Tomorrow, DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge will return to Netflix with a new set of 13 episodes. To celebrate the occasion, executive producers Art Brown and Douglas Sloan have recently spoken to Berk’s Grapevine about what to expect in these next 13 half-hours. We also have a few new clips to show you, among them a sneak peek at what looks to be the weirdest moment on the show yet.
(As a general reminder, there’s going to be a lot of info here, as well as spoilers for the first thirteen episodes of Race to the Edge. Proceed with caution!)
– There will be a mix of new and returning dragons this season.
– For returning dragons, “Snow Way Out” will revisit the Snow Wraith, while another episode will feature the “impressive” return of the Skrill. New dragons include the Armorwing, which will debut in a Snotlout-centric episode dealing with his relationship with his father and his family.
– Also new to Race to the Edge is the Seashocker. An underwater-type dragon with similarities to the electric eel, the Seashocker will make its appearance in another Fishlegs-centric episode.
– The first episode of the new set is titled ‘Astrid’s A-Team’. In the episode, Astrid recruits a group of citizens from Berk to ride dragons. Among them are Berkian mainstays like Spitelout, Gothi, and Gustav. While the episode isn’t exactly focused on her, she is very much center stage and in a leadership position (as the title would suggest).
– According to the producers, Gustav brings much of the humor in that episode.
– The producers have also acknowledged fan wishes for Astrid to have a larger presence in the show. Not only will we see more of her, but her relationship with Heather will also be explored further in the new season.
– When Heather returns, we will see her try to find her place in the world as she deals with the aftermath of the reveal that she and Dagur are siblings.
– As Ryker and his team of dragon hunters get introduced as the new bad guys, Heather will play a central role in infiltrating their ranks, consistent with her current portrayal is being neither good nor bad and thus making her fit for this type of espionage role.
– Expect her and Dagur to play a huge role in the coming seasons.
– Dagur is still a prominent threat, but we will slowly start to transition into the newer villains for this season (Ryker, Viggo, etc).
– Ryker and his dragon hunters are a “step up” from Dagur in terms of ruthlessness. Viggo in particular will present a very different type of threat to Hiccup (stay tuned later today for the interview with Alfred Molina).
– Dagur will definitely interact with these new villains, and in a way that is uniquely him.
– The new big bads of the season are described as being “brutal” and “gnarly”, particularly in regards to the twin brothers.
– Dagur will also get to interact with the Dragon Riders again, presumably under very different circumstances when the dragon hunters arrive on the scene.
– The new villains also have a connection with the Dragon Eye, as the origins of that device are tied to their history and who it was initially made for.
– Chicken, Tuffnut’s non-dragon companion, was acknowledged by Art and Doug as one of their breakout characters on Race to the Edge thus far. This will continue in the new season, which will see Chicken become a recurring character.
– While the new villains present a more serious threat for the Dragon Riders, the show itself won’t necessarily get darker (or at least, no darker than it already gets). Art Brown particularly stressed the balancing of drama, characters, and comedy. In their case, raising the stakes actually allows them to be funnier, as they need the comedy to break the tension in episodes that are plot-heavy.
– Art and Doug have specifically singled out Tuffnut’s episode (where he is bitten and he thinks he’s turning into a were-dragon) as the funniest of the new set.
– The main challenge for the writers, as we finish off the third season of the show, is finding ways to keep the show fresh and to take the audience to new places we haven’t seen before.
– On the most-frequently-asked subject of Hiccup and Astrid: Art and Doug both confirmed that you will see that relationship grow and progress as the show goes on. It might take some time to get there, but they will definitely build them up to where they were (romantically) at the beginning of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
– The second two-parter of the season, “Edge of Disaster”, will see Astrid and Tuffnut paired together as they defend The Edge from a siege while the other Riders are gone. Here, we will see how Astrid and Tuffnut play off of each other, while also getting to see different parts of The Edge.
– The two-part finale of the season, “Maces and Talons”, is described as “huge” and will serve as a game-changer for both the Dragon Riders and the larger mystery of the Dragon Eye.
While you wait for those new episodes to pop up in your Netflix Queue, enjoy these two new clips from the new season.
The first one features the return of the Skrill as it faces off with Hiccup and Toothless:
The second clip gives us one of the most bizarre scenes on the show to date, where Tuffnut’s paralysis (caused by the bite) causes him to hallucinate Chicken talking to him (yep, Chicken has dialogue in this episode and a female voice):
Season Two of Dragons: Race to the Edge premieres on Netflix tomorrow.
What do you think? Are you excited for the new episodes?
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