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Why There Are Four Dragons In Game Of Thrones’ New Opening Titles

The new opening credits for Game of Thrones contain various clues for season 8, but what do the four dragons on the golden ring mean? As the series has evolved, so have the opening credits sequence. With only a handful of episodes left, there are still many questions that need answering. The Game of Thrones opening sequence could indicate which mysteries will finally be solved in the final season.

Dragons were first introduced in season 1 when Daenerys Targaryen was given three petrified dragon eggs as a wedding gift. By the end of the season, the dragon eggs miraculously hatched and the species was re-established into the world of Westeros. From then on, the dragons – Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion – became integral pieces to Dany’s story arc. The trio of fire-breathing dragons also gave her an advantage over her various enemies, especially on the battlefield. That stood true until they met the Night King.

Related: Game Of Thrones Theory: The Night King is at King’s Landing, Not Winterfell

Dany’s connection to the majestic reptiles goes much deeper when considering her family history. The Targaryens had the last surviving Valyrian dragons before the species were thought to have gone extinct. Dany’s ancestor, Aegon I Targaryen, used his dragons – Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes – to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. The skulls of those dragons are still kept in the Red Keep as the story continues to be passed down to generations. There have been various other dragons kept by members of House Targaryen; it’s the theme of their sigil, after all. But could there be other dragons alive in Game of Thrones?

On one of the gold rings within the credits (1:33 mark in the video below), three small dragons can be seen in front of a much larger dragon. Considering only three dragons have made appearances in the series, the addition of a fourth on the gold ring is very intriguing. More than likely the large dragon represents Daenerys, who is also known as the “Mother of Dragons.” Even though Viserion is currently a member of the Night King’s undead army, all three of Dany’s dragons are imperative to the final season. There could also be other meanings behind the message shown in the credits.

The mystery surrounding “The Prince That Was Promised” will hopefully be solved by season’s end. The prophecy suggests that a character will emerge as a savior with a sword called Lightbringer to fight the impending darkness. In the book series which the show is based, the prince is thought to be the reborn version of the legendary figure, Azor Ahai. The prophecy specifically uses the word “prince,” but in High Valyrian, the word translates to “prince” or “princess.” Many viewers suspect that Jon Snow is the prince described in the prophecy, but it could very well be Dany. The shooting star that can be seen above the dragons on the gold ring even matches with a quote by Melisandre in the books, adding more evidence that Dany is Azor Ahai.

When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”

If the prophecy doesn’t become a focal point in the final season of Game of Thrones, it’s still possible the image of the fourth dragon has implications for the final episodes. There has been speculation that other dragons could be hiding in Westeros, possibly even in the crypts of Winterfell. In the books, there are rumors that a dragon laid eggs deep in the crypts by the natural hot springs. Seeing as the crypts are an enormous labyrinth of caverns and passageways, who knows what could be hiding in there. If any dragons are in there, now would be the time for them to come out.

Next: Game of Thrones: Where Melisandre Is (& Why She Has To Return)


2019-04-25 10:04:27

Kara Hedash

How Game Of Thrones Opening Titles Are Different In Season 8

The final season of Game of Thrones is finally here, and that means one more season of the iconic opening sequence. Since the beginning, fans have joked about the length of the opening sequence, with one even working out that fans who watch the entire thing each episode have spent over an hour and a half watching that map of Westeros and listening to the theme music. The credits do more than just take up an incredible amount of time, though – they also change from episode to episode, revealing a little bit about what is going to happen in the episode.

Each episode, the credits begin with an astrolabe decorated with the symbols of the major houses of Westeros, wrapping around the sun, before the camera pans down to a three-dimensional map of Westeros and Essos. From here, the shot zooms in, skimming over the map and stopping on labeled locations (like Winterfell or Dragonstone) that rise from the map using clockwork. As well as showing the locations that are going to be relevant in each episode, the Game of Thrones map changes depending on what has been happening in Westeros; when Winterfell burned, smoke rose from it on the map. When a castle is taken by a different house, their sigil appears on it. All these details add up, orienting the viewer at the start of the show.

