Game of Thrones Dragons : Moments
By Matt Fowler Spoiler Warning for all of Game of Thrones up through the first two episodes of Season 5…
Okay, so it’s not like Game of Thrones dragons are featured repeatedly. The era we’re currently following, story-wise, is not one filled to the brim with winged death-bringers. There are exactly three dragons right now. Two of them won’t move out of their mom’s basement and the other pops by every other weekend to do laundry.
But even though this isn’t the time of Targaryen rule and dragons aren’t swirling around in the sky (or even battling each other like they were in the Dance of Dragons civil war a few hundreds year previous) these magical beasts are still utterly captivating. Like the White Walkers, dragons are a game-changer. If they ever decided to attack – like full on – nothing could stand in their way. They’d incinerate everyone and everything in their path, no matter who’s going after what throne or who’s betraying whom at which wedding. All mortal squabbles bend the knee before the mighty dragon. So any time they’re on the screen we can’t help but see their potential. As in “Man, one day these guys are going to be huge, destructive equalizers.” Everyone’s argument will be invalid. And incinerated.
So with the rapidly growing Drogon returning to raid the fridge last week on “The House of Black and White,” it’s time to look back at Daenerys’ babies and sort out the best dragon moments from the first four seasons.
From the Ashes
Our three mischief makers — Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal — wouldn’t even exist if a grief-stricken and adrift Daenerys hadn’t grabbed her best wedding presents and walked into a giant roaring fire. When the dawn came, Dany arose with three dragon hatchlings going “Eeep! Arrp! Ooop!” It says a lot about dragons that these tiny little toads gave us a great ending to Season 1 and got us totally psyched for all the scorchings to come.
The Art of Negotiation
When Daenerys was traveling through the cities in Slaver’s Bay, emancipating all those bound in servitude, she had a particular way of making the local slave masters see things her way. Most notably, agonizing death by fire. But as an intimidation tactic, she’d invite them inside her tent where she’d be casually, calmly… PETTING HER F***ING FIRE-BREATHING DRAGON RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM LIKE IT WAS SER POUNCE! Oh, by all means. Try to disobey the lady who can order your instant obliteration.
Three Alarm Chili
Speaking of ordering someone’s blazing demise, let’s not forget the first time Daenerys used her “Dracarys!” charm in a lethal capacity and lit up that warlock, Pyat Pree, inside Mr. Dragorium’s Wonder Flameporium. He thought the dragons were too small to cause any real harm. He was wrong. And bald. So very wrong and bald.
Some fiery friction started occurring when Daenerys began selling herself as the “Breaker of Chains” while her dragons kicked off their big campaign as “Roaster of Goats.” And then later “Sautéer of Children.” Look at Drogon go! That’s crispy crop dusting right there.
This whole dead peasant debacle led the so-called Mother of Dragons to chain up two of her babies down in the bowels of Meereen’s pyramid. Where they sat, stewed, and turned into temperamental teenagers on her. At the top of Season 5, upon Daario’s urging, Dany tried to pay a visit to Viserion and Rhaegal, but they weren’t having it. “Ever hear of knocking, mom!?” they roared while rolling their eyes so hard it was felt over in Yunkai.
Drogon, being too swift and free-spirited (see also “massive and f***ing terrifying”), never managed to get chained up. Even though he was the one causing all the local carnage. Still, he cared enough to stop by when Daenerys was facing a low point in her rule as Queen of Meereen. Enough time for a nose snort, some beastly cooing, and then OFF TO SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF YOUR CITY BY CASTING A SHADOW OF DEATH ACROSS THE LAND, MOM!
Just. The. Best.
Okay, so we’re not ranking these moments necessarily, but might as well end on the best one. Which was the blessed event back in Season 3 when Daenerys spent an inordinate amount of time taking an earful of crap from the cruel and pig-headed Kraznys mo Nakloz. A slave owner with an unpronounceable name but a unmistakable shriek. Which we all heard when Dany unleashed her big “set everything on fire” plan and flambéed the guy in mid-chauvinistic remark.