Ever since the first How To Train Your Dragon introduced us the the world of Berk, populated with its Dragons and its Vikings, fans have wanted more.
Unlikely viking hero Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) struggling under the rule of his manly Viking father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) was a hero everyone could relate to. When he found his dragon Toothless, it seemed a perfect match.
But is there a dark secret in How To Train Your Dragon hanging over the entire series of films?
How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 3 SPOILERS follow!
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was already a step up from the first movie in terms of taking a darker, more adult tone. The movie began happily, with the citizens of Berk now living side by side with their dragons, racing each other, competing in games and generally living in peace and harmony.
Hiccup however, is not joining in with the rest of the village. He prefers to spend his time riding around on Toothless, discovering new lands.
Before long, however, Hiccup learns of Drago Bludvist, a notorious Dragon hunter who even Hiccup's father Stoick the Vast is afraid of - and Berk begins to prepare to war.
To cut a long story short, things begin to look bad for the citizens of Berk, until Hiccup discovers his long lost mother, Varka. She has been running a Dragon Sanctuary, and with the help of her dragons, the Vikings of Berk are able to do epic battle with Drago's forces.
In that battle, however, Stoick the Vast is killed. And Hiccup must become chief of the Berk Vikings.
So can we expect from How to Train Your Dragon 3?
There have been many plot lines speculated, and if we don't see all of these in the next movie, it is very likely that some will come up in the How To Train Your Dragon spin off series that is coming to Netflix DreamWorks Dragons! Let's run through some of the most likely:
Toothless Finds Another Night Fury
When she saw Hiccup and Toothless at her dragon sanctuary, Hiccup's mother Varka told him that she thought Toothless was the only Night Fury left in the entire world. But is this really so? Might How to Train Your Dragon 3 introduce another Night Fury, perhaps one that was pitted against Toothless. After all, after he defeated Drago Bludvist's dragon, he is now the Alpha Dragon, the most powerful of them all.
Hiccup Finds Life in Berk Difficult as Chief
If we're honest, Hiccup has never really settled in Berk. He is much more happy exploring the world with Toothless, getting into trouble and embarking on new adventures. So how will he manage daily life in Berk now that he is chief, especially with all those extra dragons to deal with?
Hiccup usually needs a crisis to bring his particular set of skills into focus, so what will be the crisis of How To Train Your Dragon 3?
Everything outlines so far has more been speculation than a real spoiler, but now we have to mention something that comes from the books. So, if you really don't want to know, now should be the time for you to stop reading.
There is one event that anyone who has read the books will know is coming to Berk sooner or later, because it is one of the very first lines of the first book.
In that, Hiccup is now an old man, looking back on his life. He says
There were Dragons when I was a boy
That's right. it might come in How To Train Your Dragon 3, or it might come later if Dreamworks decide to extend that franchise further, but sooner or later, the Dragons are leaving Berk.
How to they disappear? Will they die? Will they decide they are causing the vikings of Berk too much trouble and simply disappear? We cannot at the this point know for sure - but have your say below the line!