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Berkathon 4.0: Race to the Edge, Season 4 [UPDATE]

Update: Even more clips have been released! Watch them below!

The fourth season of Race to the Edge will be released this Friday at 12 a.m. PT. Want to watch all 13 episodes back-to-back? Want to chat with other sleep-deprived dragon fans while you do so? If so, join the Berk's Grapevine dragon chat! Here's when Berkathon 4.0 will begin:
If you were at Berkathon 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0, you know what approximately 5 hours of dragon episodes feels like. The episode names and times will be updated when the episodes are released, but the schedule is designed so that you shouldn't have to do anything: except for pausing for breaks, just sit back and let Netflix autoplay keep you on track.

— 5 Minute Break After Release —
40. Defenders of the Wing, Part 2~22:30
41. Gruff Around the Edges~22:30
42. Midnight Skum~22:30
43. Not Lout~22:30
— 10 Minute Break —
44. Saving Shattermaster~22:30
45. Dire Straits~22:30
46. The Longest Day ~22:30
47. Gold Rush~22:30
48. Out of the Frying Pan~22:30
— 10 Minute Break —
49. Twintuition~22:30
50. Blindsided~22:30
51. Shell Shocked: Part 1~22:30
52. Shell Shocked: Part 2~22:30

You're welcome to join at any point during the 5 hour period, whether you decide to stay awake the whole time or jump in during the middle. Just ask Toothless, our lovely dragon bot, for the episode we're watching and the time ("Toothless, time?") so you can sync up. Don't forget to tag your spoilers [using brackets] for fans who haven't caught up to you!

Even More Race to the Edge Clips

If you haven't started the season yet, or if you have started but want a hint of what's to come, DreamWorks has released a set of new (spoiler-free) clips and trailers for the show. Watch them below:

Exclusive Race to the Edge Clip and Interview

You may have seen a preview of this clip in one of the earlier clips that was released, but here is the full scene featuring Viggo and a new dragon, exclusive to Berk's Grapevine! And last week, you asked questions for Race to the Edge executive producers Art Brown and Doug Sloan. Here are there answers to your questions about the upcoming season:

Which of the new dragons or characters should we be most excited about?

The Submaripper — it’s underwater powers are really cool and it will reappear.

The Shadow Wing — a bomber type dragon with smaller ones attached to its wings that detach and do its dirty work.

What are the main ways the riders will be tested this season?

Hiccup’s leadership skills will definitely be tested by Viggo and Ryker, especially towards the end of the season. He will have to get inside their heads if he has any chance to defeat them. He will be emotionally tested as well, especially during Blindsided and after that episode.

The Riders individually will be tested where they need it most, such as Fishlegs’ ability to lead, Astrid’s ability to deal with a very difficult physical impediment, Tuffnut’s ability to choose his sister and friends over Macey.

The Riders as a whole will be tested both physically and emotionally, especially in a particular episode where they are fighting sleep deprivation.

Are there any especially fun moments to watch out for?

Tuffnut playing two roles — his usual wacky self and his cousin, Gruffnut, who looks just like him. Twice the funny.

The kids dealing with sleep deprivation — very funny episode as we see them in ways we never have before.

A first for Hiccup and Astrid. But our LIPS are sealed!

Which episode was most exciting to see in progress, from script to screen?

The Gruffnut episode was especially fun because we got to really play with TJ Miller’s comic genius. He crushed it as Gruffnut. Also, the Submaripper episode and Blindsided, because they had such big moments. Different moments, but big ones.

Will the Dragon Eye play an important role in the next set of episodes?

Yes, the Dragon Eye continues to be very important, although we don’t play keep away with it nor have it moving from side to side. What happens to it has been very carefully crafted as it has to sustain itself down the road. So we use it sparingly, while making sure we don’t get repetitive.

What kinds of ways will the characters grow or change over the season?

Dealing with Viggo, all the characters must grow up, especially Hiccup. As we’ve seen in the prior season, Viggo is a completely different type of villain, one that Hiccup must rise to the occasion to combat.

Individually, we always try to push our characters to grow in situations that they haven’t been in. Hiccup and Astrid will definitely have one of those moments. So will each of our characters as they struggle against demons, both inside them and around them.

The next set of episodes will be released on Netflix this Friday. They normally show up on Netflix at midnight (PST), if you're planning on staying up all night to watch them. You can check the countdown timer in the sidebar to see the exact release time in your time zone!

New Trailer, Hiccup and Astrid, and an Interview!

A New Race to the Edge Trailer

DreamWorks has released the first trailer for the fourth season of Race to the Edge — check it out above! Along with the trailer comes a new season synopsis:

Synopsis: The fate of Hiccup and the Dragon Riders is left in the hands of the mysterious Mala and the Defenders of the Wing, as they work to prove their innocence and create an unlikely alliance. With his elaborate and sinister plans beginning to take shape, Viggo will stop at nothing to get the Riders out of his way, including putting a pricey bounty on Hiccup’s head. The battle against the Dragon Hunters rages on when Season 4 of DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge premieres exclusively on Netflix February 17.

"Hiccup and Astrid's relationship starts to take shape"

If you're a Hiccstrid fan, you're in luck: Season 4 will be when "Hiccup and Astrid's relationship starts to take shape." A full year (and several seasons) ago, we asked Race to the Edge executive producers Art Brown and Doug Sloan about their relationship, and they had this to say:

Art: Oh, yeah. Hiccup and Astrid are definitely moving forward. In each season, they will get a little closer and a little closer to where they are at the beginning of the second movie, which is basically a full-fledged relationship.

