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                     HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2


                             Written by

                            Dean DeBlois




                      Inspired by the novels by

                           Cressida Cowell



                                                   Final Draft
                                                 May 5th, 2014


                         

           EXT. OPEN SEA - DAY


                         
           Hiccup and Toothless BLUR PAST, leaving a wake that leads...                         

                         

           EXT. BERK - DAY

           (Sequence 0200 - New Berk)
           To the island village of Berk, festively adorned with flags
           and banners. Major new additions alter its familiar skyline.

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           This... is Berk. The best kept
           secret this side of, well,
           anywhere. Granted, it may not look
           like much, but this wet heap of
           rock packs more than a few
           surprises.

          ON A CLUSTER OF SHEEP, hiding nervously between buildings as
          shadows of passing dragons race by. The group moves as one,
          receding into a shadowy alley, pushing one sheep out into the
          light. It's suddenly snatched and carried into the air!

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           Life here is amazing, just not for
           the faint of heart. See, where most
           folks enjoy hobbies like whittling
           or needlepoint, we Berkians prefer
           a little something we like to call--

          WHOOSH, WHOOSH, WHOOSH! A wash of VIBRANT COLORS blurs by.
          DRAGONS BARREL PAST at a dizzying speed. Their RIDERS SWIPE,
          KICK, and ROLL into one another while they WEAVE neck in neck
          between the houses, docks, and revamped structures of Berk.

           HICCUP (V.O.)

           DRAGON RACING!

          It's like an aerial version of the Monte Carlo race.
          Spectators ROAR from wooden bleachers, fastened to cliff
          faces and perched over the sea.

                         
          FISHLEGS, now 20 and even larger, rides his gronkle, MEATLUG,
          who carries the sheep in her claws, until...

                         
          SNOTLOUT, also 20, but every bit as juvenile, and his
          Monstrous Nightmare, HOOKFANG, steal the sheep from them.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 2.

                         

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Oh, I'm sorry, Fishlegs! Did you
           want that?

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Snotlout! That's mine!
          Snotlout FALLS BACK toward RUFFNUT and TUFFNUT, who lag on
          their two-headed Zippleback, BARF & BELCH.

                          SNOTLOUT
           Here ya go, babe.
          With a chivalrous grin, Snotlout tosses the sheep to Ruffnut.
          She SNATCHES it with a sneer and a GRUMBLE.

                          SNOTLOUT (CONT'D)
           Did I tell you that you look
           amazing today? `Cause you do.

                          RUFFNUT
           Come on, Barf. It's starting to
           stink around here.
          Barf starts to peel off, spewing gas. Tuffnut mocks Snotlout
          with a mugging grin.

                          TUFFNUT
           Nope. Still hates you. Let's blow
           this place, Belch!
          Belch ignites the gas, sparking a flashy explosion, and
          leaving Snotlout behind in the smoke.
          As they rush past the main bleachers, Ruffnut DROPS her sheep
          into one of five baskets suspended over a chasm at the lap
          crossing. Each backboard bears an image of its corresponding
          dragon. The Barf/Belch basket filled to the brim with sheep.
          Presiding over the game, STOICK turns to the frenzied crowd.

                          STOICK
           That's nine for the Twins, Astrid
           lags with three, Fishlegs and
           Snotlout trail with NONE!
          Stoick eyes an empty basket at the far end, its backboard
          painted with an image of Toothless.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           And Hiccup is... nowhere to be
           found. Hmmm.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 3.

                         

                         

                          GOBBER
           Scared him off with the big talk,
           didn't ya, Stoick?
          WHACK! Snotlout, still smoldering from the blast, gets
          CLIPPED from behind. ASTRID, rolls in, astride STORMFLY --
          spirited and competitive as ever, and beautiful despite
          herself.

                          ASTRID
           What are you doing, Snotlout?!
           They're going to win now!

                          SNOTLOUT
           She's my princess! Whatever she
           wants, she gets.

                          ASTRID
           Ruffnut?! Didn't she try to bury
           you alive?!

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Only for a few hours!
          BACK TO THE RACERS, as they peel away, pouring on the speed.

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           Dragons used to be a bit of a
           problem here. But that was five
           years ago. Now they've all moved
           in. And, really, why wouldn't they?
          The racers chase each other through a sprawling hangar and
          into a vast cave, teeming with colorfully painted dragon
          stables. They exit through the far side and circle back
          through the village, blasting past many of its dragon-
          friendly additions.

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           We have custom stables... all-you-
           can-eat feeding stations... a full
           service dragon wash...

                         
          In the village, a baby Gronkle sneezes, accidentally setting
          one of the Viking houses aflame.

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           Even top-of-the-line fire
           prevention, if I do say so myself.
          Astrid rolls her eyes, peels away from the other dragon
          racers, and yanks open a spout on the overhead network of
          aqueducts, dousing the flames with a surge of water.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 4.

                         

                         
          BACK TO STOICK, amused as he watches the racers round the
          island, searching for sheep. He turns to Gobber and nods.

                         

                          STOICK
           It's time, Gobber.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Righty-ho!
           (aloud, to the crowd)
           Last lap!
          A HORN sounds. The racers all turn to each other, excited.

                          ASTRID
           The black sheep! Come on, Stormfly!
           We can still win this thing!

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Come on, Barf!

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Let's go!

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Go, Meatlug!
          GOBBER loads the BLACK SHEEP onto a catapult.

                         

                          GOBBER
           This is your big moment. Have a
           nice flight!

                         
          He pulls the trigger, LAUNCHING the black sheep into the air.
          Astrid spots it and steers Stormfly into a steep climb toward
          it.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Up, up, up!
          In a flash, Fishlegs and Meatlug blur past, NABBING the
          sheep.

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           No!

                          FISHLEGS
           Good job, Meatlug!
          Fishlegs tosses his captured prize to Ruffnut.

                          FISHLEGS (CONT'D)
           Here you go, darling. Mine's worth
           ten!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 5.

                         

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Yeah! The Black Sheep!
          Snotlout sighs, frustrated.

                          ASTRID
           You guys are fighting for Ruffnut?!

                          RUFFNUT
           I'm totally winning!

                         
          Fishlegs hovers up nest to Ruffnut with a starry-eyed smile.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           We're winning together!
          She RAMS BARF into Meatlug, sending Fishlegs into an
          uncontrolled SPIN. He SLAMS into Snotlout, sending their
          dragons TUMBLING head over tail. The crowd goes wild.

                          RUFFNUT
           No one can stop me now!

                          TUFFNUT
           Except for me. We're attached,
           genius!

                         
          He GRABS at the sheep. Ruffnut fights back, inciting a tug-of-
          war.

                          TUFFNUT (CONT'D)
           Quit trying to steal all my glory!
          And while they're distracted, Astrid steers Stormfly toward
          them, CLOSING IN.

                         

                          STOICK
           Get `em, Astrid!

                         

                          TUFFNUT RUFFNUT
          It's MY glory! No sheep, no You're always ruining
          glory! EVERYTHING!
          Astrid leaps off of Stormfly, runs up Belch's spindly neck,
          and PLUCKS the black sheep from the Twins' hands.

                          ASTRID
           Gotcha!

                         
          She tumbles through the air onto Stormfly, sticking a perfect
          landing, black sheep in hand.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Astrid!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 6.

                         

                         

                         
          BACK TO STOICK, beside himself. The crowd ROARS.

                         

                          STOICK
           Well played! Hahaha!
           (gloating, to the crowd)
           That's my future daughter-in-law!

          BACK TO ASTRID ON STORMFLY
          eyeing the fast-approaching FINISH LINE, unaware as...
          FISHLEGS suddenly RAMS Meatlug into Stormfly, sending Astrid
          off-course. She recovers and sees Snotlout flying headlong
          toward her, war hammer cocked, aiming at Astrid.

                          SNOTLOUT
           Uh, excuse me.

                          ASTRID
           Stormfly!
          Snotlout HURLS his hammer. Astrid ducks and rolls Stormfly
          out of the way. The hammer catches Fishlegs in the face with
          a CLANG. The crowd collectively winces.

                         
          Astrid and Stormfly recover from their roll, loop over the
          water, and they BLAST past the finish line, DUNKING the black
          sheep into their basket!

                         

                          STOICK
           That's thirteen! Astrid takes the
           game!
          The crowd COMES UNHINGED. Astrid flies over the crowd,
          basking in her victory.

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           Yep. Berk is pretty much perfect.
           All of my hard work has paid off.
           And it's a good thing, too, because
           with Vikings on the backs of
           dragons, the world just got a whole
           lot bigger.

                         

          EXT. OPEN SKY/ISLAND COASTLINE - DAY

          (Scene 0300 - AWOL Part One)
          A boundless sky. Vast. Clear. Crisp. And from it, a BLACK
          SPECK rockets across the horizon. The image of unbridled
          freedom.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 7.

                         

                         
          Tucked into his riding position, HICCUP appears to be part of
          TOOTHLESS. They dip, roll and dive, over a sea teeming with
          Thunderdrums, pulling off daring maneuvers with honed
          refinement, making them seem effortless.

                          HICCUP
           Yeah!
          They jackknife, heading skyward, rolling and tumbling through
          the ethereal cloud-scapes and joining high-flying Timberjacks
          as they soar in formation.
          Hiccup is bound head-to-toe in a snug, aerodynamic flight
          suit -- an asymmetrical, functional design of leather and
          articulated plates. It has an air of Viking bike leather.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           What do you think, bud? Wanna give
           this another shot?

                         
          Toothless grumbles in protest.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Toothless! It'll be fine.
          With a click of a lever, he LOCKS the pedals in the flared
          tail position. Hiccup then unhooks himself from the saddle.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Ready?
          Toothless SNORTS unenthusiastically.
          Suddenly, Hiccup SLIDES OFF of Toothless, peeling away from
          him like a skydiver from a plane, YELLING as he plummets.

                         
          Toothless dives after him. They spiral through the air, face-
          to-face. Toothless is having fun, despite himself.
          Hiccup slips his forearms through a pair of tucked leather
          flaps... and YANKS, unfurling SHEETS OF LEATHER as he extends
          his arms. They catch the wind, SNAPPING OPEN like WINGS...
          and sending him GLIDING -- out of control, at first, then
          stabilizing. The turbulence buffets his flight suit heavily.
          But he's flying!
          Toothless unfolds his wings, too, catching up with Hiccup.
          The freedom is palpable. Hiccup and Toothless are, for the
          moment, the same. Feeling the same rush of adrenaline.
          Independently together.
          They PLUNGE past cloud formations, splitting apart then
          crossing paths again.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 8.

                         

                         
          Impressive as it is, Hiccup is gliding at a steep angle.
          Toothless launches fireballs ahead of Hiccup, boosting him
          higher with the expanding heat bursts.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           This is amazing!
          A cloud layer washes past, exposing a towering ROCK
          FORMATION, dead ahead.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           No longer amazing! Toothless!
          Hiccup tries to steer himself away, to no avail.
          Toothless POURS ON THE SPEED, trying to catch Hiccup as he
          HURTLES toward collision. His locked tail makes maneuvering
          difficult. He's UNABLE TO PULL UP at a steep enough angle.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Oh, no!
          At the last second, Toothless BLASTS the jagged rocks just
          ahead of Hiccup, then WRAPS Hiccup in his wings as they fly
          through it. The obliterated peak rains down around them.
          Toothless emerges through the cloud of debris and HURTLES
          into the trees of a neighboring peak. They tumble down the
          uneven terrain, coming to rest on a small plateau.
          Hiccup emerges from the cocoon of Toothless' wings. He
          switches his prosthetic riding foot to his walking foot and
          stows his leather wings.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           That really came out of nowhere.
          The blown up sea stack collapses.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           We gotta work on your solo gliding
           there, bud. That locked-up tail
           makes for some pretty sloppy rescue
           maneuvers, eh?
          Hiccup reels in his dorsal fin and removes his helmet,
          revealing a 20 year old Hiccup framed by wild hair, complete
          with a Viking braid.
          He walks to the edge of the cliff, taking in the NEW LAND
          stretching off into the horizon, its tall cliffs and sea-
          stacks adorned with swaying gold birch trees basking in the
          dappled afternoon sunlight.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 9.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Looks like we found another one,
           bud.
          Toothless FUSSES and SNORTS, not amused, shaking off dust and
          pebbles like a wet dog.
          Hiccup flinches as a pebble WHACKS him on the back of the
          head. He looks back to Toothless, who averts his eyes.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Oh, what? Do you want an apology?
           Is that why you're pouting, big
           baby boo? Well... try this on!
          Hiccup TACKLES Toothless and tries to put him in a headlock.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Ya feeling it yet? Huh? Picking up
           on all my heartfelt remorse?
          Toothless simply stands on his hind legs, lifting Hiccup off
          of his flailing feet and dangling him over the cliff's edge.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Oh, come on. You wouldn't hurt a

                          ONE-LEGGED--

                         
          Hiccup looks down, seeing the precipitous drop below.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           You're right! You're right! You
           win! You win!
          WHAM! Toothless flips him over, pinning him to the ground.
          Hiccup squirms, throwing mock punches. Toothless playfully
          retaliates with feline taps to Hiccup's head.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           He's down! And it's ugly! Dragons
           and Vikings, enemies again, locked
           in combat to the bitter -- URFFF!
          Toothless rests his head on Hiccup -- SQUEEZING THE AIR out
          of him. Toothless then suddenly starts grooming Hiccup,
          lapping at his face and covering him in slobber.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Gaaaaagh!

                         
          Hiccup fights to get free, finally springing to his feet and
          shaking off the viscous saliva.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 10.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           You KNOW that doesn't wash out.

                         
          Toothless LAUGHS, pleased with himself.

                         
          Shifting his attention back to the new land stretched out
          before them, Hiccup reaches beneath his chest plate and
          produces a leather-bound book.

                         
          He unfurls it to reveal an EXPLORERS MAP, modified with added
          strips in every direction to accommodate their ever-expanding
          world. Drawings indicate new lands, new tribes, and many new
          dragons.
          Hiccup peels a fresh strip of paper from a hidden fold in his
          flight suit and holds it out for Toothless to lick.
          Hiccup affixes the moistened strip to the map's outer edge,
          then whittles a pencil and consults a compass affixed to his
          forearm.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           So what should we name it?
          Toothless GURGLES as he gnaws under his wing, preoccupied.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           "Itchy Armpit" it is.
          Hiccup carefully draws the new island's outline.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Whaddya reckon, bud? Think we might
           find a few Timberjacks in those
           woods? The odd Whispering Death or
           two in the rocks? Who knows...
           maybe we'll finally track down
           another Night Fury.

                          (BEAT)
           Wouldn't that be something?

                          (BURDENED)
           So, whaddya say? Just keep going?
          Toothless' ear plates suddenly SHOOT UP. He ROARS, and his
          call is answered by a familiar SCREECH. Hiccup turns to
          see...

                         

          EXT. SEA STACK/ISLAND COASTLINE - DAY

          (Scene 0325 - AWOL Part Two)

                         
          ASTRID rising into view, astride Stormfly. Stormfly grabs
          talon-fulls of rock to slow her landing.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 11.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           `Afternoon m'lady. Where have you
           been?

                         
          Astrid dismounts and throws back her fur hood as Toothless
          rushes up to greet them.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Winning races. What else? The real
           question is... where have YOU been?

                         

                          HICCUP
           Avoiding my dad.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Oh, no. What happened now?

                         
          Astrid sits beside Hiccup, inspecting his latest addition to
          the map. Behind them, Toothless greets Stormfly, inciting a
          play fight.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Oh, you're gonna love this. I wake
           up. The sun's shining. Terrible
           Terrors are singing on the rooftop.
           I saunter down to breakfast,
           thinking all is right with the
           world, and I get...

                         
          He gets to his feet and puffs out his chest.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)

                          (APING STOICK)
           ... Son, we need to talk.

                         
          Astrid smiles and adopts Hiccup's sloppy slouch.

                          ASTRID

                          (APING HICCUP)
           Not now, Dad. I've got a whole day
           of goofing off to get started.

                         
          Hiccup breaks character, grimacing at her impression of him.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Okay, first of all, I don't sound
           like that. What is this character?
           And second... what is that thing
           you're doing with my shoulders?

                         
          Astrid laughs, jostling her shoulders in an awkward way.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 12.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           A truly flattering impersonation.
           Anyway, he goes...
           (resuming Stoick's brogue)
           You're the pride of Berk, son, and
           I couldn't be prouder...

                         

                          ASTRID
           (continuing her impression

                          OF HICCUP)
           Aw, thanks, Dad. I'm pretty
           impressed with myself, too.

                         

                          HICCUP
           WHEN have I ever done that with my
           hands?

                         

                          ASTRID
           You just did.

                         
          She laughs, playfully.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Okay... just...
           (holding her arms, mock-

                          STERN)
           Hold still. It's very serious.

                         
          She giggles, trying to hold a straight face.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           (resuming Stoick's brogue)
           You're all grown up, and since no
           chief could ask for a better
           successor, I've decided--

                         
          Astrid straightens, her face brightening.

                          ASTRID
           --TO MAKE YOU CHIEF! Oh, my gods!

                         
          She jumps to her feet, beaming...

