One popular theory about Drogon in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 is absolutely wild, literally and figuratively, because it makes an interesting assumption about what Dany’s only remaining dragon did when he was MIA for most of Season 5. Could Drogon have laid some dragon eggs around the time he was cruising around the ruins of Valyria?
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One of the biggest question fans had after the Episode 5 trailer was what Euron Greyjoy was looking at in the skies that made him so worried. We see a bright sky full of clouds and hear the shriek of a dragon. Then Euron suddenly has a look of shock and fear on his face. This doesn’t seem typical of this arrogant swashbuckler, especially so soon after he sniped Rhaegal out of the skies and boasted about it to Cersei Lannister.
If it were just Drogon flying at Euron’s fleet, it probably wouldn’t be enough to worry Euron. Reason tells us it has to be something more, which is where this resurfaced theory comes in.
Redditor u/Justzxcvbnm posted to the r/GameOfThrones subreddit earlier this week:
“This theory says that in the fifth season, when Drogon spends almost a whole season gone, he’s actually laying eggs and is in fact a female. That’s why he was burning fields full of sheep, goats, etc. — to feed the baby dragons.”
But wait, aren’t all three of Dany’s dragons male? Yes and no. The Mother of Dragons named all three of her children after men in her life. Drogon is named after her dead husband, Drogo; Viserion was named after her brother Viserys; and Rhaegal was named after her eldest brother, Rhaegar (Jon’s father). But Dany probably knew next to nothing about the physiology of dragons.
In the fourth Game of Thrones book, A Feast for Crows, Maester Aemon says that dragons are “now one and now the other, as changeable as flame,” meaning that dragons supposedly have no fixed gender. They can change their sexual organs to procreate as needed. Similar kinds of hermaphroditism appear in some very real species, so this is less outlandish than one might think.
We don’t know anything for sure about how dragons do procreate. It’s also possible that every dragon is genderless and can just produce eggs without having sex. Komodo dragons do this, u/Justzxcvbnm points out in their theory. So why not fantasy dragons, too?
If Drogon did actually have babies that long ago, then they’d be large enough by now to be a serious threat to Euron — if there are enough of them. Could this actually be what has him so visibly shaken in the upcoming episode? We don’t have much longer to wait until we find out.
Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 airs on HBO Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern.