We’re talking about Drogon now because people have some strong feelings about the beast. In tonight’s series finale of Game of Thrones, Drogon destroys the Iron Throne after Dany is killed (by Jon Snow). I write that in that order because fans have offered up two very different explanations to explain Drogon’s power move.
We’ll start off with the, uh, better one.
Explanation No. 1
Fans have proclaimed Drogon the Best of Them All because instead of melting Jon Snow to bits, which would’ve achieved very little, Drogon chooses to destroy the Iron Throne – the symbol of monarchy, war, and greed which ultimately led to Dany’s complete and utter undoing.
Drogon received best character development in this finale—exercising judgement when experiencing blinding anger and grief, destroying the symbol of power and the very source of evil, and choosing to mourn in solitude, now brotherless and motherless. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/DuQGopd273— Isabel Guan (@isabelxguan) May 20, 2019
He didn’t kill Jon because he didn’t blame Jon, he blamed the iron throne. Drogon knew that the throne killed his mother. That scene was heartbreaking ????. He finished his mother’s wishes and broke the wheel. #GameOfThrones ????pic.twitter.com/wTu6I1UmHg— God'spower (@GodspowerTalks) May 20, 2019
It’s incredibly profound and depressing all at once.
That first tweet alone has over 25,000 likes of appreciation but there were many that doubted Drogon’s intelligence which brings us to Explanation No. 2.
Explanation No. 2
The gist here is: can a dragon actually understand a metaphor?
Either Drogon is the SMARTEST dragon in the world as he knew the corrupting power of the Iron Throne led to Dany’s downfall or he’s the stupidest and saw a knife in Dany and assumed it was the evil chair made of knives that killed her & he wanted revenge lmao#gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/PryyvUgDvR— laney ???? (@NimraenArt) May 20, 2019
If you missed that:
Have to confess I'm a little surprised Drogon can understand a complicated sociological metaphor but not a simple who-dun-it.— Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) May 20, 2019
OK I’m an hour behind but: Did Drogon the Dragon think the sharp chair killed his mom?— kyle wagner (@kylenw) May 20, 2019
Dany killed by sword.— Patrick Barron (@BlueBarronPhoto) May 20, 2019
Chair made of sword.
Chair must die.
Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool but if it was up to me, I’m going with No. 1. Dragons, in general, are portrayed as intelligent beings in mythology. There’s the violent, confident, arrogant Smaug in The Hobbit, Saphira in Eragon, bloody Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon etc. so in a series like Game of Thrones, I just assumed Drogon was smart as hell.
Will we ever know the truth? Probably, there’s a very good chance D&D will explain it in their next Inside the Episode on YouTube.