The Dragon Prince landed on Netflix earlier this year, and became an instant hit, generating loads of fan art and a passionate community eager to dive into this new fantasy world from some of the minds behind Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show’s first season lasts for just nine episodes, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already binged through it. If that’s the case, you’re probably already wondering when we can expect to get a release date for Dragon Prince Season 2.
Here’s everything we know about the future of The Dragon Prince, based on an interview with the show’s creators, some details from the Season 1 finale, and other information from around the web.
Is ‘The Dragon Prince getting a Season 2?
Yes! During a panel at New York Comic Con, the creators of Dragon Prince revealed that the show had been picked up by Netflix for a second season. The news was shared on Twitter with a special image that revealed a 2019 launch for Season 2 — and also featured at least one glaring plot hole.
As you can see in the image above, which sets up a magical confrontation between Callum and Claudia, the prince is clearly holding the magic orb from Season 1. That’s the same orb he smashed in the final episode. So what it’s doing here is unclear. Either Callum found a new orb, or (far more likely) this image is meaningless.
Either way, we’re extremely excited to see what happens in The Dragon Prince Season 2.
Does The Dragon Prince Season 2 have a release date?
Short answer: Sorta? Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed when the show will return aside from that vague “2019” reveal. However, in a conversation with Inverse before the show premiere, the show’s co-creators Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond (along with director Giancarlo Volpe) laid out grand plans for the series.
Ehasz and Richmond actually released The Dragon Prince through their newly-launched studio, Wonderstorm, and the plan is to build a massive fantasy world that includes both the current TV series, video games, and plenty more. So clearly the series isn’t ending anytime soon.
As for when new episodes will arrive, Dragon Prince isn’t entirely hand-drawn, using a mix of computer graphics and hand-made backgrounds. So hopefully that means it won’t take too long to make new episodes. At this point, Season 2 is likely already in production, so perhaps we’ll see new episodes by mid-2019. At the very least, we’re guaranteed to get something by the end of next year.
While you wait for more details, keep reading for info on the Dragon Prince video game, animation improvements that could be coming in Season 2, and speculation on where the plot could be headed next.
What do we know about The Dragon Prince video game?
Wonderstorm is also working on a video game that takes place in the same world as Dragon Prince. This should give fans of the new series another way to explore its fantastical word, but, again, we don’t really know what it’s actually coming out.
In an interview with Inverse, Wonderstorm co-founder Justin Richmond (who directed Uncharted 3) made it clear that fans shouldn’t expect an Uncharted-style video game.
“It’s specifically not like Uncharted,” Richmond said. “It’s not a huge narrative based game. I can’t talk too much specifics but it’s not like that.”
In an interview with Polygon, Richmond offered a bit more detail, confirming that the game will tell its own story in the Dragon Prince universe and will be developed in-house by Wonderstorm.
“It’s very different from that, but it does connect very deeply to the world and characters of The Dragon Prince and there’ll be things in the game that hugely expand upon the lore of our world. So it’s not a companion piece. It’s not a licensed game. It’s a fully fledged piece of The Dragon Prince world that you will get to see through a different lens.”
As for a release date, that much is still unclear. In a Reddit AMA, the company said that the video game is still in development, promising a “deep, engaging” experience” when the launch finally arrives.
Where Dragon Prince Season 2 will pick up
Warning: Season 1 spoilers ahead.
A lot happened in Season 1’s short nine episodes, even if Callum, Ezran, and Rayla never actually managed to get the dragon egg back home. Instead, they ended up hatching the dragon at the top of the mountain. The result was an adorable baby dragon stumbling around while everyone smiled, but there’s danger on the horizon.
Viren, the King’s evil adviser who wants to take the throne for himself, sends his children Claudia and Soren to find our heroes, kill them, and bring back the dragon egg. As the season ends, Claudia casts a spell to reveal the exact location of Callum, Ezran, and Rayla. So you can expect some sort of confrontation between those two groups at the start of Season 2.
Will the animation improve in The Dragon Prince Season 2?
The animation style of The Dragon Prince, which features computer-created characters against hand-drawn backgrounds, drew early criticism from Avatar fans who were hoping for a spiritual successor in terms of both story depth and visuals. The design actually grows on you pretty quickly, but it looks like Wonderstorm could try to course-correct in Season 2.
Speaking to [The Verge], series creator Aaron Ehasz admitted that relying on computer animation does come with some limitations, and said that Season 2 will hopefully offer some visual improvements.
>” It’s definitely something that, in the future, if-slash-when we’re making more episodes, we’re not gonna be able to vastly change how we make it, but we’re definitely gonna have an eye toward specific shots and scenes. Can we make them more fluid? Can we make them exceed the expectations that were set?”
So it sounds like we can expect better (but still familiar-looking) animation from The Dragon Prince Season 2 — assuming Netflix renews the show for a second season that is.
The Dragon Prince Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.