Doug: We will not disappoint in terms of the Astrid-Hiccup relationship. It just may take a few more seasons [from last year, after releasing the first season] to get us there. But I promise you.

Art: You will see the beginnings of it. There are elements and Easter eggs and fun stuff always between those two. Whether it's one of them being in danger and how the other one feels about that, or the kids noticing them getting a little closer. The dragons, and how they react to it.

Doug: And how the other kids react to it is great. I mean, we get to be the ones who show them finding out, let's just put it that way.

Ask the Executive Producers Your Questions!

We've been lucky enough to talk with Art Brown and Doug Sloan several times now, and each time we've asked them a questions you submitted. And now you have another chance!

If you have a question for the Race to the Edge executive producers about the upcoming season (or Race to the Edge in general), write it in the comments. Or, upvote the comments of questions for which you would like to hear the answer. Keep in mind that the best questions have spoiler-free answers — they will not want to answer a question that may ruin surprises in upcoming episodes!

Question Submission Deadline

We'll have plenty to share with you up until the Season 4 is released on Netflix on Friday, February 17, so don't forget to check back throughout the next two weeks!

New School of Dragons Book: "Storm Approaching!"

In September, we share the first two books in School of Dragons' new series, Volcano Escape! and Greatest Inventions. We also hinted at a brand new book, yet to be released: Storm Approaching!

And now, Storm Approaching! has arrived! Also written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, the book has a similar style as the previous works in the series by bridging the world of dragons with that of natural science and history. In Volcano Escape! we learn simultaneously about volcanoes, dragon flames, the island of Berk, and geology and in Greatest Inventions we see how Hiccup and his ideas fit in with non-Viking inventors and their inventions.

In Storm Approaching!, we follow Hiccup and the others through an explanation of climate, weather, rain, snow, sleet. Also in the book are multiple chapters on extreme weather: thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, and droughts.

It makes sense that the poor residents of Berk are able to knowledgeably offer commentary on all forms of crazy weather. After all, they do live on Berk, and where being a dragon-riding Viking involves all kinds of occupational hazards! (Even so, we still feel bad for the riders.)

Storm Approaching! is now available on Amazon with the following description:

Hiccup, Toothless, and other exciting characters from DreamWorks Dragons teach readers about tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, and more of Earth’s deadliest weather! Filled with full-color photos and lots of fun facts, these 80-page books based on JumpStart’s School of Dragons online game are the perfect way to help young readers soar into the world of nonfiction.

And now, the fourth book in the series, Flying Machines!, will be released on July 25, 2017 and links dragons to aviation and space travel. Here's the description:

Filled with full-color photos and lots of fun facts, these 80-page books based on JumpStart's School of Dragons online game are the perfect way to help young readers soar into the world of nonfiction. Hiccup, Toothless, and other exciting characters from DreamWorks Dragons lead a unique reading adventure about aviation — from the early beginnings of aircraft to the Wright brothers' airplane, to modern jets and spaceflight!

Participate in a Dragon Project with DreamWorks!

DreamWorks Animation has invited you, Berk's Grapevine readers, to participate in a special mystery video project for the upcoming season of Race to the Edge!

Attention Los Angeles Area Dragons: Race to the Edge Fans! You have an opportunity to participate in a project for the upcoming Dragons: Race to the Edge Season 4 debut (February 17, on Netflix). If you're willing to be on-camera for a video that will be released on Facebook and Twitter, then submit your first name ONLY, age, and city/town to [email protected]. All ages are welcome, but if you're under 18 years of age, you'll need a parent or legal guardian with you! Space is limited. Email for more details!​

DreamWorks is looking for 10-20 fans to take part in the project, and spots may fill up quickly. We highly recommend participating if you are around the Los Angeles area next week, but make sure to send in your information as soon as possible!

Race to the Edge: One Month Away!

According to DreamWorks social media, we finally have a release date for the fourth season of Race to the Edge — February 17! Until then, DreamWorks is focused on its latest Netflix show, Trollhunters. (Which we recommend watching while you're waiting for the next 13 Race to the Edge episodes: it may have no dragons, but it's certifiably... crispy.)

What are your thoughts about the next season?

Exclusive: Sneak Peek into The Serpent's Heir

The Serpent's Heir, the graphic novel written by Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton with art by Doug Wheatley, is set for publication on February 25. Although that's still over 40 days away, Dark Horse was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into the process of the final product!

The graphic novel follows Hiccup and the others as they travel to a new island to investigate the source of its frequent earthquakes. From scheming enemies to crazy cosplayers, with beach parties, epic battles, unexplored villages, shirtless Vikings, and new dragon species, The Serpent's Heir is a wild ride! The story also gives Hiccup his first major challenges (and lessons learned) as a new chief of Berk.

Above is a before-and-after look showing how a single page of the 75-page graphic novel evolves in terms of ink, color, and text. Included in the page is a mysterious new character named Calder.

Also check out our interviews with Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton for more about The Serpent's Heir, including some "dragon eggs" — hidden elements of the graphic novels for fans to find related to the events of How to Train Your Dragon 3!

What are you predicting will happen in The Serpent's Heir?