The Dragon Prince

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Dragon Prince
The Dragon Prince.jpg
Season 1 promotional teaser poster
Created by
Written by
  • Aaron Ehasz
  • Justin Richmond
  • Devon Giehl
  • Iain Hendry
  • Neil Mukhopadhyay
Directed by
Voices of
  • Jack DeSena
  • Paula Burrows
  • Sasha Rojen
  • Racquel Belmonte
  • Jesse Inocalla
  • Jason Simpson
ComposerFrederik Wiedmann
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes27
Executive producers
AnimatorBardel Entertainment
Running time24–33 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix (North America)
PGS Entertainment (International)
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) –
present (present)

The Dragon Prince 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 prince half-brothers Callum and Ezran and the 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 magical creatures of the land of Xadia.

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 will premiere in November 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]


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.

1,000 years 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 elf assassin Rayla discover that the egg was not destroyed; they undertake a dangerous mission to return the egg to Xadia. Viren seizes power after 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 Dragon 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 elf mage Aaravos, with whom he communicates through a magic mirror and 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 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.

Voice cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Prince Callum (voiced by Jack De Sena): Ezran's 14-year-old elder half-brother[7] and King Harrow's stepson. In the course of the series, he becomes the first human ever to wield primal magic on his own and begins a relationship with Rayla.
  • Rayla (voiced by Paula Burrows): A prodigy 15-year-old Moonshadow Elf assassin who sides with Callum and Ezran in order to deliver the Dragon Prince back to his mother. In time, she and Callum begin a romantic relationship.
  • Prince Ezran (voiced by Sasha Rojen): The 10-year-old son of King Harrow and Callum's younger half-brother who has the ability to speak with animals. Ezran starts as the crown prince but becomes King of Katolis by the start of the third season.

Other Humans[edit]

  • Viren (voiced by Jason Simpson): King Harrow's advisor, and one of the series' primary 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 Aaravos' in the course of his pursuits.
  • Claudia (voiced by Racquel Belmonte): The 16-year-old daughter of Viren, and a talented dark mage. She is quite loyal to her father regardless of his ambitions for domination over Xadia.
  • Soren (voiced by Jesse Inocalla): The 18-year-old son of Viren and a member of the Katolian Crownguard. A boastful and immature but skillful, good-hearted soldier.
  • King Harrow of Katolis (voiced by Luc Roderique): Crown Prince Ezran's late father and Prince Callum's stepfather who has tragically been killed by Moonshadow elves on a mission from the dragon queen in season one.
  • Queen Sarai of Katolis (voiced by Kazumi Evans): Crown Prince Ezran and Prince Callum's late mother who was killed by Avizandum nine years before the series' beginning.
  • General Amaya: The deaf maternal aunt of Callum and Ezran who communicates in sign language,[8] and a commander of the Katolian army.
  • Commander Gren (voiced by Adrian Petriw): Amaya's loyal deputy and interpreter.
  • Corvus (voiced by Omari Newton): One of Amaya's scouts and Ezran's bodyguard.
  • Ellis (voiced by Nahanni Mitchell): A young girl from a village at the foot of the Cursed Caldera.
  • Opeli (voiced by Paula Burrows[9]): High Cleric of Katolis[10]: 57  and a prominent member of the High Council who opposes Viren.
  • Queen Aanya (voiced by Zelda Ehasz): The juvenile ruler of Duren who is wise beyond her years.
  • Captain Villads (voiced by Peter Kelamis): A blind and eccentric ex-pirate.
  • Prince Kasef (voiced by Vincent Tong): The crown prince of the realm of Neolandia. He took the throne after his father was gravely injured by Viren's shadow assassins, and calls for war against Xadia.
  • Saleer (voiced by Jonathan Holmes): A Katolian councilman who turns against young King Ezran.
  • Barius[10]: 47  (voiced by Jason Simpson): The baker of Katolis' royal court, who is very fond of Ezran despite the young prince having stolen a lot of his jelly tarts in the past.
  • Crow Master (voiced by Cole Howard): The deputy of the ever-absent Crow Lord, the chief caretaker of the Katolian court's messenger crows.
  • Ziard (voiced by Brian Drummond): The first human to use dark magic before humankind's exile to the western parts of Xadia. He was killed in battle with Sol Regem when he refused to relinquish his new-found power.[11]

Other Elves[edit]

