Can Dragons Sense Targaryen Blood?

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Do dragons have a special affiliation with the Targaryens when they sense their blood or are they just intelligent species? Let's find out.

Game of Thrones is back with vengeance: House of the Dragon is well on its way to become one of the most-watched shows in TV history. This time around, the storyline is based on an era thousands of years before the War of Attrition between the Night King, his legions of White, and their Undead Army. Before we head to the gory details, let's talk about dragons. Of course, avid readers or viewers of Game of Thrones know that dragons are the O.G. of the Targaryen family. Still, the million-dollar question remains, "Can dragons sense Targaryen blood?"

A Myth About The Intelligence of the Dragons

There's a theory that dragons love the smell of Jon Snow. It makes sense, given that Game of Thrones is renowned for disturbing yet fascinating theatrics that can keep you at the edge of your seat. In the seventh season of Game of Thrones, Jon and Drogon had a little bonding moment, with Jon even taking off his gloves to offer a better whiff. It shows that dragons recognized other Targaryens before Jon or even Dany knew about their lineage.

Affiliation with the Targaryen Family

Most Game of Thrones fanatics knows the secret behind why the dragons are obsessed with the Targayens – their relationship with the family. That happened when Dany showed affection for Jon, and Drogon sensed that and emulated it. Perhaps, this happened because they were affiliated with each other, and the family could control dragons. But this further opens up several avenues that you can only understand if you know what you need to know (did you enroll in Game of Thrones 101?).

The Power of Bonds

Another theory states that wolves and Dragons know when the person they previously bonded with is in danger. Let's go back to Season 1, when Bran was attacked during the Winterfell, and Viserion readied himself to kill Jon Snow. Unfortunately, Arya Stark kills the Night King, which causes the dragon to drop dead instantly.

Final Thoughts

Dragons are perhaps the most important species in the Game of Thrones Universe. One of the primary reasons is their connection with the Targaryen Family and Jon Snow. However, don't let their affiliation with the famous (or infamous family) cloud your judgment about how smart they are. Most GoT fans believe dragons are even smarter than human beings themselves, and they can surely sense Targaryen blood. They also bond well with their friends and remain ready to bestow their wrath on those who target their friends.

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