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‘House of the Dragon’: Does Viserys Have a Dragon? Why Fans Never See Him Ride One

House of the Dragon begins in the middle of King Viserys Targaryen’s reign. Though he is a Targaryen, in the series he is never shown bonding with or riding a dragon. Though not every Targaryen has a dragon, Viserys was once a Dragonrider. Here’s why fans don’t see him ride a dragon in the series.

Paddy Considine as King Viserys in House of the Dragon. Viserys is seated, wearing a crown and holding a cane.
Paddy Considine as King Viserys in ‘House of the Dragon’ | Ollie Upton/HBO

Viserys’ dragon Balerian died of old age before ‘House of the Dragon’

In the year 93 AC, Viserys claimed a dragon named Balerian. At one point, Balerian was one of the mightiest and largest dragons around. He was known as the “Black Dread” due to the color of his scales, wings, and even his fire.



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