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           Hiccup, that's amazing!

                         
          And socks Hiccup in congratulations, deliberately hitting the
          dorsal fin release button and triggering it to pop up. She
          laughs as Hiccup reels it back in, self-consciously.

                         

                          HICCUP
           You're gonna wear out the spring
           coil. The calibration is very
           sensitive!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 13.

                         

                         
          They're suddenly BOWLED OVER by Toothless and Stormfly.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Yeah, so... this is what I'm
           dealing with.

                         
          Astrid helps him up and dusts him off.

                         

                          ASTRID

                          (EXCITED)
           What did you tell him?

                         

                          HICCUP
           I didn't. By the time he turned
           around, I was gone.

                         
          Astrid picks up the map, folding it as she paces around him,
          processing it all.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Well, it's a lot of responsibility.
           The map will have to wait for sure,
           and I'll need to fly Toothless,
           since you'll be too busy...

                         
          She pauses, wincing in sympathy. She turns to Hiccup. He nods
          knowingly, taking the map from her.

                         

                          HICCUP
           It's not me, Astrid. All those
           speeches, and planning, and running
           the village... that's his thing.

                         

                          ASTRID
           I think you're missing the point. I
           mean, chief. What an honor. I'd be
           pretty excited.
          Hiccup shakes his head.

                         

                          HICCUP
           I'm not like you. You know exactly
           who you are. You always have.
           But...

                         
          He shuffles to the cliff's edge, gazing out at the new land.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           I'm still looking. I know that I'm
           not my father... and I never met my
           mother... so, what does that make
           me?
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 14.

                         

                         
          He sits at the edge, looking burdened, restless. Astrid
          approaches and settles beside him, joining him in looking out
          at the distant horizon. She weaves another braid into his
          hair as she speaks.

                         

                          ASTRID
           What you're searching for... isn't
           out there, Hiccup.

                         
          She places a hand on his chest.

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           It's in here.

                          (BEAT)
           Maybe you just don't see it yet.

                         
          She kisses his cheek, but gets a mouthful of Toothless'
          slobber. She grimaces, wiping it off.

                         
          Distracted, Hiccup eyes the horizon keenly.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Maybe. But, y'know... there is
           something out there.

                         

                          ASTRID

                          (EXASPERATED)
           Hiccup...

                         
          He turns her face to the horizon. A distant smoke plume rises
          from a misty valley.

                         

                         

          EXT. LAPLAND WOODS/TRAPPER'S FORT - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          (Scene 0400 - Shot Down!)
          Hiccup and Toothless fly over the fjord, winding deep through
          undulating crimson and gold forests.

                         
          Astrid and Stormfly catch up as the autumn colors suddenly
          give way to charred timbers. They fly deeper, through ash and
          wafting smoke. Ahead, in a sheltered harbor, an explosion of
          ice stands as an eerie marker of what used to be a TRAPPER'S

          FORT.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Stay close.

                         
          They fly through the suspended remains of the buildings,
          splintered, and frozen in mid-destruction.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           What happened here?
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 15.

                         

                         
          It's at once harrowing and puzzling. Toothless spots an
          enormous DRAGON FOOTPRINT in the muddy shoreline below,
          leaving him uneasy.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Easy, bud.

                         
          As they crest the ice formations, Astrid spots a CREW OF MEN
          at the stern of a moored ship below.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Hiccup!

                         

           ERET (O.S.)
           Fire!

                         
          The men fire a stern-mounted cannon. The projectile unfurls
          into a NET. Hiccup and Toothless dart out of its way.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Astrid! Look out!

                         
          It HITS Stormfly, TANGLING her wings and causing her to spin
          uncontrolled. Astrid struggles to free her as they HURTLE
          toward a collision.

                         

                          ASTRID

           HICCUP!

                         
          Astrid falls off of Stormfly, but Toothless SNATCHES her at
          the last second.

                         
          Stormfly hits the ground, tangled in the net. Trappers rush
          out of hiding, piling onto her with ropes and weapons. She
          whips her tail, sending spikes flying.

                         

                          ERET
           Watch the tail!

                         
          A large, raven-haired trapper lunges over the spray of spikes
          and lands upon Stormfly's head, twisting it and taking her
          down like a rodeo cowboy.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Tie those legs up!

                         
          Eret deftly ties her gnashing jaws shut, wrangling her into
          submission -- clearly a pro among pros. He looks up,
          revealing a handsome face and gleaming, intelligent eyes that
          search the sky as Toothless' tell-tale BANSHEE scream rings
          out.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Is that what I think it is?
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 16.

                         

                         
          Toothless suddenly streaks across the sky, banking and
          landing with a FEROCIOUS ROAR.

                         

                          HICCUP

           STOP!

                         

                          ASTRID

           STORMFLY!
           (to the trappers)
           What are you doing?

                         
          Astrid and Hiccup leap off of Toothless, rushing toward
          Stormfly.

                         
          Eret's men immediately draw weapons. Hiccup extends and
          ignites his DRAGON BLADE -- a telescoping fiery sword --
          impressive enough to wow Eret's men.

                         

                          ERET
           Back again?

                         
          Eret steps forward, focused only on Toothless.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Soil my britches... that is a Night
           Fury. Thought they were all gone
           for good.
           (to his fellow trappers)
           Looks like our luck's had a turn
           for the better, lads! Don't think
           Drago has one of those in his
           dragon army.

                         
          His men sound out in agreement. Hiccup eyes Astrid, confused.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Dragon army?

                          HICCUP
           Look, we don't want any trouble.

                         

                          ERET
           Ha! You should've thought of that
           before you stole all of our dragons
           and blasted our fort to bits!

                         

                          HICCUP
           Wait...

                         

                          ASTRID
           What are you talking about?

                         
          Astrid and Hiccup take in the icy destruction, putting it
          together.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 17.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           You think we did this?

                         

                          ERET
           Dragon trapping is hard enough work
           as it is, without do-gooder dragon
           riders sneaking in to rescue them.

                         

                          HICCUP
           What do-gooder -- there are other
           dragon riders?

                         

                          ERET
           You mean, other than your thieving
           friend from last night? You tell
           me.

                         
          Eret approaches. Toothless snarls, protectively.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           You may have an ice-spitting dragon
           on your side, but we still have a
           quota to fill. How do you suppose
           we explain this mess to Drago
           Bludvist?

                         

                          HICCUP
           Drago what-fist? Does anything you
           say make sense?

                         

                          TEENY
           He's expecting a new shipment of
           dragons for his army by tomorrow.

                         

                          NO-NAME
           And Drago don't take well to
           excuses.
          Eret parts his tunic, revealing a large branding-iron scar on
          his torso, in the shape of a dragon skull, split by a sword.

                         

                          ERET
           This is what he gave me last time I
           showed up empty-handed. He promised
           to be far less understanding in the
           future.

                         

                          HICCUP

                          (EXASPERATED)
           Look, we don't know anything about
           a dragon thief, or an ice-spitting
           dragon, or your lunatic boss and
           his dragon army, okay?

                          (MORE)
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 18.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Just give us back our dragon, and
           we'll go, strange, hostile person
           whom we've never met.

                         
          Eret bows playfully.

                         

                          ERET
           Oh, where are my manners? I'm Eret.
           Son of Eret. Finest dragon trapper
           alive.

                         
          He pulls a dagger from behind his back, waving it cockily.
          His men ready their weapons and net cannons.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           After all, it's not just anyone who
           can capture a Night Fury.

                         
          Toothless ROARS a warning.

                         

                          HICCUP
           And this is Toothless. He says
           we're going. Now.

                         

                          ERET
           Heh. They all say that.

                          (BEAT)

           RUSH `EM, LADS!

                         
          Eret lunges toward them. Toothless BLASTS, bringing down a
          massive spire of ice. It shatters as it hits the ground,
          forcing Eret and his men to dive out of the way.

                         
          Making quick use of the distraction, Hiccup re-ignites his
          dragon blade and slashes through the ropes binding Stormfly.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Stormfly! C'mon, go! Go!

                         
          Eret gets to his feet in time to see Toothless and Stormfly
          take to the air, carrying Hiccup and Astrid out of reach of
          the volley of arrows.

                         

                          ERET

           YOU WILL NEVER HOLD ON TO THOSE

           DRAGONS, YOU HEAR ME?! DRAGO IS

           COMING FOR THEM ALL!

                         

                         

          I/E. BERK/BLACKSMITH STALL - SUNSET

                         
          (Sequence 0500 - Lock-Down!)
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 19.

                         

                         
          The GANG joyrides past GOTHI'S house, scattering her
          assortment of terrible terrors. She waves a fist at them as
          they sweep past, WHOOPING AND CHORTLING, leading us down
          to...

                         
          THE UPPER PLAZA, where a GATHERED CROWD of Vikings and their
          dragons are cued up outside of Gobber's BLACKSMITH STALL,
          awaiting their turns. Stoick maneuvers through the crowd,
          spouting JOVIAL GREETINGS in passing.

                         
          He makes a bee-line for GOBBER, who is busily grinding a
          metal dragon tooth into shape. A Zippleback waits patiently,
          his head cocked open like a car hood while the other head
          watches, sympathetically.

                         

                          STOICK
           Any sign of him?

                         
          Gobber flips up his welding guard, revealing a matching area
          of unsoiled skin.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Ah, he's probably flown off the
           edge of the world by now. You sure
           you want that kid running the
           village? You can still delay your
           retirement.

                         

                          STOICK
           Oh, he's ready. You'll see.

                         
          A SUDDEN EXCITEMENT in the crowd heralds Hiccup and Astrid's
          return. They touch down on Toothless and Stormfly.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Haha! There he is!
           (to Gobber, proving his

                          POINT)
           Huh? The pride of Berk!

                         
          Hiccup stows his helmet and heads toward Stoick with urgency.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Who finally decided to show up for
           work. Yay.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Sorry. Got held up.
           (privately, to Stoick)
           Hey, Dad, could I have a word?

                         

                          STOICK
           Something you're itching to tell
           me?
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 20.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           Not quite the itch you're thinking
           of, but yes.

                         
          Stoick hands him an apron and guides him to the front desk.

                         

                          STOICK
           Good man! Now, lesson one. A
           chief's first duty is to his
           people. So...

                         
          Stoick changes the rune on the "being served" placard.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Forty one? Forty --

                         

                          HICCUP
           Could we just talk in private for--

                         

                          STARKARD
           --That's me! That's me! I'm next!
           (pushing his way through)
           I was ahead of you! Excuse me, I've
           been here all day!

                         
          STARKARD reaches the counter, giddy with excitement.

                         

                          STARKARD (CONT'D)
           Okay, I want one of those high
           seaters, with lots of spikes and a
           big stowage compartment.

                         

                          STOICK
           Absolutely! You got it, sir!

                         
          Stoick spins Hiccup around, steering him back into the shop.

                          HICCUP
           Dad, this is actually a little more
           important than building saddles.

                         

                          STOICK
           Ah-ah! Lesson two. No task is too
           small when it comes to serving your
           people. Excuse us, Grump.

                         
          They step over the tail of a large, snoring oaf of a dragon,
          stirring him awake with a fussy start.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Grump! You let the forge die down
           again!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 21.

                         

                         
          Grump coughs a slug of molten lava into the forge. It
          splatters everywhere, igniting a rash of fires. Hiccup side-
          steps them as he gathers materials in the back of the stall.
          Gobber pulls the fire extinguisher, dumping water everywhere.

                         

                          GOBBER (CONT'D)
           That's it, Grump. You're going up
           for adoption!

                         
          Stoick fills a toolbox with tools from Hiccup's workbench.

                         

                          STOICK
           One of these. And this...

                         

                          HICCUP

                          DAD --

                         

                          STOICK
           -- There you go! Go on. Have away.

                         

                          HICCUP
           But, seriously, I really need to
           tell you about this new land we
           came across.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Another one?!

                         
          Fishlegs walks in, followed by the Twins and Snotlout.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Any new dragons?

                         
          Stoick slaps a sheet of leather onto a dragon mold, and hands
          Hiccup pencil. Exasperated, Hiccup begins tracing an outline
          as he speaks.

                          HICCUP
           We didn't stick around to find out.
           These folks weren't particularly
           friendly.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Oh, really? Your Night Fury and
           Deadly Nadder didn't bring them
           cheering to the rooftops?

                         
          Gobber spins his prosthetic arm dispenser.

                         

                          HICCUP
           No, this was different. Not the
           standard run-for-the-hills hoo-ha
           I've come to enjoy. These guys were
           trappers. Dragon trappers.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 22.

                         

                         

                          ASTRID
           You should've seen their fort. All
           blown apart and stuck in giant
           spikes of ice. It was weird.

                         

                          HICCUP
           I've never seen anything like it.
           And worst of all, they thought we
           did it!

                         
          Gobber pops off his prosthetic tongs and selects a wire brush
          from his dispenser...

                         

                          GOBBER
           Y'know, you two are gonna get
           yourselves in SERIOUS trouble one
           of these days. Not everyone
           appreciates this way of life.

                         
          Which he uses to brush his mustache and eyebrows.

                         
          Stoick takes the sheet of leather to the table saw...

                         

                          STOICK
           Gobber's right, son. Best we keep
           to our own. Besides, you'll have
           more important uses for your time --

                         
          And pulls a lever, starting it up.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           (sing-songy, under his

                          BREATH)
           Once we make the big announcement!

                         
          Hiccup pulls the lever, shutting the saw down.

                          HICCUP
           They are building a dragon army.

                         
          Silence fills the stall. Vikings exchange worried glances.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Or at least the guy they work for
           is. Dargo Bloody Fist or something.

                         
          Stoick's eyes widen. He turns to Gobber, with growing alarm.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           I'll bloody his fist with my face
           if he tries to take my dragon!

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Or mine.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 23.

                         

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           You're such a moron.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           A beautiful moron.

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Yeah...

                         
          Ruffnut grumbles, revolted by their advances.

                         
          Stoick grabs Hiccup by the shoulders, wide-eyed and intense.

                         

                          STOICK
           Bludvist? Drago Bludvist?

                         

                          HICCUP
           Uh, yeah. Wait. You know him?

                         

                         

          INT. BERK - DRAGON STABLES - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          Stoick rushes down a circular stone staircase into the vast,
          bustling cave that houses the dragon stables.

                         

                          STOICK

           GROUND ALL DRAGONS!

                         

                          HICCUP
           What? Why?!

                         
          Hiccup, Astrid, Gobber, and Toothless chase after Stoick.

                         

                          STOICK

           SEAL THE GATES! LOWER THE STORM

           DOORS!

                          HICCUP
           Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait! What is
           happening?

                         

                          GOBBER
           You heard the man! Lock it down!

                         
          Behind him, the massive storm doors rattle as they're
          lowered.

                         

                          STOICK
           No DRAGON or VIKING sets foot off
           this island until I give the word!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 24.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           Because some guy you knew is
           stirring up trouble in some faraway
           land?

                         
          Stoick turns to Hiccup, gravely serious.

                         

                          STOICK
           Because Drago Bludvist is a madman.
           Without conscience or mercy. And if
           he's built a dragon army... gods
           help us all.

                         
          Stoick continues on shouting orders, leaving Hiccup stewing.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Get them into their pens! Quickly!

                         
          Hiccup chases around to confront Stoick.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Then let's ride back out there.
           We'll follow those trappers to
           Drago and talk some sense into him.

                         

                          STOICK
           No. We fortify the island.

                         

                          HICCUP
           It's our duty to keep the peace!

                         

                          STOICK
           Peace is over, Hiccup. I must
           prepare you for war.

                         

                          HICCUP
           War? Dad, if Drago's coming for our
           dragons, we can't wait around for
           him to get here. Let's go find him
           and change his mind.

                         

                          STOICK
           Some minds won't be changed,
           Hiccup. Berk is what you need to
           worry about.

                          (BEAT)
           A chief protects his own.

                         
          Stoick heads off, calling out more orders...

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)

           SECURE THE STABLES! LATCH EVERY

           STALL!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 25.

                         

                         
          ... leaving Hiccup eyeing Toothless as the storm doors close.
          Astrid approaches him, seeing the determination on his face.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Hiccup, don't.

                         

                          HICCUP
           I have to.

                         
          He gives her a quick peck on the cheek.

                         

                          STOICK

           THIS WAY! QUICKLY!

                         
          Hiccup and Toothless BLAST PAST, heading for the exit.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)

           HICCUP!

                         
          They try to fly through one door, but it seals shut.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Come on!

                         
          Toothless spins around and DIVES through the gap in the
          second lowering storm door.

                         

                          STOICK
           Hiccup!

                         
          Astrid and Stormfly blow past Stoick and slip through the
          storm door before it shuts, leaving Stoick fuming.

                         

                         

          EXT. OPEN SEA - MIDDAY


                         
          (Scene 0700 - Eret's Lesson)
          Eret's ship carves a defiant path North, leaving the last
          glimpses of Lapland in its wake.

                         
          Eret stands on the bowsprit, eyeing the waves intently,
          searching the surface. He turns toward the deck, where his
          crewmen man the gunwale cannons, sights trained to the sky.

