Could There Be 4 Dragons In 'Game of Thrones'? This Theory Says Yes
In case you (somehow) missed it, Game of Thrones returned to HBO with the season-eight premiere last night. And while watching the beginning of the ending season was bittersweet, the episode was chock-full of enough Easter eggs and homages to keep us hypothesizing for the entire week.
One of those hidden clues just so happened to occur in the first few moments of the season-eight premiere. You may have noticed that the opening GoT credits featured some new imagery. There was a massive hole in the Wall (ya know, from where Viserion and the Night King broke through), there was a reference to the Red Wedding and a sword we haven’t seen before.
Reddit user NinaJo94 pointed out that this wasn’t just any sword: It was a sword with four dragons and a comet flying through the sky.
As the show has revealed in previous seasons, there are only three dragons left on earth—Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion— so this poses a new question. Could there be a fourth dragon flying around? Potentially.
As we know, dragons used to be common in past centuries, but they died out. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was given three dragon eggs as a wedding gift when she married Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa). The eggs apparently came from the Shadow Lands, which lie beyond Asshai. Hypothetically, there could be more there, or this hypothetical fourth dragon might be created in another way.
In the book A Dance with Dragons, readers are introduced to the Azor Ahai prophecy (aka the Prince That Was Promised), which states, “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.”
If the sword in the opening is connected with the Azor Ahai, then it could potentially be the Lightbringer, which Azor Ahai uses to push the Others north in the prophecy. Given that the White Walkers are descending upon Winterfell, this seems pretty possible. And now that there are mounds of dragon glass (a stone) all over, it seems like the perfect place for the Prince That Was Promised to create an extra dragon—especially since Viserion has gone over to the dark side.
We’ll have to see about that when Game of Thrones returns this Sunday, April 21, at 9 p.m. PT/ET with episode two.