Riding With Rhaegal?

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

(this is a slightly modified version of one part my recap of Season 8 Episode 1 “Winterfell”)

If I have one consistent criticism of Benioff and Weiss it is that they are addicted to sacrificing story, logic, and character motivation to deliver spectacle.

Of course everyone wants to see Jon riding a dragon, but should it also have to make sense? I think so.

At the end of the episode, in the post-episode mini-Documentary, Benioff (or Weiss, I can barely tell them apart) suggests that since only Targaryen’s can ride dragons, Jon should have known he was a Targaryen before Sam tells him at the end of the episode (no duh).

This should also raise the question of why Jon’s ability to ride Rhaegal didn’t give Daenerys pause too (are we really supposed to believe that Daenerys wouldn’t be tipped off by Jon being able to ride a dragon?) and also make me wonder why in the world she would encourage Jon to try to ride Rhaegal in the first place?

In theory, she could have always suspected or known that Jon was a Targaryen (remember inter-Targ marriage has always been the rule more than the exception) but, because Daenerys has always been presented as one of the only experts in Dragon lore left, any other explanation would entirely defy logic.

Funny story, it is most likely not true that only Targaryen’s can ride dragons. During the Dance of Dragons there were more dragons than Targaryen’s so they tried to get what they called “dragonseeds” to ride the dragons (bastards of Targaryens) many failed but some succeeded and some of those successful riders might have not really had Targaryen blood. One named “Nettles” was a ”brown-skinned girl with black hair and brown eyes.”

Also, and I don’t mean to nitpick here, but the mechanics of riding the dragons on the show make virtually no sense. In the books they had saddles and riding chains (not for the dragons for the riders). Please explain to me how, at the speed those dragons were moving and without anything to actually hold on to, Jon snow didn’t plummet to his death? Or how with their heads and faces uncovered, how they didn’t both freeze to death?

I was reading another recap where someone asked why the unsullied weren’t freezing to death on the march into Winterfell, which is a logical question (remember we are in Winter now and this is the North) but if the unsullied should be cold, how do Daenerys and Jon survive flying through the air at rapid speeds again exactly?

Oh, also, dragons and riders have to bond before riding, and once a dragon bonds with a human they are connected for life. I seem to have missed the part where Jon and Rhaegal bonded (sigh)?

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