                         

                          ERET
           Keep your eyes peeled, lads! With
           this wind, we'll reach Drago by
           daybreak, so best we fill this ship
           up with dragons and quick! It's no
           time to be picky. Not if we want to
           keep our --
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 26.

                         

                         

                          UG
           Uh... Eret?

                         
          Eret turns in the direction Ug is pointing to see a pair of
          dragons flapping toward them.

                         

                          ERET

           HEADS! OFF THE PORT QUARTER!

                         
          The crewmen swing the net cannons toward the back-lit,
          silhouetted dragons, drawing ever closer.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Net `em, lads! Take `em down!

                         
          Eret loads a cannon and takes aim. He spots Hiccup and Astrid
          riding the dragons. His eyes narrow, determined.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           You're not getting away this time.

                         
          Nets fly through the air. Hiccup and Astrid outmaneuver them
          and dive toward the ship, landing on the deck with a clatter.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           And here I was worried we might
           turn up empty-handed.

                         
          Astrid brandishes her axe in invitation. Hiccup indicates for
          her to lower it, then holds up his hands in surrender.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Nope. It's your lucky day. We give
           up.

                         
          Eret's crew exchange confused stares. As does Astrid.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           That's one Night Fury, one Deadly
           Nadder, and...

                         
          He dismounts Toothless and tosses a net over Astrid.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           ... two of the finest dragon riders
           west of Luk Tuk. That oughtta make
           the boss happy, right?

                         
          Astrid grumbles. He takes her axe, hands it to Eret, and
          escorts Astrid past the men to the open live well.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Excuse us.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 27.

                         

                         
          He leads Astrid down the ladder. She glares at him, plainly
          hating the plan.

                         

                          ASTRID
           What are you doing?

                         
          Toothless tries to follow them, but Hiccup holds him back.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Toothless, stay.

                         
          Hiccup flips the latch, lowering the grate as Eret watches,
          confounded.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           The dragons don't really care for
           cramped spaces, so they'll just
           hang out with you. They won't be
           any trouble.

                         
          Eret's men nervously direct their swords and spears toward
          Toothless. HE SNARLS.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Unless you do that. Wooden boat,
           big ocean. How's your swimming?

                         

                          NO-NAME
           Not good.

                         
          A burst of flame erupts from the live well, causing the
          crewmen to jump back. Hiccup thrusts his Dragon Blade through
          the grate.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Oops. Almost forgot. Can't have
           armed prisoners!

                          ASTRID
           How is this a plan?

                         
          He retracts the blade and offers it up. A crewman cautiously
          takes it, looking it over. The pommel of the hilt is
          expelling green gas.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Just what every dragon trapper
           needs. One end coats the blade in
           Monstrous Nightmare saliva. The
           other sprays Hideous Zippleback
           gas. All it takes is a spark and...

                         
          A curious crewman clicks the lighter, igniting the gas.
          Hiccup ducks as the sudden explosion sweeps over the deck.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 28.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Oh, yeah, there you go!

                         
          Toothless paws at the embers.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Once they see you as one of their
           own, even the testiest dragons can
           be trained, right, bud?

                         
          Toothless gurgles and falls over.

                         

                          ERET
           Give me that!

                         
          Eret snatches the dragon blade and HURLS it overboard.
          Stormfly bolts after it...

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           What game are you playing?

                         

                          HICCUP
           No game. We just want to meet
           Drago.

                         
          And returns in a flash, dropping it at Eret's feet like a
          fetching dog, tongue wagging. Eret throws it again,
          frustrated. Stormfly returns with it just as quickly.

                         

                          ERET
           Why?

                         

                          HICCUP
           Because I'm going to change his
           mind about dragons.

                         
          Eret and his crew LAUGH. Astrid pokes out of the well.

                          ASTRID
           He can be really persuasive.

                         
          Hiccup pets Toothless, thoughtfully.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Once you've earned his loyalty,
           there is nothing a dragon won't do
           for you.

                         

                          ERET
           Puh! You won't be changing any
           minds around here.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 29.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           I can change yours. Right here.
           Right now.

                         
          Hiccup sets Toothless' tail in the locked, splayed position.
          Eret sneers, suspicious.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           May I?

                         
          Suddenly, Hiccup is snatched into the air! Dragons blur past.

                         

                         

          I/E. OPEN SEA - SHIP - SUNSET

                         
          (Scene 1000 - Botched Rescue)

                         
          The crewmen SCRAMBLE to the NET CANNONS as a FLURRY OF WINGS
          streak past, GASHING holes in the sails and SLICING through
          rigging.

                         

                          ERET
           Dragon riders!

                         
          Toothless SHRIEKS and bounds up the mast, spotting Hiccup in
          the talons of a Monstrous Nightmare. Toothless relaxes,
          realizing that it's Hookfang.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Put me down! Snotlout! What are you
           doing?

                         
          Snotlout looks back to see if Ruffnut witnessed the save.

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           See how well I protect and provide?
          Ruffnut GRUMBLES at the incessant courting. A FLYING NET
          whizzes past her head.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Aggh! What is with all the nets?!

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Hey watch it! That was close...

                         
          Ruffnut spots Eret, FIRING nets from the deck of the ship.

                         

                          TRANSITION TO:

                         
          A SLOW MOTION, sexy POV of Eret's glistening biceps,
          shuddering as he BLASTS the net cannon, aimed directly at
          her.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 30.

                         

                         

                          RUFFNUT (CONT'D)
           Oh, my.

                         
          The net unravels in SLOW MOTION...

                         

                          RUFFNUT (CONT'D)
           Me likey.

                         
          ... enveloping Ruffnut as she yields to it, blissfully.

                         

                          RUFFNUT (CONT'D)
           Take me.

                         

          BACK TO REAL TIME

                         
          As Hiccup FLIPS upside-down in the Hookfang's talons and
          KICKS off, pulling his wing-suit flaps.

                         
          Eret takes aim, but Astrid SHOVES him, throwing off the shot.

                         

                          ASTRID

           HOLD YOUR FIRE!

                         
          Hiccup glides unsteadily towards the ship and collides with
          its sail. He slides down the canvas and drops to the deck.
          Toothless lands behind him.

                         

                          HICCUP

           WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING HERE?!

                         
          Gobber and Grump land on the deck, scattering Eret's crew.

                         

                          GOBBER
           We're here to RESCUE you!

                         

                          HICCUP
           I DON'T NEED to be rescued!

           STOICK (O.S.)

           ENOUGH!

                         
          The bow dips heavily as Stoick touches down on SKULLCRUSHER.
          He dismounts, fuming.

                         
          Eret blocks Stoick, cocky and confident.

                         

                          ERET
           Well, didn't you just pick the
           wrong ship, eh? I am Eret, son of --

                         
          Stoick shoves his face aside, sending Eret SLAMMING into
          Grump. Before he can react, Gobber CLUBS Eret on the head,
          sending him collapsing to the deck. Grump then sits on him,
          smothering him into submission.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 31.

                         

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           (panting, suffocated)
           Get... this... thing... off... me!

                         
          Gobber turns to the other crewmen, with a smile.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Anyone else?

                         
          Eret's men eye the Vikings, armed and flanked by their
          dragons. They set down their swords.

                         

                          GOBBER (CONT'D)
           That's what I figured.

                         

                          STOICK

                          (TO HICCUP)
           You. Saddle up. We're going home.

                         

                          HICCUP
           No.

                         

                          STOICK
           Of all the irresponsible --

                         

                          HICCUP
           -- I'm trying to protect our
           dragons and stop a war! How is that
           irresponsible?

                         

                          STOICK

           BECAUSE WAR IS WHAT HE WANTS, SON!

                         
          Hiccup glares, frustrated.

                         
          Stoick SIGHS, realizing that he has to explain.

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Years ago, there was a great
           gathering of chieftains to discuss
           the dragon scourge we all faced.

                         

                         

          INT. VIKING HALL - NIGHT


                         

                         FLASHBACK

                         
          A hulking, cloaked figure strides confidently into fire-lit
          hall, interrupting a council meeting of Viking chieftains.
          His face is masked in silhouette.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 32.

                         

                         

           STOICK (V.O.)
           Into our midst came a stranger from
           a strange land, covered in scars
           and draped in a cloak of dragon
           skin. He carried no weapon and
           spoke softly, saying that he, Drago
           Bludvist, was a man of the people,
           devoted to freeing mankind from the
           tyranny of dragons.

                         
          ON STOICK, some twenty years younger, seated in a throne,
          studying the impudent stranger with suspicion.

                         

           STOICK (V.O.)
           He claimed that he alone could
           control the dragons and that he
           alone could keep us safe, if we
           chose to bow down and follow him.

                         
          The Viking council erupts in mocking laughter.

                         

          BACK TO PRESENT

                         
          Snotlout, Fishlegs, and the Twins snicker.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Stupid.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Good one.

                         

                          STOICK
           Aye. We laughed, too...

                         

          BACK TO FLASHBACK

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Until he wrapped himself in his
           cloak and cried out, "Then see how
           well you do without me!"

                         
          Drago Bludvist pulls the dragon skin cloak over himself and
          marches toward the door. Above, dragon fire rips through the
          ceiling, bringing down flaming timbers, followed by dragons
          covered in heavy metallic armor. They BLAST FIRE as panic
          ensues.

                         

           STOICK (V.O.)
           The rooftop suddenly burst into
           flames, and from it, armored
           dragons descended, burning the hall
           to the ground.

                         

          BACK TO PRESENT
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 33.

                         

                         

                          STOICK

                          (STINGING REGRET)
           I... was to only one to escape.

                         
          The Twins, Snotlout, and Fishlegs exchange spooked glances.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)

                          (TO HICCUP)
           Men who kill without reason cannot
           be reasoned with.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Maybe.

                         
          Hiccup turns and stomps toward Toothless, determined. Eret
          watches intently.

                         

                          STOICK
           Hiccup...

                         

                          HICCUP
           I'm still going to try.

                         
          Hiccup jumps onto Toothless and locks eyes with Stoick.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           This is what I'm good at. And if I
           could change your mind... I can
           change his, too.

                          (TO TOOTHLESS)
           Come on.

                         
          Toothless and Hiccup TAKE TO THE AIR, leaving everyone
          stirring in awkward silence.

                         
          Astrid mounts Stormfly, about to go after him.

                          ASTRID
           Let's go.

                         

                          STOICK
           NO! Lead the others back to Berk.
           I've had enough mutiny for one day.

                         
          Astrid stirs, conflicted, as Stoick stomps toward
          Skullcrusher, fuming. He passes Ruffnut, who's busily
          fondling Eret's biceps as he lays crushed under Grump.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Ooh, I like that.

                         

                          STOICK
           Ruffnut!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 34.

                         

                         

                          RUFFNUT

                          (PETULANT)
           Ugh! Okay!

                         

                         

          EXT. SKY - NIGHT

          (Scene 1100 - Ambushed!)
          Hiccup stares ahead, frustrated, as Toothless glides over a
          bed of clouds, glowing in the low, Arctic sun.
          Hiccup YELLS, then slumps back onto the saddle.
          Toothless recoils, sensitive to Hiccup's upset. The steam
          from their breath mixes in the frigid air.

                          HICCUP
           Don't worry, bud. I'm not gonna let
           anything happen to you. I promise.
          Toothless' ear plates perk up. He glances over his shoulder
          to see a disturbance in the blanket of clouds.
          A strange and arresting MASKED WARRIOR rises from the clouds,
          standing upon something unseen. Its armor and cape flap in
          the buffeting turbulence.
          The warrior eyes Toothless and Hiccup, pulling up alongside
          them. Hiccup senses the approaching figure in his periphery
          and sits up, flustered.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)

           AW, COME ON, DAD! REALLY?!
          He whirls around expectantly then FREEZES, mouth agape.
          The warrior stares blankly, tilting his head in curiosity
          while cutting a menacing silhouette.
          Then, just as gradually as he rose, the warrior dips back
          beneath the clouds, disappearing.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)

                          (ALARMED)
           Okay.

                          (TO TOOTHLESS)
           No sudden moves.
          Suddenly, the warrior EXPLODES out of the clouds before them,
          standing atop a large dragon. They circle Hiccup and
          Toothless, forcing them to TREAD AIR.

                         
          The warrior points a staff toward Hiccup, unnervingly, as he
          returns to face them.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 35.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Hold on, hold on.
          Toothless GROWLS a warning.
          Suddenly, they're ambushed from behind. Hiccup is plucked off
          of Toothless by another DRAGON and carried off.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Toothless!
          With the tail unmanned, Toothless PLUMMETS helplessly. He
          FLAPS wildly then CRASHES through the ice into the black,
          frigid water. FLAILING and CRYING OUT, he struggles to stay
          afloat as he watches...
          Hiccup disappear into the night sky, carried off in the
          talons of the strange dragon -- one of TENS that accompany
          the warrior in a cavalcade.
          Toothless BELLOWS in distress, desperately trying to take to
          the air. As he LEAPS and CRASHES, time and again...
          A group of SPINY DORSAL FINS split the ice, carving a path
          toward Toothless.
          Beneath the ice, a pod of SEASHOCKERS approach, two-headed,
          with Manta Ray like wings GLIDING silently in the gloom.
          Fixated on Hiccup, Toothless is caught by surprise as the
          Seashockers surface and DRAG HIM UNDER.
          Hiccup's helmet bobs to the surface, marking all that
          remains.

                         

                         

          EXT. ARCTIC SKY/ARCHIPELAGO - NIGHT (MIDNIGHT SUN)

          (Scene 1300 - Dragon Lady)

                         
          Hiccup shivers in the claws of the dragon, surrounded by the
          strange flock full of breeds he's never seen. He looks back
          for Toothless, now long gone.

                         

                          HICCUP

           HEY! YOU LEFT MY DRAGON BACK THERE!

           HE CAN'T FLY ON HIS OWN! HE'LL

           DROWN!

                         
          The warrior offers no response, seemingly immune to the cold
          as he leads the dragon flock across the polar night -- an
          alien landscape, harsh and foreboding.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 36.

                         

                         
          Out of the fog looms an EPIC ICE FORMATION -- jagged, spiked,
          and similar to the icy aftermath of Eret's fort, but many
          times its size.

                         
          The DRAGON ESCORT dives into its jagged folds.

                         

                         

          INT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - CONTINUOUS


                         
          The WILD RIDE suddenly gives way to a MULTILEVEL, CAVERNOUS
          CHAMBER made of ice and columns of basalt rock. It's heavily
          populated with dragons of all kinds, looming in the shadows.

                         
          Hiccup is dropped in the center. He scrambles to his feet,
          calling out into the darkness.

                         

                          HICCUP
           We have to head back for my dragon!

                         
          A HISSING dragon CLOSES IN, sniffing, leering, aggressive.

                         
          Hiccup extends and lights his telescoping dragon blade,
          waving a swirl of fire around himself. The dragon pauses,
          intrigued, and then watches hypnotically as Hiccup pacifies
          him with calculated sweeps of the fiery blade.

                         
          The warrior watches keenly from the shadows.

                         
          Several aggressive dragons close in behind Hiccup. Hearing
          their hisses, he quickly stows the blade, replaces a
          cartridge in its hilt, then flips it around and sprays a
          perimeter of Zippleback gas around himself. He clicks the
          lighter, igniting a flash ring. The testy dragons recoil.

                         
          He then reaches through the smoke, offering his open hand.
          The dragons re-approach, sniffing him with calmed curiosity.

          ON THE WARRIOR

                         
          ... tilting his masked head, curious. He dismounts his dragon
          and approaches Hiccup.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Who are you? The Dragon Thief?
           Drago Bludvist?

                         
          The warrior circles Hiccup in silence, taking in his gear,
          his dragon blade, his face.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Do you even understand what I'm
           saying?
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 37.

                         

                         
          The warrior whirls and HAMMERS his staff. In response, a
          large dragon ASCENDS from the depths, carrying...

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Toothless!

                         
          Toothless is dumped on the ground next to Hiccup, sopping
          wet. Hiccup rushes to him, petting him reassuringly.
          Toothless coos in relief.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           It's okay. I'm glad to see you,
           too, bud. You really had me worried
           there.

                         
          The warrior rattles his staff at a nearby dragon. In
          response, it and the surrounding dragons produce firelight
          from their throats, spotlighting Hiccup and Toothless.

                         
          The warrior sets down his staff and shield, then approaches
          Hiccup, cautiously and animal-like.

                         
          Toothless SNARLS and circles Hiccup defensively, but then
          instantly yields to the stranger's outstretched hand. With a
          quick, disarming gesture, the warrior lays Toothless down in
          a state of bliss. Hiccup is astounded.

                         
          The warrior's hand continues toward Hiccup's face. He
          recoils, but the warrior persists, finding the faint scar on
          Hiccup's chin, glinting in the firelight.

                         
          The warrior GASPS and retreats a few steps.

                         

                          WARRIOR
           (whispered, shaken)
           Hiccup?

                          (BEAT)
           Could it be? After all these years?
           How is this possible?

                         
          The voice is surprisingly female.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Uh, should I... should I know you?

                         

                          WARRIOR
           No. You were only a babe...

                         
          The warrior slowly removes the strange mask, revealing VALKA,
          40, beneath. Her eyes meet his, equally wide-eyed and aghast.

