'Game of Thrones' More Dragons: 4 Ways Daenerys Could Replace Rhaegal
It’s been a while since Daenerys Targaryen has been at full dragon strength (RIP Viserion). Now, with Game of Thrones Season 8 heading into the final confrontation between Dany and Cersei in Episode 5, the Mother of Dragons could probably use another dragon (or two), but are there any more dragons in Game of Thrones? The answer may surprise you.
Warning: Huge spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 ahead.
Still here? Cool. So, as you know, Daenerys lost her second dragon, Rhaegal, in Episode 4 after they were ambushed by Euron and a fleet of ships equipped with Scorpion ballistas. That means Dany’s down to just one dragon, Drogon.
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It’s not looking great, but is it possible Game of Thrones already laid the groundwork for more dragons coming to Dany’s rescue in the final episodes of Season 8? It’s not as ridiculous as it might seem. Here are four ways we could see another dragon (or more) show up in Episode 5.
4. Drogon Is Pregnant With More Dragons
It’s always been suggested that all three of Dany’s dragons were male — mostly because she named them after the men in her life — but what if they’re not? The books even suggest that dragons aren’t gendered at all.
It’s possible that Drogon (the one dragon left) could already be pregnant and might be ready to lay eggs any day now. Of course, a bunch of baby dragons wouldn’t exactly solve the issues facing Daenerys in Episode 5, but it could allow Game of Thrones to set up a future Westeros with dragons in it beyond Season 8.
3. Drogon Already Gave Birth to a Bunch More Dragons
Remember back in Season 5, when Jorah and Tyrion saw Drogon flying over Valyria? Is it possible she/he was there to lay eggs? Eggs that could have already hatched, creating a whole brood of dragons that could swoop in to destroy Cersei?
As Heavy points out, Drogon sort of disappeared for a while back when Daenerys was still in Essos. We don’t really know what Drogon was up to during that time, but it could come back in a huge way in Season 8, Episode 5.
2. There Are More Dragon Eggs in the Crypts of Winterfell
There’s reason to believe there might still be a whole bunch of dragon eggs hidden in the crypts of Winterfell.
Our evidence for this theory comes from some of the supporting books written by George R. R. Martin that provide extra backstory. Specifically, several chapters in both The World of Ice and Fire and Fire and Blood hint strongly that there might be some dragon eggs under Winterfell.
These claims came from Mushroom, a jester who served in King’s Landing during the time of Targaryen reign. Mushroom isn’t the most reliable source of information, but in several chapters told through his perspective, the character claims that the Targaryen dragon Vermax once laid a bunch of eggs in the Winterfell crypts.
Assuming those eggs exist, they’ve never hatched (as far as we know, at least). So, again, we run into the issue that a bunch of baby dragons won’t be much help in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5. But perhaps just knowing that more dragons exist in the world will bring Daenerys some shred of happiness.
1. There’s More Dragons Somewhere Else in Game of Thrones
It’s often suggested that the dragon eggs Daenerys got back in Season 1 were the last of their kind, but do we really know that for sure? Essos is a huge continent, and it’s possible there could be more eggs or even full-grown dragons out there.
It might be a stretch, but we wouldn’t be totally surprised to see more dragons arrive seemingly out of nowhere before Season 8 is over.
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