  • Aaravos (voiced by Erik Todd Dellums): A Startouch Elf[6] and one of the primary antagonists of the series who was imprisoned within a mirror that belongs to the King and Queen of Xadia for crimes unknown. He is a master of both primal and dark magic who is using Viren to accomplish his own goals. His background and history with the dragons will be explained in Book Four: Earth, which has renamed the show The Dragon Prince: Mystery of Aaravos.
  • Runaan (voiced by Jonathan Holmes): The leader of the Moonshadow Elf assassins sent to kill King Harrow, and Rayla's mentor and guardian.
  • Ethari (voiced by Vincent Gale): Runaan's husband and one of Rayla's guardians.
  • Lujanne (voiced by Ellie King): A Moonshadow Elf illusionist who lives in the human realms near a focal area for primal moon magic.
  • Janai (voiced by Rena Anakwe): A Sunfire Elf warrior and the younger sister of their Queen Khessa (Brenda Crichlow). Also known as the Golden Knight of Lux Aurea, the capital of the Sunfire Elves.
  • Nyx (voiced by Rhona Rees): Her full name being "Naimi-Selari-Nykantia", Nyx is an avaricious Skywing Elf, one of the few of her kind gifted with functional wings. She wishes to profit from any chance she gets, including stealing Zym from Callum and Rayla for a reward from his mother.[12]
  • Ibis (voiced by Ian James Corlett): A Skywing Elf mage.
  • Tiadrin and Lain[13] (voiced by Tyrone Savage and Ely Jackson): Rayla's parents were part of the Dragonguard to protect the egg of the Dragon Prince. For a long time, Rayla believed that they abandoned their duty when Avizandum was killed by Viren, making her feel ashamed of them, until Callum discovers the truth that they aided in saving the egg from being destroyed by Viren.
  • Hendyr (voiced by Iain Hendry): A winged Skywing elf and former member of the Dragon Guard who fled his post at the Storm Spire.
  • Prince Karim (voiced by Luc Roderique): A Sunfire Elf and Janai's younger brother.[14]
  • Terry (voiced by Benjamin Callins): An Earthblood Elf and Claudia's boyfriend.


  • Azymondias / "Zym" (vocalized by Jack De Sena[9]): An infant Sky Dragon, son of Avizandum, and the titular character of the show.
  • Avizandum (voiced by Chris Metzen): An ancient Sky Dragon and King of the Dragons, and Azymondias' late father. He was referred to by the humans as "Thunder".
  • Zubeia (voiced by Nicole Oliver): A female Sky Dragon, the late Avizandum's mate and Azymondias' mother.
  • Sol Regem (voiced by Adrian Hough): The former King of the Dragons, archdragon of the sun, who hates humans and was blinded by Ziard. He is the guardian of the Breach since Avizandum's demise.
  • Pyrrah: A female red-scaled Sun Dragon.

Animals and magical beasts[edit]

  • Bait (vocalized by Jack De Sena[9]): Ezran's grumpy pet Glowtoad.
  • Ava: Ellis' three-legged wolf friend.
  • Pip: King Harrow's pet bird of prey.
  • Phoe-Phoe: Lujanne's Moon Phoenix companion.
  • Berto (voiced by Paula Burrows[9]): Villads' parrot first mate.


BookNameEpisodesOriginally released
1Moon9September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
2Sky9February 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
3Sun9November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)

Book 1: Moon (2018)[edit]

No. in
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 VolpeDevon Giehl & Iain HendrySeptember 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]

No. in
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. 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; With their phoenix out of magic, the fugitives embark on an ocean crossing on the blind Captain Villads's ship. Viren does not finish the ritual, saying he needs time to think; 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 to agree and convince 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]

No. in
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 other 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 arrives and joins 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. Zubeia reawakens and rejoices in seeing her son alive and elves and humans united in friendship. However, Viren is resurrected by Claudia, and Aaravos has built a cocoon to metamorphose into something else.



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]


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]


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]


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]

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.[30] 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.[31] 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.[31] Alongside these forms of representation, the representation of LGBT characters was also singled out.[31]

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".[31][32] 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.[32]

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;[33] they appear in two out of nine episodes.[34] Vice noted how the series' creators have "acknowledged their commitment to making sure [the show] doesn’t use the "bury your gays" trope.[35]

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.[36] 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.[33] 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.[37] 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.[38]

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".[39] 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.[39] 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.[39] 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"[39]

Season 3[edit]

The third season introduces Ethari, who is Runaan's husband.[40] 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.[41] 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.[42]

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.[43] 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.[43] 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.[43]


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.[44] 100% of six critics gave the second season a positive review; the average rating is 8.57 out of 10.[45] 100% of five critics gave the third season a positive review; the average rating is 9 out of 10.[46]

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."[47] 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".[48] 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.[49] 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.[50]

