In “Game Of Thrones” the dragons Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion already played an important role and quickly became real fan favorites, but that’s no comparison to “House Of The Dragon”: The new “GoT” series is finally playing many years earlier at the height of the Targayren dynasty and will feature many more different dragons – a whopping 17 (!) according to the official announcement.
This is also the reason why some of the flying lizards look different than the dragons seen so far – most notably Caraxes, the dragon from Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith). Those responsible for the series deliberately wanted to give the 17 different dragons in “House Of The Dragon” a different look and not just give them different color schemes like they did with Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.
In the case of Caraxes, showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik apparently took their inspiration from the book “Fire and Blood” written by George RR Martin: Caraxes is also nicknamed “the bloodworm” (or “Blood Wyrm” in the original) and that’s probably why he got a longer, almost snake-like body.
And a background article of the US industry magazine The Hollywood Reporters promises that with Caraxes we haven’t even seen the most extraordinary dragon design in “House Of The Dragon”: There Among other things, dragons are promised that have a “beard” – of course not made of hair, but of spines, similar to a bearded dragon (also known as “bearded dragon” in English).
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Like showrunner Condal to the Hollywood reporters however, emphasized, the different appearance of the dragons is not the only difference between “Game Of Thrones” and “House Of The Dragon”:
“The biggest difference is that dragons exist in this era, whereas in the original series they were an extinct species, which comes to life again,” says Condal. “So there is a whole infrastructure built around them. There’s a dragon pit, saddles, and dragon keepers—a monk-like order looking after them.”
The next episode “House Of The Dragon” – and more dragons – will be available in the early morning hours of August 29, 2022 on Sky and WOW.
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