'Game of Thrones' Must-See Moment: The Dragon Strikes Back

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In Game of Thrones, there's a prophecy bubbling beneath the surface: "The dragon has three heads."

It's a line that stems from A Song of Ice and Fire, the novel series on which Thrones is based, but it essentially boils down to the idea that whatever prophetic figure will come along one day could actually come in the form of three prophetic figures. None are more readily identifiable than Daenerys Stormborn (Emilia Clarke) of House Targaryen. It's right there in her title — well, one of her titles, at least — and has been clear ever since the moment she emerged unscathed from a roaring fire with brand-new dragons to boot.

Still, for someone loaded with so much promise, Dany's position in the overall Thrones story is as chained up as her fire-breathing babies were not two episodes ago. At the end of season five, she finally flew atop one of her precious beasts, deposited somewhere in the middle of the Great Grass Sea. Since then, she's found herself at the mercy of Khal Moro (Joseph Naufahu), eventually steered to live in the city of Vaes Dothrak alongside the Dosh Khaleen — a community of widowed khaleesi.

In the midst of all the will-she-or-won't-she drama about Dany's eventual arrival in Westeros, the Mother of Dragons finds herself farther away than ever at the moment. She's not just locked up in Vaes Dothrak, but the city of Meereen is enwrapped in civil war, and on the brink of a greater conflict against the organized cities of Slaver's Bay. Can Dany wrap up both of these storylines in time to make it to the Seven Kingdoms this season — especially with only 10-15 episodes of Thrones remaining after year six, according to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss?

Whether or not she manages to flee Essos this season, Dany's escape from Vaes Dothrak looks imminent. In the preview for episode four, "Book of the Stranger," Dany's lover Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) and her devoted admirer Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) reach the outskirts of the Dothraki city, and even find themselves fighting their way through a cavernous structure that looks an awful lot like the Dosh Khaleen's veritable dormitory. Even if they're not successful in the rescue attempt, the very attempt is what matters most, as it's bound to escalate the tension that already exists within the Dany story.

Besides, Jorah and Daario are not necessarily alone. Unseen in the episode four preview, but unforgettable for fans, Drogon the dragon's current whereabouts are unknown … but about 20 seconds into the second full-length trailer for season six, the dragon is seen soaring above the Dothraki. Could he provide some nuclear firepower in the attempt to bring Dany back home to Meereen? It's only a question of "if," not "when." Perhaps Drogon strikes back in the upcoming "Book of the Stranger." Perhaps it's coming later. But there's no doubt that the Dothraki will soon attract Drogon's attention, if not his ire and fire.

Some combination of Dany, Drogon, Daario and Jorah could fly away from Vaes Dothrak by the end of episode four, and even then, it wouldn't untangle the Meereenese knot completely — but whenever it happens, Dany's return to the Slaver's Bay action will push her story one step closer to Westeros. That's one outcome nearly everybody can root for.

Oh, and those other two heads of the dragon? Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is often identified as one of these individuals, what with his resurrection and his all-but-certain genetic connection with House Targaryen … but who's the third? This is one of the bigger debate points within the fandom. Some think it's Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), promised that he will one day fly. But a very different outside-the-box theory suggests there's another secret Targaryen, and it's someone who already met Dany's dragons earlier this season...

… but that's a conversation for another day.

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