We Know Exactly How Large Drogon Is In Game Of Thrones

We Know Exactly How Large Drogon Is In Game Of Thrones
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People have speculated how large they think the favourite of Dany’s three dragons might be. But following the airing of the latest episode yesterday, the director of “The Spoils of War”, Matt Shakman, has revealed just how large Drogon actually is.

Note: the following will discuss spoilers from the most recent episode, so if you haven’t caught up with “The Spoils of War” I suggest reading our latest recap or coming back when you’ve seen it. You have been warned.

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In an interview with Variety about the battle, whereby Drogon summarily burnt all and sundry, director Matt Shakman revealed that Drogon is the size of a Boeing 747 and his cone of flame is 30 feet wide, or just over 9 metres in metric:

Right. The horror on the ground is much larger than it has been, I think – the damage and the destruction from the last time we saw a dragon attack in Season 6. Now Drogon is the size of a 747 and the cone of flame that he sends out is 30-feet wide. So we discussed early on that the center of that flame would be so hot that it would carbonize almost instantly. So we looked a lot at Pompei as reference, which led to the idea of people just turning to ash in an instant.

Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms uses the imperial system, in case you were wondering. The director also revealed that the battle, the first major on-screen fight of the series so far, required “18 main unit days, roughly around five second-unit days, and then several weeks” of shooting for effects back in Belfast.

You can read the full interview over at Variety.


  • that aint no dragon, its a wyvrn! Dragons have 4 legs and a set of wings, Wyvrns only have 2 and use their wings as their extra set of legs

    • He’s classed as a dragon in the Game of Thrones series, but that’s a quibble you can raise with the authors. From memory, GRRM doesn’t think wyverns would be able to fly that well, due to the physics of having six limbs. But I could be wrong there.

    • Wyvern. 🙂

      Also, wyverns are a subset of dragons, as are european dragons (wings and four limbs), wyrms with no wings or limbs (like the Lambton Worm) and Chinese and Japanese dragons (limbs but no wings…).

      I did a cladogram and poster on the evolution of dragons at uni 25 years ago, sadly it’s long lost. 🙁

        • There’s a lot more recent stuff done on this, and my effort was very dry… 😀

          I love dragons and wish that there were more of them in film. 😀

        • Yes, that was my point. I said “Wyvern” because it’s not spelled “wyvrn”… and then went on to point out wyverns are a type of dragon, so calling them dragons is fine

      • Dragon. They’re wyverns ‘in our world’. In the world where Westeros exists, they’re considered ‘dragons’ 😉

    • I’ve also studied this, maybe not as extensively as @trikeabout (correct me if I’m wrong).

      The distinction between wyverns and dragons is relatively modern, from the 16th century onwards, and also largely limited to English mythology. For most all of the Middle Ages both two-legged and four-legged versions were considered dragons, and even after the 16th century most of the rest of Europe made no distinction on legs.

      Game of Thrones is loosely inspired by the War of the Roses, which took place in the mid-15th century at the close of the Middle Ages. At that time, there wasn’t a distinction made between dragons and wyverns.

    • Nope, it’s definitely a dragon. This is a work of fiction and the author says it’s a dragon, so it’s a dragon. Call it whatever you prefer though.

  • wait so Jamie was tackled greater then 9 meters?

    well I suppose I guess it depends how far he was from Drogon

      • oh i’ll have to rewatch it but I was under the impression he cleared the flames and landed in water

    • And how good Drogon’s aim was… and the speed at which the flame front moves. Takes about .6 seconds to fall 2 metres to the ground (VERY napkin approximation for horse height), so there was plenty of time to fall into the water below the burst of flame – if Jaime was 50 metres away, the flame front would have to be moving well over 50 metres a second to harm him.

      The horses on the other hand: toast.

      Also, falling into water in heavy armour… not good.

      • Jaime is probably going to be presumed dead, only to turn up a few episodes later.

        Maybe he’ll come back as a drowner 😛

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