During the beginning of Game of Thrones, the series revealed that dragons were once the staple weapons and symbols of House Targaryen, which had become nearly extinct. However, just like how House Targaryen was all but destroyed, dragons were already extinct in the world before Daenerys was able to hatch three petrified dragon eggs, which contained Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. We all know that both Rhaegal and Viserion died, as Drogon was the only one of the three that survived the events of Game of Thrones. So, was Drogon the last dragon?
Canon-wise, Drogon was the last dragon known to the people of Westeros. But the possibility that there are more dragons is still up in the air. That’s because the entire world of Game of Thrones is still quite big and largely unexplored. And there could be dragons in the unexplored parts of the world.
Even though Drogon may be the last of his kind, that doesn’t rule out the possibility that he could repopulate. The fact that the world that George RR Martin created is still largely unexplored could also mean that there might be other dragons somewhere out there in the world. In that regard, let’s look at how Drogon might not be the last of his kind.
Was Drogon The Last Dragon?
One of the things that we learned during the very start of Game of Thrones was that dragons once roamed the land of Westeros because these creatures were the symbols of power that the Targaryens used to conquer and unite the entire continent under their rule. Using three incredibly large dragons, Aegon and his sister wives were able to make all of the kings of Westeros bow down to him and recognize him as the sole ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
However, during the beginning of the series, dragons were already extinct as far as the people of Westeros were concerned. They had been extinct for more than a century already, as the last dragon that died was no larger than a cat. The extinction of the dragons was an omen to the fall of House Targaryen, which ruled Westeros for nearly 300 years before Robert Baratheon’s rebellion used them from the continent and basically left only a few of them alive and in exile.
Nevertheless, when Daenerys Targaryen married Khal Drogo, Illyrio Mopatis, who was the man who gave Daenerys and her brother Viserys a home to stay in after their exile from Westeros, gave the young Khaleesi three petrified dragon eggs as a wedding gift. These eggs came from Lhazar and were petrified for a very long time after they remained unhatched. It was believed that these eggs were laid centuries ago but ended up getting petrified and were no longer capable of hatching.
However, when Daenerys threw herself and the eggs on her husband’s funeral pyre, the eggs miraculously hatched as she became the Mother of Dragons. The three dragons that were born were named Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. It was Daenerys that brought dragons back into the world as this was an omen that was basically saying that the Targaryens were about to return to power in Westeros.
It was when the dragons grew to their adult sizes that Daenerys was finally able to invade Westeros with a huge army composed of Dothraki screamers and Unsullied. However, in her campaign to kill the Night King and conquer Westeros, she lost two dragons.
Viserion was killed by an ice spear by the Night King and was reanimated as his personal undead mount. Meanwhile, Rhaegal was killed by the scorpion weapons mounted on Euron Greyjoy’s ships. So, by the end of the series, Drogon was the only known dragon living dragon alive as he basically flew all over the world following Daenerys’s demise. So, does that mean that Drogon was indeed the last dragon?
As far as the people of Westeros and the known world are concerned in the universe of Game of Thrones, Drogon is indeed the last known living dragon. But it is important to note that we said that he is the last “known” living dragon because, as far as the world knows, he is the only dragon that’s alive. As such, this does not dismiss the possibility that there could be other dragons somewhere in the world.
Could There Be More Dragons After Drogon?
Before the birth of Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, it was already believed that there were no longer any dragons left in the world. In fact, the dragon population was devastated during the destruction of Valyria, as this was the city that had a huge chunk of dragons and Dragonriders. Dragons were only able to survive because the Targaryens fled Valyria and brought five dragons 12 years before its destruction. The dragons that the Targaryens ended up using for about two centuries after conquering Westeros were bred from the five dragons they were able to save from Valyria.
Of course, the thing that needs to be noted is that Daenerys’s dragons were not bred from the five dragons that were saved by the Targaryens three centuries before they hatched from their eggs. In fact, the eggs were laid in the wastelands beyond Lhazar, which is one of the lands that can be found in the Dothraki Sea far in the East of Westeros. It is believed that these eggs were laid centuries before the events of Game of Thrones and could even be older than any of the dragons that the Targaryens took to Westeros.
While it is widely believed that the dragons that gave birth to Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion were also already extinct, considering that dragons were no longer roaming the eastern cities and lands, the possibility that there could still be dragons somewhere in the world is still out there. That’s because, while the eastern lands are already mapped, the lands west of Westeros are still largely unknown.
In that regard, it is quite possible that there might still be dragons in the westernmost lands of the world, as no one in Westeros knows what lies in the land far west of this continent. Some dragons from Valyria may have flown all the way to the westernmost areas of the world. Or it might be possible that these areas in the far west already had dragons that were native to their land and have been thriving there for millennia. This is merely the first possibility that could lead to the chance that Drogon might not be the last of his kind.
There is also the fact that dragon reproduction was never fully explored in any of George RR Martin’s books. While we know that Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion were referred to as male dragons, there really isn’t any truth to that. That’s because, in the books, Maester Aemon once told Sam Tarly that dragons are actually gender fluid. He said:
“What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise! The error crept in from the translation. Dragons are neither male nor female, Barth saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame. The language misled us all for a thousand years.”
Maester Aemon said this in reference to a wrong translation regarding the “prince” that was foretold in the prophecy regarding the Long Night. He believed that the translation from Valyrian was wrong because of the fact that dragons are neither male nor female, and that could mean that Daenerys, although female, could still be the prince that was promised by the prophecy.
What that means is that Daenerys’s three dragons did not have any true gender and could have actually reproduced with one another. Remember that both Rhaegal and Viserion were chained in the Great Pyramid of Meereen, and there was a possibility of them reproducing while they were in captivity. However, if that was the case, Daenerys and her servants would have seen the eggs or the hatchlings before they left for Westeros.
This leaves the possibility that Drogon might have asexually reproduced somewhere during the time when he was roaming around the east after he had escaped from Daenerys or probably during the time after the end of the Game of Thrones storyline. Remember that there are lizards that are capable of asexual reproduction, and that means that they don’t need mates to produce offspring.
So, if Drogon was capable of asexual reproduction, it could be possible that he was able to lay a clutch of eggs somewhere in the world during the time when he was already free or even as early as the time when he was away from Daenerys.
And even if Drogon wasn’t capable of asexual reproduction, he might have still reproduced if there was a slim chance that another dragon out there was still alive. After all, as mentioned, the universe created by George RR Martin in his books is still quite large and unexplored. That means that anything is still possible in the lands that are yet to be charted.