'Game of Thrones' Episode 5: How Daenerys Solved Her Dead Dragon Problem

At the end of the fourth episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, "The Last of the Starks," Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her Hand Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) threatened Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) with fiery destruction. But while three dragons burning King's Landing to the ground may have been a realistic threat when Daenerys first invaded the shores of Westeros, her tactical position has changed substantially since. Losing Viserys to the Night King could be explained by magic and fate, but when Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) killed Rhaegal with a barrage of scorpion bolts loosed by his Iron Fleet it became obvious that dragons may not be as unstoppable a military advantage as once suspected. The ring of mounted crossbows on the walls of King's Landing undermined Daenerys and Tyrion's threat. How will they destroy King's Landing with a single dragon, when they've proven so easy to kill?

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 has the answer: she'll just do it. No dragon armor built by Gendry, no distraction tactics or wiping out the Iron Fleet before swooping in with Drogon. Unlike the other two dragons, Drogon is unstoppable. Within minutes of attacking King's Landing, Daenerys wiped out the Iron Fleet and all the scorpions lining the walls of King's Landing. Euron barely got a shot off.

Daenerys' dragon assault on King's Landing is the greatest display of Drogon's power yet, mirroring another Targaryen dragon assault: Aegon's Conquest. When Daenerys' ancestors (Aegon and his sister-wives) first invaded Westeros, they too had three dragons, with which they laid waste. The burning of King's Landing mirrors one of the most traumatizing dragon assaults in the history of the continent, when Aegon and his dragons burnt Harrenhal, melting the immense castle into a black ruin that still stands in the Game of Thrones era. While it's impossible to compare them directly, it seems Drogon is a power worthy of Aegon's own mount: Balerion the Black Dread.

Dragons grow throughout their lives, so Drogon is only going to get bigger. HBO

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 erases any doubts surrounding the power of dragons, particularly the immense Drogon. In the assault on King's Landing, the dragon tears through everything in its way (horses included). But there are still other questions about Daenerys' surviving dragon to be answered in the final episode, most notably: will Drogon be the last dragon to fly Westerosi skies?

The very last episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 airs on HBO May 19.