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House Of The Dragon Showrunner Compares The Show’s Dragons To Gods

Ryan J. Condal, co-showrunner of the upcoming epic fantasy series, House of the Dragon, reveals the glorious reputation of the dragons in the show. He compares them to celebrities and, even better, to gods.

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Balerion, the biggest dragon in Westeros, ridden by Aegon The Conqueror

In his interview with SFX Magazine, Condal shared some insights about the titular dragons.

I don’t think [the dragons are] taken for granted because they’re still a rather rare resource in this time. At the height of the dragon dynasty, I think there were 17 adults – I’ve counted, believe me – which is a lot, but if you had a species on Earth where there are only 17 left, it would be so critically endangered that you wouldn’t even be able to look at them. They certainly exist, and they’re ubiquitous in the sense that they’re ever-present because they’re so freaking huge, but they’re still very special, and they’re kind of revered as gods. They’re celebrities of this time, and actually more famous and adored than many of the Targaryens that ride them.”

House of the Dragon Will Showcase Dragons In Their Own Unique Ways

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Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, House of the Dragon showrunners

Miguel Sapochnik, House of the Dragon co-showrunner, revealed that they had hundreds of various concepts and ideas for the design. In his interview with Empire, he shared the rigorous selection process and how they made each dragon look different.

Each new dragon has its own personality. That’s what’s going on now in our last part of the animation – we’re applying personal character traits to each of the dragons. One of them’s got a [bad] leg. Another one’s much more like an eagle, because she’s kind of neurotic. And another one’s like a curmudgeonly old granny.”

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Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s House of the Dragon

The prequel to the Game of Thrones saga is set three centuries back and will tell the story of the origins of the House Targaryen. It will follow the rise and fall of the empire that would lead to the devastating events of the civil war. House of the Dragon will arrive on HBO Max this August 21.