                         

                          VALKA
           ... but a mother never forgets.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 38.

                         

                         
          Hiccup stammers, tongue-tied, aghast.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           Come...

                         

                         

          EXT. ARCTIC SKY - NIGHT (MIDNIGHT SUN)


                         
          (Sequence 1325 - Searching)

                         
          Stoick and Gobber search over the frigid waves that lap
          against the pack ice.

                         

                          STOICK
           Boar-headed! Just like his mother!
           She could never stay put either.

                         
          Gobber glances over at Stoick, who's hunched over, brow
          furrowed and solemn.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Ah, he's just twenty. And a Viking.
           I mean, could there be a worse
           combination? Ha! When I think of
           how stubborn and senseless YOU were
           back in the day... well, not much
           has changed, actually.

                         

                          STOICK
           You know what he's like. He won't
           give up, Gobber. And if Hiccup
           finds Drago, before we find him...

                         

                          GOBBER
           Bah! NOTHING can hurt Hiccup so
           long as that Night Fury's around.
           It's a Night Fury!
          Framed by a hole in the ice, a glistening object bobs on the
          surface below. Stoick squints and CIRCLES BACK, leading
          Skullcrusher in a DIVE toward it. Stoick SNAGS it out of the
          water. It's Hiccup's helmet.

                         
          Gobber pulls alongside Stoick, seeing his look of dread.
          Stoick holds the helmet out for his dragon to SMELL.

                         

                          STOICK
           Find him, Skullcrusher. Find him.

                         
          Skullcrusher SNIFFS the helmet like a bloodhound, ROARS, and
          suddenly CHANGES HEADING.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 39.

                         

                         

          INT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - TUNNEL - DAWN


                         
          (Scene 1400 - A New Family)

                         
          CLOSE ON Hiccup, flustered, winded, chasing VALKA through
          tightly winding corridors.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Hold on! Wait just a minute! Come
           back here!

                         

                          VALKA
           This way. Come.

                         

                          HICCUP
           You can't just say something like
           that and run off! You're my
           mother?! I mean, what the -- do you
           grasp how INSANE it sounds?!

                          (BEAT)
           I have questions!

                         

                          VALKA
           Come. Quickly!

                         
          Hiccup follows her over the difficult terrain. He tries to
          clamber over a tall rock, unsuccessfully.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Where have you been all this time?

                         
          Toothless boosts him over. Hiccup lands on the other side.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           What've you been doing?! They said
           you were dead! Everyone thinks you
           were eaten by...
          Hiccup trails off as he enters...

                         

                         

          INT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - OASIS - CONTINUOUS


                         
          ... a stadium-sized chamber teeming with ferns, waterfalls,
          hot springs and THOUSANDS of new DRAGONS.

                         
          Hiccup wanders in, basking in the in the amazing sight: a
          dome of sweating ice capping a geothermal micro climate,
          filled with dragons of every shape and kind.

                         
          He spots Valka clinging to a basalt overhang, watching him.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 40.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           This is where you've been for
           twenty years?

                         
          She nods from her perch.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           You've been rescuing them.

                         
          She nods again, this time with a smile.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Unbelievable.

                         

                          VALKA
           You're not upset?

                         

                          HICCUP
           What? No. I don't know. It's a bit
           much to get my head around, to be
           frank. It's not every day you find
           out your mother is some kind of
           crazy, feral, vigilante dragon
           lady.

                         
          Valka chuckles, and using her dragon's wing, lowers herself
          to the ground like a skilled acrobat.

                         

                          VALKA
           At least I'm not boring... right?

                         

                          HICCUP
           I suppose there is that...
           (feeble, trailing off)
           ... one... specific... thing...

                         
          Excited dragons rush up to greet Hiccup and Toothless. Hiccup
          pets a few, marveling at the vast dragon utopia before him.

                         

                          VALKA
           Do you like it?

                         

                          HICCUP
           I don't have the words.

                         
          Toothless SNARLS in annoyance as the curious, smothering
          dragons SNIFF every part of him.

                         

                          VALKA
           Can I... ? He's beautiful!

                         
          She reaches out to stroke Toothless, who PURRS at her touch.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 41.

                         

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           Incredible. He might very well be
           the last of his kind.

                         
          She inspects his talons as Toothless rolls onto his back,
          nuzzling her.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           And look, he's your age! No wonder
           you get along so well.

                         
          Hiccup smiles, astounded by Toothless' affection for Valka.
          She checks his teeth. They recede into the gums at her touch.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           And retractable teeth? Ah!
           How did you manage to--

                         

                          HICCUP
           --I found him in the woods. He was
           shot down and wounded.

                         
          She winces and offers a sympathetic nod as she stands to
          caress a few of her own rescued dragons.

                         

                          VALKA
           This Snafflefang lost his leg to
           one of Drago Bludvist's iron traps.
           This Raincutter had her wing sliced
           by razor netting. And this poor
           Hobblegrunt was blinded by a tree
           snare... then left to die alone and
           scared.
           (re: Toothless' tail)
           And what of this? Did Drago or his
           trappers do this, too?

                          HICCUP
           Heh. Well, crazy thing is... I'm
           actually the one who shot him down.

                         
          She glares, confused.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           It's okay though. He got me back.
           (playfully, to Toothless)
           Right, bud? You couldn't save all
           of me, could you? You just had to
           make it even. So... peg leg!

                         
          Hiccup rattles his prosthetic leg with a smirk. Valka
          observes their playful rapport with curiosity.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 42.

                         

                         

                          VALKA
           What did your father think of your
           Night Fury friend?

                         

                          HICCUP
           He didn't take it all that well.

                         
          She mutters in agreement.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           But then... he changed. They all
           did. Pretty soon everyone back home
           had dragons of their own.

                         
          She smiles at Toothless, dismissive.

                         

                          VALKA
           If only it were possible.

                         

                          HICCUP
           No, really, I --

                         

                          VALKA
           -- Believe me, I tried, as well.
           But people are not capable of
           change, Hiccup. Some of us... were
           just born different.

                         

                         

          EXT. BERK VILLAGE - NIGHT


                         

                         FLASHBACK

                         
          Dragons sweep from the sky, blowing FIRE, carrying off sheep
          and dried fish. Vikings chase them down, hurling weapons.

                         

           VALKA (V.O.)
           Berk was a land of kill or be
           killed, but I believed peace was
           possible.

                         
          A Viking is about to finish off a felled dragon, but Valka
          chases up to him and tugs at his arm.

                         

                          VALKA
           Stop! You'll only make it worse!

                         
          The dragon takes wing, escaping to safety... leaving the
          Viking warrior glaring at Valka.

                         

           VALKA (V.O.)
           It was a very unpopular opinion.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 43.

                         

                         
          As he rushes off, Valka hears a clatter and whirls around to
          see a DRAGON (Cloudjumper) clawing its way through the roof
          of a house.

                         

                          VALKA
           Hiccup!

                         

                         

          INT. STOICK'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS


                         

                         FLASHBACK CONTINUED

                         
          Cloudjumper enters the house through the hole in the roof,
          sniffing out a baby's cradle in the corner.

                         
          Valka rushes in, panicked.

                         

           VALKA (V.O.)
           One night, a dragon broke into our
           house, finding you in the cradle.

                         
          Valka draws a sword quietly, slipping up to the dragon, only
          to find it huddled protectively over the cradle as BABY
          HICCUP innocently plays with one of its talons.

                         

           VALKA (V.O.)
           I rushed to protect you, but what I
           saw... was proof of everything I
           believed.

                         
          Valka's careful approach causes a floorboard to squeak.
          Spooked, Cloudjumper whips around to face her, accidentally
          SCRATCHING baby Hiccup's chin.

                         
          Their eyes meet. Valka lowers her sword, transfixed.

                         

           VALKA (V.O.)
           This wasn't a vicious beast, but an
           intelligent, gentle creature, whose
           soul reflected my own.

                         
          Stoick's AXE spins through the air between them, barely
          missing Cloudjumper and planting into a pillar.

                         

                          STOICK
           Valka, run!

                         
          Alarmed, Cloudjumper WHIRLS around at Stoick and BLASTS!

                         
          Stoick DIVES out of the way as the FIRE SPLATTERS against the
          wall, burning a hole and setting the room ablaze.

                         
          The dragon moves toward Stoick, but Valka grabs hold.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 44.

                         

                         

                          VALKA
           Don't!

                         
          It turns to face her again, locking eyes, agitated.

                         

                          STOICK
           Hold on!

                         
          Stoick dashes through the fire toward Hiccup and pulls him
          out of the cradle. He pulls his axe from the pillar...

                         

           VALKA (O.S.)
           No! Stoick!

                         
          ... but in a WHOOSH of smoke and embers, the dragon and Valka
          are GONE.

                         

                          STOICK

           VALKA!

                         

                          VALKA

                          (DISTANT)
           Stoick!

                         
          Stoick and baby Hiccup watch helplessly as the dragon spirits
          Valka away into the night sky.

                         

                          STOICK
           Valka...

                         
          ON BABY HICCUP'S FACE, with the fresh nick on his chin...

                         

           MATCH CUT TO:

                         

                         

          INT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - DAWN


                         PRESENT DAY

                         
          HICCUP'S FACE, with the matching scar.

                         

                          VALKA
           You and your father nearly died
           that night, all because I couldn't
           kill a dragon.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Yeah, it runs in the family.

                         

                          VALKA
           It broke my heart to stay away, but
           I believed you'd be safer if I did.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 45.

                         

                         
          Hiccup considers this, then raises his eyes to hers, seeing
          the sting of remorse.

                         

                          HICCUP
           How did you survive?

                         

                          VALKA
           Oh, Cloudjumper never meant to harm
           me. He must've thought I belonged
           here...

                         
          She leads him to the edge of raised natural terrace,
          overlooking the steamy oasis with its flowing hot spring
          waterfalls. Half-submerged in the warm lake below, a massive
          white dragon with pronounced, mammoth-like tusks rests
          benevolently on the banks, his stately countenance like that
          of a lion surrounded by his pride.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           In the home of the great
           Bewilderbeast. The alpha species.
           One of very few that still exist.

                          (BEAT)
           Every nest has its queen, but this
           is king of all dragons.

                         
          Dragons land and bow reverentially to the Bewilderbeast.
          Valka gestures to the spiked ice ceiling that acts as a
          sweating greenhouse.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           With his icy breath, this graceful
           giant built our nest. A safe haven
           for dragons everywhere.

                         
          On HICCUP, putting it together.

                          HICCUP
           Wait, that's the ice-spitter? He's
           responsible for all that
           destruction?

                         

                          VALKA
           He protects us. We all live under
           his care. And his command.

                         
          They pass an eggshell-littered NURSERY. HATCHLINGS dart out
          of it, greeting them excitedly and inciting chaos. Toothless
          is overwhelmed by their manic picking and scratching.
          Cloudjumper balks and sends them scattering.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           All but the babies, of course...
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 46.

                         

                         
          The hatchlings clamber on top of the Bewilderbeast and play
          on his massive tusks, despite his authority. Valka laughs.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           ... who listen to no one.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast lets out a frosty SNORT, sending off the
          youngsters to spread more mischief.

                         
          Now awakened, The Bewilderbeast raises his gargantuan head to
          take a closer look at Hiccup, coming eye to massive eye.
          Valka bows in his presence. As does Toothless.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           I've lived among them for twenty
           years, Hiccup, learning their ways,
           discovering their secrets...

                         
          He acknowledges Hiccup with another icy snort, slicking back
          Hiccup's hair in a frosty veneer. Valka laughs.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           He likes you.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Wow.

                         
          She chuckles, delighting in his awe.

                         

                          VALKA
           You must be hungry.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Uh, yeah. I could eat.

                         

                          VALKA
           Good. It's feeding time.
          Toothless tucks himself beneath Cloudjumper's wing, trying to
          befriend him, but Cloudjumper isn't having any of it. He
          grimaces and follows Valka out.

                         

                         

          EXT. OPEN SEA - NIGHT


                         
          (Scene 1200 - Astrid Takes Charge)

                         
          Astrid and Stormfly circle a lone iceberg, being used as a
          rest stop for the Gang and their dragons. She lands with a
          frown, eyeing the distance.

                         

                          ASTRID
           I don't like it. They should've
           been back with Hiccup by now.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 47.

                         

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           I don't like it either. Eret son of
           Eret was the man of my dreams. My
           everything!

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           But, baby, I grew facial hair for
           you.

                         
          Fishlegs strokes his peach fuzz beard, meek and dejected.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Me, too.

                         

                          ASTRID
           What if Drago shot them down? What
           if they need our help?

                          (RESOLUTE)
           We have to find them.

                         

                          FISHLEGS

                          (NERVOUSLY)
           What? But Stoick said...

                         

                          ASTRID
           It doesn't matter what he said, if
           they've all been captured. Come on!

                         
          She flies off, determined.

                         

                         

          EXT. ICE FLOES - NIGHT


                         
          Eret's ship is beset by ice floes. The crew stirs on deck as
          he paces, grumbling, while nursing his head with a large
          chunk of ice.

                          NO-NAME
           Do we go back?

                         

                          ERET
           We've nowhere to go! Nothing to
           sell! And no heads to call our own,
           if we don't turn up with dragons
           and fast --

                         
          He's suddenly scooped up in Stormfly's talons.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Careful what you wish for!

                         

           UG (O.S.)

           ERET SON OF ERET!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 48.

                         

                         
          Nets whiz past as Astrid and the Gang rocket out of range.

                         

                         

                          ERET
           What is this?!

                         

                          ASTRID
           A kidnapping.

                         
          Ruffnut grabs his leg, clutching him possessively.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Yay! Can he ride with me? Can he?
           Can he?

                         
          Both Eret and Tuffnut groan in protest.

                         

                          ASTRID
           You're gonna show us the way to
           Drago.

                         

                          ERET
           And help dragon riders sneak into
           Drago's camp? Just kill me now.

                         

                          ASTRID
           That can be arranged. Stormfly,
           drop it.

                         
          In enthusiastic response, Stormfly pops open her talons,
          sending Eret plummeting. He wails and flails as he hurtles
          toward the ice far below.

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           Good girl! Stormfly, fetch.

                         
          She dives after him, just as enthusiastically.
          ON ERET, terrified, as the ground rushes up at him.

                         

                          ERET

           ALL RIGHT! OKAY! I'LL TAKE YOU TO

           DRAGO!

                         
          Stormfly suddenly SNATCHES him out of his free-fall just
          before hitting the ice. Astrid giggles and cracks her
          knuckles.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Works every time.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 49.

                         

                         

          EXT. SKY - EARLY MORNING


                         
          (Scene 1600 - Momma's Boy)

                         

                         BEGIN MONTAGE

                         
          Hiccup and Toothless follow Valka and Cloudjumper over a
          majestic fjord in the long rays of the low Arctic sun.

                         
          Hiccup peers over his shoulder to see that a thick flock of
          dragons -- nearly all of Valka's rescues -- are close on
          their tail. He turns back to his mother, confused.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Hey, I thought we were going to
           eat?

                         

                          VALKA
           (with a mischievous grin)
           Oh, we are.

                         
          She directs his gaze below, where in the choppy water of the
          fjord, a group of Seashocker dragons are corralling a dense
          shoal of fish near the surface.

                         
          Suddenly, the Bewilderbeast rises from deep below, scooping
          the fish up in its vast mouth as its tusks break the surface.
          It breaches just below Hiccup and Toothless, giving them a
          fright before spitting the fish into the air and crashing
          back down into the sea.

                         
          Valka laughs at Hiccup's surprise as the hungry dragons race
          for the flailing fish, scooping them out of the air. Hiccup
          gestures to Toothless to join in and he gladly scoops up a
          mouth full.

                         

          EXT. SNOWY SHORELINE - LATER


                         

          MONTAGE CONTINUES...

                         
          Hiccup has his map spread out in the snow, explaining the
          various lands he's discovered during his explorations.

                         

                          HICCUP
           And from Dragon Island, I found
           this archipelago...

                         
          He looks up to see that Valka is no longer next to him, but
          she has sketched out the rest of the northern land masses in
          the snow, wowing Hiccup with just how far and wide she has
          explored.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 50.

                         

                         
          She returned to Hiccup's side with a smile. But his amazement
          is interrupted by Toothless joining in, drawing all over
          Valka's map with a giant icicle.

                         
          Hiccup simply shrugs as his mother giggles, and Cloudjumper
          sneers.

                         

                         

          EXT. WINDSWEPT CLIFF - LATER


                         
          Valka and Hiccup rise on their dragons, carried skyward by a
          strong coastal wind that thrusts vertical up shoreline cliff.

                         
          One by one, dragons leap from the cliff and catch the strong
          updraft, popping their wings open like kites. They ride the
          wind and orbit around each other in a colorful, mesmeric
          dance. It's clearly a form of dragon play.

                         
          Hiccup, lifted off of his saddle by the force of the wind,
          laughs giddily as he watches Valka walk across Cloudjumper's
          wing and onto several others, dragon-hopping from one to
          another, until she gracefully crosses Toothless from wing tip
          to wing tip. She then drops out of sight, reappearing a
          moment later standing atop Cloudjumper. Hiccup is in utter
          awe of her.

