Valyrian empire’s power, nothing could save them from the doom. In one day, the entire land just blew up, likely due to all the fourteen volcanoes erupting at once.
This cataclysmic event is known as the Doom of Valyria. All the Valyrians and their dragons burned, an entire empire just gone in an instant.
Only two Valyrian houses survived the doom, the Targaryens and the Velaryons.
With their naval prowess, House Velaryon arrived in Westeros even before the Targaryens.