House of the Dragon Will Unleash 9 Dragons in Its First Season, And They’ll Have Different Personalities – IGN

House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has confirmed that nine dragons will be unleashed in the first season of the 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 premiere on August 21, and that they will be an eclectic group as each mythical monster will have its own defining 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 touched on the challenges the team faced in bringing the beasts to life. He said one of the biggest hurdles was trying to pull away from the iconic Drogon model to establish an array of different designs for the titular dragons in the Game of Thrones spin-off series, as he admitted that they kept returning 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 beginning of the end of the Targaryen reign, leading up to a civil war waged between family members – and the seeming death of dragons in the fantasy world.

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The highly anticipated series officially wrapped filming in February. Since then, we have learned that the first season will incorporate multiple time skips, that it may serve as a foundation for other Westeros stories, and that its redesigned Iron Throne includes 2,500 swords. We’ll find out how all of that comes together when House of the Dragon premieres on HBO and HBO Max on August 21.

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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