“Dragons... the grief and glory of my house, they were.” - Aemon Targaryen
As the maester of Castle Black correctly notes, entire dynasties and civilizations in the Game of Thrones universe have risen and fallen on the backs of dragons. Their mysterious and august powers have lifted some families to prominence and reduced others to smoldering ash. As you’d expect of George R.R. Martin and Game of Thrones, dragons have a long and complex history that exists far beyond the reaches of the television show.
Their influence in the realm stretches far back, beyond any of the dynasties that currently feud for the Iron Throne. Despite their long and influential reign, however, their extinction 150 years before the events of Game of Thrones means dragons remain shrouded in mystery.
One thing any fan of the books or TV show knows for sure? With dragons back in Westeros for the first time in over a century, these mythical beasts are set to make an indelible mark on the Seven Kingdoms once again. To prepare for the onslaught, let's take a look at some dragon facts and figures - Tyrion Lannister would love to get his hands on these.
And, of course, SPOILERS AHEAD for the entire extended Game of Thrones universe.
Hatching A Dragon Requires 'Fire And Blood'Photo: Courtesy of HBO
Dragons Do, In Fact, Have WeaknessesPhoto: Courtesy of HBO
Dragons Breathe Fire By Combining Volatile ChemicalsPhoto: Courtesy of HBO
Dragons Can Be Trained - But Never TamedPhoto: Courtesy of HBO
According To Legends, Westeros Has Been Home To Many Different Types Of DragonsPhoto: Courtesy of HBO
The Ancient City Of Asshai May Hold Secrets About The History Of DragonsPhoto: Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO