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, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 4:11
  • @johnc: "of 6"? There are only 5 books published, last I checked.
    – b_jonas
    Mar 17, 2013 at 14:49
  • @b_jonas Give it a few years. I'll eventually be right.
    – johnc
    Mar 18, 2013 at 2:13

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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, 2011 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, 2011 at 18:20
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    I'm not convinced hes actually Aegon though. Mummers Dragon and all.
    – Corwin01
    Mar 18, 2013 at 16:27
  • Is Aegon really Aegon?
    – Aegon
    Sep 20, 2017 at 7:06
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    @Aegon You tell us. Are you really Aegon?
    – Mike Scott
    Sep 20, 2017 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, 2011 at 12:28
  • @Travis:I rephrased my answer to make it clear what I meant.
    – apoorv020
    May 27, 2011 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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