With Daenerys and Jon preparing their armies for what they hope will be the “Last War” in Westeros, the pressure has never been greater. Game of Thrones Season 8 has done a great job at making it seem like the odds are really stacked against Dany and Jon as we prepare to go into Episode 5, the penultimate episode of the final season. Time is running out for the Targaryen, but if a new Reddit theory is correct, a secret weapon might involve one of Dany’s dragons and one of the last living Starks.
Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 (and possibly Episode 5) ahead.
In Episode 4, “The Last of the Starks,” one of the most surprising moments was the death of Rhaegal. As Daenerys and her remaining troops made their way to Dragonstone to prepare for an attack, Euron and his Iron Fleet ambushed Daenerys’ ships, using multiple Scorpion weapons to attack the ships and try to take down the dragons. Rhaegal was the first casualty, leaving Dany utterly bereft at the unexpected death of yet another one of her dragon children. Now, only Drogon remains as our heroes prepare to attack King’s Landing.
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Some fans believe there could be more dragons in Westeros or Essos, and that at least one will be brought into Dany’s ranks during the Battle of King’s Landing. This theory took root with the Episode 5 trailer and, in particular, a shot of Euron that shows him looking up to the sky and appearing surprised. It’s possible that Euron is looking at an armored Drogon so he can withstand Scorpion arrows, but maybe more dragons have indeed arrived in an unexpected twist.
Or, as redditor u/JasonDeBaxter1997 theorizes, Bran Stark might finally put his powers as the Three-Eyed Raven to good use and resurrect the fallen Rhaegal. It’s wild to think that Bran could manage to bring back a dragon who was shot with multiple Scorpion arrows, rendering him deader than dead, but it’s not entirely impossible.
After all, it’s been suggested that the Three-Eyed Raven and the Night King are basically inter-connected through some sort of ancient magic. So if the Night King could revive the dead dragon Viserion as a wight, why couldn’t Bran do the same with Rhaegal?
The biggest clue supporting this theory is the famous line of dialogue from Season 4, Episode 10, when the previous Three-Eyed Raven tells Bran, “You will never walk again… but you will fly.”
For years, fans have speculated that this means Bran would eventually warg into a dragon to control it. Bran even had a vision in Season 4 that showed a dragon flying over King’s Landing mixed in with visions of King’s Landing in ruins (which we also saw in Dany’s Season 2 vision). That image of a dragon, seen through Bran’s eyes, could very well be a prediction that Bran will either ride a dragon or operate a dragon and see through its eyes during the Battle of King’s Landing.
The big problem with this theory is that Bran has yet to prove that he, like the Night King, can create wights or even resurrect something from the dead for a short time. It’s also worth noting that Bran’s “you will fly” prophecy might simply refer to him warging into a bird, which he’s done several times, including during the Great Battle of Winterfell.
Still, theories abound about Bran raising the dead as a way to add extra soldiers to Dany and Jon’s army, giving them a much-needed boost in battle. It’s possible that Bran could use greensight to figure out how the Night King revived Viserion and do the same thing to Rhaegal.
Could Game of Thrones throw another big twist our way and bring back Rhaegal through Bran’s powers? Could someone (or something else) revive the dead dragon first? It might be a dragon-sized stretch, but stranger things have happened in Westeros, so keep it in consideration for the time being.
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