"Epic" has been the buzzword leading up to the Season 7 premiere of Game Of Thrones, and while that word is sometimes used entirely too often, it's hard to avoid it when you're getting teased with a great war, massive confrontations, and the many other mysterious and large factors in play for the final leg of the series. Everything feels "big" when you talk about the upcoming season of _Game Of Thrones,_which of course includes the dragons, who will be bigger than we've ever seen them before. GoT director Matt Shakman teases fans with just how big in the statement below:
The dragons this year are the size of 747s. Drogon is the biggest of the bunch --- his flame is 30-feet in diameter!
That's pretty damn big indeed. A 747 is about 230 feet long with a 210-foot wingspan, so these guys are gonna look pretty huge on screen if what Matt Shakman told EW is true. Of course, Drogon is the largest, so maybe Rhaegal and Viserion won't be quite as massive, but don't expect them to be far behind in size. The Game Of Thrones dragons have grown tremendously in 6 seasons. Think back to the Season 2 scene with them in the House of the Undying where the trio are the size of puppies, and compare to now, where they're capable of flying dozens of soldiers into battle with an option for First Class accommodations! It's hard to imagine how Daenerys wouldn't be able to take every battle with her powerful dragons at her side.
This brings us to a Game Of Thrones history lesson! Dragons used to be pretty commonplace in the world of Westeros and were regularly used by the Valyrian Freehold (same people who made those awesome swords) until both Dragons and the Valyrians were all but wiped out by a volcanic eruption. One noble family, the Targaryens, managed to escape the "Doom Of Valyria" with three of the realm's last dragons, and would begin using them to take control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Just how effective are 3 dragons at controlling a realm though?
I can't speak for Dany's dragons, but the original 3 Targaryen dragons were able to help hold their empire for a century and a quarter. According to the Game Of Thrones novel series, A Song Of Ice And Fire, the only time all three dragons fought together in a battle, they killed 4,000 men between them and left over 10,000 with burns. While one of the dragons would fall in battle due to human intervention, the other two ended up killing each other in a bloody Targaryen civil war. Who knows how long Dany could control the realm, provided she can keep her Dragons on the same page. It will definitely be interesting to see how or if the rest of Westeros can stand against something the size of a horizontal skyscraper with wings.
Prior to this news about the size of Dany's dragons, I was thinking she was a likely winner of the Great War, and after that news and the history lesson, I'm beginning to think she could take on 14 kingdoms of Westeros and still walk away the winner in this battle! We'll get a chance to find out soon as Game Of Thrones returns to HBO for Season 7 on Sunday, July 16th, at 9:00 p.m ET. Bide your time until then checking out our midseason premiere guide or see what else is up for Summer with our Summer premiere schedule.