Related: Game Of Thrones Season 8: Returning Cast & New Character Guide

While the opening credits are different for each episode, there are some major differences when it comes to the opening credits for Game of Thrones season 8. Immediately, the visual effects are much more dynamic; the shot doesn’t just look over the various locations from above – when the camera comes to Winterfell and King’s Landing, it actually goes into the locations, exploring the Stark crypts and dragon skull basement respectively.

A new location also appears, as the shot of the Wall shows the massive breach that was made by Ice-Viserion in the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, as well as a shot of the castle nearby, and a sheet of ice spreading outward from the wall (charting the path of the Night King’s army).

In additon to the new design and perspective of the Westeros map Game of Thrones opening, the season 8 titles also feature different tableaux on the rings. Instead of Robert’s rebellion, they now depict the War of the Five Kings, with images of the Red Wedding and the birth of Daenerys’ dragons.

It’s fantastic to see that for the final Game of Thrones season, HBO is really pushing the boat out to create something new and exciting for fans, and leaves everyone wondering what else we might see appearing in the opening credits over the next five episodes – and if another major change may happen for the series finale itself.

Next: Every Season Of Game Of Thrones Ranked


2019-04-14 06:04:01

Rose Moore

PSN Name Change Issues Affecting Major Titles

PlayStation’s new PSN name change service has finally gone live after over a decade of fans requesting it, but the list of games it can potentially cause issues for is extensive and affects a number of major players on the platform. Users already knew there were going to be issues with the service, as Sony outlined in the blog post that revealed it that there were several problems with name changes that could cause players to lose trophy progress, saved game data, and even DLC that they had already paid for.

The PSN name change service might be a long-time coming, but it appears that PlayStation fans will have to exercise caution with the new feature as Sony tries to figure out how to retroactively prepare thousands of games for users changing their ID. While that might not seem like a big issue at first glance, depending on the way that the network is configured, a lot of data could be lost or corrupted as a result of the changes. It’s a sobering reminder to supporters of Sony’s platform that, for all the innovation and success that the PS4 has brought the company, some of Sony’s online offerings are archaic at best and the by-product of years of complacency.

Related: Sony is Killing DriveClub in 2020 and Players Will Only Be Able to Play Offline

Although the issues with the PSN name change service are frightening, at the very least, Sony has worked hard to establish a list of games that are known to have issues with the process. Players who own and are actively using these titles might want to think twice about whether or not to use the service, although some of the issues—unlinking user accounts, settings being reset to default, having previous ID remain visible for some time—can be fixed by just signing in and out. It’s the major ones like lost data or paid content no longer being accessible that should give fans pause. Here’s a list of games that might be affected, but are more likely to experience minor issues rather than the critical ones:

  • Absolver: Downfall
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
  • Big City Stories
  • Bloodborne
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Crossout
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • FIFA 17 Standard Edition
  • Gauntlet: Slayer Edition
  • God Eater 2 Rage Burst
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Gundam Versus
  • Guns Up!
  • Injustice 2 – Standard Edition
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MLB The Show 17
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Storm Trilogy
  • Naruto Storm: Road to Boruto Expansion
  • NBA 2K19
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Rock Band 4
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Remastered
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Titanfall 2
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Trove
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • UNO
  • Warframe
  • WipEout Omega Collection

There are a few games who have been tagged for having critical issues, too, but luckily it’s a toss-up between Just Dance 2017 and Worms Battlegrounds on which title can claim to be the most popular on the affected list—which means it’s unlikely to really cause issues for the majority of the population. Having minor issues with big titles like The Last of Us RemasteredWarframeUncharted 4: A Thief’s End and more is certainly less than ideal, though, and Sony will probably be working hard to shore those up, especially if its digital offerings are to remain stuck in this generation even while Google and Microsoft vie for control of the streaming platform market at its inception point.

While Sony users will finally get access to the PSN name change service they’ve been desperately pleading with the company for, it’s coming with a hefty price. Regardless, those of us unlucky enough to have names like xXx420SephirothFanxXx will probably still run the risk of changing ID tags. If loot boxes have taught us anything, it’s that sometimes in life, gamers have to gamble a little to get the result they want.

More: Free PlayStation Plus Games For April 2019 Announced

Source: PlayStation Network Change Online ID Games List


2019-04-12 08:04:21

Cody Gravelle