ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

They grow up so fast, don't they? It seems like just yesterday Daenerys's three dragons were the size of iguanas, scarcely able to light a cigarette let alone scorch an entire armada into driftwood. Last we saw them, they were scaly, aerial killing machines the size of school buses and twice as ugly, soaring straight for Westeros with their mother's fleet.

Earlier this year, some supersleuth spotted a massive hunk of a greenscreen on the set of in Belfast and speculated it might be Drogon's head.

See how the left part of the set piece is dotted with climbing holds, making it ideal for transforming into Drogon's neck. The flat portion on the right could become his monstrous face?

Now, it sounds like he was probably right! Director Matt Shakman told EW that the dragons have gotten even bigger since we last laid eyes on them:

"The dragons this year are the size of 747s. Drogon is the biggest of the bunch — his flame is 30-feet in diameter!"

In case you're not up to speed on the exact dimensions of commercial aircrafts, a 747 is approximately 230 feet long with a wingspan of 210. That's a big dragon...

According to Westerosi legend, dragons grow all their lives. The largest dragon in recorded memory belonged to Aegon the Conqueror, the first Targaryen king of Westeros. His fearsome mount answered to the name Balerion, and it's told that he was so large, whole villages would disappear in his shadow when he flew overhead.

[Credit: Jordi Gonzalez Escamilla via]
[Credit: Jordi Gonzalez Escamilla via]

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Aggo, one of Daenerys's Targeryen bloodriders, already drew the parallel between Drogon and the great Balerion:

“Khaleesi … there sits Balerion, come again.”

At this rate, is it possible that Khaleesi's baby might even surpass Balerion in terms of size?

Want to see how the CGI masters at HBO get Daenerys's dragons to look so fierce on Game of Thrones? Check out the VFX breakdown below.

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