                         
          Valka breathes in the frigid air. Lets it out blissfully.

                         

                          VALKA
           When I'm up here, I don't even feel
           the cold. I just feel...

                         

                          HICCUP
           Free.

                         
          She smiles at Hiccup. He gleams back.

                          VALKA
           This is what it is to be a dragon,
           Hiccup.

                         
          Hiccup LOCKS the pedals in the flared tail position and
          unbuckles himself. Valka watches, curious.

                         

                          HICCUP
           It's all well and good to call
           yourself a dragon.

                         
          Hiccup RUNS OFF of Toothless, pulling his stowed wings.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           But can you fly?

                         
          They catch the air, SNAPPING OPEN... and sending him GLIDING.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 51.

                         

                         
          Valka GASPS, astonished. She flies her dragon alongside him,
          marvelling, as...

                         
          ... Hiccup SOARS, riding the wild air currents like an eagle,
          the image of freedom. Toothless descends steadily with him,
          hovering protectively.

                         
          Hiccup grins, pleased at having impressed Valka... until he
          realizes that he is once again racing toward a collision with
          a fast approaching mountain top.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Oh no. Toothless!

                         
          But, with his tail locked, Toothless can't make the tight
          jackknife turn skyward to rescue Hiccup.

                         
          Realizing that they're in trouble, Valka and Cloudjumper pour
          on the speed. All four of them collide just as they reach the
          mountain top, sending them crash-landing in an explosion of
          snow.

                         
          They all TOPPLE head over tail to a messy landing on the wind-
          swept ridge and pop up LAUGHING.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Man! Almost! We just about had it
           that time!

                         
          Toothless raises his snow-packed face, glowering. He tail-
          swipes Hiccup off of his feet and back into the powder.

                         
          Valka inspects Hiccup's wing suit with utter fascination.

                         

                          VALKA
           Incredible.

                          HICCUP
           Well, not bad yourself.

                         
          She caresses his cheek, staring deep into his eyes. Hiccup
          doesn't recoil this time.

                         

                          VALKA
           All this time, you took after me.
           And where was I?

                          (REMORSEFUL)
           I'm so sorry, Hiccup. Can we start
           over? Will you give me another
           chance?

                         
          Hiccup smiles, a simple acknowledgement that all is forgiven.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 52.

                         

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           I can teach you all I've learned,
           these past twenty years. Like...

                         
          Valka finds a spot at the top of Toothless' neck and rubs in
          a circular pattern. In response, his dorsal blades slowly
          crack, split and extend, forming a pronounced, aerodynamic
          `V' down the length of his back and tail.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           Now you can make those tight turns.

                         
          Toothless shudders, as if experiencing a much-needed
          chiropractic adjustment. He bounds over to Hiccup, giddily
          retracting and splaying his dorsal blades like a kid with a
          new toy.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Did YOU know about this?

                         
          Valka smiles, delighting in their mutual amazement.

                         

                          VALKA
           Every dragon has its secrets.

                         
          Toothless pounces around, showing off to Cloudjumper, who
          seems thoroughly unimpressed.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           And I'll show them all to you.
           We'll unlock every mystery, find
           every last species, together, as
           mother and son.

                          (BEAT)
           This gift we share, Hiccup... it
           bonds us. This is who you are, son.
           Who we are. We will change the
           world for all dragons! We will make
           it a better, safer place!

                         

                          HICCUP
           That sounds... amazing.

                         
          She pulls him into a hug -- forceful, bursting with emotion.
          Hiccup hugs Valka back. They share a cathartic moment, before
          Hiccup peels away from her.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           This is so great! Now you and I can
           go talk to Drago -- together!

                         
          She chuckles, incredulous.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 53.

                         

                         

                          VALKA
           What? There's no talking to Drago.

                         

                          HICCUP
           But we have to --

                         

                          VALKA
           -- No. We must protect our own.

                         
          Hiccup stares, exasperated by the familiar line. Cloudjumper
          lumbers over, eager to be rid of Toothless' puppy-like
          energy. Valka pets him.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           Now come on, we should be getting
           back.

                         
          Before Hiccup can say anymore, he hear heavy breathing next
          to him, and looks over to see Toothless with a gaping grin,
          clapping his dorsal blades.

                         

                         

          EXT. ICE CAVE - DAY


                         
          (Scene 1350 - Meet Drago)

                         
          Astrid and the gang stealthily approach a cluster of tabular
          icebergs, collapsed against each other at the mouth of a
          maze. Stormfly drops Eret to the snow, but before he can
          flee, she lands atop him and nests like a hen with her egg.

                         

                          ERET
           Agghh! Okay! I got you here, now
           get this thing off me!

                         

                          ASTRID
           Never take a toy from a dragon.
           Don't you know anything?

                         
          Stormfly crushes him in place under her weight.

                         

                          ERET

                          (STRAINED)
           Gah! Why does this keep happening
           to me?

                         
          Astrid crawls up the rising ridge to reveal...

                         
          A MASSIVE FLOTILLA, moored together like a floating camp in
          the deep water between collided icebergs.

                         
          Thick chains run deep into the water, where great blasts of
          bubbles erupt on the surface. The unseen creature rocks the
          ships. Its effect alone describes it as gargantuan.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 54.

                         

                         

                          ASTRID
           What's down there?

                         
          Fishlegs rifles through his note cards contained in his belt
          pouch.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Large diameter bubbles, massive
           lungs, cold water deep dweller, I'm
           thinking class five leviathan,
           maybe six.

                         
          Suddenly, Stormfly is alerted to an encroaching menace and
          takes wing. BLOW DARTS whiz through the air, hitting the
          other dragons. The effect is immediate -- they fall to the
          ground, unconscious. Drugged.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Meatlug! What's wrong, girl?

                         
          Eret spring to his feet and draws his blades. Astrid and the
          Gang find themselves surrounded by soldiers, camouflaged in
          polar bear furs, and poised to fire darts. They're
          outnumbered. Fishlegs raises his hands, dropping the cards.

                         

                         

          EXT. DRAGO'S SHIP - DECK - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          DRAGO BLUDVIST, a hulking figure draped in a dragon skin
          cloak, crouches over the prow of the fleet's grisly flagship,
          adorned in massive dragon bones and skulls. His scarred face
          is masked by thick, grizzled dreadlocks.

                         

           ERET (O.S.)

           DRAGO!

                         
          Drago turns to see Astrid, Eret, and the Gang being forcibly
          escorted onto the deck. Eret SHAKES HIMSELF FREE.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Get off me!

                         
          In the background, a sledge, loaded with Hookfang, Meatlug,
          Belch and Barf -- all unconscious -- is dragged onto the deck
          by armored dragons.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Always great to see you, my friend!
           Keeping warm up here?

                         
          The soldiers disarm him, pushing him forward as Drago
          approaches.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 55.

                         

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Well, as you can see, I'm right on
           time with a new batch of dragons,
           just like I promised.

                         
          Hookfang awakens, groggily shaking off the effect of the blow-
          dart. He rears as soldiers struggle to reign him in.

                         

                          SOLDIER #1
           Watch out! He's waking up! Keep him
           steady!

                         

                          SOLDIER #2
           Give me some backup here!

                         

                          DRAGO
           Drop the ropes.

                         
          They do so. Hookfang bucks and roars, chasing off the
          soldiers, then focusing on Drago as he closes in. The armored
          dragons avert their eyes and cower as Drago passes.

                         
          Hookfang HISSES a warning, but Drago approaches, undaunted.

                         
          Hookfang BLASTS. In a blur, Drago wraps himself in his dragon
          skin cloak. The sticky, napalm-like fire splatters against
          the fireproof scales, enveloping Drago in dripping flames as
          he persists forward without missing a step.

                         
          As the blast ends, Drago drops the cloak, closing in and
          holding a cold stare. Hookfang lets out a ferocious ROAR.

                         
          Drago YELLS back with a fierce, savage scream, interrupting
          Hookfang and causing him to recoil. Drago whirls his bull-
          hook overhead and STABS it into the deck planks.

                         
          Hookfang stirs, his aggression fading in the face of Drago's
          unflinching show of dominance.

                         
          After a moment, Hookfang averts his eyes and lowers his head
          in submission. Drago places his boot upon Hookfang's snout,
          pressing it into the deck planks.

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Hookfang!

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Hey!

                         

                          ASTRID
           What are you doing?
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 56.

                         

                         

                          DRAGO
           (quiet, to the dragon)
           You belong to me now.

                         

                          ERET
           And as an added bonus, I also
           caught you their riders. No extra
           charge.

                         
          Drago notices the saddle on Hookfang's back. His eyes wander
          to the saddle on Meatlug. Alarm flashes in Drago's eyes.

                         

                          ASTRID
           What?! Are you kidding me?!

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           But you were so perfect!

                         

                          ERET
           Turns out, there's a whole bunch of
           them out there. They --

                         
          In a flash, Drago stops toward Eret and seizes him by the
          throat.

                         

                          DRAGO
           How many?

                         
          As Eret chokes, stammering, Astrid whispers to the gang.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Drago doesn't have them after all.

                         

                          DRAGO

           HOW MANY?!

                         

                          ASTRID
           Hundreds! A whole island full!

                         
          His grip tightens around Eret's neck as he turns to Astrid.

                         

                          ERET
           I wouldn't worry about it. My men
           are hunting them down as we speak.
           They won't know where you're
           hiding. I promise you that.

                         
          Astrid nods a covert signal to the Gang -- she has a plan.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Oh, yes they will!

                         
          Drago drops Eret as Astrid advances, staring Drago down. Eret
          tries to signal her to stop, but it's no use.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 57.

                         

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           They know we're missing and they
           have tracking dragons. If you so
           much as touch us, Hiccup is gonna

                          KICK --

                         

                          DRAGO
           -- Hiccup?

                         

                          ERET
           He's not a problem. Really. Trust
           me.

                         

                          ASTRID
           He's only the son of Stoick the
           Vast...

                         
          Drago's eyes narrow upon hearing Stoick's name.

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           ... his heir to the throne of
           Berk... and the greatest dragon
           master this world has ever seen!

                         

                          DRAGO
           Dragon master? I ALONE control the
           dragons!

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Nope.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Sorry!

                         

                          ASTRID
           And unless you let us go, right
           now, he will blast through here on
           his Night Fury and blow your entire
           fleet of ships to splinters!

                         
          Eret slips away, trying to distance himself from the tension.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Then they'll be crying like babies!

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Funny and beautiful.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Good one, babe!

                         
          Ruffnut groans, exasperated by their smarmy advances.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 58.

                         

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Yeah. Like babies. They always cry.
           Real tiny ones...

                         
          Drago grabs Eret by the face and bears down on him.

                         

                          DRAGO
           First there was one rider. And now
           all of Berk.

                          (TO ERET)
           And YOU led them to me.

                         
          He THROWS Eret across the deck.

                         

                          ERET
           Drago!

                         

                          DRAGO

           CEASE ALL PREPARATIONS! WE MUST

           ATTACK THE DRAGONS RIDER'S NEST AT

           ONCE!

                          (SAVORING IT)

           WE WILL TAKE DOWN THEIR ALPHA...

           AND THEN WE WILL TAKE BERK!

                         
          Soldiers CHEER in the thousands.

                         

                          ERET
           You're overreacting!

                         

                          DRAGO
           And get rid of him.

                         

                          ERET
           Drago, please...

                         
          The soldiers HURL throwing knives at Eret...
          But Stormfly lands in a blur of wings, shielding Eret from
          the flurry of blades. She whips her tail, throwing spikes in
          all directions.

                         

                          ASTRID

           STORMFLY!

                         
          Stormfly ROARS protectively, hiding Eret within her wings,
          until a well-blown dart sinks into her neck, bringing her
          down...

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)

           NO!

                         
          Revealing Eret, gawking in shock.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 59.

                         

                         

          INT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - OASIS - MORNING


                         
          (Scene 1800 - Family Reunion)

                         
          Hiccup reattaches his flight suit while standing on a ledge
          overlooking the utopian nest, teeming with dragons. Several
          babies race in to hassle Toothless as he naps.

                         

                          HICCUP

                          (DETERMINED)
           Well, bud, we can't wait around for
           Drago to attack this place. We've
           gotta find him first. Let's go.

                         
          Suddenly, a thick hand clamps down over Hiccup's face --
          muffling his scream!

                         
          Toothless whirls around to find STOICK, towering over Hiccup.
          He calms Toothless with a touch and releases Hiccup.

                         

                          STOICK
           Easy now.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Are you kidding me? How'd you get
           in here?

                         

                          STOICK
           The same way we're getting you out.

                         

                          HICCUP
           We?

                         
          Gobber appears in the arch of a tunnel.

                         

                          GOBBER
           All clear!

                          STOICK
           Toothless. Come.

                         
          They hurry back into the winding corridor.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Dad! There's something you need to
           know!

                         

                          STOICK
           Yeah, yeah, tell me on the way.

                         

                          HICCUP
           This isn't an on-the-way kind of
           update, actually...
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                          STOICK
           I've heard ENOUGH, Hiccup.

                         

                          HICCUP
           ... more of the earth-shattering
           development variety.

                         

                          STOICK
           Yeah, just add it to the pile.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Dad, unlike most surprises I spring
           on you, this is one you'll like. I
           promise! You just have to handle it
           delicately, so...

                         
          They round a tight bend in the corridor to find Gobber
          staring blankly at something unseen in the next chamber. He
          shuffles past Stoick and Hiccup, dazed.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Uh, you might want to take this
           one. Oh, boy.

                         
          Stoick draws his SWORD, then braves into the chamber ahead.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Dad, can you put the sword away...
           please?

                         
          Stoick GASPS as if seeing a ghost... and drops his sword with
          a clatter.

                         
          Valka stands some twenty paces ahead of him, blocking the
          path. She lets out an audible SHUDDER upon seeing him.

                         
          He removes his helmet slowly as Hiccup, Gobber, and Toothless
          appear at Stoick's side.

                         

                          VALKA

                          (RATTLED)
           I know what you're going to say,
           Stoick. How could I have done this?
           Stayed away all of these years. And
           why didn't I come back to you? To
           our son.

                         
          Stoick steps towards her, wide-eyed and speechless. Dragons
          emerge from the recesses behind Valka, hissing protectively.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           Well, what sign did I have that you
           could change, Stoick? That anyone
           on Berk could?

                          (MORE)
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 61.

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           I pleaded so many times to stop the
           fighting, to find another answer,
           but did any of you listen?

                         

                          GOBBER
           This is why I never married.

                          (BEAT)
           This and one other reason.

                         
          Stoick continues to close the gap, mesmerized. With every
          step, Valka becomes increasingly flustered. She backs into an
          ice wall, with nowhere to go, and Stoick just a few paces
          away.

                         

                          VALKA

                          (TEARFUL)
           I know that I left you to raise
           Hiccup alone... but I thought he'd
           be better off without me. And I was
           wrong, I see that now, but...

                         
          Stoick gently reaches a hand toward her face.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           Oh stop being so stoic, Stoick. Go
           on... SHOUT, SCREAM, SAY SOMETHING!

                         

                          STOICK
           You're as beautiful as the day I
           lost you.

                         
          His words snuff her retort, rendering her speechless. She
          softens despite herself, yielding her cheek to his palm. He
          caresses her skin as a reluctant tear runs through his
          fingers. He PULLS her into a KISS. She resists briefly, then
          gives in. The surrounding dragons softly RETREAT in kind.
          Hiccup gapes, warmed by the sight of his parents reunited.

                         

                         

          EXT. ICE CHANNEL - DAY


                         
          (Scene 1750 - Eret's Turn)

                         
          Drago's massive flagship leads the flotilla, pulled along
          forcefully by whatever's at the other end of the enormous
          chain.

                         
          Drago WHACKS the chain with his bullhook, spurring it
          forward.

                         

          ON DRAGO'S SHIP
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 62.

                         

                         
          Eret, Astrid, and the Gang are escorted to the stern,
          surrounded by several of Drago's soldiers. Wrists bound.
          Spear tips pressed into their backs.

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Could this day get any worse?

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Uh, let me see. You'll jump into
           freezing cold water and then die
           from drowning.

                         
          They reach the gang plank. Eret peers overboard at the deep,
          icy water below.

                         

                          ERET
           Looks refreshing.

                         
          He turns to Astrid, meeting her glare with mock chivalry.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Please, ladies first.

                         
          A pair of soldiers GRAB Astrid by the arms.

                         

                          ASTRID
           You are a steaming heap of dragon --

                         

                          ERET
           -- Duck.

                         
          Eret WHIRLS around, ROUND-HOUSING both soldiers. They GO
          DOWN, heavily.

                         
          He catches one of their spears with his bound hands and
          slices his ropes free. They fall away as he catches the other
          spear, twirling both in invitation.

                          SOLDIER
           Warn the others!

                         
          One soldier runs to send up the alarm... while the last two
          raise BLOW DART TUBES.

                         
          Eret SWIPES the first off of his legs, sending the dart into
          the neck of the second.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Get `em, you son of an Eret!

                         
          As the downed soldiers SCRAMBLE to their feet, Fishlegs FALLS
          OVER, CRUSHING them under his weight.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 63.

