The first three seasons of The Dragon Prince got here laborious and quick. The Netflix animated fantasy sequence from a number of the inventive staff behind Avatar: The Last Airbender rolled out 27 episodes in simply over a yr. But when the anticipate the Dragon Prince Season 4 launch date appears neverending, nicely, you’re not precisely unsuitable.
Whether or not it was accusations of sexism in the workplace, a worldwide pandemic, or the added stress of Netflix renewing The Dragon Prince through Season 7 (or some mixture of all three), one thing is inflicting critical delays. It’s been a year-and-a-half since Season 3 premiered in November 2019, and we nonetheless don’t know once we’ll see Season 4.
That mentioned, there’s loads we do learn about The Dragon Prince Season 4. Right here’s all the pieces that’s already been revealed, from plot particulars and the way forward for the present to different methods this fantasy saga is increasing outdoors of Netflix.
Is The Dragon Prince renewed for Season 4?
Sure! At a digital Comedian-Con 2020 panel, Dragon Prince co-creator Aaron Ehasz revealed that Netflix had renewed the sequence for its “complete saga.”
The “saga” refers to a deliberate seven-season arc that was first revealed a yr earlier at SDCC 2019. On the time Ehasz and his co-creator Justin Richmond mentioned that Dragon Prince Season 4 could be titled “Earth” and would kick off a brand new chapter of the saga titled “The Dragon Prince: Title Withheld” consisting of two seasons. After that, the saga would culminate with one other two-season chapter.
On the time, this was only a dream, or maybe a intelligent little bit of viral advertising and marketing. (With encouragement from the Dragon Prince staff, followers tweeted #giveusthesaga till Netflix lastly gave in.) Now that it’s confirmed, hopefully, the hole between future seasons received’t be so long as the one we’re at the moment dwelling via. Talking of which…
When is the Dragon Prince Season 4 launch date?
Brief reply: We don’t know. Lengthy reply: We now have an replace.
After months of silence, a February 3 weblog put up on TheDragonPrince.com supplied some perception into the Season 4 launch date. Right here’s the necessary half (emphasis added):
Our staff has been working laborious for the reason that full Saga was greenlit to convey you the subsequent part of The Dragon Prince with care, ardour and creativity. Whereas the pandemic has impacted the method at each stage, the truth is that productions of this scale at all times take a number of time. We’re writing the story and scripts, assembling the manufacturing staff and growing different new, thrilling areas of Xadia so that you can discover. Though we will’t provide you with a date for Season 4 at this level, we wish you to know that the new seasons will likely be definitely worth the wait!
It’s robust to get something definitive out of this, but when we’re studying between the strains it looks as if the Dragon Prince staff didn’t begin engaged on Season 4 till after Netflix renewed the sequence via Season 7. Moreover, it’s potential that as a result of the staff now has to ship 4 complete seasons, the preliminary writing course of is taking longer than common.
Nonetheless, assuming that manufacturing began round July 2020 proper after the Comedian-Con announcement, we should always in all probability see The Dragon Prince Season 4 launched on Netflix earlier than the top of 2021.
Is there a Dragon Prince Season 4 trailer?
Not but, and we in all probability received’t see one till a few month earlier than the Season 4 premiere. Within the meantime, you may at all times rewatch the primary three seasons on Netflix, or try the Dragon Prince Comedian-Con@Residence panel proper right here:
What’s the Dragon Prince Season 3 plot?
Again in 2019 when Season 3 was launched, Inverse spoke to Ehasz and Richmond in regards to the present’s future. They didn’t reveal a lot, however we did get a couple of juicy particulars.
For one factor, we’re going to see extra of the magical continent Xadia the place The Dragon Prince takes place.
“The story goes to proceed displaying broadening circles of the world. you’re going to get increasingly more of Xadia and politics and elves and people,” Justin Richmond advised Inverse, “and I feel that can proceed to develop.”
We’ll additionally study extra about varied characters, together with the intriguing Sunfire Elves, the budding witch Claudia, and the mysterious evil Startouch Elf referred to as Aaravos.
On Aaravos, Ehasz mentioned:
“The subsequent two seasons are about understanding who Aaravos was, who they thought Aaravos was, how they realized what was occurring, and imprisoned him… The purpose of therapeutic and rebuilding the world goes to be a tough one, and particularly a tough one when Aaravos, who might have been one of many mysterious forces who pushed the world into this example, now appears to be on the cusp of returning or making an attempt to return to the world.”
And on Claudia, Ehasz advised us:
“After we get again to her in Season 4, there may be some wonderful stuff, simply within the first few episodes, which by the way in which are additionally humorous and quirky and all of the issues we’ve come to like in regards to the character, however she turns into a really critically necessary driving pressure of the narrative in Season 4.”
What’s this a few Dragon Prince controversy?
Again in 2019, only a few days earlier than Season 3 was launched on Netflix, rumors started to flow into of a sexist work setting at Wonderstorm (the corporate established by Aaron Ehasz, Justin Richmond, and Justin Santistevan to supply The Dragon Prince and different leisure merchandise).
Two former workers (head of neighborhood growth Danika Harrod and writers’ assistant Lulu Younes) revealed on Twitter that they’d stop their jobs. They each described a poisonous workplace the place girls, particularly, have been mistreated.
“Once I began there have been 4 girls there, 3 of us queer girls, our voices weren’t heard when it got here to discussions of ladies, discussions of lgbtq+ characters and themes,” Harrod tweeted on the time, “and generally even jokes have been made in response to considerations.”
“The overall feeling was at all times… that is Aaron’s firm, Aaron’s present, Aaron’s tales to inform (sure, even those about girls, POC, and LGBTQ+ characters),” she continued, “and should you didn’t agree you have been continually in danger.”
Harrod and Younes each declined to talk to Inverse for concern of breaking their non-disclosure agreements. In the meantime, Wonderstorm denied the allegations.
Learn Inverse’s unique report: Dragon Prince creator accused of sexist behavior by former employees
Some other Dragon Prince information I ought to learn about?
Truly, sure. Wonderstorm is getting ready to launch a Dragon Prince board sport titled Tales of Xadia. In the meantime, the expanded universe continues with Book 2: Sky from scholastic (plus numerous books and graphic novels which can be already obtainable proper now).
There’s additionally the Dragon Prince videogame, which has been in growth since earlier than The Dragon Prince first premiered. Last we heard, the sport was coming alongside properly — however that was in 2019. It looks as if the online game has taken a backseat to different Wonderstorm initiatives.
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The Dragon Prince Seasons 1-3 are streaming now on Netflix.