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.
Still the question remains: Who is the Prince That Was Promised? Is it Daenerys, Jon (Kit Harington), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) or even Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)?
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.