Game of Thrones explores the history of the Dragonpit - and how it led to the decline of dragons - in a video extra from the season 7 Blu-ray.This past year may have featured fewer Game of Thrones episodes than normal, but it also provided the show and HBO with their highest ratings ever. Unsurprisingly, the massive popularity of the season amongst fans translated into critical acclaim. Season 7 of Game of Thrones continued the show's accolades, with AFI naming it one of the year's top shows and the series securing Golden Globes and Critics' Choice nominations.
Much of Game of Thrones season 7 was spent setting up the final conflict for the series, as only 6 episodes remain until the show is finished telling its story. However, in-between the table setting, season 7 delivered some of the show's biggest action sequences and introduced a number of new locations. Both Casterly Rock and Highgarden appeared for the first time, with neither location having even been visited in the original books. The largest gathering of characters yet also occurred in a previously-unseen locale - the ruins of the once great Dragonpit.
Westeros.org has an exclusive bonus feature from the Game of Thrones season 7 Blu-ray. In the animated featurette, Conleth Hill (Varys) and Anton Lesser (Qyburn) narrate the history of the building. While the dragons once roamed free, Maegor the Cruel eventually built the Dragonpit to contain them. Of course, his habit of killing his builders made the process difficult, and the Dragonpit itself is one of the key reasons why the dragons eventually became extinct.
While the show has touched on the decline of dragons before, the books go into much more detail about the role the Dragonpit played in the process. The new featurette catches series audiences up, explaining how the confining of the great beasts led to them becoming smaller and weaker over time. The Dragonpit also penned them in and opened them up to a mob attack during the Dance of the Dragons, which saw two Targaryen factions battle each other.
The video ends with the proclamation that Daenerys has learned not to cage her dragons, but season 7 showed they're still plenty vulnerable. With only 3 left in the world, Dany's dragons had a massive target on them. One has already fallen to the Night King, and it won't take a Dragonpit to put the others in trouble. This danger will likely be at the forefront of season 8, which looks to feature a huge battle in King's Landing. Thanks to filming taking place, spoilers for season 8 of Game of Thrones have already emerged and more are likely on their way as the series heads towards its final batch of episodes.
Game of Thrones season 8 is expected to premiere on HBO in 2019.