The Dragon Prince

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The Dragon Prince
The Dragon Prince.jpg
Season 1 promotional teaser poster
Also known asThe Dragon Prince: Mystery of Aaravos (season 4)
Genre
Created by
Written by
  • Aaron Ehasz
  • Justin Richmond
  • Devon Giehl
  • Iain Hendry
  • Neil Mukhopadhyay
Directed by
Voices of
  • Jack DeSena
  • Paula Burrows
  • Sasha Rojen
  • Jason Simpson
  • Racquel Belmonte
  • Jesse Inocalla
ComposerFrederik Wiedmann
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producers
ProducerLauren Topal (S1-2)
Running time25–33 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix (North America)
PGS Entertainment (International)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) –
present (present)

The Dragon Prince, also known as The Dragon Prince: Mystery of Aaravos after the release of season 4, is a fantasy computer-animated television series created for Netflix by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond,[1][2] produced by Wonderstorm and animated by Bardel Entertainment. The series follows the story of the half-brother princes Callum and Ezran and the moonshadow elf Rayla, who, as they take care of the infant dragon Prince Azymondias, must end the thousand-year-old conflict between the human kingdoms and the mystical creatures of the magical realm of Xadia, where all seven primal sources of magic, both light and dark, come from.

The series has earned critical acclaim for its story, themes, vocal performances, animation, and humor. The first season premiered on September 14, 2018. Season 2 followed on February 15, 2019, and season 3 on November 22, 2019. Season 4 premiered on November 3, 2022, following a three-year hiatus. The show has been renewed for three additional seasons,[3] each with nine episodes.[4] A video game set in the same world as the series is in development.[5]

Summary[edit]

The series is set in a fantasy world on the continent of Xadia, which is rich in magic derived from six primal sources: the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Earth, the Sky, and the Ocean. Centuries ago, the dragons, elves, and humans of Xadia lived in peace. However, the humans, being unable to utilize magic naturally, began to use dark magic, which is fueled by the life essence of magical creatures.[6] As a consequence, they were driven away to the west, and the continent was split in two by a massive river of lava.

One millennium later, the human King Harrow of Katolis and his advisor, the dark mage Viren, have killed the dragon king, Avizandum, and supposedly destroyed his heir's egg. In retaliation, elf assassins attempt to kill Harrow and his son, Ezran. Ezran, his half-brother Callum, and the young Moonshadow Elf assassin Rayla discover that the remaining sky dragon's egg was not destroyed after all; they undertake a dangerous mission to return the egg to its mother, Queen Xubeia, in Xadia. Viren seizes power after King Harrow's assassination and sends his children Claudia and Soren to kill the princes and recover the egg. At the end of the first season, the egg hatches into the titular character, Prince Azymondias, nicknamed Zym.

In the second season, Viren attempts to rally the other human kingdoms to war against Xadia; he also makes a secret alliance with the mysterious, imprisoned Startouch Elf and archmage Aaravos, who reveals himself and communicates from his prison initially via a mirror that resided in the home cavern of the previous King of the Sky Dragons, Zym's father, and later via a caterpillar-like creature. Meanwhile, Callum becomes the first human to directly access primal magic, connecting with the Sky Arcanum. By the end of Season 2, Viren is imprisoned for treason for having illicitly used Harrow's seal, and for abusing his powers of dark magic. Ezran learns of his father's death and returns to Katolis to claim the throne.

In the third season, Ezran is manipulated into abdicating the throne amid pressure for war, and he rejoins Callum and Rayla to return Zym to his dying mother at her home, the Storm Spire. Viren, restored to power, leads the human armies against Xadia, amassing even more dark magic with the help of Aaravos. Soren defects to resist his father's evil goals. Viren's army is defeated by the elves and their allies. Rayla throws herself and Viren from the summit of the Spire, and Callum uses Sky magic to save Rayla. Zym is returned to his mother. Claudia revives Viren using dark magic, and Aaravos's caterpillar enters metamorphosis.

In the fourth season, which takes place two years later, relationships between Xadia and the human realms have generally improved, but resentments and doubts still linger. Rayla returns from her fruitless search for Viren and her parents,[a] but just when things seem to improve, Aaravos sets his release in motion using Viren and Claudia as his pawns. The Dragon Queen reveals that, when Aaravos was imprisoned, the keys to his prison were divided among the Archdragons, and included Avizandum's mirror (which had been stolen along with Zym's egg by Viren). Ezran, Callum, Rayla and Soren go on a quest to find the missing clues, seeking the first from Rex Igneous, the Archdragon of Earth.

