'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World': Five things to expect from the third and last instalment in the franchise
Faced with a new enemy and some old memories, Toothless and Hiccup are about to set on their last adventure together
The third and the final installment in the 'How to Train Your Dragon' franchise is all set to end the story on an emotional note. What started as a chance encounter soon turned out to be destiny for Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who took it upon himself to befriend dragons. As he and Toothless had set out on a journey to bring humans and dragons closer, the final part of the Dreamworks production will see that utopian dream being fulfilled but not without a little resistance, according to the director Dean DeBlois.
Unsurprisingly, 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' will see Toothless and Hiccup try to save the dragons when an enemy comes down with a plan to execute all dragons. Unlike the first and the second part where humans and dragons were the real enemies, this time, it will be someone from the outside who will interrupt the harmonious co-existence of the humans and the dragons in the village of Berk.
In order to protect the dragons, Hiccup realizes that they will be safe in their hidden world where he had met his mother in the second part. However, things are about to get complicated as Toothless falls for a female Light Fury.
With Toothless finding new love, it is probably time for the two friends to say their goodbyes, as director and writer Dean DeBlois had already confirmed, the third film will see Hiccup and Toothless together for the last time. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, DeBlois had said, "We thought about it for a long time and came up with what we think is a bittersweet way to say goodbye to these characters, but the right way." While the movie is set to release on on February 1, 2019, in the UK and on March 1, 2019, in the US, here are the five things that you should look out for in 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World':
1. A new enemy with destructive intentions
In the first two parts, the enemy was inside the home, but this time the enemy is coming with a fleet from the other side of the sea, and he seems to have enough cages to capture all the dragons in Berk. Grimmel, the new enemy, who will be voiced by F Murray Abraham, is crossing the sea to enter Berk and take the dragons away. Why? We don't yet know, but Grimmel is probably looking forward to conquering the world, like all other villains, with an army of dragons. However, it will not be so easy for him since Hiccup, who is now the chief and the protector of the tiny village, is forging an army of dragons and humans to keep the enemy at bay.
2. A Toothless Love
As every animation franchise has a happy ending, this film will keep up the tradition as Toothless too is about to find his own partner. While Hiccup and Astrid had already hit it off in the first part, Toothless will probably end the journey with his romantic tale. Although Hiccup is trying to move the dragons away from Berk into the Hidden World, things will get complicated when Toothless meets a different species, Light Fury. Possibly the last of their kind, the two are likely to strike a deep romance amidst the escapade.
3. Back From the Dead
Stoick the Vast (voiced by Gerald Butler), the former chief and Hiccup's father who was known to have ripped a baby dragon's head off its shoulder, left the second part on a sad note with his demise. However, with the third part's utilization of flashbacks, we will get glimpses of Stoick who gave Hiccup some bits of advice on the chief responsibilities as a protector of Berk. As the chief, Stoick feared dragons and had fought them until Hiccup managed to befriend Toothless. Unlike his son, Stoick wanted to drive the dragons and seal them there in order to put an end to all battles but Hiccup brought in a new era of harmony between dragons and humans. However, with Grimmel coming in, Hiccup is now left all by himself to face the enemy.
4. The End of a Friendship
Although dragons and human harmoniously co-exist in the tiny village of Berk, with a new invader coming from the sea, it is time for them to go back to where they belong. This means that it is also time for Hiccup and Toothless to say their goodbyes before Toothless joins the rest of the dragons in the Hidden World. DeBlois had said, "So much of Hiccup’s identity, as a leader and an adult, is because of his relationship with Toothless. But if Toothless is not there, who is Hiccup?”. Hiccup will probably continue to remain the chief, and his friendship with the Night Fury will remain even when the two will set out on separate paths.
5. Some Nostalgia
Toothless was never easy to please, and it took Hiccup a fish, some conversation starter-kit, and a drawing on the sand to finally make Toothless trust him. The courtship scene depicting their forbidden friendship in the first part had forged the base of their friendship, and it was the first time that the two developed a bond. Now, as Toothless is set to leave Berk for a new world, he tried to establish a bond with the Light Fury. A similar courtship scene will take place where Toothless and the Light Fury will try to woo each other without any dialogues, just like Hiccup had done in the first part.
Producer Brad Lewis had also told Entertainment Weekly that this time it is more about Toothless finding his own path and following his instincts. He explained, "What we’re seeing in this story is Toothless learning to trust his own instinct." He further pointed out that this also means with Toothless gone, Hiccup will now have to prioritize his responsibilities, "It’s not just a B-story. This is a potential agent of change that forces Hiccup to consider what sort of leader he wants to be, or even can be, without Toothless.”
With their friendship coming to an end, and the dragons moving out of Berk, DeBlois mentioned that it is also the end of the television spin-off. “You will understand why Hiccup says, as you heard in the trailer, ‘There were dragons when I was a boy.’ And by the end of this film, you’ll have answered the question of what could have happened to them.”