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Where Is My... Poultry? The Weird Origin Story Of The 'Game Of Thrones' Dragons

Oh Drogon, you big chicken.

Thanks to CGI, Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) dragons on "Game of Thrones" are a fearsome marvel to behold. We've seen Drogon and co. liberate Astapor, burn Kraznys mo Nakloz alive, and even murder an innocent goat herder's daughter -- but when you learn where the inspiration for these menacing beasts came from, their impact might lessen for you, if only just a little.

“I was looking for an animal, so we can really discover how the muscles underneath should work," Sven Martin, Pixomondo’s visual effects supervisor, told the Washington Post. “I called over all the animators and they all had to just play with the chicken... You could feel how the muscles underneath are moving and what are the restrictions, where the bone can’t go. We built our dragon basically the same way.”

Hey man, no one ever said inspiration couldn't come from the strangest -- and most delicious -- of places. Basically, next time you you quiver in fear when Drogon is on screen, just think of this and you'll be fine: