Posted by Elle McFarlane @ellemcf
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Not destined for conventional parenthood after losing her only human child to blood magic, Game Of Thrones's Daenerys —Mother of Dragons and sassy one-liners —now looks set to yield her beloved scaly children to the Iron Throne in the sky.

For a show that revels in teaching its legions of fans that everyone they love must die in a horrifically unjust manner #MamaStark #Hodor #Karsi, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that we will also lose our favorite trio of fire breathing beasts — but this new theory proves that we should most definitely prepare for the worst. After all, winter is coming. Has possibly already arrived. Whatever, bad things are going to happen.

With a century and a half passing since the last known surviving dragon, Vhagar, died at the grand old age of one hundred and eighty one, the people of Westeros believed dragons and magic to be extinct from their world. However, with the rise of the 'Others,' the children of the forest, blood magic, the Lord of Light and Daenerys's three dragon babies, it's clear that the GOT universe is preparing for the almighty battle of 'Ice and Fire' which the prophecies preach about, and it doesn't look like precious cherubs Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon are going to survive it.

The Prophecy Of Daenerys And Her Dragons

  • Born To Be A Conquerer Or A Savior, But Not A Ruler
Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones

Just like Alexander the Great, it is frequently said that Daenerys was born to be a great conqueror, but not a good ruler. This has been emphasized by her cocksure lover Daario Naharis who in Season six, episode six told her that:

"You weren't made to sit on a chair in a palace...You're a conqueror, Daenerys Stormborn."

This would mean that while Daenerys may end up reclaiming the seven kingdoms, once she does so, all will fall to ruin — including her dragons. However, a different version of her prophecy leaked from the upcoming sixth GOT book 'Winds Of Winter,' reveals that Archmaster Marwyn tells Daenerys that her role isn't to be a conqueror but instead, to be a savior.

In this prophecy, her dragons are to become the great weapon against the 'Others,' with her dragon Drogon very likely becoming the 'stallion that mounts the world' in the great battle against the White Walkers, a prophecy that was first given to her stillborn child. However, in trying to defeat the Others and the Night's King, both Daenerys and her dragons will most likely perish.

How Daenerys' Dragons Will Die

  • What's In A Name? Everything, Apparently.

The key to the fate of Khaleesi's dragons lies in their names. Each of her three dragon babies are named after important people from her life, all of whom have untimely perished. Consequently, each of her dragons will meet their doom in the same way and in the same order as their namesakes. Sounds simple, right? Lets take a look at what this means for our toothy friends.

First Dragon To Die: Rhaegal

Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones
  • Namesake: Rhaegar Targaryen.
  • Distinctive Features: Green with bronze markings.
  • How Rhaegal Will Die: As his namesake, Rhaegar Targaryen, the oldest brother of Daenerys, died after Robert Baratheon drove the spike of his warhammer through his chest, Rhaegal will die in combat either with humans or White Walkers. To make his death mirror the demise of his human counterpart to perfection, Gendry, Robert's bastard son should be the one to kill him.

Second Dragon To Die: Viserion

  • Namesake: Viserys Targaryen.
  • Distinctive Features: Creamy white, with gold markings.
  • How Viserion Will Die: Named after Daenery's second oldest brother who was killed after her deceased husband Drogo poured molten gold all over his spiteful little face, Viserion is likely to die at the hands of Cersie. This is probable because Kings Landing is the capital of the Seven Kingdoms and therefore (ironically, given its dire financial straits) often associated with riches, wealth and gold and the Lannister sigil is also a golden lion.

Third Dragon To Die: Drogon

Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones
  • Namesake: Khal Drogo.
  • Distinctive Features: Black with red markings, larger and more aggressive than Rhaegal and Viserion.
  • How Drogon Will Die: Like his namesake, Drogon will die after being poisoned or after enduring some terrible affliction from which he will have to be euthanized. It is also possible that he will become the victim of some sort of sorcery. Drogon's death is likely to cause Daenerys the most pain as she is closest to him, the most dominant of the three, just as she was closest to her husband Drogo.


Which dragon will you be most upset to watch die?