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What happened to Drago when he was on his Bewilderbeast shoulder in HTTYD 2?

(Bewilderbeast left tusk falls into the water) Drago: Fight back! (Bewilderbeast submits by lowering it’s head and uttering two low mournful sounds, before crashing into the water, Drago still on his shoulder)

In HTTYD 3 the Bewilderbeast ends up in the hidden world.So what happened to Drago? Did he drown?

  • That's my guess. – Chipster Mar 12 '19 at 0:52
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It would seem that his fate, at the end of HTTYD2, was left intentionally ambiguous. The original script doesn't say anything about him other than mentioning that he follows his bewilderbeast into the ocean with a splash and isn't seen again (although his mount makes an appearance a few hours later)

Overwhelmed and overpowered, the Bewilderbeast yields to the new alpha and heeds Toothless' command, retreating into the sea in an explosive splash.

The Berkians CHEER in victory!

As the smoke clears, Hiccup and Toothless see nothing but bubbles on the waves to mark their disappearance. No sign of the Bewilderbeast... or Drago..

... [shortly later]

All of the dragons -- Berk's, Valka's, even Drago's -- land around Toothless. Cloudjumper bows to Toothless, starting a wave of bows, acknowledging their new alpha.

That all being said, his return was extensively discussed (and even scripted) by the makers of HTTYD3. Ultimately it was cut out and another version of the film was finalised, which leaves Drago back in 'Hollywood limbo', trapped between life and death.

...so in early drafts of Dragon 3 we did focus on the return of Drago. I had always intended to give more dimension to the character by showing a redeemed version of him by the end of Dragon 3

Midway through the development of Dragon 3 I was asked to come up with a fresher take that wasn't dependent upon Dragon 2 because it was starting to feel like "Dragon 2, Part II", so very wisely Steven Spielberg had said to me "the redemption story of Drago requires so much screen time that you don't have in order to really sell it properly and you would do yourself you know a disservice to try to force it in"

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