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[51]
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Frederik Wiedmann Nominated[51]

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.[52]
  • 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.[52]
  • A novelization of the second season, written by Aaron Ehasz and Melanie McGanney Ehasz, was published by Scholastic on August 3, 2021.
  • A graphic novel following up on the end of the third season, titled The Dragon Prince: Through the Moon, was released on October 6, 2020.[52] Taking place between seasons 3 and 4, it deals with a plot in which Rayla descends into the spirit world in order to find out what happened to Runaan and her parents.
  • A graphic novel titled Bloodmoon Huntress was announced on March 12, 2021.[53] Its plot is set to follow a young Rayla years before the events of the television series.
  • A graphic novel titled The 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, is currently in its playtesting stage with pre-orders having been opened on February 9, 2021.[54][55]


  1. ^ "Justin Richmond". IMDB. 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Patches, Matt; Haasch, Palmer (July 21, 2018). "Avatar: The Last Airbender team's new Netflix show The Dragon Prince drops first trailer". Polygon. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ The Dragon Prince Renewed for Four More Seasons, Will Finish Saga on Netflix - IGN, July 24, 2020, retrieved July 24, 2020
  4. ^ Freeman, Molly (July 25, 2020). "Dragon Prince Renewed For FOUR More Seasons At Netflix". Screen Rant. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Clark, Nicole; Zaragoza, Alex (January 17, 2019). "Get Hyped for the Upcoming 'Dragon Prince' Game". Vice. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Radulovic, Petrana (February 15, 2019). "The end of The Dragon Prince season 2 forces everyone to grow up for season 3". Polygon. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  7. ^ @aaronehasz (September 16, 2018). "They are half brothers. Callum is Harrow's step son. Sounds like the descriptive audio got it wrong? There is more story to tell about their mom, Queen Sarai, for sure... and if we are lucky to keep this going for a while I am sure we will learn about Callum's birth dad too" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Barasch, Alex (September 21, 2018). "How The Dragon Prince carefully handled General Amaya's deafness". Polygon. Archived from the original on June 8, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d Miller, W. R. (August 5, 2019). "INTERVIEW: Paula Burrows and Jack De Sena: How to Play an Elf and a Human on The Dragon Prince". Animation Scoop. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Tracey West: The Dragon Prince: Callum's Spellbook. Scholastic, March 3, 2020. ISBN 978-1-3386-2059-7.
  11. ^ Kleinman, Jake (July 20, 2019). "'Dragon Prince' Season 3 Footage Revealed — Everything We Saw (VIDEO)". Inverse. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "'The Dragon Prince' Characters: "Nyx" (official description)". The Dragon Prince official website. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "'The Dragon Prince': Tiadrin and Lain Design Turnarounds". The Dragon Prince official website. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Creators reveal big plans on the Dragon Prince Season 4 including new character | Entertainment".
  15. ^ a b Lovett, Jamie (July 10, 2018). "'The Dragon Prince' From 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Writer Headed to Netflix". Comic Book. Pop Culture Media. Archived from the original on July 24, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c Robinson, Tasha (July 10, 2018). "Netflix announces new animated series from Avatar: The Last Airbender writers". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on November 15, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "About Us". Wonderstorm. Archived from the original on January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  18. ^ Damore, Meagan (November 6, 2019). "Avatar: The Last Airbender Head Writer Accused of Misogynistic Behavior". Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  19. ^ Kleinmann, Jake (November 22, 2019). "'Dragon Prince' Season 4 release date might be at risk, ex-employee says". Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  20. ^ Kain, Erik (July 24, 2020). "'The Dragon Prince' Has Been Renewed By Netflix For Season 4 And Beyond". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "r/TheLastAirbender - We're the creators and showrunners of the newly released show, The Dragon Prince. Ask us anything!". reddit.
  22. ^ Radulovic, Petrana; Marshall, Cass (January 31, 2019). "The Dragon Prince season 2 changed animation styles in response to fans". Polygon.
  23. ^ thedragonprince (November 27, 2018). "The Dragon Prince Environments and Backgrounds".
  24. ^ a b Freeman, Molly (February 12, 2019). "Aaron Ehasz & Justin Richmond Interview: The Dragon Prince Season 2". Screen Rant.