                         

                         
          Eret CATCHES the falling tube from the second soldier and
          BLOWS the dart at the fleeing third. The soldier DROPS,
          unconscious -- just shy of the Captain's Quarters.

                         

                          RUFFNUT (CONT'D)
           Okay, I love you again.

                         
          Ruffnut skips past Snotlout on her way to Eret. Snotlout
          watches, crestfallen.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Ugh. Pathetic. You can still jump.

                         
          Eret avoids Ruffnut and turns to Astrid.

                         

                          ERET
           So? Are we going to save your
           dragons and get out of here or not?

                         
          Astrid narrows her eyes, not knowing what to make of him. He
          reclaims his sword and dagger from the unconscious soldier
          who took them and cuts Tuffnut free.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Check every trap. They're here
           somewhere.

                         

                         

          EXT. DRAGO'S SHIP - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          Astrid slips under a tarp and cranks open a metal trap. She
          peers between its massive iron teeth, discovering Meatlug
          within, bound and chained to its base as bait.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Meatlug?

                         ON ERET

                         
          Carefully cranking another trap, wincing at the sound. The
          iron jaws of the trap open wider with every CLICK.

                         

                          ERET
           Anyone coming?

                         
          Ruffnut "stands guard," fixated on Eret's rippling biceps.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           I don't know. You just keep doing
           what you're doing. Keep crankin'...

                         
          Eret squeezes between the cocked teeth, finding Stormfly
          within, muzzled and chained. She looks up at Eret, calming
          immediately. He pauses, then approaches slowly.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 64.

                         

                         
          Eret carefully reaches out and strokes Stormfly's muzzle.

                         

                          ERET
           Thank you for saving my life.

                          (BEAT)
           Now let me return the favor.

                         

                         

          INT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - VALKA'S LIVING QUARTERS - LATE


                         AFTERNOON

                         
          (Scene 1850 - The Last Dance)

                         
          As Toothless and Cloudjumper hover for scraps, Stoick and
          Valka prepare skewers of fish. She's overwhelmed, lost in her
          thoughts, and covering it up poorly.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Mom, you'd never recognize it!
           Where we used to make weapons, we
           now build saddles, wing slings --
           we even fix dragon teeth! You
           wouldn't believe how much
           everything's changed!

                         
          Valka offers a skittish half-smile and hands him a plate.

                         

                          STOICK
           Our son's changed Berk for the
           better. I think we did well with
           this one, Val.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Thanks, Dad.

                         
          Stoick places his hands on Valka's shoulders. She flinches,
          dropping the plate.
          Cloudjumper steals the fish before Toothless can get to it.
          Toothless whimpers, and as a sign of acceptance, Cloudjumper
          regurgitates the fish so Toothless can have some.

                         

                          VALKA
           I'm... a little out of practice.

                         

                          STOICK

                          (SWEETLY)
           Well, y'know... I didn't marry you
           for your cooking.

                         

                          GOBBER
           (to Hiccup and Grump)
           I hope not. Her meatballs could
           kill more beasts than a battle axe.

                          (MORE)
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 65.

                          GOBBER (CONT'D)
           I've still got a few knocking
           around in here. Ha ha!

                         
          Gobber takes a bite, gags, and dump the entire plate of fish
          skewers into Grump's mouth like a trash can.

                         

                          HICCUP
           And once you move back in, with all
           of your dragons, Drago won't even
           stand a chance. Everything will be
           okay!

                         
          Stoick can see that Valka is overwhelmed. He lays a hand upon
          Hiccup's shoulder, calming him.

                         

                          STOICK
           Slow down, son. It's a lot to take
           in.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Oh. Gotcha.

                         
          Valka crosses the room to fill a flask with water, back
          turned to the group, as Stoick eyes her sympathetically. He
          decides on a different approach... and whistles a familiar
          tune.

                         
          ON VALKA, as her eyes widen, stirred, recognizing the melody.
          She turns away from Stoick, as the water overflows from the
          flask.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Oh, I love this one!

                         
          Stoick approaches her delicately.

                         

                          STOICK

                          (WHISPERED)
           Remember our song, Val?

                         
          Hiccup watches him, curious, as Stoick FUMBLES THROUGH THE
          FIRST VERSE of an old Viking courting song:

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)

                          (SINGING SOFTLY)
           I'll swim and sail on savage seas,
           with ne'er a fear of drowning. And
           gladly ride the waves of life, if
           you will marry me.

                         
          Valka avoids his gaze, wallowing in a mess of emotions.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 66.

                         

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)

                          (SINGING)
           No scorching sun, nor freezing cold

                          WILL --

                         

                          GOBBER

                          (SINGING)
           -- will stop me on my journey!
           (catching himself,

                          EMBARRASSED)
           Sorry.

                         
          Stoick scowls at him, then returns his attention to Valka.

                         

                          STOICK

                          (SINGING)
           If you will promise me your
           heart...

                         
          Stoick pauses, setting Valka up for her part of the duet.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           And love...

                         
          Stoick hangs eagerly, awaiting her words, but Valka closes
          her eyes, rejecting his invitation. He lets out a heavy-
          hearted sigh. But nostalgia gets the better of Valka. She
          softly SINGS HER PART:

                         

                          VALKA

                          (SINGING)
           And love me for eternity.

                         
          Stoick beams. She brushes past him, setting into the center
          of the chamber and holding her forearm aloft in invitation.
          Stoick crosses his forearm against hers, initiating a
          beautiful dance to accompany the song.

                          VALKA (CONT'D)

                          (SINGING)
           My dearest one, my darling dear,
           you mighty words astound me. But
           I've no need of mighty deeds, when
           I feel your arms around me.

                         
          The dance is full of charming missteps as Stoick and Valka
          recreate a moment from their past, before Hiccup's wonder-
          struck eyes.

                         

                          STOICK

                          (SINGING)
           But I would bring you rings of
           gold. I'd even sing you poetry.

                          (MORE)
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 67.

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           And I would keep you from all harm,
           if you'd stay here beside me.

                         

                          VALKA

                          (SINGING)
           I have no use for rings of gold. I
           care not for your poetry. I only
           want your hand to hold. I only want
           you near me.

                         
          Gobber can't help himself. He drags Hiccup onto his feet so
          that he can join in the dancing, too.

                         

                          GOBBER
           C'mon, Hiccup!

                         

           VALKA, STOICK, & GOBBER

                          (SINGING)
           To love and kiss, to sweetly hold.
           For the dancing and the dreaming.
           Through all life's sorrows and
           delights, I'll keep your love
           inside me.

                         
          Hiccup is amazed by the sight of his giddy parents, spinning
          and laughing in each others' arms, reunited.

                         

           VALKA, STOICK, & GOBBER (CONT'D)

                          (SINGING)
           I'll swim and sail through savage
           seas, with ne'er a fear of
           drowning. And gladly ride the waves
           of life, if you will marry me!

                         
          Gobber carries the last note...

                         

                          GOBBER

                          (SINGING)
           I'm still going...

                         
          Hiccup taps him.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Gobber!

                         

                          GOBBER
           I'm done.

                         
          Valka and Stoick slow to a stop, WINDED and LAUGHING.

                         

                          STOICK
           Ah... I thought I'd have to die
           before we'd have that dance again.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 68.

                         

                         

                          VALKA
           No need for drastic measures.

                         

                          STOICK
           For you, my dear... anything.

                         
          She smiles sweetly. Stoick's eyes well with tears. He goes
          down on one knee, proposing to her anew.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Will you come home, Val? Will you
           be my wife once again?

                         
          Toothless nudges Valka closer to Stoick. They laugh as Hiccup
          joins them. Stoick throws his arm around him.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           We can be a family! What do you
           say?

                         
          Valka, between tears and laughter, turns to Hiccup.

                         

                          VALKA
           Yes!

                         
          Gobber pops his head in.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Great! I'll do the cooking!

                         
          They laugh.

                         

                          STOICK
           Thank Odin you didn't listen to me,
           son. We never would have found each
           other.
          Suddenly, Toothless and Cloudjumper suddenly perk up, sensing
          something unheard. Hiccup notices.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Toothless?

                         
          Dragons SWARM past Valka's chamber, racing toward some
          unknown disturbance.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           What's happening?

                         
          They're answered by subsequent HEAVY BOOMS that reverberate
          through the fortress.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 69.

                         

                         

          EXT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          (Scene 1900 - Surprise Guests)

                         
          Valka rushes out to find...

                         
          DRAGO'S ARMADA in the lagoon below and his forces of
          thousands now landed upon the beach.

                         
          They launch catapults and ballistas into the icy spires,
          gaining entrance into the mountain's tunnels.

                         
          Hiccup, Stoick, and Gobber catch up to Valka.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Oh, no...

                         
          Valka tries to hurry off, fuming. Stoick stops her.

                         

                          STOICK
           Val! It's all right, it's all
           right. We're a team now.

                          (BEAT)
           Now what do you want to do?

                         
          She glances from Hiccup to Stoick.

                         

                          VALKA
           We have to save the dragons.

                         

                          STOICK

                          (DETERMINED)
           Aye. You got it!

                         
          He throws an arm around Hiccup.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Come on, son.

                         

          ON THE BATTLEFIELD

                         
          VALKA'S DRAGONS SWOOP down to engage the attackers, picking
          up soldiers and carrying them off while Drago stands in the
          line of fire, unflinching.

                         
          The catapults continue to bring down the icy defenses of
          dragon mountain. Drago's men pour into the tunnels. 

                         

                          DRAGO
           Whatever comes, keep hitting the
           mountain! We need to draw the alpha
           out.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 70.

                         

                         
          Drago's armored DRAGON ARMY takes wing, clashing with Valka's
          dragons in the skies.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           Ready the traps!

                         
          Iron jaws are opened like bear traps, revealing screeching
          `bait' dragons within. Valka's dragons swoop down to rescue
          them, only to be SNAPPED UP in the fearsome jaws.

                         
          A second set of traps are cocked open, but instead of dragon
          cries, ZIPPLEBACK GAS seeps out... followed by an EXPLOSION.
          The TWINS rocket out of the trap, riding BARF and BELCH.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Surprise! Yeah!

                         

                          DRAGO

           WHAT?!

                         
          They're joined by Astrid and the rest of the GANG, bursting
          out of the traps atop Meatlug and Hookfang.

                         
          Eret comes flying out last, WAILING aboard Stormfly. He
          struggles to hold on, as she rejoins Astrid (riding Meatlug,
          along with Fishlegs). He gives them a sheepish shrug.

                         

                          ASTRID
           You really are full of surprises.

                         
          She leaps onto Stormfly, steadying them.

                         

                          ASTRID (CONT'D)
           Let's go!

                         
          Together they rocket across the sky...

                          TUFFNUT
           Dragon Riders coming through!

                         
          And DIVE-BOMB the traps, setting them aflame. The yokes and
          leather bindings restraining the bait dragons are
          incinerated, freeing them to fly away, unharmed.

                         

                          DRAGO

           CUT THEM DOWN!

                         
          Projectiles are launched, one of which KNOCKS Ruffnut off her
          dragon. She PLUMMETS past Eret toward the rocky shore below.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Eret, son of Eret!

                         
          She suddenly grabbed by both arms before hitting the rocks.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 71.

                         

                         
          RUFFNUT'S POV: of Snotlout on one side... and Fishlegs on the
          other. SOFT and ROMANTICIZED as her epiphany dawns.

                         
          Above them, more catapults fire, bringing down massive spires
          of ice, directly over Astrid and Eret.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Up, girl! To the left, Eret! That's
           it! Look out!

                         
          It's about to crush them when... it's BLOWN TO PIECES by
          Toothless' fireball. Hiccup, Stoick, and Gobber come bursting
          through the flames on their dragons.

                         
          Hiccup and Toothless arc across the sky triumphantly and set
          their sights on a downed dragon surrounded by soldiers.

                         
          Toothless BLASTS one of Drago's net launchers, knocking it
          onto its side. Stoick then CHOPS the trigger line, FIRING the
          catapult and NETTING the throng of soldiers, freeing the
          dragon.

                         
          Drago's ARCHERS target Stoick with their arrows.

                         

                          ARCHER
           Take `em down!

                         

                          GOBBER
           Heads up!

                         
          Gobber flies up from behind, KNOCKING the archers out with
          Grump's tail. Gobber chuckles.

                         
          DRAGO hears Toothless' tell-tale BANSHEE scream and turns to
          see him streaking across the sky.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Dragon Master.

                         
          Hiccup catches up to Astrid and Eret on Stormfly.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Welcome aboard, dragon rider!

                         

                          ERET
           Thanks. I think.

                         
          Astrid glares, both relieved and annoyed to see Hiccup.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Where have you been?

                         

                          HICCUP
           Oh, y'know. Catching up with Mom.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 72.

                         

                         
          Astrid shoots him a confused glare. He nods skyward. Astrid
          and Eret look up to see...

                         
          VALKA, in full warrior garb, rising from the towering ice
          spikes, atop Cloudjumper.

                         

                          ERET
           Whoa...

                         
          An earth-trembling roar follows as the Bewilderbeast rises
          behind Valka.

                         

                          ASTRID
           That's your mother?!

                         

                          HICCUP
           Well, now you know where I get my
           dramatic flair.

                         
          ON DRAGO, gawking in awe as the great BEWILDERBEAST BLASTS
          an epic explosion of ice upon the attackers.

                         

                          DRAGO
           The alpha! Now we have a fight!

                         
          Valka blasts overhead on Cloudjumper, commanding swarms of
          dragons to swoop down and attack Drago's army. A swarm of
          Zipplebacks set themselves aflame and roll like fiery wagon
          wheels through the battlefield, scattering soldiers and
          destroying war machines.

                         
          One of them gets CAUGHT under a Dragon Swatter, but Hiccup
          and Toothless double-back for a rescue.

                         

                          HICCUP
           There! Come on, Toothless! Show
           them what you got, bud.
          Toothless dive-bombs the swatter and DESTROYS it with a
          plasma bolt, freeing the dragon.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Thatta boy!

                         
          BACK TO VALKA, on Cloudjumper as they pry Drago's armored
          dragons off of the flailing wild ones. A net suddenly
          envelops Cloudjumper. They CRASH heavily, but Valka cuts
          herself free, sliding to a stop just paces away from Drago.

                         

                          DRAGO
           I've waited a long time for this!

                         
          Drago cocks his bull hook, ready to strike, but Valka
          deflects Drago's hit and attacks him.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 73.

                         

                         

                          VALKA
           You cannot take our dragons! They
           are controlled by the alpha!

                         

                          DRAGO

                          (SMUG)
           Then it's a good thing I brought a
           challenger.

                         
          He turns to the flagship and YELLS savagely, whirling his
          bullhook overhead.

                         
          The heavy chains are released. The underwater creature, now
          freed, breaks the surface in an epic cascade of seawater. It
          rises toward the shoreline, revealing itself to be...

                         
          A SECOND BEWILDERBEAST -- bigger, meaner, and covered in
          scars that indicate years of training and abuse. The chains
          fall away from iron cuffs fastened to its massive tusks.

                         
          Valka GASPS.

                         

                          HICCUP

                          (HORRIFIED)
           Another one?

                         

                          FISHLEGS

           I WAS WAY OFF! THAT IS A CLASS TEN!

           CLASS TEN!

                         
          Drago's challenger lumbers onto the beach, focused on Valka's
          Bewilderbeast.

                         

                          VALKA
           No. No.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Come on! Take down the alpha!

                         
          Valka attacks Drago with her bullhook, trying to stop his
          commands, but Drago strikes back, knocking her forcefully
          onto her back. He pins her as she struggles, removing her
          mask and staff. He's about to finish her off, when WHAM! He's
          knocked to the ground. He looks up, fuming, to see Stoick
          helping Valka to her feet.

                         

                          VALKA
           Thank you.

                         

                          STOICK
           For you, my dear... anything.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 74.

                         

                         
          As Drago gathers his weapon and drops his heavy cloak,
          circling Stoick, Drago's Bewilderbeast confronts Valka's in a
          threat display.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Val, do you think you can stop
           them?

                         

                          VALKA
           I'll do my best! Come on,
           Cloudjumper!

                         
          Valka cuts the nets away and hops onto Cloudjumper, flying
          off toward the Bewilderbeasts as they charge each other,

          CLASHING TUSKS.

                         
          Drago LUNGES at Stoick, SWIPING his bullhook.

                         

                          DRAGO
           You... I watched you burn!

                         
          The two imposing warriors CLASH WEAPONS, SLASHING and LANDING

          PUNCHES.

                         

                          STOICK
           It takes more than a little fire to
           kill me!

                         
          Valka flies between the Bewilderbeasts, waving her staff
          commandingly, but to no effect.

                         

          BACK TO STOICK AND DRAGO

                         
          As Drago hooks and yanks the axe out of Stoick's hands.
          Gobber flies by and HURLS his mace attachment.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Stoick!

                         
          Stoick catches it and lands a direct hit on Drago.

                         
          But, with a devastating SWIPE, DRAGO's Bewilderbeast takes
          down Valka's, plunging in its tusks and burying its
          opponent's lifeless body under an avalanche.

                         

                          VALKA
           No!

                         
          Hiccup and the others watch in horror as dragons everywhere
          land and bow their heads in acknowledgement of the new alpha -

          - DRAGO'S ALPHA.

