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Who rides the dragons in House of the Dragon?

Most of the dragons in House of the Dragon, including Viagra, Ballarino, Vermithor, Drumfire, and Medleys are very old, and they have had multiple riders.

House of the Dragon is bringing in extremely high viewership numbers, even though the show has only finished its first season and had so much to live up to.

One of the reasons for this is the show’s renewed focus on the Targaryens and their dragons. Throughout the first season, viewers got to see and learn about over 17 dragons, including Vagary, Ballarino, Vermithor, Drumfire, and Medleys.

How does House of the Dragon compare to Game of Thrones?

When Game of Thrones ended in 2019, it was well-renowned as the most popular HBO series at the time and this gave House of the Dragon very lofty expectations to live up to.

The final episode of House of the Dragon’s first season did quite well, drawing in 9.3 million viewers. However, this was not enough to beat the all-time high record set by the final episode of Game of Thrones.

Fortunately, House of the Dragon is still in its infancy, and when you compare its viewership numbers to those of the first season of Game of Thrones, it has nearly triple the number of viewers.

Who rides the dragons in House of the Dragon?

The events in House of the Dragon take place nearly 200 years before Game of Thrones happens, and as a result, there are still plenty of dragons in Westeros.

In fact, the civil war that breaks out by the end of the show’s first season will eventually be known as the “Dance of the Dragons”, which illustrates what an important part of the story the dragons are in the show.

Throughout the first season of the show, viewers learned a lot more about how much control the Targaryens truly have over their dragons and how the whole system between the rider and the dragon works.

Therefore, we now know that dragonhides need to have some amount of Targaryen blood in them in order to form their strong connection with the beasts, but that dragonizing is a skill that needs to be learned and sharpened over time.

It also becomes evident in the series that the dragons all have strong personalities of their own and they will not just mindlessly follow the commands of their riders.

By the end of the first season, 17 different dragons have been shown or, at least, were mentioned in House of the Dragon and while some have riders, others are wild and untamed.

Characteristics of the dragons in House of the Dragon

Casual viewers of the show can be forgiven for getting confused about all of these dragons, what they look like, their histories, and who ends up riding them within the show.

Fortunately, most of the confusion surrounding Viagra, Ballarino, Vermithor, Drumfire, and Medleys can be cleared up with a quick glance at the following table:

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