Voice cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Prince Callum (voiced by Jack De Sena): Ezran's older teenage half-brother[7] and King Harrow's stepson. He becomes the first human to wield primal magic on his own and begins a relationship with Rayla. He becomes the new High Mage of Katolis by the start of the fourth season.
  • Rayla (voiced by Paula Burrows): A prodigy teenage Moonshadow Elf assassin who teams up with Callum and Ezran in order to deliver the Dragon Prince back to his mother. In time, she and Callum begin a romantic relationship.
  • Crown Prince / King Ezran (voiced by Sasha Rojen): The youngest son of King Harrow and Callum's younger half-brother who has the ability to speak with animals. He becomes the King of Katolis at the start of the third season.
  • Viren (voiced by Jason Simpson): King Harrow's closest advisor, the High Mage of Katolis, and one of the series' main antagonists. A practitioner of dark magic, he seeks the advancement of the human race and their dominance over Xadia by any means necessary, ending up manipulated by the mysterious Elf Aaravos in the course of his pursuits.
  • Claudia (voiced by Racquel Belmonte): Viren's daughter, Soren's younger sister and a talented dark mage. She is loyal to her father regardless of his ambitions for domination over Xadia.
  • Soren (voiced by Jesse Inocalla): Viren's son, Claudia's older brother and a member of the Katolian Crownguard. A boastful and immature, but skillful and good-hearted soldier.
  • Azymondias / Zym (vocalized by Jack De Sena[8]): An infant Sky Dragon, son of Avizandum and Zubeia, and the titular character of the series.

Supporting characters[edit]

Humans[edit]

  • King Harrow (voiced by Luc Roderique): The King of the kingdom of Katolis and the father of Crown Prince Ezran and step-father of Prince Callum.
  • Queen Sarai (voiced by Kazumi Evans): The late Queen of Katolis and mother of Prince Callum and Crown Prince Ezran who was killed by Avizandum nine years before the beginning of the series.
  • General Amaya: The deaf maternal aunt of Callum and Ezran who communicates in sign language,[9] and the commander of the Standing Battalion, a Katolian army who guards the border between the human kingdoms and Xadia.
  • Commander Gren (voiced by Adrian Petriw): Amaya's close friend and interpreter and the loyal second-in-command of the Standing Battalion.
  • Barius[10]: 47  (voiced by Jason Simpson): The baker of Katolis' royal court, who is fond of Ezran despite him having stolen many of his jelly tarts in the past.
  • Opeli (voiced by Paula Burrows[8]): The High Cleric of Katolis[10]: 57  and a prominent member of the High Council of Katolis who opposes Viren.
  • Marcos (voiced by Jesse Inocalla): A young soldier in the Crownguard.
  • Corvus (voiced by Omari Newton): One of Amaya's scouts and later Ezran's bodyguard.
  • Ellis (voiced by Nahanni Mitchell): A young girl from a village at the foot of the Cursed Caldera.
  • Associate Crow Lord (formerly Crow Master) (voiced by Cole Howard): The deputy of the ever-absent Crow Lord, the chief caretaker of the Katolian court's messenger crows.
  • Lieutenant Fen (voiced by Sam Vincent): A high-ranking soldier in the Standing Battalion.
  • Captain Villads (voiced by Peter Kelamis): A blind and eccentric ex-pirate and captain of the ship the Revenge.
  • Queen Aanya (voiced by Zelda Ehasz): The juvenile ruler of Duren who is wise beyond her years.
  • King Ahling (voiced by Ian James Corlett): The ruler of the kingdom of Neolandia and the father of Kasef.
  • King Florian: The ruler of the kingdom of Del Bar.
  • Queen Fareeda: The ruler of the kingdom of Evenere.
  • Queen Annika and Queen Neha (voiced by Paula Burrows and Patricia Isaac): The former joint rulers of the kingdom of Duren and the late mothers of Aanya who were killed by Avizandum nine years before the beginning of the series.
  • Saleer (voiced by Jonathan Holmes): A member of the High Council of Katolis who turns against King Ezran.
  • Crown Prince Kasef (voiced by Vincent Tong): The heir to the realm of Neolandia who took the throne after his father, King Ahling, was gravely injured, and calls for war against Xadia.
  • Lucia (voiced by Ana Sani): The architect of the Sunfire Elf camp.
  • Ziard (voiced by Brian Drummond): The first human to discover and use the seventh primal source, dark magic, before humankind's exile to the western parts of Xadia. Many years before the beginning of the series, he was killed in battle with Sol Regem when he refused to relinquish his newfound power.[11]

Elves[edit]

The Elves are divided into six races based on the six primal elements; Moonshadow Elves, Skywing Elves, Sunfire Elves, Earthblood Elves, Tidebound Elves, and Startouch Elves.

