In the third episode of Dragon House events begin to take a decidedly destructive turn. The dragons are brought into the field and in a certain sequence we can see one of them being ridden and led by a character who does not belong to House Targaryen. But how is this possible? Let’s find out.
SPOILER danger on the third episode of House of the Dragon
In Game of Thrones mythology, only those with Targaryen blood in their veins are thought to be able to ride dragons, but in Dragon House this proves once and for all that this ability it’s not exclusive of the Daenerys dynasty. During the third episode of the series Laenor Velaryon appears on the back of her dragon Seasmoke, although he is technically not a Targaryen.
The answer lies in the fact that Laenor’s mother is Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, who was King Jaehaerys I Targaryen’s second heir to the Iron Throne. Having been a candidate for royal succession, it is plausible to think that Rhaenys insisted on training her children in the art of riding dragons. Moreover, one must consider how – as the son of a Velaryon and a Targaryen – Laenor is in every respect a shining example of Valyrian culture, an element which could be fundamental in the knowledge and in the relationship with dragons.
In fact, both houses come from ancient Valyria, a capital destroyed by a cataclysm that went down in history as the Valyrian Catastrophe. Unlike the Targaryens, the Velaryon would never have been known to be dragon riders. The latter will rather distinguish themselves as navigators, leading them to cover – following the conquest of Westeros – some important offices military and governmental on behalf of the Targaryen kings.
The Velaryons are said to have settled in Driftmark long before the Targaryens migrated to Dragonstone, a move that may have concealed the purpose of inaugurating a new dynasty away from their power. The Targaryens, however, would have conquered the kingdom quite quickly thanks to their dragons, definitively sanctioning the inferiority of the Velaryon house. The latter, however, would have assured them a place of choice alongside the Targaryens, thanks to their wealth and their pure Valyrian blood which would have led the two families to weave various marriages.
Despite all this, riding dragons doesn’t seem to be a common custom among Velaryon, making Laenor’s talent an interesting exception that could upset the already precarious balance of power in future episodes.
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