                         

                          DRAGO
           We've won.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 75.

                         

                         
          Drago points his bullhook toward Valka and Cloudjumper.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           Now finish her!

                         
          Stoick whirls around, spotting Valka and Cloudjumper in the
          alpha's sights.

                         

                          STOICK
           No!

                         
          Drago's Bewilderbeast INHALES... and BLASTS! Valka steers
          Cloudjumper out of the way, but ice HITS his tail, causing
          them to SPIRAL out of control toward the icy spires.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Hold on!

                         
          He LEAPS onto Skullcrusher, spurring him into the air.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Skullcrusher, go! Come on, Gobber!

                         
          Stoick tosses the mace back to Gobber in passing, who follows
          brazenly, waving it aloft.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Right behind ya, Stoick!

                         

                         

          EXT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - CONTINUOUS


                         
          (Scene 2000 - Stoick's Sacrifice)

                         
          With his tail impaired, Cloudjumper struggles against a
          throng of oncoming dragons. Valka is knocked off, but manages
          to cling to her dragon's neck.
          As she loses her grip and FALLS...

                         
          Stoick LEAPS from Skullcrusher and CATCHES Valka. He sinks
          his axe into an icy column, and they slide to a safe landing.
          Drago's Bewilderbeast presses closer, sniffing them out.

                         
          BACK TO HICCUP, spotting Drago on the battlefield, commanding
          the Bewilderbeast to finish the job.

                         

                          HICCUP
           STOP! Stop!

                         
          Hiccup lands Toothless a few paces from Drago and brazenly
          removes his helmet. Drago eyes him, incredulous, then begins
          to CHUCKLE.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 76.

                         

                         

                          DRAGO
           This... is the great dragon master?
           The son of Stoick the Vast? What
           shame he must feel.

                         
          Toothless snarls, ready to blast, but Hiccup calms him with a
          hand gesture.

                         

                          HICCUP
           All of this loss, and for what? To
           become unstoppable? To rule the
           world?

                         
          Drago smirks and turns away from Hiccup.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Dragons are kind, amazing creatures
           that can bring people together.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Or tear them apart.

                         
          Drago LAUGHS mockingly, then removes his FALSE ARM, revealing
          a stump at his shoulder. Hiccup is taken aback.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           You see, I know what it is to live
           in fear. To see my village burned,
           my family taken.

                         
          He reattaches the prosthesis, circling Hiccup menacingly.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           But even as a boy, left with
           nothing, I vowed to rise above the
           fear of dragons and liberate the
           people of this world.

                          HICCUP
           Then why a dragon army?

                         

                          DRAGO
           (grinning, smug)
           Well, you need dragons to conquer
           other dragons.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Or maybe you need dragons to
           conquer people.

                          (BEAT)
           To control those who follow you...
           and to get rid of those who won't.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 77.

                         

                         

                          DRAGO
           Clever boy.

                         
          Drago grabs his bullhook and re-approaches Hiccup. Toothless
          readies himself.

                         

                          HICCUP
           The world wants peace. And we have
           the answer, back on Berk. Just let
           me show you.

                         

                          DRAGO
           NO! Let ME show YOU.

                         
          Drago SHRIEKS madly, summoning the Bewilderbeast. Toothless
          circles Hiccup, protectively.

                         
          ON THE BEWILDERBEAST, about to blast Stoick and Valka. It
          hears Drago's distant wails, and approaches obediently.

                         

                          STOICK
           What...?

                         
          Stoick follows its stare to the distant battlefield below. He
          spots Hiccup and Toothless a few paces from Drago.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)

                          (PANICKED)
           Hiccup!

                         
          He rushes off. Valka follows, racing past Gobber as he
          finally joins them, winded from having run up the mountain.

                         

                          STOICK (CONT'D)
           Come on, Gobber!

                         

                          GOBBER
           Okay, change of plans.

                         
          He hurries back down the mountain after them.

                         

          BACK TO DRAGO

                         
          jabbing his bullhook into the ground commandingly. The
          Bewilderbeast flinches and stops, submissive.

                         

                          DRAGO
           No dragon can resist the alpha's
           command. So he who controls the
           alpha, controls them all.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 78.

                         

                         
          Drago points to Toothless. The Bewilderbeast stares and
          HISSES, forcing Toothless to cower under a hypnotic
          ultrasonic broadcast. Toothless struggles against the alpha's
          command, writhing and grinding his head against the ground.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Toothless? You okay, bud? What's
           going on?

                         
          Toothless fights the command, shaking his head in protest.
          The Bewilderbeast insists, with a mesmerizing glare and a
          low, throaty grumble... until Toothless finally succumbs to
          its control. He raises his head, his stare vacant and
          robotic, as his pupils turn to slits.

                         
          Drago then points to Hiccup. The Bewilderbeast responds,
          HISSING again at Toothless.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Witness true strength. The strength
           of will over others. In the face of
           it, you are nothing.

                         
          Toothless slowly turns to face Hiccup. Advancing.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Uh, what did he just tell you?

                         

                         ON STOICK

                         
          Bounding across the ice, pushing himself to make it to Hiccup
          in time.

                         

          BACK ON HICCUP

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Toothless, what's the matter with
           you? What're you doing?

                         
          Hiccup is backed against fallen ice, with Toothless advancing
          mindlessly, and nowhere to run.

                         
          Toothless opens his yawning mouth. Gas seeps from his throat.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Knock it off! Stop! Snap out of it!

                         
          Stoick barrels through ice formations and over war machines,
          racing against time.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Toothless! No! Toothless! Don't!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 79.

                         

                         

                          STOICK
           Hiccup!

                         

                          HICCUP

           STOP!

                         

                          STOICK

           SON!

                         
          Hiccup sees Stoick about to run into the fray.

                         

                          HICCUP

           DAD! NO!

                         
          Toothless BLASTS.

                         
          Stoick leaps in front of it, shoving Hiccup out of the way
          and absorbing the blast in the process. He's thrown against
          the ice with great impact.

                         
          ON VALKA, hearing the blast, horrified.

                         
          Drago glances back, seeing Stoick laying lifeless in the
          aftermath, pleased by the sudden turn of events. He shuffles
          off, satisfied.

                         
          Stunned, Hiccup comes to and sees Stoick in the rubble. He
          rushes past the still-entranced Toothless, straining to
          scatter the ice boulders on top of Stoick's body.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Dad!

                         
          Valka arrives, winded and aghast.

                         

                          VALKA
           Stoick...
          She helps Hiccup to turn Stoick's body over. Valka presses
          her ear to Stoick's heart, confirming his death with a mere
          glance to Hiccup. He tears up, overwhelmed.

                         

                          HICCUP
           No... you...

                         
          Gobber, Astrid, Eret, and the Gang arrive, slack-jawed.

                         
          Satisfied, the Bewilderbeast turns away, releasing Toothless
          of the trance-like state. Toothless blinks, coming to and
          confused. He approaches the group, sniffing Stoick's hand.
          Hiccup SHOVES him.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           No! Get away from him!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 80.

                         

                         
          Toothless recoils, innocently.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)

           GO ON! GET OUT OF HERE! GET AWAY!

                         
          Toothless retreats like a scolded dog, ear plates back and
          head hung low. Valka watches, broken-hearted, as Hiccup falls
          upon Stoick, inconsolable.

                         

                          VALKA
           It's not his fault. You know that.

                         
          On the battlefield, the alpha BELLOWS, calling all of the
          dragons to gather. Meatlug, Stormfly, Hookfang and the others
          all follow the command as the Gang calls after them.

                         

           VALKA (O.S.) (CONT'D)
           Good dragons under the control of
           bad people do bad things.

                         
          Drago notices Toothless tumble down a snow-bank, once again
          slit-eyed and entranced, but unable to fly to the alpha
          without a rider. Drago pins him down, eyeing the saddle,
          pedals, and prosthetic tail.

                         
          ON HICCUP and VALKA

                         
          In tears as Toothless rises into view, with Drago in the
          saddle.

                         

                          DRAGO

           GATHER THE MEN AND MEET AT BERK!

                         
          His soldiers cheer in the thousands.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Toothless!
          Hiccup tries to go after Toothless, but Valka holds him back.

                         

                          VALKA
           No, don't!

                         
          Drago JABS his bull hook and points toward the horizon. The
          alpha BELLOWS, commanding an exodus as it leads the way.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Move out!

                         
          Hiccup watches, powerless as all dragons TAKE WING and
          follow.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 81.

                         

                         

          EXT. DRAGON MOUNTAIN - LAGOON - DUSK


                         
          (Scene 2100 - Viking Funeral)

                         
          A KEEL grinds against the shoreline pebbles as a listing,
          battered ship is pushed into the still iceberg-filled lagoon.

                         

           GOBBER (V.O.)
           May the Valkyries welcome you, and
           lead you through Odin's great
           battlefield. May they sing your
           name with love and fury, so that we
           might hear it rise from the heights
           of Valhalla... and know that you've
           taken your rightful place at the
           table of kings.

                         
          Bows and pitch-dipped arrows are gathered from the
          battlefield. Gobber hands a set to Hiccup, meeting his eyes
          with sympathetic glance.

                         

           GOBBER (V.O.)
           For a great man has fallen. A
           warrior. A chieftain. A father. A
           friend.

                         
          Hiccup dips his arrowhead in a smoldering chunk of wreckage,
          igniting the pitch that coats the tip.

                         
          He releases his arrow, which sails through the air and lands
          on the deck of the ship, where Stoick is laid out on a pyre,
          covered by a sail, his axe upon his chest.

                         
          The others follow Hiccup's lead. They DRAW BACK in unison and
          LOOSE their arrows, filling the sky with crisscrossing,
          flaming streaks. They arc over the lagoon and set the ship
          alight.
          ON HICCUP, fighting back emotion and losing the battle.

                         

                          HICCUP
           I'm sorry, Dad.

                         
          He eyes the engulfed ship.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           I'm not the chief that you wanted
           me to be. And I'm not peacekeeper I
           thought I was. I don't know...

                         
          Valka watches him, her heart breaking. She steps forward.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 82.

                         

                         

                          VALKA
           You came early into this world. You
           were such a wee thing. So frail, so
           fragile. I feared you wouldn't make
           it.

                         
          Hiccup lowers his eyes, but Valka lifts his chin.

                         

                          VALKA (CONT'D)
           But your father... he never
           doubted. He always said you'd
           become the strongest of them all.

                          (BEAT)
           And he was right.

                          (BEAT)
           You have the heart of a chief and
           the soul of a dragon. Only you can
           bring our worlds together. That is
           who you are, son.

                         
          Hiccup meets her bolstering stare. He turns to the ship and
          watches it in silence, silhouetted in its glow.

                         

                          HICCUP
           I was so afraid of becoming my dad.
           Mostly because I thought I never
           could. How do you become someone
           that great? That brave? That
           selfless?

                          (BEAT)
           I guess you can only try.
           (to the others)
           A chief protects his own. We're
           going back.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Uh, with what?

                          RUFFNUT
           He took all the dragons.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Not all of them.

                         

                         

          EXT. ICE CHANNELS - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          (Scene 2200 - Hatchlings to the Rescue)

                         
          WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH! JUVENILES BLUR past, like flying
          raptors, ZIGZAGGING wildly.

                         
          Riding bareback, Hiccup & Co. HURTLE through the narrow ICE
          CHANNELS -- created by massive splits in the iceberg shelves.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 83.

                         

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Fly straight!

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           I don't want to die!

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           We can't fly these things!

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Yeah, no kidding!

                         
          Fishlegs barrels into a snow bank, sending several chunks
          right into Eret's face as rides inverted and HOLLERING.

                         

                          ASTRID
           But won't that Bewilderbeast just
           take control of these guys, too?

                         

                          HICCUP
           They're babies. They don't listen
           to anyone!

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Yeah, just like us!

                         
          Gobber follows up the rear clumsily, STRUGGLING for control.

                         

                          GOBBER
           This... is... very dangerous!

                         
          He PULLS ALONGSIDE Hiccup and Valka.

                         

                          GOBBER (CONT'D)
           Some might suggest this is poorly
           conceived.

                          HICCUP
           Well, it's a good thing that I
           never listen.

                         
          A SHARP RIDGE RUSHES up at them. They're going to CRASH.
          Hiccup ROUNDS one side of it, and Gobber flies down the other
          side. They shout through gaps in the iceberg.

                         

                          GOBBER
           So what IS your plan?!

                         

                          HICCUP
           Get Toothless back and kick Drago's-

                         
          He's interrupted by another closure in the gaps of ice. They
          blast out of the other side.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 84.

                         

                         

                          GOBBER
           Heads up!

                         
          They SPLIT to avoid another peak and then reconvene, only to
          find another icy outcropping directly in their path.

                         

                          HICCUP
           And that thing.

                         
          Gobber HITS it, with a THUD and a YELP.

                         

                         

          EXT. BERK - NIGHT


                         
          (Scene 2450 - Hiccup Vs. Toothless)

                         
          Torches burn in their braziers as Berk slumbers... until the
          Bewilderbeast approaches, STOMPING down on the monolithic
          Viking statues that guard the harbor.

                         

                         

          INT. GOTHI'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS


                         
          The sound of destruction rouses a flock of Terrible Terrors
          and Gothi, who was sleeping under the dragons. Their pupils
          turn to slits, and heeding the ultrasonic call, they fly off.

                         
          Gothi shuffles onto her deck, confused, then GASPS at
          horrifying sight.

                         

                         

          INT. VIKING HUT - CONTINUOUS


                         
          A Gronckle lounges peacefully by the fire, as his Viking
          owner lavishes him with scratches.

                         

                          HOARK
           Ah, that's a good boy!

                         
          The Gronckle's eyes suddenly turn to slits and it, too, takes
          wing, knocking over a chair and table as it heads for the
          door.

                         

                          HOARK (CONT'D)
           Watch the furniture! Where are you
           going?

                         
          It barrels out of the hut and into the night sky as the
          Viking rushes to the doorway, spotting the same arresting
          sight with a gasp.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 85.

                         

                         

          EXT. GREAT HALL - CONTINUOUS


                         
          Vikings pour out of the Great Hall as all of Berk's dragons
          fill the night sky and join the ranks of Drago's growing

          DRAGON ARMY.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast rises out of the sea, bearing down on the
          people of Berk as Drago hovers on Toothless, leading the
          charge. The Vikings stare, aghast.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Your chief is dead.

                         
          Waves of shock and whispers of "Stoick?" spread through the
          crowd.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           No one can protect you now.

                         
          He thrusts his bull-hook, commanding the Bewilderbeast to
          fire. The Vikings watch in horror as the Bewilderbeast opens
          its yawning jaws and BLASTS.

                         

                         

          EXT. SKIES/BERK - NIGHT


                         
          Dragon roars grow louder as Hiccup & Co. approach through
          clouds, racing against time.

                         
          They collectively GASP at the sight of Drago's Bewilderbeast
          having now covered most of the village in explosions of ice.
          Berk's now commandeered dragons circle in a huddle behind
          him, joining Valka's flock, and corralled by Drago's armored
          dragons.

                         

                          HICCUP
           No...

                          FISHLEGS
           He took all the dragons!

                         

                          HICCUP

                          (FUMING)
           Distract the alpha. Try to keep his
           focus off of Toothless.

                         

                          TUFFNUT
           Uh... how?

                         

                          ERET
           Have you forgotten who you're
           riding with?

                         
          He brazenly aims his baby dragon toward the Bewilderbeast.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 86.

                         

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           There isn't a dragon alive that I
           can't wrangle!

                         
          His baby dragon dives toward the sea instead.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           Except for this one!

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Amateur.

                         
          The others shrug and follow. As they get closer, the
          Bewilderbeast looms bigger and BIGGER.

                         
          Berk's Vikings in hiding notice Hiccup and the others as they
          approach.

                         

                          VIKING #1
           Look, it's Hiccup!

                         
          The Vikings CHEER.

                         
          ON DRAGO, surprised to see Hiccup and the others approaching.

                         

                          DRAGO
           What?

                         
          With an irate HUFF, the Bewilderbeast focuses on Hiccup,
          gaining ever closer to Toothless.

                         
          Suddenly, a SHEEP appears in its sight, rising and falling
          out of view. The Bewilderbeast blinks, confused.

                         
          It looks down to see Eret catching the falling sheep and
          reloading it into the game launcher, as Tuffnut cocks the
          mechanism and Ruffnut pulls the trigger.

                          RUFFNUT
           Keep `em coming!

                         
          Snotlout tosses the black sheep to Tuffnut.

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Black sheep, baby!

                         
          Exasperated, the alpha inhales, about to blast, when... HONK!
          The game horn blares, breaking his concentration.

                         
          He turns, finding the horn unmanned. The Bewilderbeast then
          returns his focus to the sheep launcher, until the BLACK
          SHEEP LANDS on the his face, bouncing down his facial spines
          and becoming lodged.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 87.

                         

                         

                          SNOTLOUT (CONT'D)
           Ten points!

                         
          The Bewilderbeast shakes the black sheep off and prepares to
          blast again.

                         

                          SNOTLOUT (CONT'D)
           Uh-oh...

