Thankfully, Netflix has released an official plot summary for the new season of The Dragon Prince: “Season 3 finds Rayla and Callum finally at the cusp of entering Xadia, while young Ezran returns home to take his place on the throne. Meanwhile, Lord Viren begins to realize the power and influence of his new ally — the mysterious Startouch elf, Aaravos. As several storylines unfold in big ways, this season will be massively epic.”
It’s a basic rundown, but there’s a little bit we can tear into and think through. We know Rayla and Callum — alongside the titular Dragon Prince Zym, naturally –have encountered the ancient dragon Sol Regem. Has Sol Regem learned to regret his treatment of humans after his defeat centuries before, and might he now assist the young heroes in their task? Ezran, who is all of 10 years old, will journey back home to ascend the throne. But even with Viren under arrest, the certainty that the boy can even make it home — much less effectively claim his birthright — is very uncertain. Aaravos is clearly calling the shots with Viren as proxy, and if he can do that so easily, Ezran’s safety is definitely at risk. Usually when a character is presented as The Last Arbiter of Peace, that spells a whole lot of bad news.
The Dragon Prince showrunners Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond previously provided some spoiler-free, one-word summaries for the protagonists’ primary theme across the season as well. For Callum, it’s potential; for Ezran, sacrifice; for Rayla, consequence; for Claudia, family; and for Soren, simply the word “tested.” That’s pretty heavy stuff for such a young cast, especially Ezran. Ehasz has reassured that The Dragon Prince will have its characteristic blend of humor with these dark themes on season 3, but in short, it looks like stormy seas ahead indeed for these kids — at least in the mid-term.