Warning: The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4: ‘Spoils of War’
Qyburn said it best: “If they can be wounded, they can be killed.” If the latest episode of Game of Thrones is any indication, Daenerys’ dragons aren’t as invincible as we thought.
Cersei’s advisor well remembers that Drogon was severly wounded in the fighting pits of Meereen, and he has total confidence that Dany’s trinity of dragons can be struck down. Sporting a library of dragon skulls and skeletons, the cellars of the Red Keep alone are proof the firebreathers can be slain.
It’s no secret that Drogon is Daenerys’ favorite dragon. He’s the biggest of her three, the strongest, and thanks to her undeniable favoritism, the most experienced in battle. In episode 4, ‘The Spoils of War,’ Dany rejects Jon Snow’s advice to forgo the use of her dragons and rides Drogon headlong into the Lannister army. Catching them off guard in the expanse between High Garden and King’s Landing, the Mother of Dragons literally roasts Jaime’s men and turns them to ash. We’ve seen Drogon use his fire-breathing powers before, but now that he’s fully grown, he is a truly fearsome monster of the skies. However impressive Drogon’s powers may be, it’s clear Cersei and the Lannister army have the means to take him down for good.
Though appalled at the incineration of his militia, Jaime remains calm enough to order archers to take aim as Drogon prepares to divebomb. While the arrows riddle the dragon’s armored side, they are a mere distraction that forces Dany to temporarily disengage. Needing more firepower, Jaime orders Bronn to man the scorpion bolt, the deadly weapon Qyburn’s ominously revealed to Cersei earlier in the season. Like Chekhov’s Gun, this medieval missile was introduced with an absolute guarantee of wreaking havoc on Daenerys’ dragons.
It didn’t disappoint. Though Bronn narrowly missed his first shot, the projectile got Dany’s attention and forced her to set Drogon’s sights on burning down the turret. While she lines up her shot and shouts, “Dracarys,” Bronn unleashes a second scorpion bolt and sends it ripping through Drogon’s right wing. The dragon shrieks in pain, and like a lead weight, he and Dany plummet through the skies. It’s so thrilling that even Bronn can’t hide his joy.
Fearing her beloved beast is mortally wounded, Dany lands the dragon beside the Blackwater Rush to tend to his wounds. Cue Jaime, with multigenerational anger in peak form. He killed the Mad King, and he won’t stand to watch his spawn follow the same path. As Dany attempts to remove the bolt from Drogon’s wing, Jaime charges at her, but as he approaches his kill-shot, Bronn tackles him into the river right as Drogon unleashes more flames.
Jaime’s down for the count, and though he may never have a chance to kill Daenery’s dragons, you can bet Cersei will.
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