In the series A Song of Ice and Fire, dragons always occur in groups of three - The three conquering dragons, the three eggs etc.

Somewhere, it's also implied that there should be three dragon-controllers (I forgot where, but this is what I remember).

So if Danaerys is one, Jon the second.

Who is the third head? Has there been any discussions about this somewhere?

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    Arrgh, never mouse over spoilers for a 4 (of 6) book series, when you are only at the beginning of book 3 X| – johnc May 25 '11 at 22:50
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    @johnc:I believe that what you took to be a spoiler (about John) is actually only fan speculation, albeit one that is agreed upon a really high number of people. – apoorv020 May 26 '11 at 3:44
  • Cheers, it's not a bad plot twist either way, though how it comes to eventuate, I have no idea yet. Good to see the plot lines coming together (though it was inevitable) – johnc May 26 '11 at 4:11
  • @johnc: "of 6"? There are only 5 books published, last I checked. – b_jonas Mar 17 '13 at 14:49
  • @b_jonas Give it a few years. I'll eventually be right. – johnc Mar 18 '13 at 2:13

The most common suggestion for the third head is



Now that A Dance with Dragons has been released I believe it's worth adding another answer to this question.

A Dance with Dragons spoiler

It seems more likely now that one of the dragons is Aegon Targaryen. Aegon Targaryen was the second child and only son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell. It is revealed that the baby murdered during the Sack of King's Landing was that of a peasant who Lord Varys put in the cot. Varys then hid baby Aegon. When Robert Baratheon and the realm falsely believed him dead, Varys had agents smuggle him across the narrow sea. Aegon_Targaryen @ asoif wiki.


It now seems possible, although not certain, that Jon Snow isn't one of the three; so the other answers could still be just as accurate.

  • My thoughts after DWD are that your first theory is correct but I'm not sold on the second as I'm pretty sure he's coming back. – kekekela Oct 27 '11 at 18:14
  • I felt the possibility should be mentioned for completeness, but I believe you're correct. And I certainly hope you are! – Memnoch Oct 27 '11 at 18:20
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    I'm not convinced hes actually Aegon though. Mummers Dragon and all. – Corwin01 Mar 18 '13 at 16:27
  • Is Aegon really Aegon? – Aegon Sep 20 '17 at 7:06
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    @Aegon You tell us. Are you really Aegon? – Mike Scott Sep 20 '17 at 7:23

While Mike's answer is correct , I want to say that most of the discussions seem to be weak.

I believe it much more likely that Daenerys' brother was the third head. After all, nowhere does it say that one of the heads can't die after he/she is born.

  • I'm not sure I agree. He just seemed spoiled, not like his sister at all. She obviously is different, touching flames, etc. It's hard to have this discussion without spoilers... – Travis May 27 '11 at 12:28
  • @Travis:I rephrased my answer to make it clear what I meant. – apoorv020 May 27 '11 at 13:29

In Book 4, Maester Aemon, dying, says to Sam that he thought he'd be the third.



It has been discussed. The most popular contenders for the third head are:

1. Tyrion (he has a fascination with dragons, also there is a theory that Tyrion may unknowingly be the son of Aerys and Joanna)
2. Bran (he's a powerful warg and maybe dragons can be warged, also he has a connection with 'flying')
3. Aegon (though there is some speculation that he may not actually be Aegon Targaryen)

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