747-Sized Dragons Will Descend Upon Game of Thrones Season 7
For the past six seasons, HBO's Game of Thrones seemed to be getting bigger and bigger, in more ways than one. While the series kills off several integral characters every year, the cast still keeps increasing, while the show's massive fan base keeps growing as well. In the actual show itself, this growth can be represented by the now-massive dragons of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), which were previously teased in Game of Thrones Season 7 set photos that appeared to depict a massive dragon battle. Today we have word from one of this season's directors, who teases the dragons are bigger than ever this year.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with director Matt Shakman, who was confirmed last year as one of the four Season 7 directors, along with series veterans Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod. While it isn't clear what episode, or episodes, he is directing yet, Matt Shakman, who is the sole directorial newcomer this season, teased that Dany's dragons have grown to the size of jumbo jets. Here's what he had to say below.
"The dragons this year are the size of 747s. Drogon is the biggest of the bunch, his flame is 30-feet in diameter!"
Before Game of Thrones Season 6 debuted, VFX supervisor Joe Bauer revealed that the dragons had "doubled in size" from Season 5, and it seems their grown spurt won't be stopping anytime soon. It remains to be seen how much bigger Drogon is than the other two dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion, but these fire-breathing creatures are certainly not to be trifled with. To give you an idea of just how big these dragons will be, a 747 jet is roughly 230 feet long with a 210-foot wingspan. These massive creatures will certainly play an integral role in Dany's quest to sit on the Iron Throne.
We last saw Dany and her dragons in the Season 6 finale, as she set sail for Westeros with her massive fleet, thanks to some assistance from Dorne, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan). It is believed that Dany will set up her camp at Dragonstone, which is Daenerys' ancestral home, that is also quite close to King's Landing, where she plans on invading. We've seen in earlier Game of Thrones set photos that Daenerys and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) are meeting with the new King of the North, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham).
The Season 6 finale finally confirmed a popular fan theory, that Jon Snow is actually not Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) bastard son, but in fact the child of Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys' brother, and Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister. We learned this through Bran Stark's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) greensight vision in the finale, but it's important to note that Jon Snow himself doesn't know this quite yet. This vision happened just as Bran Stark was brought to The Wall by Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), who went missing during the first season and was long thought to be dead. It's possible that Bran will find Jon Snow and tell him the truth about his heritage in Season 7, but we don't know for sure. It was recently confirmed that Game of Thrones Season 7 will debut July 16 on HBO.