Moonshadow Elves[edit]
  • Runaan (voiced by Jonathan Holmes): The leader of the Moonshadow Elf assassins sent to kill King Harrow, and Rayla's mentor and guardian.
  • Lujanne (voiced by Ellie King): A Moonshadow Elf illusionist who lives in the human realms at the Moon Nexus, a focal area for primal moon magic.
  • Ethari (voiced by Vincent Gale): Runaan's husband and one of Rayla's guardians.
  • Tiadrin and Lain[12] (voiced by Tyrone Savage and Ely Jackson): Rayla's parents who were part of the Dragonguard at the Storm Spire, and were sworn to protect the egg of the Dragon Prince.
Skywing Elves[edit]
  • Naimi-Selari-Nykantia / Nyx (voiced by Rhona Rees): An avaricious Skywing Elf, one of the few of her kind gifted with functional wings who wishes to profit from any chance she gets.[13]
  • Ibis (voiced by Ian James Corlett): A Skywing Elf mage and the liaison between Zubeia and the Elves.
  • Hendyr (voiced by Iain Hendry): A winged Skywing Elf and former member of the Dragon Guard who fled his post at the Storm Spire.
Sunfire Elves[edit]
  • Queen Janai (voiced by Rena Anakwe): A seasoned Sunfire Elf warrior, the younger sister of Queen Khessa and the older sister of Karim. Due to her past achievements, she is also known as the Golden Knight of Lux Aurea who guards the border between Xadia and the human kingdoms. At the end of the third season, she becomes the new queen of the Sunfire Elves.
  • Queen Khessa (voiced by Brenda Crichlow): Janai and Karim's older sister and Queen of the Sunfire Elves from their capital of Lux Aurea.
  • Kazi (voiced by Ashlecia Edmond): A Sunfire Elf linguist.
  • Sabah: A Sunfire Elf archer.
  • Karim (voiced by Luc Roderique): Khessa and Janai's younger brother and the Sunfire court's magician.[14] He is a fundamentalist who fears that the Sunfire Elves will forget their cultural heritage and pride if they get involved with other cultures, and therefore begins plotting against his sister.
  • General Miyana (voiced by Cecilly Day): A member of the Six Horns, a council of Sunfire Elf generals, and Karim's lover.
  • Yonnis (voiced by Deven Mack): A Sunfire Elf who is mourning the loss of his mother.
  • Aditi: A former Sunfire Elf queen who worked as a mediator between Elves and Dragons until Aaravos was responsible for her disappearance many years ago in order to incite conflict between the two races.
Earthblood Elves[edit]
  • Terrestrius / Terry (voiced by Benjamin Callins): A goofy Earthblood Elf and Claudia's boyfriend.
  • Warlon (voiced by Bill Newton): A brash, boisterous Earthblood Elf warrior and Drakerider, one of the guardians of the Drakewood.
  • N'than (voiced by Dylan Schombing): A juvenile Earthblood Elf who longs to become a Drakerider and befriends Callum, Ezran, Rayla and Zym.
Startouch Elves[edit]
  • Aaravos (voiced by Erik Todd Dellums): An ancient Startouch Elf,[6] also known as the Fallen Star, and one of the main antagonists of the series who was imprisoned by the Dragons and Elves within a hidden prison for crimes unknown. He is a master of all six sources of primal magic and dark magic and is using Viren to accomplish his own goals.

Dragons[edit]

  • Avizandum (voiced by Chris Metzen): The former archdragon of the Sky and King of the Dragons until he was killed by the humans before the beginning of the series. Also known as Thunder to the humans, he was the mate of Zubeia and the father of Azymondias.
  • Zubeia (voiced by Nicole Oliver): The current archdragon of the Sky and the Queen of the Dragons. She is the late Avizandum's mate and Azymondias' mother who resides atop the Storm Spire.
  • Sol Regem (voiced by Adrian Hough): The archdragon of the Sun and former King of the Dragons who hates humans after he was blinded by the dark mage Ziard. Since then, he has roamed the Border between Xadia and the human kingdoms, protecting the former from any humans who attempt to cross.
  • Pyrrah: A young female, red-scaled Sun Dragon.
  • Rex Igneous (voiced by Ben Cotton): The archdragon of the Earth who slumbers beneath the mountain Umber Tor.
  • Domina Profundis: The archdragon of the Ocean.
  • Luna Tenebris: The former archdragon of the Moon and Queen of the Dragons, who was killed by Aaravos three hundred years before the series to incite a conflict between the Dragons and the Elves.
  • Scarmaker / Squeaky: A young Earth Dragon from the Uncharted Forest.

Animals[edit]

  • Bait (vocalized by Jack De Sena[8]): Ezran's grumpy pet Glowtoad.
  • Pip: King Harrow's pet songbird.
  • Ava: Ellis' three-legged wolf companion.
  • Phoe-Phoe: Lujanne's Moon Phoenix companion.
  • Berto (voiced by Paula Burrows[8]): Villads' parrot first mate onboard the Revenge.
  • Embertail: A Twin-Tailed Inferno-Tooth Tiger and Janai's mount.
  • Stella: A Cuddlemonkey attuned to Star magic who was adopted by Rayla.
  • Aegis: A Twin-Tailed Inferno-Tooth Tiger and Amaya's mount.

Other magical creatures[edit]

  • The Being / Sir Sparklepuff: An Elf homunculus created by Aaravos.
  • Chert and Terbium (voiced by Mark Hildreth and Jason Simpson): The two stone giant door guards to Rex Igneous' mountain lair at Umber Tor.

Episodes[edit]

BookSagaNameEpisodesOriginally released
1The Dragon PrinceMoon9September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
2Sky9February 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
3Sun9November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
4Mystery of AaravosEarth9November 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)

Book 1: Moon (2018)[edit]

