Game Of Thrones Finale Gave Clues As To Where Drogon Was Heading
Here you'll find SPOILERS for the last ever episode of Game of Thrones - if you've not been able to watch it yet, GOOD GOD GET AWAY NOW.
Okay, now that the housekeeping's out of the way, let's talk.
Of course, one of the main things we all want to discuss is Daenerys' tragic death, given that she was stabbed by her own lover (and, err, nephew), Jon Snow, before dying in his arms. It was absolutely savage, and it was clearly weighing on Jon's mind for the rest of the episode - even asking Tyrion sorrowfully if he'd done the right thing.
Dany's last remaining dragon arrived just in time to see its mother's body slumped on the floor with a dagger sticking out of her chest, two thin trails of blood coming from her nostril and her mouth. Drogon knew she was dead, and Drogon was NOT best pleased.
Snarling its teeth at Jon Snow, we all thought the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen would be toast. However, Drogon did something unexpected and turned its spiky head towards the nearby Iron Throne, blasting it with its flames and completely melting it.
We then watched on as it scooped up Dany's limp body and flew off. Where that was to is also up for interpretation, but later in the episode we hear a passing mention that Drogon had been spotted flying East.
It seems likely, then, that the dragon could have been taking its mother to Essos, the origins of the Targaryen line in Old Valyria.
Not only is Essos (which means 'East of Westeros') where the Targaryens traditionally lived with their dragons, it's also home to the Dothraki Sea. With Drogon and the other dragons born in Dothraki territory, it may have felt the need to return to a place that feels like home.
Describing the origins of dragons, the Game of Thrones Wiki page says: "Five thousand years ago, men of the Valyrian Freehold learned how to master and ride dragons as beasts of war, and used them to forge an empire that stretched across most of the continent of Essos, dominating almost half of the Known World.
"Four hundred years before the War of the Five Kings, the entire Valyrian empire and almost all of its dragons were destroyed in a single day, during a cataclysmic volcanic eruption known as the Doom of Valyria. One Valyrian noble family, the Targaryens, survived the Doom on the distant island outpost of Dragonstone in the Narrow Sea - along with the last surviving Valyrian dragons."
Along with where Drogon flew off to, we've also been left to speculate why it chose to torch the highly coveted Iron Throne over Jon Snow.
Had it seen the dagger poking out of Daenerys' chest and wrongly assumed it had something to with the pointy blades of the Iron Throne? Had it decided the Iron Throne and the patrilineal monarchy it stood for was Daenerys' true murderer? Was it all just a bit of a sweet release?
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