The season eight premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones is packed with plenty of awesome imagery — including some great peeks at Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons (with Jon Snow on the back of one!). Her fire-breathing babies will surely play a big part in fighting the White Walkers and her quest for the throne, but let’s not forget that she’s down a dragon. In season seven, the Night King sadly kills Viserion and turns him into a wight to assist his undead army. Can Daenerys successfully defeat them with only two dragons? And more importantly for all the dragon-loving fans, can she ever get more of them?
Though the dragons seem like such a staple on Game of Thrones, they don’t actually show up until the very last episode of season one, so a refresher might come in handy. For much of that season, they’re simply eggs. Dany receives the three eggs as a wedding gift from Illyria Mopatis, the guy who arranges her marriage to Khal Drogo. The eggs are mostly for decoration and revered for their worth, as they’ve aged and turned to stone overtime. But Dany feels connected to them somehow, and tries to get them to hatch.
Nothing happens until she burns Mirri Maz Duur for cursing her and failing to save Drogo. Dany has the witch tied to Drogo’s funeral pyre, places her dragon eggs on it, and walks into the fire when it’s ignited. The next day, she’s miraculously unharmed, and the eggs have hatched into three baby dragons.
Dany names the dragons Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion and raises them like her own children throughout the series. But as far as we and the characters on the show know, these are the only living dragons around, and the first ones to appear in centuries. If there are more out there, there’s no definitive place they would be, since their origins are a little vague. In season one, Dany’s handmaiden Doreah says that she heard dragons came from a second moon that hatched when it got too close to the sun. Dany’s eggs, however, are said to have come from the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai. Could there be more eggs there? If so, Dany would have to travel all the way back to Essos, even further away from Westeros than she’s gone previously.
However, the season eight premiere also includes a new title sequence. that hints at the possibility of Dany finding at least one more dragon. After the episode aired, Reddit user ninajo94 noted how when a sword blazes across the screen, you can catch a glimpse of four dragons — count ’em, four — decorating the metal, as well as a comet soaring across the sky.
Now, if you’ve read up on the Azor Ahai prophecy, this should ring some bells. In A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books that inspired the TV version of Game of Thrones, there is a popular myth surrounding a hero figure named Azor Ahai who allegedly rose up to save the world from the White Walkers centuries earlier by forging a legendary sword — Lightbringer — that helped him push the Others far, far into the North, where they were all but forgotten about.
In A Dance With Dragons, the prophecy about Azor Ahai is stated as follows: “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.” Seeing as the White Walkers are back and more terrifying than ever, it stands to reason that Azor Ahai’s reincarnation is, too. Could the sword emblazoned with a falling star and dragons be a hint Dany is the Prince That Was Promised? OR could it simply be teasing the arrival of a fourth dragon?
While the television series has deviated from the book series multiple times, there’s always a chance that the final season pulls from the books for inspiration. In A Feast for Crows, Maester Aemon reveals that dragons are “neither male nor female . . . but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame.” Dany’s remaining dragons could feasibly reproduce, though it seems quite late in the game for that. If she wants fully grown dragons, her best bet might be the Azor Ahai prophecy.
Popular guesses think this refers to raising dragons from Dragonstone, which is a volcanic island. Since Dany has been hinted as a possible candidate to fulfill the prophecy, it would certainly be an exciting twist if she found even more dragons!