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Echoes of Thunder"Giancarlo VolpeAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
A prologue explains the setting: Long ago, humans used dark magic and were driven off by dragons and elves. Now, humans have killed the dragon king and his egg, and war is imminent. Elven assassins assemble to kill the human king Harrow and his heir Ezran. The youngest among them, Rayla, is disavowed after she shows mercy to a guard.
22"What Is Done"Giancarlo VolpeAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Harrow rejects his advisor Viren's plan to foil the assassins by swapping the king's soul into another body. Rayla infiltrates the castle on her own, intent on killing Harrow and Ezran, but relents after Ezran shows her the dragon king's egg, which was believed to be destroyed.
33"Moonrise"Giancarlo VolpeAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Rayla, Ezran and his half-brother Callum decide to return the egg to the dragons to prevent war, but they can convince neither Viren's daughter, the mage Claudia, nor the leader of the assassins, Runaan, of their plan. They are forced to flee with the egg as the other assassins begin their assault. The assassins are defeated, and Runaan is captured, but not before they kill King Harrow.
44"Bloodthirsty"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl & Iain HendrySeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
King Harrow is cremated and Viren, appointing himself Lord Protector, declares war on the elves. Callum develops his magic talents, using a rare primal stone of sky magic that he stole from Claudia. The three fugitives arrive at the royal winter lodge, where General Amaya, Ezran and Callum's aunt, catches up with them. Rayla's presence incites conflict, and the three flee again.
55"An Empty Throne"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The fugitives continue their journey to the elven lands. Beset by a river monster, Callum electrocutes it with magic. Rayla admits she's trying to redeem her parents, who fled instead of protecting the dragon king. Amaya refuses to let Viren assume the throne, but after she leaves for the border garrison, Viren imprisons her deputy Gren.
66"Through the Ice"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Rayla fights off Corvus, one of Amaya's trackers searching for the boys. As the fugitives cross the mountains, she reveals that her ritual assassin's armband will eventually cut off her hand if Ezran doesn't die. The egg falls into icy water and loses its luster. Viren orders his son Soren to find and kill the princes, so that Viren can seize the throne.
77"The Dagger and the Wolf"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl & Iain HendrySeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Disguised as a human, Rayla tries to cut off her armband with a human's magic blade, but fails. The boys seek help for the egg, and the young girl Ellis tells them of a healer who saved Ellis's wolf companion Ava. Soren and Claudia set out to find the princes.
88"Cursed Caldera"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Chased out of town, the fugitives and Ellis seek out the healer atop the Cursed Caldera. A monster leech chases them up a rock, but working together, they manage to defeat it. Viren fails to extract information about his magic mirror from the captive Runaan, and traps him in a coin with dark magic.
99"Wonderstorm"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The fugitives are set upon by a giant spider, but Ezran recognizes it as an illusion. The "healer" is revealed as Lujanne, an elven illusionist. Callum sacrifices his primal stone to save the egg by hatching it as it can only be born in the center, or the eye, of a storm. The baby dragon Azymondias ("Zym") emerges, chewing off Rayla's constricting armband. Using magic, Claudia and Soren locate the fugitives' position.

Book 2: Sky (2019)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
101"A Secret and a Spark"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
The High Council opposes Viren's intention to call on the Pentarchy, a summit of all five human kingdoms, so he steals the king's seal in order to be able to do so. Rayla, Callum, Ezran and Ellis recuperate with Lujanne. She shows Callum the place of power of the Moonshadow Elves, the Moon Nexus, and tells him that, as a human, he can't do magic without a primal stone. Zym tries and fails to fly. On patrol, Rayla is ambushed by Claudia and Soren.
112"Half Moon Lies"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Viren interrogates his magic mirror but learns nothing. Callum stops the fight between Rayla and Soren. Claudia and Soren attempt to persuade the princes to return with them. On Viren's orders, Soren attempts to engineer an "accident" for Ezran but fails because of Rayla. Callum, though seized by his crush on Claudia, rejects her offer to learn dark magic. On a moonlit date, they almost kiss until Claudia reveals that Harrow has died.
123"Smoke and Mirrors"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl & Iain HendryFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Viren views a mysterious elf's room through his mirror. Callum can't bring himself to tell Ezran that his father is dead. Claudia gives Callum a sealed letter from Harrow. She and Soren join the fugitives on their mission, but turn on them and attack. An intervention by Amaya's scout Corvus allows them to escape on Lujanne's phoenix Phoe-Phoe, albeit without Ellis. Soren and Claudia capture Corvus and accuse him of treason as Callum, Ezran and Rayla continue their journey.
134"Voyage of the Ruthless"Villads SpangsbergNeil MukhopadbyayFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Amaya leads a patrol across the border, barely escaping a trap set by Sunfire Elves. The mysterious elf in the mirror notices Viren, and shows him a magical ritual; Viren does not finish the ritual, saying he needs time to think. Callum's group embarks on an ocean crossing on the blind Captain Villads's ship. Callum attempts to reconnect to sky magic, and Zym is struck by lightning.
145"Breaking the Seal"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
At the summit, Viren asks for a military alliance against the elves. To convince young Queen Aanya of Duren and the other, half-undecided kingdoms, Viren recounts how Harrow strove to be a just king. He helped Duren in a famine, even though his own people had no food to spare. To allow Viren's dark magic to feed both kingdoms, Harrow undertook a quest to slay a Xadian magma titan.
156"Heart of a Titan"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Viren continues to recount how he, Harrow, Harrow's wife Sarai, Amaya, and Duren's queens – Aanya's mothers – defeated the Titan. But the Dragon King caught up with them, and the three queens and mothers sacrificed themselves to cover the retreat and save Viren. Nonetheless, Aanya rejects Viren's request for military help. Callum reads Harrow's last letter, in which he implores Callum to read history as a narrative of love instead of strength, and informs him about the magical relic he carries: the Key of Aaravos, ancient elven grandmaster of all magic.
167"Fire and Fury"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl & Iain HendryFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Claudia, Soren and the captive Corvus arrive at a town. Soren provokes a dragon into attacking the settlement, but Claudia's magic drives her off. Nearby, Ezran, Callum and Rayla watch the humans chaining up the wounded dragon. Rayla intervenes and, aided by Callum using dark magic, helps the dragon escape.
178"The Book of Destiny"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Corvus catches up to the fugitives, hailing Ezran as king who realizes Harrow is dead. Traumatized from his use of dark magic, Callum is seized by fever dreams. The elf in the mirror reveals himself to Viren as Aaravos.
189"Breathe"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Ezran joins Claudia in town, revealing that he can talk to animals, helps her get a cure for Soren, and decides to assume his responsibility as king in Katolis. A vision of his mother helps Callum connect to the sky arcanum, one of the six sources of primal magic. The council has Viren arrested, but not before – with Aaravos's help – he creates shadow creatures to scare the other kingdoms into an alliance. Rayla, Callum and Zym continue their trek into Xadia, but encounter an obstacle in the ancient dragon Sol Regem.

