It's nearly time to say goodbye to Hiccup and Toothless: How to Train Your Dragon 3 may be a while away, but it's already shaping up to be the most emotional film of the franchise. Director Dean DeBlois has been giving us some tantalising hints, and we can be sure that How To Train Your Dragon 3 will have a real rollercoaster of a plot. But is this the last we'll see of Toothless? And why will the third film be so sad?
What We Know So Far
Thanks to the original books written by Cressida Cowell, we know that the dragons don't have a happy ending. The first book begins with Hiccup remembering when dragons and humans lived together. He's looking back on his life, so we know that by the time he's an old man, the dragons are gone. As the films haven't stuck to the books' plot, many fans thought maybe the dragons we know and love could avoid this fate... but Dean DeBlois has other plans.
"We’re gonna take the story to where the books begin, which is Hiccup as an adult reflecting back on a time where there were dragons, suggesting that the dragons will in some way go away. Why and could they come back and the mystery of what all that is will be saved for the actual story."
So what happened? Well, the final book in Cowell's series is out now, so if you want some hints as to how the films will end, you can probably find some there! But there are a lot of vital differences which mean that the movies take inspiration from the books, but not details. DeBlois has also revealed that Hiccup and Toothless will part ways in How To Train Your Dragon 3, ending the most beautiful friendship in the movie series.
According to DeBlois, Hiccup and Toothless will find themselves at odds in the next film.
"Both he and Toothless are now chiefs of their respective tribes, and it’s a dueling story where you have both characters trying to do what’s right for their kind, and an eventual outcome where Hiccup is able to stand on his own."
While the final coming of age story will no doubt see Hiccup accept responsibility as chief, this will come at the price of his most precious friendship. This is a heartbreaking prospect. But what could possible cause conflict between Toothless and Hiccup? The possibilities might be even more worrying than the thought of their friendship ending...
War Between Dragons And Humans?
This is definitely what the books imply would happen in the films. The plot of the novels leads up to all out war between dragons and humans, a vicious conflict that threatens to claim the lives of thousands. In fact, dragons face the prospect of mass extinction in the books, which may be mirrored in the films. So how could this happen in the movies?
Well, we already know that How to Train Your Dragon 2's villain Drago will be back: DeBlois has hinted that there's still plenty of his secrets to spill...
“You have to wait until the third film to actually see where Drago’s character goes. He’s a lot more complex than he’s presented in this second installment.”
Could Drago provoke all out war with the dragons? The last time we saw him, he was more interested in using dragons as his own army. But he certainly hates dragons, and after his defeat it's not too much of a stretch to think he might very well raise a human army to strike back against Hiccup and the dragons of Berk.
Or will Drago return to Berk, feigning a change of heart and earning the Vikings' trust, only to poison their minds against the dragons and get them to drive the dragons away?
The possibilities are endless, and all of them are very concerning. Even if war isn't the plot of How To Train Your Dragon 3, which is possible considering antagonism between the humans and dragons was how the story began, the fact is that the dragons will soon be gone. Whether it's because of disease, or hunting, or war, let's face it, losing the dragons is bound to make us cry.