House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has confirmed that nine dragons will be revealed in the first season of the most anticipated HBO series and that each one will have “its own personality.”
Sapochnik told Empire Magazine that nine of the 17 dragons in HBO’s House of the Dragon will glide, swoop, and soar across our screens during the first season of the Game of Thrones prequel series, which is set to air on August 21, and that they will be an eclectic group as each dragon will have its own descriptive characteristics to set them apart from the rest.
“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,” Sapochnik explained. “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.”
Sapochnik also talked about the challenges the team faced in bringing the beasts to life. He said one of the greatest = hurdles was trying to pull away from the famous Drogon model to establish an array of different designs for the titular dragons in the Game of Thrones spin-off series, as he acknowledged that they kept coming back to the outer appearance of the very familiar firebreather.
“I’ve got a book which has hundreds of [concept] designs,” he said. “The first thing you want is not to do Drogon. So I came up with a whole theory about how there were three different kinds of dragons, based on their different skulls. We came up with all kinds of stuff. But in the end, we ended up back at Drogon. There’s something about Drogon. It’s like the Millennium Falcon. It hit something.”
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the 10-episode first season will flesh out the tales behind the Targaryen family, who ruled Westeros before the events of Game of Thrones. Set 200 years before the show, it will show the start of the end of the Targaryen reign, leading up to a civil war that happened between family members – and the seeming death of dragons in the fantasy world.
The highly anticipated series wrapped filming in February. Since then, we have learned that the first season will serve as a foundation for other Westeros stories, and that its redesigned Iron Throne includes 2,500 swords. House of the Dragon premieres on HBO and HBO Max on August 21.