Book 3: Sun (2019)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
191"Sol Regem"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Long ago, Sol Regem, ex-King of the Dragons, killed Ziard, the first human to use dark magic, when the latter refused to abandon the practice; Sol Regem was blinded in the fight. In the present, unable to persuade Sol Regem to let them pass, Callum and Rayla manage to outwit him. While destroying the only accessway across the Breach, Amaya is captured by the Sunfire Elves after saving the life of Janai, their leader. Ezran returns home and assumes the throne of Katolis.
202"The Crown"Villads SpangsbergNeil MukhopadhyayNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Ezran faces the first challenges of his new reign as the other kingdoms, led by Prince Kasef of Neolandia, call for war against Xadia after the attacks of Viren's shadow assassins have resulted in deaths and injuries of important people. Claudia and Soren are arrested as traitors upon arriving home. Despite his youth and inexperience, Ezran decides to bear the burden of kingship, refuses to go to war, and pardons Claudia and Soren.
213"Ghost"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl & Iain HendryNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Rayla takes Callum to her home village, only to discover that she has been made a "ghost", a magically cursed outcast, for abandoning her mission of assassination. They manage to make contact with Ethari, Runaan's husband, who aids them in their efforts to reach Zubeia, Zym's mother. After Ezran reveals to his court that Zym has survived, Councilman Saleer conspires with Prince Kasef. Claudia and Soren confront their father about his order for Soren to kill the princes (which Viren denies having given, at Aaravos's advice). Janai persuades her sister, Queen Khessa of the Sunfire Elves, not to execute Amaya.
224"The Midnight Desert"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Ethari's message to Zubeia is intercepted by the roguish Skywing Elf Nyx, who then offers to guide Rayla and Callum through the Midnight Desert, only to steal Zym when the two have an intimate moment. Aaravos enables Viren to make visual contact with him. Kasef and Saleer manipulate Ezran into abdicating and surrendering himself in order to spare his subjects from a war with Neolandia, and Viren is released.
235"Heroes and Masterminds"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Viren crowns himself King of Katolis, but Opeli, Corvus, Barius and part of the army desert rather than participate in his war against Xadia. Soren helps Ezran and the loyalists escape the castle, and with Lujanne's assistance they send Ezran back to Xadia. Callum and Rayla catch up with Nyx, retrieve Zym from her, and finally confess their growing feelings for each other.
246"Thunderfall"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Viren leads the human kingdoms to war against Xadia. During the march, Viren tells Aaravos how he and King Harrow slew the dragon king Avizandum in revenge for Sarai's death by turning him to stone with a cursed spear; in turn, Aaravos reveals that he was imprisoned by Avizandum. Ezran rejoins Callum and Rayla at the foot of the Storm Spire, the Dragon King's lair and the Sky nexus.
257"Hearts of Cinder"Villads SpangsbergNeil MukhopadhyayNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Aaravos persuades Viren to infiltrate the Sunfire Elf court as a prisoner, allowing him to drain their power focus, the Sunforge, and kill the Sunfire Queen. Viren then infuses the human armies with that power, turning them into inhuman hulks; frightened by the changes in his father, Soren abandons him. Ezran's group reaches the peak of the Storm Spire, where they meet Zubeia's guardian, the Skywing Elf Ibis.
268"Dragonguard"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl & Iain HendryNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Zubeia has gone comatose in her grief over losing her mate and her son. Soren travels to the Storm Spire and warns Callum's group about Viren's invasion. Ibis urges Callum to leave and keep Zym safe, but Rayla decides to stay and protect the Dragon Queen as an act of redemption for her parents. Using moon magic, Callum learns that Rayla's parents actually stayed and fought until overpowered, and convinced Viren not to destroy Zym's egg, thus saving the Dragon Prince. Joined by Amaya, Janai and the remnants of the Sunfire Elves' army, the friends prepare to make their stand against Viren.
279"The Final Battle"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Viren's army arrives at the Storm Spire, where elves, humans and dragons unite to oppose him. The army of Duren and the Katolian deserters arrive and join on Xadia's side, turning the tide of the battle. Viren uses the distraction to slip into the Dragon King's lair and drain Zym's essence; to save him, Rayla throws herself and Viren off the pinnacle. Callum leaps after them, developing the ability to fly and saving Rayla, while Viren falls to his death. Queen Zubeia reawakens and rejoices in seeing her infant son very much alive, and elves and humans united in friendship and trust. However, Viren is resurrected by Claudia, and Aaravos has built a cocoon to metamorphose.

