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House of the Dragon: What’s so important about Vhagar?

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We got to meet Vhagar in House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 6. What is so important about this dragon, and who would steal her?

Caution: There are spoilers for House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 6.

After a 10-year time jump, we got to meet the new people playing some of the characters in House of the Dragon. One of them was Nanna Blondell, who took on the role of Laena Velaryon, daughter of Corlys and wife of Daemon. She is pregnant with her third child in Episode 6, but it’s soon clear that there is going to be devastation for the family.

The baby isn’t coming. Daemon has to make a choice. Will he cut his wife open in the hope of saving the child in the way Viserys did with Aemma? He decides not to, and so, Laena takes matters into her own hands. She wasn’t going to let herself and her baby die slow and painful deaths. She turned to her dragon, Vhagar, for help.

Poor Vhagar didn’t want to do it. Laena had previously explained to one of her twins that once a dragon and their rider bond, it’s impossible to get others to give the dragons commands. It’s also clear that the bond is one of trust and love. Dragons won’t want anything bad happening to their riders, and Vhagar did not want to kill her rider.

What’s so special about Vhagar in House of the Dragon?

During the episode, Laena made a big deal about riding Vhagar. It’s clear this dragon is special, and we can turn to Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin* to get an idea about that.

Vhagar is a sibling to Balerion. She was ridden to Westeros by Visenya Targaryen, sister and wife of Aegon the Conqueror. She is the second-oldest and largest dragon in the whole of Westeros, which makes her extremely special.

It’s not surprising that she’s been stolen in House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 7. It’s clear that someone close to Alicent Hightower has done this. Could Lanys Strong have something to do with it, or will it be Aemon Targaryen trying to claim a dragon of his own?

We could look at the book for this, but one thing is clear: whoever has Vhagar is going to be a major threat.

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House of the Dragon airs Sundays on HBO and HBO Max in the U.S. and on Crave in Canada.