  25. ^ "The Dragon Prince". Netflix. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  26. ^ Pomerantz, Dorothy (May 29, 2013). "Binge Watching Is Our Future". Forbes. Integrated Whale Media. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  27. ^ @NXOnNetflix (October 5, 2018). "Return to a world of magic, friendship, and dragons in 2019. Are you ready for Dragon Prince Season 2?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  28. ^ Marshall, Cass (January 12, 2019). "Season 2 of The Dragon Prince hits Netflix on Feb. 15". Polygon. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  29. ^ thedragonprince (July 24, 2020). "The Saga is Coming!". The Dragon Prince. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  30. ^ Abramo, Donya (July 29, 2018). "Everything we know about 'The Dragon Prince' from SDCC 2018". Hypable. Archived from the original on March 9, 2022. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  31. ^ a b c d Ehasz, Aaron; Richmond, Justin (September 14, 2018). "Some words from Aaron and Justin about diversity in our storytelling!". Tumblr. Automattic. Archived from the original on March 15, 2020. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  32. ^ a b Radulovic, Petrana (September 20, 2018). "The Dragon Prince's end credits are part of the greater story, writers say". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on November 9, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  33. ^ a b Matadeen, Renaldo (February 20, 2019). "The Dragon Prince Redeems Netflix's Past LGBT Failures in Season 2". Comic Book Resources. Valnet Inc. Archived from the original on August 5, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  34. ^ Queen, Jewel (March 6, 2019). "We Need to Raise the Bar for LGBTQ+ Representation in Animated Shows". The Mary Sue. Abrams Media. Archived from the original on July 19, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  35. ^ Clark, Nicole (February 15, 2019). "'The Dragon Prince' Is Shaping Up to Be the Next All-Ages Fantasy Classic". Vice. Vice Media. Archived from the original on December 28, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  36. ^ Schick, Michal (February 8, 2019). "'The Dragon Prince' season 2 review: A soaring and compelling continuation". Hypable. Archived from the original on March 9, 2022. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  37. ^ Cao, Caroline (February 25, 2019). "5 More Unique Heroines of The Dragon Prince Season 2". The Mary Sue. Abrams Media. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  38. ^ Hogan, Heather (September 9, 2021). "30 of the Best Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Animated TV Episodes". Autostraddle. The Excitant Group LLC. Archived from the original on February 1, 2022. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  39. ^ a b c d Abramo, Donya; Schick, Michal (February 28, 2019). "'The Dragon Prince' creators talk Dark Magic, relationships, and Runaan". Hypable. Archived from the original on December 23, 2019. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  40. ^ Dee, Jake (August 16, 2021). "The Dragon Prince: Every Main Character, Ranked By Likability". Screen Rant. Valnet Inc. Archived from the original on August 17, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  41. ^ Raouf, Tariq (June 22, 2021). "On Bringing More Non-Binary Characters to TV". Nerdist. Archived from the original on August 9, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  42. ^ Giehl, Devon [@devongiehl] (February 28, 2020). "there is intended to be a spark of romantic interest in the end of season 3. Now what? We'll find out someday. :O tl;dr felt like i queerbaited by accident, felt bad, confirmed characters are indeed lesbians and feeling a sort of way about each other" (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 28, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2022 – via Twitter.
  43. ^ a b c Kleinman, Jake (November 15, 2019). "Dragon Prince Season 3: Undoubtedly the Best Fantasy Show of 2019". Inverse. Bustle Digital Group. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  44. ^ "The Dragon Prince: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  45. ^ "The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  46. ^ "The Dragon Prince: Season 3 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  47. ^ Pruner, Aaron (July 29, 2018). "Netflix's The Dragon Prince: Review - Comic Con 2018". IGN. J2 Global. Archived from the original on October 16, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  48. ^ Barasch, Alex (September 14, 2018). "The Dragon Prince Is an Engrossing Fantasy Set in a World As Diverse As Our Own". Slate. The Slate Group. Archived from the original on December 31, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  49. ^ Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (September 7, 2018). "Review: Netflix's 'The Dragon Prince' Is a Charming Fantasy Adventure - With One Cringeworthy Flaw". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  50. ^ Ashby, Emily (October 1, 2021). "The Dragon Prince Review". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on November 1, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  51. ^ a b "Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Dragon Prince,' 'Ask the Storybots' & 'Last Kids on Earth' Win Key Animation Categories for Netflix". Animation Magazine. July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  52. ^ a b c "Three new books coming in 2020 from Wonderstorm and Scholastic!". The Dragon Prince official website. February 26, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  53. ^ "Bloodmoon Huntress Announcement".
  54. ^ Kain, Eric (July 24, 2020). "'The Dragon Prince' Tabletop RPG 'Tales Of Xadia' Announced". Forbes. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  55. ^ "The Dragon Prince RPG: Tales of Xadia opens to fans". Geek Native. February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.

External links[edit]