Book 4: Earth (2022)[edit]

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281"Rebirthday"George SamilskiAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
Claudia tells her father that in the two years since the Battle of the Storm Spire, she worked with Aaravos to revive Viren, during which she began dating an Earthblood Elf named Terry. However, she reveals that the spell will only last thirty days and that Aaravos would be needed in-person to make it permanent, requiring that they break the Startouch Elf out of his prison. In Katolis, Ezran makes plans for Zubeia and Zym's visit. Callum, now the High Mage, celebrates his 17th birthday, though it's marred by his memories of Rayla leaving him on that very day two years ago. At a refugee camp for the Elves of Lux Aurea, Janai proposes to Amaya.
292"Fallen Stars"George SamilskiAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
To free Aaravos, Viren, Claudia and Terry must retrieve Viren's staff from the tip of the Storm Spire, but due to his death trauma, Viren is struck with severe acrophobia. Karim is worried about the impact Janai and Amaya's upcoming marriage might have on the Sunfire Empire's cultural pride. Callum finishes translating the runes on Viren's mirror when Rayla unexpectedly returns.
303"Breathtaking"George SamilskiAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
Callum and Rayla's reunion is awkward because of Callum's resentment for her vanishing on him without explanation. Zubeia and Zym arrive in Katolis, but their welcome is darkened by lingering resentments from the humans, whereupon Ezran delivers an empathic speech against the vicious circle of hatred. Claudia finds the Storm Spire's secret treasure vault and the staff, but is challenged by Ibis. Terry fatally stabs Ibis from behind, allowing Claudia to claim the staff. With his last strength, Ibis sends a warning to Zubeia that "the Fallen Star" has returned.
314"Through the Looking Glass"George SamilskiAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
In the face of this new crisis, Zubeia returns with Zym to the Storm Spire, with Ezran, Callum, Rayla, and Soren joining her along with the mirror Viren stole from Avizandum. Zubeia reveals that for centuries, Aaravos has been secretly pulling the strings behind every major conflict in Xadia by seducing people who are fascinated with magic, until a human girl, the archdragons and Elven archmages worked together to intern him in a magical prison with six component keys, to keep him trapped for eternity. As they observe Aaravos through the mirror, Aaravos takes control of Callum, using him to taunt the others before he shatters the pane. Simultaneously, Claudia uses her magic to break open the cocoon, freeing an Elf homunculus. In the Lux Aurea refugee camp, a Katolian architect named Lucia is badly injured by a Sunfire Elf after she callously extinguishes a fire he lit for a religious ritual.
325"The Great Gates"George SamilskiNeil MukhopadhyayNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
After discovering what Claudia did, Ezran's party (sans Zym) and Zubeia depart for Umber Tor, the residence of archdragon Rex Igneous, to collect the first key to Aaravos' prison before Claudia. Upon arriving at Umber Tor, they find the gate blocked by rubble, but the door guards direct them to a secret entrance within the Drakewood, deep within the Uncharted Forest. Rayla and Soren separate from the others to look for the entrance, but when they come upon an Earthblood Elf bullying a drake, Soren impulsively intervenes on the beast's behalf, only to be captured and thrown into a hole called the Pit of Despair alongside the drake. Aaravos' homunculus guides Viren, Claudia and Terry to Umber Tor.
336"The Drakewood"George SamilskiDevon Ghiel & Iain HendryNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
Just as Ezran, Callum and Rayla realize Soren is missing, they are joined by Zym, who has run away. While trying to help them find Soren, Zym is brought down by the Elven Riders of Drakewood; while the others save him, they befriend a young Earthblood Elf named N'than. He leads them to the Pit of Despair, which is also the secret entrance to Rex Igneous' lair. Janai is forced to bring the incident with Lucia before a tribunal. Lucia is found guilty, but instead of executing her, Janai decrees that she must erect a shrine to ensure fire safety for the camp. Believing that she is losing her racial identity, Karim decides to turn against his sister. Soren turns out to be alive and having befriended the drake, but as he tries to rejoin his friends, he encounters Claudia.
347"Beneath the Surface"George SamilskiAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
N'than guides his new friends through the hazards of the underground passages. During a rest, Callum and Rayla use the chance for a talk, and fearful of hurting his loved ones, Callum asks Rayla to kill him if Aaravos takes control of him again. Soren captures Claudia and tries to reason with her, but is instead captured by Viren and Terry.
358"Rex Igneous"George SamilskiDevon Ghiel & Iain HendryNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
Ezran, Callum, Rayla, Zym and N'than enter Rex Igneous' lair. They meet the Archdragon of Earth, but even after learning of Avizandum's death and the true circumstances of their coming, he cannot help them, as none of the archdragons truly know where Aaravos' prison is. Just then, Claudia appears and puts them all - except Zym - to sleep with dark magic. Janai has a private discussion with Amaya about what she wants to do with her life, which renews her resolve to become a queen worthy of her people. However, Karim decides to accelerate his plans by challenging Janai to a blood duel for the rulership over Lux Aurea.
369"Escape from Umber Tor"George SamilskiAaron Ehasz & Justin RichmondNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
Janai reluctantly accepts Karim's challenge and beats him, and Karim is arrested when he refuses to accept his defeat. Claudia, Viren and Terry find a map leading to Aaravos' prison engraved on Rex Igneous' fang. As they recover it, Soren and Zym wake Rayla, who succeeds in rousing Rex Igneous by stabbing his foot. Enraged, the archdragon attacks them all, forcing them to flee. When Rayla takes Terry hostage, Claudia reveals that Runaan and her parents were trapped in cursed coins by her father, and surrenders them to Rayla. The companions just barely escape Igneous' wrath with Zubeia's help and are happily reunited, but Viren once again falls under the sway of dark magic.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The series was first announced on July 10, 2018.[15] It was co-created by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond.[15] Ehasz was the head writer and co-executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a longtime writer and story editor for Futurama, while Richmond co-directed the video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.[16] Giancarlo Volpe, a former director for Avatar, is an executive producer.[16]

