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House of the Dragon: All the Dragons We Spotted in the Latest Trailer

Excuse us while we freak out over the latest trailer of House of the Dragon.
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The release date of the Targaryen prequel of Game of Thrones is growing closer, causing GOT fans, book fans, and general fantasy nerds to collectively lose their shit. It’s a good year to be a high fantasy fan. Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is also slated for release this year, but one thing it won’t have in multitude: Dragons. 

Say what you will about GOT’s (disastrous) eighth season. One thing it did get right? Giving the spotlight to the flying magical death machines named Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegar.

House of the Dragon is promising even more fantastical beasts as it gears up for the show’s ultimate climax, the Targaryen civil war, also known as the Dance of Dragons. As its name suggests, the war will feature epic airborne battles between dragons, and hopefully, they won’t play out in the dark like in the Battle of Winterfell. 

From the trailer alone, we’ve already gotten an eyeful of the Targaryen’s glorious dragons in flight and fight mode. But one thing fans have noticed is just how many dragons were featured in the trailer. From our eagle-eyed, resident GOT nerd, here are all the dragons that made an appearance in the trailer. 

Syrax 

The mount of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), Syrax is noticeable for her yellow scales and almost spoiled appearance. By the time the show starts, Syrax has barely seen battle. Unlike the other fighters on this list, Syrax was a pampered beast. 

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Caraxes 

If there’s one dragon we’re excited to see, it’s Caraxes, a huge, red, mean monster who was responsible for many soldiers being burned alive—and eaten alive. We expect the best dragon fights will include Caraxes, whose rider was Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), the wildcard Targaryen. 

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Balerion 

A statue of Balerion the Black Dread sits in the middle of King’s Landing in this shot of the trailer. By the time the show starts, Balerion has most likely died of old age. The old dragon was commemorated with a black statue that we can only hope is made of dragonstone.

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Vhagar 

One of the first three dragons to conquer Westeros, Vhagar is the oldest and most powerful dragon by the time she’s roped into the Dance of Dragons. Fans are divided about whether this shot is of Syrax or Vhagar, but the green eyes are a dead giveaway that the dragon is most likely the she-dragon Vhagar. The slow reveal of the dragon in this shot also speaks of the gravity of her identity. Expect lots of soldiers to be roasted alive by this beast. 

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If that wasn’t enough of a nerd analysis for you, follow our coverage of the House of the Dragon starting with the stories below. Get ready for the civil war to commence when House of the Dragon drops on August 21, only on HBO Go in the Philippines.  

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