Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has lost a lot in Season 8 of Game of Thrones, but a new theory argues that she may have more dragons than previously thought. Daenerys came to Westeros with three dragons at her command and is already down to her last after losing two in battle. With the Battle of King’s Landing ahead, what are the chances that Daenerys’ dragons secretly had babies?
Drogon’s disappearance fuels dragon baby theory
In Episode 4 of Game of Thrones, titled “The Last of the Starks,” fans watched as Euron Greyjoy killed Rhaegal with Qyburn’s dragon slaying weapon. That left Daenerys with only one dragon at her disposal — Drogon — as she prepares to take down Cersei (Lena Headey). A new theory, however, argues that Drogon was looking after his babies when he disappeared back in Season 4.
“I believe that Drogon disappeared in season four to protect his baby dragons until they were swole and next week we’re going to see an army of angsty teen dragons fuck up King’s Landing,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
To date, there has been no evidence to suggest that Drogon, or any of Daenerys’ dragons, has had children. The dragons have been known to wander off on their own, which would explain Drogon’s disappearance a few seasons ago.
That said, we also have no reason to believe that Daenerys’ dragons were incapable of having children and it is totally possible that they had a few youngsters flying around.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ opening credits provide a clue
The fan theory points to the opening credits for Season 8 of Game of Thrones as proof that there are more dragons in store. According to Digital Spy, the part with the astrolabe shows a large dragon flanked by what looks like three smaller ones. The dragons are a reference to House Targaryen, but they could be foretelling what’s to come.
Producers have been known to throw in secrets here and there, and it would be a nice way to honor the dragons we have lost so far. Down to her last dragon, Daenerys could also use all the help she can get as she prepares to take out Cersei.
There is, however, another interpretation to the opening credits. It is possible that the larger dragon in the credits represents Daenerys and three smaller ones are her dragons. That would essentially rule out the possibility of more dragons appearing in the finale.
Weren’t all of Daenerys’ dragons boys?
It is true that all three of Daenerys’ dragons were males, but it is possible that they can switch sex when needed. In his book, Fire & Blood, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin hinted that dragons can change sex when they need to have children. He also noted that it is pretty much impossible to determine the sex of a dragon, so it is entirely possible that Drogon had babies.
Exactly how old they would be is difficult to determine, but they would certainly be large enough to cause significant destruction to Euron’s fleet.
That said, HBO has limited the use of CGI in the past because it drives up costs. In fact, this is one reason why Ghost wasn’t featured in the Battle of the Bastards. Adding three more dragons in the mix would certainly add to their already bloated budget, though with a show as popular as Game of Thrones, fans would not expect anything less.
Daenerys could use wildfire to take out Cersei
Wildfire has been used on several occasions on Game of Thrones, usually in times of dire need. Tyrion used the liquid fire to protect King’s Landing in Season 2 while Cersei used it to take down the Sept of Baelor, eliminating the High Sparrow and his Faith Militant. Even Aerys II Targaryen, dubbed the Mad King, threatened to use it to destroy King’s Landing after losing the war against Robert Baratheon.
Considering everything that has happened the past four episodes, it is possible that Daenerys uses some wildfire of her own to burn King’s Landing to the ground. That, or Cersei does the same after Daenerys’ army breaches the gate.
Either way, it looks more and more that we are in for a bloody penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. We can only hope that Daenerys somehow makes it out on top, but things are not looking good.
New episodes of Game of Thrones air Sunday nights on HBO.