                         
          HONK! The alpha whips around -- still no one at the horn.

                         
          ON FISHLEGS, giggling and hiding behind the game horn.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast finally lets loose the ice blast, covering
          the entire horn in jagged spikes... as Fishlegs leaps from
          the platform.

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           I'm okay!

                         

          BACK TO HICCUP

                         
          as he reaches Drago, hovering directly in Toothless' sights.

                         

                          DRAGO
           You certainly are hard to get rid
           of. I'll say that.

                         
          Hiccup ignored him and focuses on Toothless' slitted pupils.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Toothless? It's me, bud. It's me.
           I'm right here. Come back to me.

                         
          TOOTHLESS' POV: Hiccup appears as an unfamiliar red blur,
          still firmly under the control of the Bewilderbeast.

                          DRAGO
           He is not yours anymore. He belongs
           to the alpha!

                         
          Drago smugly sits back in the saddle, his arms open in
          invitation.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           But, please, oh great dragon
           master, try to take him. He will
           not miss a second time.

                         
          Hiccup holds strong, maintaining eye contact with Toothless.
          He reaches out to touch him.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 88.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           It wasn't your fault, bud. They
           made you do it.

                         
          Drago's amusement fades as Toothless stirs. His pupils
          DILATE, then NARROW again.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           You'd never hurt him.

                          (BEAT)
           You'd never hurt me.

                         
          Drago watches, amazed, as Toothless fights the control.

                         

                          DRAGO
           How are you doing that?

                         
          Hiccup holds the stare, tears in his eyes.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Please. You are my best friend,
           bud.

                         
          Bewilderbeast ROARS a forceful command.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           My best friend.

                         
          Toothless' pupils jitter, then DILATE fully. He coos
          sympathetically.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Thatta boy! That's it! I'm here!

                         
          Toothless' eyes finally dilate fully and resolve on Hiccup's
          familiar face.
          Drago goes from astounded to alarmed. Drago STRIKES Toothless
          with the bull hook in a vain attempt to regain control.

                         

                          DRAGO
           No!

                         
          Toothless ROARS defiantly, snatches the bull hook in his
          jaws, and PULLS... yanking Drago off of his back and sending
          him both PLUMMETING to the sea.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Yeah!

                         
          But without a rider, Toothless drops out of the sky as well.
          Hiccup leaps from the baby dragon, diving after him.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 89.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Hang on!

                         
          Drago breaks his fall, landing heavily upon the
          Bewilderbeast's tusk...

                         
          As Hiccup tucks in his arms, trying to close the gap between
          he and Toothless before they both make impact with the ocean.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Almost there, buddy. Almost there!

                         
          Hiccup reaches Toothless. They pair up, mid-air, and
          skyrocket past Drago as he hobbles to the top of the alpha's
          head.

                         

                         

          EXT. BERK - VILLAGE - MOMENTS LATER


                         
          (Scene 2500 - One True Alpha)

                         
          Hiccup looks back at Drago, now issuing commands from the top
          of the Bewilderbeast's head.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Do something!

                         

                          HICCUP
           We need to get those two apart.

                         
          Hiccup flies Toothless past a flag pole tears a strip of the
          flag.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast BLASTS in their direction, barely missing
          them as they disappear around the back of a mountain.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           We gotta block him out, Toothless.
           Do you trust me, bud?

                         
          Toothless coos, allowing Hiccup to BLINDFOLD him with the
          flag. Hiccup calms him with a touch.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           We can do this. You and me. As one.

                         
          Hiccup SPLAYS Toothless' mechanical tail. Toothless responds,
          MATCHING the move with the natural half.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           That's it. Now let's try this one
           more time!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 90.

                         

                         
          They PEEL around the other side of the mountain, heading
          back toward Drago and Bewilderbeast, passing Astrid and the
          cheering Vikings on the ground.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Take them down, babe!

                         
          The Viking roar in support as Hiccup and Toothless race past.

                         
          Valka watches with pride as her son hurtles towards Drago and
          the alpha.

                         

                          VALKA
           Go get `em.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Take control of it!

                         
          The Bewilderbeast's HISS becomes a furious ROAR, but to no
          avail. Hiccup clamps his hands over Toothless' ear plates,
          muffling the alpha's commands.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Shut it out, Toothless!

                         

                          DRAGO

           STOP THEM!

                         
          The Bewilderbeast BLASTS!

                         

                          HICCUP

           NOW!

                         
          Toothless suddenly PULLS UP, ARCING over Drago's head! Drago
          LAUGHS, victorious, then pauses in shock.

                         
          DRAGO'S POV: as Toothless climbs inverted through the sky,
          the blindfold falls free, revealing an EMPTY SADDLE.

                         
          Drago WHIRLS around, wide-eyed, to see...

                         
          HICCUP ZOOMING TOWARD HIM, his wing-suit deployed, and his
          Dragon Blade trailing Zippleback gas. Drago SWIPES but misses
          him. Hiccup clicks the lighter and ignites the gas, blasting
          Drago off his Bewilderbeast with a SCREAM.

                         
          Drago PLUMMETS, BREAKING HIS FALL against the massive
          dragon's spines and landing hard on the ground, his bullhook
          landing just out of reach.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast WHIPS its tail, trying to SWAT down Hiccup.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 91.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Not again.

                          (BEAT)

           TOOTHLESS! IT'S NOW OR NEVER!

                         
          Toothless pops open his dorsal blades, arcs skyward, and
          rejoins Hiccup just before colliding with the alpha's tail.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Come on, bud!

                         
          Together again, they speed along the length of the thrashing
          tail...

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Hold on!

                         
          And shoot past the tip of the tail, narrowly making it!

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Yeah! We did it!

                         
          They arc through the sky and LAND a few paces from Drago,
          kicking up a trail of dust.

                         
          Battered and weary, Drago reaches for his bullhook. Hiccup
          extends and fires up his Dragon Blade, hurling it like a
          javelin, and sticking it in the ground between Drago and his
          weapon, singeing his outstretched hand.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Agghh!

                         

                          HICCUP
           Hold him there Toothless!

                         
          Toothless SNARLS a warning, ready to blast.

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           It's all over now.

                         
          But the cloud of dust settles, revealing the Bewilderbeast,
          rising behind Hiccup, ready to blast him instead.

                         

                          DRAGO

                          (GRINNING KNOWINGLY)
           Or is it?

                         
          Hiccup spins around, alarmed, as a RUSH of water THUNDERS up
          the Bewilderbeast's throat.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Oh, no!
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 92.

                         

                         
          It BLASTS, but Toothless leaps into the way, shielding Hiccup
          beneath him. The freezing explosion envelops them both.

                         
          Drago laughs to himself as Valka lands her baby dragon and
          rushes to the icy explosion, hammering away at it
          desperately.

                         

                          VALKA
           No! No...

                         
          ON ASTRID and GOBBER, watching from a distance, horrified. As
          Valka POUNDS at the ice, a GLOWS forms from deep within. She
          realizes what is about to happen and backs away.

                         
          A BLAST thunders from inside the ice, SHATTERING it.
          Toothless emerges from the debris, revealing Hiccup curled
          safely under his wings.

                         
          Toothless is steaming, his black skin glowing blue with rage,
          his split dorsal blades searing with blue heat, a glow
          emanating from his flared nostrils.

                         
          He turns back to Hiccup, to check if he's unharmed, then
          turns his full attention back to the Bewilderbeast. He leaps
          out of the crater and lands upon an ice spire, roaring
          ferociously.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast bellows back at this affront. Toothless
          unleashes a salvo of plasma into the Bewilderbeast's face,
          not letting up.

                         

                          HICCUP
           He's challenging the alpha!

                         

                          VALKA
           To protect you.
          The Bewilderbeast ROARS at this act of insubordination.
          Toothless fires back, time and again, fully in control.

                         
          The alpha thrashes his tusks through the ice, trying to smash
          Toothless, but he deftly spring from spire to spire,
          continuing his unrelenting attack.

                         
          In the midst of the mayhem, the horde of commandeered dragons
          -- both Berk's and Valka's -- break free from the control to
          witness Toothless' retaliation.

                         
          Toothless lands protectively by Hiccup and Valka, commanding
          the dragons to shift sides. The follow, amassing behind
          Toothless.

                         
          Seeing this, Drago panics and rushes toward the
          Bewilderbeast.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 93.

                         

                         

                          DRAGO
           No, no, no, no! Fight back! Fight!

           FIGHT!

                         
          Drago clambers up the Bewilderbeast's tusk, totally unhinged.

                         

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)
           (to the defecting dragons)
           What's the matter with you?

                         
          The Berkians swell in to show their unified support. Drago
          fumes as Hiccup and Toothless fly up together onto an ice
          spire.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Now do you get it? This is what it
           is to earn a dragon's loyalty.

                          (BEAT)
           Let this end now.

                         

                          DRAGO
           Never! Come on!

                         
          He hammers the Bewilderbeast, spurring it into a charge.

                         
          Toothless calls over his shoulder, commanding the dragons to
          ready themselves. He then BLASTS the Bewilderbeast, mid-
          charge. Suddenly, Skullcrusher fires. Followed by another,
          and another.

                         
          Hiccup looks around, amazed to see the flock of dragons
          opening fire on Drago and his Bewilderbeast. They've started
          a rebellion.

                         
          Drago is forced to hide from the fiery barrage by taking
          cover in the tall spines of the giant's crown.

                          DRAGO (CONT'D)

           FIGHT! BLAST THEM!

                         
          His prosthetic arm is blasted clean off by one of his own
          armored dragons.

                         
          The Bewilderbeast rears back to cover them all in ice, but
          Toothless lets loose a powerful shot. The Bewilderbeast's
          head is KNOCKED backward by a blue-flame fireball.

                         
          As the smoke clears, one of its massive TUSKS FALLS to the
          ground, sheared clean off. Drago glares at Toothless.

                         
          Toothless ROARS commandingly, calling an end to the fight.

                         

                          HICCUP
           The alpha protects them all.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 94.

                         

                         
          Overwhelmed and overpowered, the Bewilderbeast yields to the
          new alpha and heeds Toothless' command, retreating into the
          sea in an explosive splash.

                         
          The Berkians CHEER in victory!

                         
          As the smoke clears, Hiccup and Toothless see nothing but
          bubbles on the waves to mark their disappearance. No sign of
          the Bewilderbeast... or Drago.

                         
          Toothless hops down from the spire, cooling off, as people
          celebrate all around them.

                         
          All of the dragons -- Berk's, Valka's, even Drago's -- land
          around Toothless. Cloudjumper bows to Toothless, starting a
          wave of bows, acknowledging their new alpha.

                         
          Toothless looks around, surprised, then lets out a majestic
          ROAR. The assembled dragons join in, roaring in tribute.

                         
          Toothless turns to Hiccup as he approaches.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           You never cease to amaze me, bud.
           Thank you.

                         
          Toothless GURGLES and licks Hiccup's face. Hiccups squeals,
          trying to get away.

                         

                          HICCUP (CONT'D)
           Toothless! You know that doesn't
           wash out.

                         
          The crowd laughs. All around them, Berk's dragons reunite
          with their Vikings.

                         

                          ASTRID
           Stormfly!

                         
          Stormfly bounds into Astrid.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Oh, give me a cuddle, Grumpy!

                         
          Grump lands ON TOP of Gobber, flattening him.

                         
          Relieved to the point of tears, Snotlout and Fishlegs race
          towards the expectant Ruffnut...

                         

                          FISHLEGS
           Who's my little princess?

                         
          ... and then right PAST her to embrace their dragons.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 95.

                         

                         

                          FISHLEGS (CONT'D)
           I missed you so much!

                         

                          SNOTLOUT
           Don't you ever leave again,
           Hookfang!

                         
          Ruffnut GRUMBLES, dejected. Barf dips his head in to console
          her.

                         

                          RUFFNUT
           Oh Barf!

                         
          She hugs him. Belch looms in for some affection, but Ruffnut
          pushes him away...

                         

                          RUFFNUT (CONT'D)
           Not you.

                         
          And into Tuffnut who glowers back at her.

                         
          Hiccup smiles, taking in the happy reunions. Skullcrusher
          approaches him, without an owner to reunite with. Hiccup pets
          him, as Eret approaches.

                         

                          ERET
           That was some pretty fine dragon
           wrangling back there. You'd make a
           good trapper.

                         
          Before Hiccup can respond, Skullcrusher nuzzles Eret
          affectionately. Eret chuckles and gently strokes him.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Y'know, Skullcrusher's gonna need
           somebody to look after him now.

                          ERET
           Me?

                         
          Hiccup nods reassuringly. Eret looks at Skullcrusher, pausing
          to consider it.

                         

                          ERET (CONT'D)
           I'd be honored.

                         
          Valka walks up to her son, bursting with pride.

                         

                          VALKA
           Your father... he'd be every bit as
           proud as I am.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 96.

                         

                         

                          HICCUP
           Thank you. I'm really glad you're
           here, Mom.

                         

                          VALKA
           And here I'll stay.

                         
          Toothless arrives, purring at Valka's touch as Astrid strides
          toward Hiccup, beaming proudly.

                         

                          ASTRID
           See? I told you it was in here.

                         
          She places her hand upon his chest, then quickly pokes the
          dorsal fin button, popping it open. She GIGGLES.

                         

                          HICCUP
           Ha, ha. Still doing that one?
           That's hilarious.

                          (THEN)
           Come here, you.

                         
          He scoops Astrid close and pulls her into a kiss. Gobber
          covers a gawking boy's eyes.

                         

                          GOBBER
           Ooh.

                         
          Gothi, the elder, taps Hiccup's shoulder, interrupting the
          romantic moment. She gestures for Hiccup to kneel. He does
          so, respectfully.

                         
          Using ash from a heap of burnt wreckage, Gothi traces a
          Viking symbol onto Hiccup's forehead. She bows.

                         
          Hiccup stands, meeting Gobber's proud, smiling eyes. Gobber
          turns to the silent crowd and throws up his arms.

                          GOBBER (CONT'D)
           The chief has come home!

                         
          The Berkians erupt with cheers and applause as Hiccup takes
          in the moment, acknowledging the weight of responsibility now
          upon him.

                         
          Toothless throws back his head and BLASTS in celebration,
          spurring all other dragons to follow suit, lighting up the
          sky in a spectacular display.

                         

                         

          EXT. BERK VILLAGE - DAY


                         
          (Scene 2700 - A New Beginning)
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 97.

                         

                         
          A sheep grazes lazily on the grass as a Terrible Terror
          struggles in vain to carry him off. Suddenly, both are
          snatched up by a passing dragon.

                         

                         

          IN THE AIR

                         
          Ruffnut and Tuffnut wrestle over the sheep atop Barf & Belch.
          Ruffnut send the sheep flying toward Fishlegs. Snotlout nabs
          it instead, blowing a kiss mockingly.

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           This... is Berk. A bit trampled and
           busted and covered in ice, but it's
           home. It's our home.

                         
          They swoop past a gathered crowd on the battered bleachers as
          Snotlout dunks the sheep in his basket. Eret joins the race
          atop Skullcrusher.

                         
          They fly past Hiccup and Toothless, who are steadily hoisting
          a palette of timber and supplies onto a rooftop where workers
          are rebuilding the damaged houses.

                         
          Hiccup then turns his attention to a massive statue of
          Stoick, presently under construction. He grins with pride.

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           Those who attacked us are
           relentless and crazy. But those who
           stopped them? Oh, even more so!

                         
          He looks to the horizon, scanning it from east to west to
          ensure that no trouble is approaching.

                         
          Astrid and Stormfly buzz past him playfully, coaxing him to
          join the game. He smiles.

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           We may be small in numbers, but we
           stand for something bigger than
           anything the world can pit against
           us.

                         
          Astrid soars past the blacksmith stall, waving to Valka and
          Gobber as they remove the armor from Drago's freed battle
          dragons.

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           We are the voice of peace. And bit
           by bit, we will change this world.
           HTTYD 2 (D. DeBlois) - FINAL DRAFT - 05/05/14 98.

                         

                         
          Realizing that he's late, Gobber hurries over to the sheep
          launcher and pulls the trigger, sending the black sheep
          hurtling into the air.

                         
          Astrid and Stormfly close in on the black sheep, about to
          snatch it out of the air, when suddenly, Hiccup and Toothless
          dart past, beating them to it. Toothless looks back with a
          gummy smile.

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           You see, we have something they
           don't. Oh sure, they have armies
           and they have armadas...

                         
          Toothless and Hiccup dive toward the line of baskets. As they
          approach, Toothless bounces Hiccup into the air, allowing him
          to dunk the black sheep into Astrid's basket. They reunite on
          the other side. The crowd cheers!

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)
           But we... we have...

                         
          Hiccup and Toothless land upon the chief's dais, joined by
          Astrid, Stormfly, and the other dragon riders.

                         

           HICCUP (V.O.)

           OUR DRAGONS!

                         
          Toothless lets out a proud roar as Hiccup look out over Berk,
          gleaming with pride.

                         

                          CUT TO:

                         

                         

           END TITLE: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

                          


How to Train Your Dragon 2



Writers :   Dean DeBlois  Cressida Cowell
Genres :   Animation  Action  Adventure


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