In the Game of Thrones series, as well as in the "Dance of the Dragons" in the House of the Dragon (2022) series, there are several instances where dragons play a pivotal role. One such instance is when Jon Snow rides one of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons. 

How many riders can a dragon have in Game of Thrones? Is there a limit to the number of individuals a dragon can bond with or allow to ride it? This question also extends to the broader narrative of the House of the Dragon series, where dragons are prominently featured.

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    There doesn't seem to be any indication that is more than 1
    – Luciano
    Jan 11 at 10:31
  • @Luciano - The source books differ with that view
    – Valorum
    Jan 13 at 9:13

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According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, there is only one rider at a time, but it is possible that a dragonrider can bring along a guest with them and/or that a dragon may take on/bond with more than one dragonrider in their lifetime, if previous riders have died.

A person may become a dragonrider at any age, much like horses and their riders; some when they are very young, some as teenagers, some not until adulthood. Too ride a dragon, a person has to bond with the dragon. Once the dragon and the rider have bonded, that dragon will not allow anyone else to mount it alone while its rider lives, no matter how familiar said person might be to the dragon. For example, when Rhaenyra Targaryen's son Joffrey Velaryon attempted to mount her dragon Syrax, Syrax shrugged him off mid-flight, causing him to fall to his death. However, dragons are willing to accept another person upon their backs as long their own rider has also mounted. Queen Visenya Targaryen gave a ride to young Lord Ronnel Arryn upon her dragon Vhagar. A century later, Vhagar allowed Alys Rivers to ride behind her current rider, Prince Aemond Targaryen.


Don't forget the end of S07E06, where Danny flies four passengers - Beric, Jorah, Tormund and Sandor:

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So five at least :)

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