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Since the end of the last How To Train Your Dragon, Berk - the Viking village - has become a very different place. And moviegoers will be happy to see it.

Whereas before the Vikings trained their entire lives to fight with their fire-breathing enemies, now they live side by side with the Dragons, and it makes for some spectacular cinematic set pieces - as in the first five minutes of the film, when we see an elaborate 'Dragon Race', a sort of Quidditch-with-sheep that has become the new pastime of Berk.

But it isn't all fun and games in [How to Train Your Dragon 2](movie:44736). Some of what marked this franchise out was it's ability to be family friendly while including a few darker elements.

And there are a few potential scares here. From the marked rider we meet flying an impressively massive dragon, to the invading armies and ultimate bad guy Drago Bludvist.

A mysterious rider in How To Train Your Dragon 2
A mysterious rider in How To Train Your Dragon 2

Along the way we meet Dragon pirates, and see Hiccup and Toothless explore the rich and immersive world, which will be a treat for many.

Interestingly, the franchise has been developed in it's ongoing TV series, which has filled the gap between HTTYD 1 and 2. Although this movie works fine without having seen them, the series will move to Netflix and continue the story in anticipation of [How to Train Your Dragon 3](movie:570818).

So without giving too much away, this next film will see Vikings riding dragons, and flaming sword, the ice-giant Dragon king and an all out assault on Berk. It should be a thrilling ride.

So are you looking forward to How To Train Your Dragon 2? What are you anticipating most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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