Just How Many Dragons Are There in House of the Dragon Season 2?

Just How Many Dragons Are There in House of the Dragon Season 2?
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In the second season, House of the Dragon will live up to its name and we will finally see large-scale dragon battles.

In Valyria, the Targaryens were not the only noble family to own dragons. But after a great catastrophe called the Doom of Valyria, only the Targaryens managed to escape. Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters settled with the dragons on Dragonstone and eventually conquered Westeros.

By the time of House of the Dragon, the Targaryens have many winged beasts and much less family understanding. The family is divided into the Green Party, supporters of Alicent, and the Black Party, supporters of Rhaenyra and Daemon.

At the end of first season, the Greens occupy the capital, but the Blacks still own Dragonstone, where the dragons nest. In the last episode of the first season, Daemon calculates how many dragons each side has. According to Daemon's comments and information from George R.R. Martin's books, the list looks like this.

Team Black Dragons: 8

First of all, Caraxes and Syrax are the dragons of Rhaenyra herself and her husband Daemon. Caraxes, accustomed to fire and blood on the Stepstones, is particularly dangerous. In addition, Rhaenyra's three sons by her first husband Laenor Velaryon are riders – their dragons are Vermax, Arrax, and Tyraxes. However, Lucerys and his dragon Arrax were killed by Vhagar in the final episode of Season 1.

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Even the very young Aegon, Rhaenyra's firstborn by Daemon, owns the young dragon Stormcloud, though he does not yet fly on it. His brother Viserys also has a dragon egg. Princess Rhaenys' dragon, Meleys, is terrible in anger.

Daemon's twin daughters from his first marriage to Laena Velaryon may also eventually ride dragons. Baela's pale green Moondancer was almost old enough to carry a girl on its back. Her sister Rhaena's dragon died shortly after hatching, but she received another egg from Syrax's clutch.

Team Green Dragons: 4

Alicent's children cannot boast the same number of dragons as their rivals, but it’s not always about quantity, is it?

The Greens have Vhagar – perhaps the most dangerous dragon in the Seven Kingdoms, recently saddled by Aemond. His brother King Aegon has Sunfyre, powerful but still young.

We will definitely see these dragons in season two, as well as Dreamfyre – Helaena's dragon. However, due to Helaena's melancholic nature and some tragic events, Dreamfyre will most likely not participate in the battles. In any case, the Greens still have Tessarion – the dragon of young Prince Daeron.

Dragons Without Riders: 6

The Blacks have the obvious advantage in the number of dragons at this point, but there are still wild dragons living on Dragonstone. They are potentially tameable by anyone with Targaryen blood, and any new dragon could turn the tide of the war.

There are six other dragons in the caves. Three have been ridden: the pale gray Silverwing once belonged to Queen Alysanne, Seasmoke belonged to Laenor Velaryon, and Vermithor has not been ridden since the death of King Jaehaerys. Three were wildlings that had never had a rider: Sheepstealer, Grey Ghost, and Cannibal.

In the final episode of Season 1, Daemon tries to take control of Vermithor. He visits him in his lair and sings Hāros Bartossi, a song in High Valyrian, to get his attention. Vermithor breathes fire, but then calms down, which may indicate that the dragon will have a new rider at the beginning of Season 2.