The Dragon Prince is produced by Wonderstorm, a multimedia production studio co-founded in 2017, by Ehasz, Richmond, and Justin Santistevan to work both on The Dragon Prince and a related video game,[16][17] and animated by Canadian studio Bardel Entertainment. In November 2019, several female former employees of Riot Games and Wonderstorm accused Ehasz of asking his female employees to take care of his children without permission and not taking women's creative ideas seriously.[18] Although one anonymous accuser speculated that this could affect the show's continuation,[19] Netflix renewed the show and all 7 seasons of the saga will be produced.[20]

Style[edit]

The Dragon Prince is created using three-dimensional computer animation. A reduced frame rate was applied to the first season to offset "floatiness";[21] the frame rate was adjusted for the second season in response to fan feedback.[22] Backgrounds are done by a mix of 3D-modeling and hand-painting.[23]

Writing[edit]

The ending of season 2 was changed from the original plan in order to stay true to what the characters would choose.[24] According to Ehasz, one of the creative team's fundamental goals regarding The Dragon Prince is "to portray a fantasy world that feels more diverse and representative than fantasy worlds and stories we’ve seen in the past."[24]

Release[edit]

The Dragon Prince is available on the streaming service Netflix, in all territories where the streaming service is available.[25] The first season was released on September 14, 2018.[2] Episodes were released simultaneously, as opposed to a serialized format, to encourage binge-watching, a format which has been successful for other Netflix original series.[26]

A trailer was released in July 2018 at the San Diego Comic-Con.[2] The first season premiered in September 2018. A second season, announced in October 2018,[27] was released on February 15, 2019.[28] The third season was released on November 22, 2019. At the virtual ComicCon@Home 2020 panel "Zoom into Xadia", the continuation of the show over four more seasons was announced.[29] Season four was released on November 3, 2022.[30][31]

LGBT themes and representation[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Before the release of the show's first season, during the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018, it was revealed that the series would contain LGBT characters in it; however, no details or characters were provided to avoid spoilers.[32] On the day of the first season's release, Wonderstorm issued a statement regarding the show's handling of diversity, where co-creators Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond described the importance of telling a story with diverse characters in it, which is something they are passionate about.[33] To achieve their goal of creating a diverse world and characters, it was decided that they would accomplish this through a variety of methods, with some examples singled out being the inclusion of racial diversity, the portrayal of non-typical family structures, as well as people with disabilities.[33] Alongside these forms of representation, the representation of LGBT characters was also singled out.[33]

Regarding The Dragon Prince's diverse representation, it was stated that with some characters their arcs would "play out in ways that clearly demonstrate their difference or representation right away", but that with other characters their status as minorities would be "part of their identity, but not yet a part of their plot or storyline".[33][34] Following the release of season 1, it was theorized that an unnamed elf that appears in the end credits illustrations of two episodes—dubbed "Tinker" by fans—was Runaan's boyfriend.[34]

Season 2[edit]

The second season of The Dragon Prince included the show's first instance of LGBT representation. The Queens of Duren—Annika and Neha—appear in flashbacks set prior to the show's beginning and are depicted as a couple, sharing a kiss on-screen;[35] they appear in two out of nine episodes.[36] Vice noted how the series' creators have "acknowledged their commitment to making sure [the show] doesn’t use the "bury your gays" trope.[37]

Despite this statement, in a pre-release review of the season, Michal Schick of Hypable discussed how the show's representation of these characters would likely cause debate, given that they can be viewed as falling under the "Bury your gays" trope.[38] While Renaldo Matadeen of Comic Book Resources also acknowledged how the depiction of the Queens of Duren can fall under the "bury your gays" trope—also acknowledging fan complaints regarding this—he still praised the show's depiction of an openly lesbian couple.[35] Similarly, The Mary Sue's Caroline Cao argued that while their depiction adheres to the "bury your gay" trope, there are still positives to be found within these characters.[39] Heather Hogan of Autostraddle also expressed mixed feelings towards the characters, acknowledging the characters as having positive attributes, but lamenting them already being dead by the time the story begins.[40]

