On Nov. 22, Netflix’s animated series The Dragon Prince returned with its 3rd season, challenging the cast of young heroes to defend what’s right, even if that suggests making hard options.
The season starts with the primary cast separated. Young crown prince Ezran heads back to Katolis to presume his put on the throne, while his stepbrother Callum and Moonshadow fairy assassin Rayla trek to the wonderful land of Xadia to return the child dragon Zym to his appropriate location. The season marks some huge minutes for the plot, and for the characters’ social relationships. While the authors sketched out an overarching story for a seven-season strategy, the smaller sized minutes came as a surprise.
[Ed. note: This piece contains major spoilers for season 3 of The Dragon Prince.]
In episodes 4 and 5, “The Midnight Desert” and “Heroes and Masterminds,” Callum and Rayla admit their sensations to each other and share a kiss. In another series, that amaze may have been conserved for the consequences of the climactic fight. Here, it comes early on in the nine-episode season, improving the episodes after it.
While the pairing appears natural– Rayla and Callum are the closest in age of all the primary cast, and the bulk of this season includes them alone together– their romantic pairing wasn’t initially in the cards for this season. Or for any point in the program, really.
” That was not prepared in season 1,” head author Justin Richmond informed Polygon in an interview ahead of the season’s release. “If you ‘d asked me, ‘Are they going to get together?’, I ‘d resemble ‘Probably not‘”
But as the characters took shape with the entire composing group included, they drove the story far from the initial strategy. Ezran was initially expected to head into Xadia with Callum and Rayla at the end of season 2. After showing on the character, the group recognized he would not make that option.
The Callum-Rayla love stimulated in a minute throughout the storyboarding stages of season 2, when the set took a seat for a heart-to-heart. A remaining look on Rayla’s part triggered the composing group to think about the capacity of the duo, and they continued establishing it through the rest of season 2.
” There was a minute in the storyboards [later in the season] where she selects Callum up, and she’s certainly ready to state a lot of mushy things,” Richmond states. “Then she gets cut off since he gets up.”
The Dragon Prince composing personnel know the possible relationships their fans are expecting, state the developers, and “great ships and garbage ships” provide continuous chatter and examination in the authors’ space. After a season 2 innovative retreat, a gallon of corn oil motivated author Neil Mukhopadhyay to put a name to those minutes that leave a bit excessive space for romantic possibilities. “Shipping oil” ended up being the go-to slang for when scenes felt slathered with discussion or character stopping that might send out the incorrect message.
When it pertained to Callum and Rayla, nevertheless, the group opted for it. Season 2 was the genesis of Callum and Rayla’s romantic sensations, it was season 3 that pressed the characters along, particularly with the 2 of them off on their own in the wonderful land of Xadia.
” Going into season 3, there’s those speeches in the middle of [the first episode] where [Rayla] is safeguarding Callum to Sol Regan,” explains Richmond. “I believe that simply contributed to the fire. And after that we get to the Oasis and, you understand, it’s truly difficult to be in a sanctuary during the night with all type of romantic sensations!”
Though there’s no word yet on season 4– and whether Callum and Rayla will stay a couple– there’s a lot of other Dragon Prince- associated media en route. Wonderstorm is actively staffing approximately bring the Dragon Prince computer game to life, while a complete line of books from Scholastic are due in the very first half of 2020.
” Aaron [Ehasz] composed a core book that sort of informs the complete story of Book One[Moon] It’s not a novelization, it’s a full-on core book that has things you’ve never ever seen prior to. It exposes aspects of characters and all type of cool things like that,” Richmond states.
While strategies might be designed for how the broadened Dragon Prince universe will take shape, thinking about how Callum and Rayla’s unexpected love ended up being a core part of the 3rd season, other unforeseen pairings or connections might sustain the future of the franchise.