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The Dragon Prince Season 4 - What We Know So Far

As things heat up in the world of animation, Netflix has been leading the charge of original streaming animated series. With the recent release of "Dota: Dragon's Blood," based on the video game "Dota 2," fans may be reminded of another dragon-themed Netflix series, "The Dragon Prince." It's been nearly a year and a half since Season 3 came out, so here's everything we know about Season 4.

"The Dragon Prince" was conceived as a seven season saga, which co-creators Justin Richmond and Aaron Ehasz ("Avatar: The Last Airbender") announced at 2020's Comic-Con@Home will be fully completed. It's a sweeping tale about a struggle between humans and elves, who are feuding over the use of dark magic vs. nature magic. At the center of the conflict are the young human princes Callum (Jack DeSena) and Ezran (Sasha Rojen) who join forces with the elf assassin Rayla (Paula Burrows) to bring the dragon prince egg back to his mother. The first three seasons are titled Moon, Sun, and Sky, while the fourth is Earth.

When is The Dragon Prince Season 4 release date?

There is no release date for Season 4 of "The Dragon Prince" just yet. The developers did give an update via Twitter on January 28, writing: "Our team has been working hard since the full Saga was green-lit 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."

With four additional seasons being renewed all at once, it may have changed their production process. It affords the creative team the unusual gift of being able to plan their series all the way to the end, four seasons in advance. We know each season will have nine episodes, so they could be working ahead and not solely on Season 4. This seems to be the case with the past three seasons, which all came out between 2018-2019. However, if they began working on Season 4 after the renewal last July, it's possible we could see new episodes at the end of 2021.

Who is in the cast of The Dragon Prince Season 4?

Other than the 2020 Comic-Con@Home panel, little information has been given about Season 4, but fans can assume the main cast will be returning. That includes Jack DeSena, who voices the human prince Callum, and is more widely known as the voice of Sokka from "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Alongside him is Paula Burrows, who plays Rayla, the young Moonshadow elf assassin, and Sasha Rojen, who is Ezran, the newly appointed King of Katolis.

We do know that the ancient, fallen Startouch elf, Aaravos, voiced by "Elder Scrolls" voice actor Erik Dellums, will only gain importance moving forward. Additionally, the siblings Claudia (Racquel Belmonte) and Soren (Jesse Inocalla) and their father, Viren (Jason Simpson), will need to come back to round out the story.

Alongside the returning cast, the series will probably introduce some new characters. However, there's no information yet about who that might be. It's more likely that "The Dragon Prince" will bring on other voice actors rather than famous faces, though.

What is the plot of The Dragon Prince Season 4?

Season 4 will pick up sometime after the battle the elves and humans fought over the titular dragon prince. Details are sparse as of now, but co-creator Aaron Ehasz did tease that the imprisoned mage Aaravos, whose strange caterpillar form just entered metamorphosis, will be central to the story. Ehasz told Inverse in 2019, "The next two seasons are about understanding who Aaravos was, who they thought Aaravos was, how they realized what was happening, and imprisoned him... The goal of healing and rebuilding the world is going to be a hard one, and especially a hard one when Aaravos, who may have been one of the mysterious forces who pushed the world into this situation, now seems to be on the cusp of returning or trying to return to the world."

He's been a manipulative antagonist so far, getting the human dark mage Viren to do what he wants. Presumably, he will only gain power after his caterpillar form emerges from its cocoon. With him at the end of Season 3 is Claudia, Viren's daughter, who Ehasz said will become a "critically important driving force of the narrative in Season 4." Additionally, co-creator Justin Richmond said the forthcoming episodes will take the story to new places in Xadia, so fans can expect exciting new settings for the characters.

Season 4 will have to answer "what now?" when it comes to Rayla and Callum, who have completed their mission of delivering the dragon prince, Azymondias, to his mother. The pair of them will likely be important to the continued conflict between the humans and the elves.