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How to Train Your Dragon 3 may be a long way off as the release date is set for May 18, 2018, but there's been plenty of news about the anticipated threequel since it was announced. By all reports we're probably going to have to bring our tissues into the movie theater with us, as How To Train Your Dragon 3 is set to break our hearts! There's plenty of reasons to be excited too of course, with director Dean DeBlois promising a roller coaster ride of a plot. So far it looks like this film will end the franchise with a bang... and a whimper! But just what will make us cry?

Spoilers under the image. You have been warned.

Big surprises for How To Train Your Dragon 3! [Credit: DreamWorks]
Big surprises for How To Train Your Dragon 3! [Credit: DreamWorks]

Still with us? Awesome!

No More Dragons

That's right, Dean DeBlois has confirmed that How To Train Your Dragon 3 will indeed follow the tearjerking plot set by the novel series author Cressida Cowell. The original books start by stating categorically that there are no more dragons in the world, and it seems as though the film will also start with an older Hiccup looking back on a time when his people and the dragons lived together.

"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."

Obviously, any plot that explains how the dragons disappear from the world is sure to be heartwrenching, and the possibilities are very concerning. Will a cataclysmic natural event wipe out the dragons for good? Will they simply go into hiding? Or will the film follow the books' plot of a dragon vs human war...?

Drago and Hiccup face off in HTTYD2 [Credit: DreamWorks]
Drago and Hiccup face off in HTTYD2 [Credit: DreamWorks]

This possibility was certainly foreshadowed in How To Train Your Dragon 2, where villain Drago used his own dragon army to try and conquer the dragon-sympathising people of Berk. DeBlois has already hinted that Drago will return in the next film, and that his arrival may trigger a series of events that will end with the dragons disappearing.

"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."

Intriguing! Could Drago trick the people of Berk into trusting him, only to poison their minds against the dragons? Or will he really reform? Either way, this plot is bound to tug at our heartstrings.

Hiccup & Toothless Part Ways

Ok this is what has got us seriously worried. DeBlois confirmed that the plot of the film will revolve around these two friends parting ways forever.

Hiccup and Toothless in HTTYD1 [Credit: DreamWorks]
Hiccup and Toothless in HTTYD1 [Credit: DreamWorks]

Hiccup and Toothless' friendship is the heart of the story, as they break down the barriers that separate their two species. The appeal of the first film was definitely how the two built up their relationship, and some of the most frightening moments of How To Train Your Dragon 2 were when Toothless was forced to betray his friend. And it looks like we've only got more heartbreak to come from these besties!

"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."

So will Toothless' departure be because of some conflict between the two characters? Or will he disappear along with the other dragons? DeBlois' words do seem to hint that Hiccup and Toothless will find themselves at odds, so here's hoping they don't do things they regret before whatever catastrophe is going to befall the dragons!

Night Fury Origins

Ok, this one might be less tearjerking and more revelatory, but there's no doubt the reveal of the Night Furies will be poignant.

Will we finally learn the mystery of Night Furies? [Credit:Deviantart @Yourcottonmouth]
Will we finally learn the mystery of Night Furies? [Credit:Deviantart @Yourcottonmouth]

Toothless' sub-species has been a mystery since the first film. Considered a myth, the Night Furies are a secretive race, and even Hiccup's mother admitted she didn't know much about them. However, her knowledge of Toothless' latent abilities does clearly suggest that she has spent some time with other Night Furies...

It's possible that as a distinctly intelligent species, the Night Furies went into hiding when the tensions between the dragons and the humans reached their peak. But it could be that Valka is hiding a darker secret: could the Night Furies have been hunted to extinction by Drago himself? Drago also recognised Toothless immediately as a Night Fury, implying that he had encountered the species before.

There's still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the story of How To Train Your Dragon 3, but so far the plot certainly seems poised to break our hearts! Stay tuned for more information, and until then let us know what you think in the comments!



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