Following the second season's release and the show's future in terms of LGBT representation, Ehasz stated that there are more characters—including main characters—that are "non-straight".[41] Regarding any future LGBT relationships presented in the series, Ehasz stated that they often let the characters lead them to where they will go next, including any potential relationships that might occur.[41] For this reason, he described revealing a character to be LGBTQ+ as "challenging", as they do not want to give the impression to the audience that these characters will go on to be in a same-sex relationship, but also acknowledged that LGBT characters and relationships are underrepresented in media.[41] Both Ehasz and Richmond stated that under the right circumstances, and with enough time to tell the story, they would like to explore their queer characters more and have their "identities manifest in relationships and in the story"[41]

Season 3[edit]

The third season introduces Ethari, who is Runaan's husband.[42] This season also introduces Kazi, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, but this is only revealed outside of the story through the show's Twitter account.[43] According to lead writer Devon Giehl, the writers intended there to be romantic interest between Amaya and Janai that starts at the end of season 3, and confirmed that both characters are lesbian who like each other.[44]

In a pre-release review of season 3, Inverse's Jake Kleinman criticized the show's LGBTQ+ representation, arguing that despite its initial promise, The Dragon Prince has never truly delivered on said promise.[45] He criticized how the first season lacked any on-screen representation, while in season 2 the Queens of Duren only appear in flashbacks and are killed off.[45] While Kleinman viewed the representation of Ethari and Runaan as an improvement, given that both characters are still alive by the end of the season, he found fault with Ethari's minimal role in the story.[45]

Reception[edit]

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 100% of 11 critics gave the first season a positive review; the average rating is 8.2 out of 10.[46] 100% of six critics gave the second season a positive review; the average rating is 8.57 out of 10.[47] 100% of five critics gave the third season a positive review; the average rating is 9 out of 10.[48]

In an advance review of the first episode, IGN's Aaron Prune praised the series for "comfortably exploring dark story elements while giving audiences an assortment of lovable characters to engage with" and described it as a "worthwhile animated series for audiences of all ages."[49] Reviewing the first three episodes, Alex Barasch of Slate was also positive towards the series, saying that despite the "slightly shaky animation and some markedly shakier accents", fans of fantasy or Avatar: The Last Airbender will like it. Barasch especially praised the show's inclusivity—such as King Harrow and Ezran, who are both black—and Harrow's relationship with Viren, which he described as "most compelling aspects of the show".[50] Also reviewing the first three episodes, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw of The Daily Dot similarly reacted positively to the show's racial inclusion, writing that it "combines goofy humor with a solid basis for longterm storytelling and character development, the character designs show a deep affection for the genre". However, she criticized Rayla's accent as "the worst part of the show", along with the scarcity of female characters.[51] Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media described the series as a "captivating fantasy tale" with positive themes and broad appeal. She also argued it was a "beautifully rendered epic animated fantasy", noted that characters kiss, said that the series is "brimming with mysticism, action, and suspense", and said it has similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff sequel Avatar: The Legend of Korra.[52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Animated Series Delna Bhesania, Tina Chow, Aaron Ehasz, Richard Grieve, Clint Kisker, Justin Richmond, Justin Santistevan, Giancarlo Volpe Won[53]
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Frederik Wiedmann Nominated[53]
2023 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Kids and Family Programming - Animated The Dragon Prince Pending

In other media[edit]

Video game[edit]

Concurrently with the series, Wonderstorm is developing a video game based on the series and expanding on its plot. The game will be a combat-based multiplayer game, but not an MMO. Players will be able to play as characters from the series. No information about supported platforms or release dates has been made available yet.[5]

Printed media[edit]

  • A trade paperback book by Tracey West, titled Callum's Spellbook, was published by Scholastic on March 3, 2020.[54]
  • A behind-the-scenes art book, titled The Art of The Dragon Prince, was published by Dark Horse Comics on August 18, 2020.
  • A novelization of the first season, written by Aaron and Melanie McGanney Ehasz, was published by Scholastic on June 2, 2020.[54]
  • A novelization of the second season, written by Aaron and Melanie McGanney Ehasz, was published by Scholastic on August 3, 2021.
  • A novelization of the third season, written by Aaron and Melanie McGanney Ehasz, will be published by Scholastic on October 31, 2023.
  • A graphic novel following up on the finale of the third season, titled The Dragon Prince: Through the Moon, was released on October 6, 2020.[54] Taking place before the premiere of the fourth season, it deals with a plot in which Rayla descends into the Spirit World to find out what happened to her adopted father Runaan and her parents Lain and Teradain.
  • A graphic novel titled Bloodmoon Huntress was announced on March 12, 2021.[55] Released on July 19, 2022,[56] its plot follows a young Rayla years before the events of the television series.
  • A graphic novel titled Puzzle House was announced at the San Diego Comic Con 2021 Dragon Prince panel. The plot is set to follow young Soren and Claudia at Viren's former mentor Kpp'Ar' residence, the "Puzzle House".
  • A tabletop role-playing game, titled Tales of Xadia, began its playtesting stage in 2020, with pre-orders having been opened on February 9, 2021.[57][58] The game was released on March 29, 2022.[59]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As described in the 2020 graphic novel The Dragon Prince: Through the Moon. See section "In other media".

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