Almost three years after the third season of Netflix’s “The Dragon Prince” came out, season four finally dropped, but it has a lot of fans confused.
“The Dragon Prince” is an animated show created by Justin Richmond and Aaron Ehasz (creator of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and follows two brothers delivering the egg of the prince of dragons to its mother following a tragic incident. They’re joined by an elf sent to assassinate them in the war against humans and elves. This “kids” show covers political conflict, racism, family trauma, and more. It’s a lot like the HBO drama “Game of Thrones,” and just like that show, it’s not really afraid to show blood.
It didn’t start out that way, though. At first, despite the dramatic set-up, “The Dragon Prince” was a very kid-like show, until it steadily got more serious and violent right up until the season three finale. They were gearing up for it to be canceled until they announced a total of seven seasons at the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con.
This might explain why season four feels so much like season one, but also… not, at the same time. There’s a specific season where a character gets severe PTSD while two others make three different fart jokes in a row, as well as lots and lots of jokes about jelly tarts in other parts. While this can be expected from a kids show, it definitely gave fans severe whiplash. That, coupled with storylines that don’t line up with the main one, and the ending, left a little bit of a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.
That’s not to say it was bad. There were a lot of great moments, like the political storyline with the sunfire elves (who have the coolest African-French accents ever), though that was the storyline that didn’t connect back to the main conflict at all. This has led fans to speculate that this season is more of a set-up of what’s to come, a sort of story reset before the jelly tarts really hit the fan.
Because of the three year hiatus, many probably feel like the wait for this mediocre season wasn’t worth it, but they can rest easy knowing that season five likely isn’t as far off as season four was from three, according to the creators, though an exact date hasn’t been announced.
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By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts
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