The Dragon Prince is returning for a season 4, and we received our first sneak peek during Netflix’s Geeked Week event. The series will be back for season 5, 6 and 7, which will complete what will become The Dragon Prince Saga. We’re now passed two years since book 3 was released on Netflix and coming up on two years since the renewal news so where is The Dragon Prince season 4? Here’s what we know as of June 2022.
Justin Richmond and Aaron Ehasz created The Dragon Prince, a Netflix Original animated fantasy show. It’s no surprise how popular The Dragon Prince has become, with the former head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aaron Ehasz at the helm.
With a video game also in development, The Dragon Prince has easily become one of the most successful animated franchises on Netflix scooping up awards such as an Emmy for being an outstanding children’s animated program.
Announced ahead of time, The Dragon Prince was confirmed to be featured during Netflix’s Geeked Week event. True to their word, Netflix kicked off Wednesday’s animation coverage with our first sneak peek at the fourth season of The Dragon Prince.
Status of official renewal: Renew in July 2020
After over 6 months of waiting, a renewal finally came at Comic-Con in 2020 (which at the time was done remotely via Zoom – see below) that the future of The Dragon Prince is secure with the creators being allowed to see through their vision through to season 7.
A huge order of animated episodes isn’t exactly unprecedented but in this instance, is a huge endorsement of the show’s performance on the streamer and what’s to come.
The new season will have 9 episodes, which will mean that there will be total of 63 episodes for The Dragon Prince.
Apart from low viewership figures and cost, the only reason why the series was not renewed is because of the accusations against Aaron Ehasz. While the full truth has yet to come to light, the allegations made are that the creator of The Dragon Prince, Aaron Ehasz, has created an “abusive environment for women.” All allegations should be taken seriously, and while this may affect the future of the series, no project is worth more than any employee that has to suffer for it.
Given the vast amount of time that’s passed since season 3 of The Dragon Prince, you may be wondering what exactly is going on with the Netflix show.
In February 2021, the first acknowledgement of community frustration over updates was made. They posted:
“Our team has been working hard since the full Saga was greenlit to bring you the next phase of The Dragon Prince with care, passion and creativity. While the pandemic has impacted the process at every level, the reality is that productions of this scale always take a lot of time. We’re writing the story and scripts, assembling the production team and developing other new, exciting areas of Xadia for you to explore. Although we can’t give you a date for Season 4 at this point, we want you to know that the new seasons will be worth the wait!”
This is just to give you some context. Netflix usually orders animated series with a bit of advance notice. This is the case for all Dreamwork’s output on Netflix with titles often getting double-digit episode orders. This is because animated titles are produced in a completely different way than live-action.
A further update was made in December 2021, among other announcements. Season 4 was also discussed.
They revealed how seasons 4 through 6 are going to be a new “phase” of The Dragon Prince saga with season 7 being a separate one too.
The team dived into the details of creating a series such as this, and then compared their 3-year development process to bring seasons 1-3 on the road. The state “We’re now following that same development pattern for seasons 4, 5, and 6—which we kicked off as soon as the series was renewed in 2020—and are spending a similar amount of time up front to make sure we get the story arc for Phase 2 just right.”
Could that mean with the same pattern we’re not due the first set of episodes until 2023? This certainly implies that.
Then they add:
“At this point, the scripts for all nine episodes have been written, we’ve recorded the entire season with our amazing voice actors, storyboards and animatics are complete, and we’re now in the process of fully animating each episode with our partners at Bardel Entertainment.
This last stage of development often takes the longest since it includes a variety of additional steps like modeling, lighting, rendering, compositing, special effects, sound design, and editing. We’ve still got a lot of work left before season 4 is done—so it’s a little too early to share a release date just yet—but we’re currently looking to wrap some time in late 2022 at the earliest.”
We received another update in April 2022 from The Dragon Prince's crew.
These words are:
- All scripts are written
- All dialogue is recorded
- All storyboards and animatics are done
- 6 out of 9 episodes are now animation-complete
- 4 out of 9 episodes are currently in lighting, rendering, and compositing
- 2 out of 9 episodes are in post-production for music and sound
If you haven’t watched all the third season of The Dragon Prince, we’d recommend skipping below:
We do know for certain that Season 4 will be called Book 4: Earth.
The story beyond that is open to speculation.
Everything was shaping up to be a happy ending with the reawakening of Zym’s mother and the friendship between Humans and Elves rekindled. Viren, who may have been killed in the fall from Rayla's mountaintop cliff face with Rayla, was brought back to life by Claudia two days later. Claudia was concerned about Aaravos' whereabouts and pointed out the enormous cocoon that hangs from the cave wall.
It’s unclear just how much power Viren was able to absorb from the baby dragon Zym, but clearly it was enough for Aaravos’ creature to enter metamorphosis. The creature could rival dragons' power once it hatches out of its cocoon. Viren Claudia and Aaravos remain a serious threat.
After Rayla and Callum finally confess their love, the relationship between them will be more interesting. It wasn’t clear at the end of the series, but Rayla still needs to recover Viren’s coins containing the trapped souls of other Moonshadow Elves.
Callum continues to increase his strength and magic abilities. He will probably continue to do so. We’re expecting to see him face Viren or Claudia in a climactic fight, magic vs magic and it should be epic.
Ezran has begun to make his mark as King and, with the help of his friends, will be a successful one. Ezran's ability to be friends with other animals will make it possible to maintain peace among the humans, dragons and elves.
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