In the recently released Book 3 clip, we witnessed a red Dragon soaring through the skies of the Avatar World.
Aside from the fact that it could be Zuko who is riding on the neck of the Dragon, that particular scene was a huge reveal because it confirmed that Dragons have made their way back into the public eye.
After years of secrecy, mostly due to precaution, Dragons will once again make their presence notable in Book 3. The original practicers of firebending will now have the ability to show all firebenders the true meaning of firebending.
As you may recall, it was Uncle Iroh who allowed Dragons to live in peace and secrecy. During the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode, titled The Firebending Masters, Zuko informed Aang that his Uncle had killed off the last Dragon. It wasn’t until the two met the Sun Warriors when they were informed that Uncle Iroh was telling a lie. Iroh publicized the lie that he had killed the last Dragon in order to ensure that no one would hunt and kill them anymore.
Since that shocking reveal, Dragons had lived in secrecy – until now. In the Book 3 clip, a character resembling an aged Zuko is seen riding a Dragon. But where did the Dragon come from? From what I can tell, there are two places where the red Dragon could have come from. The first one should be a familiar sight to Avatar fans.
The Sun Stone that Zuko stole was considered a treasure, but it wasn’t necessarily a jewel like it was made out to be. When Zuko grabbed ahold of the Sun Stone, he said that it felt alive. Let’s see: strange gold object shaped like an egg, feels alive, and resides in an area where Ran and Shaw live – it must be a Dragon egg!
My theory is that the red Dragon depicted in the Book 3 clip came from the Dragon egg that Zuko picked up. And, thus, it would make complete sense that Zuko is riding the Dragon that he picked up in egg-form.
For all we know, the Dragon could have chosen Zuko solely because it was familiar with his touch.
The second way this red Dragon could have entered the Avatar World is through the Spirit Portal. Perhaps the Dragon is actually a Spirit? If you ask me, it’s not a likely possibility but it’s still a possibility nonetheless. Just as Book 2 had ties to the Spirit World, Book 3 will also be heavily tied to the Spirit World. Spirits will roam the Physical World, so we as viewers need to get used to the idea that many of Book 3’s characters will be Spirits.
Out of both of these options, I’m fairly certain that the red Dragon from the Book 3 clip came from the Sun Stone that Zuko picked up. It all makes sense since the potential of Zuko riding that particular Dragon is there.
I suppose the Dragon could have come from an ordinary Dragon’s egg that wasn’t a Sun Stone, but that would be a bit anti-climactic in my opinion. Tying the origin story of the red Dragon to Avatar: The Last Airbender would be far more captivating. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the writers, it’s that they love making Avatar: The Last Airbender references.
Where do you think the red Dragon came from?