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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Preview: How Much Dragon Will We See?

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As we approach the March 31 premiere of ‘Game of Thrones‘ season 3, most fans will likely take stock of what they love about HBO’s George R.R. Martin-adapted series in the first place. Undoubtedly however, the prospect of giant fire-breathing dragons surely plays a part! So now that Daenerys’ “babies” continue to grow in size and ferocity, how much can we expect to see of them in the new season? And how big might they get going forward?

‘Game of Thrones’ viewers well know that even into the third season, the HBO drama operates on a budget and takes great care with the amount of CG it uses, particularly with regard to mythical creatures like the Stark family direwolves, and Daenerys’ dragons. Season 2 featured the dragons in a modest amount, but will season 3 feature the most yet given their increased sized and ability?

Entertainment Weekly had a chance to sit down with ‘Game of Thrones’ show-runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who elaborated on some of the challenges they’ll face going forward with regard to Dany’s dragons, now closer to a dog’s size than a harmless bird:

This is an interesting time for the dragons. When they were born they were adorable. Last season, as you say, they were still kind of cute. But now they’re turning into proper flying dragons. One of the interesting things about the books, and hopefully the show, is that the weapons of mass destruction in this world are living breathing things. And as they get older that presents problems.”

“They’re still cute to Daenerys,” Weiss added. “They’re her babies. But her babies can burn down a house in a few minutes and they’re getting increasingly terrifying to everyone around her. At some point she will have to reckon with the fact her babies are all grown up.” The pair also explained that the dragons prove easier to animate than the direwolves, given that the CG of real creatures tends to become more noticeable to a point.

The dragons certainly seem to become more active in the story based on the recent trailers, but what say you? Do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 3 will feature more dragons, or that the creatures will be forced to limited appearances? Tell us what you most want to see from the new season in the comments!

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