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Is Daenerys Targaryen really the fourth dragon? These instances from 'Game of Thrones' allude to it but will it materialize in episode 5

Daenerys Targaryen could be the fourth dragon theory may seem plausible, but will 'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 5 give life to this theory?

The phenomena called 'Game of Thrones' is just two episodes away from conclusion, and there are a lot of theories about how the show could end, the role that Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow might play in the end, and most importantly, the fourth dragon theory. This theory that the show will be introducing a fourth dragon has been discussed before; however, a new theory suggests that the Dragon Queen could herself be a dragon. 

That's right! MensXP introduced the idea that Daenerys could actually be the fourth dragon and have given some sound proof to indicate why this is plausible. This was shared on 'Game of Thrones' subreddit and since then fans have been wondering whether DB Weiss and David Benioff, the creators of the show, would take this route.

Two of the most important things that substantiate this theory is Daenerys being unaffected by the fire. Be it when she walked out the fire with three baby dragons or when she set fire to the Dothraki tent and walked out alive - she was for lack of words - fireproof. While Targaryens do have a high tolerance when it comes to fire, they are not unaffected by it. Case in point, Daenerys' brother Viserion who died after Khal Drogo poured molted gold over his head. After his death, Daenerys had, in fact, said: "He was no dragon, fire cannot kill a dragon."

As a way of disciplining Daenerys, Viserion would often say, "You don't want to wake the dragon." What if he meant it literally? This could definitely explain her being the biggest dragon in the seven kingdoms theory. Doesn't it sound awe-inspiring? That's exactly it, too awe-inspiring for the show but fans don't discount it being mined in the books.

From the direction that the episodes have taken so far, fans do not believe that this theory will take shape on the screen and it is hard to argue. Here's what redditor spoilsforfeeders said, "She’ll transform into Daenarion, a hulk version of Balerion, and Jon will be her (his?) rider."

Other fans were impressed by the sound theory but saw that it had the potential for the scenario to take place in the book. For instance, redditor annieluboi said, "Hmm I suppose it could be an interesting concept for the books...maybe! If this happens on the show which I sincerely doubt, (but as I said who knows the way they are wrapping things up), I'm going to throw everything ASOIF out the window lol [sic]."

A screenshot of the title credits scene. (Source: HBO)

While Daenerys might not be the fourth dragon, the presence of the biggest dragon in the show is assured based on two things. Firstly, the title card where we see four dragons, of which three seem to be young. Dany's three dragons, of who, only Drogon remains, were all adolescents. So the biggest of the dragon is yet to make an appearance and this could possibly be the reason Euron Greyjoy was surprised to look at the sky. Secondly, remember what Emilia Clarke had to say about episode five when she appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'? She said, "Episode five is bigger. Episode five is, I mean, four and five and six, they're all insane, but like... Find the biggest TV you can." What could this mean if not a fourth dragon?

'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 5 will air on Sunday, May 12 at 9 pm on HBO.