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Jay Baruchel reflects on 10 years of How To Train Your Dragon at NYCC

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Oct 7, 2018, 4:03 PM EDT

Today at NYCC, Jay Baruchel was joined by director Dean DeBlois and producer Brade Lewis on SYFY WIRE's Live Stage to reflect on the decade-long journey of the How To Train Your Dragon franchise.

After an emotional panel to talk about the upcoming How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which will conclude the long-running film series, Baruchel reflected on his time as the voice of Hiccup, the lowly blacksmith apprentice-turned-dragon trainer. 

"It’s been absolutely crazy and thoroughly unanticipated," Baruchel began, talking about the movies' massive fan base. "Unless you’re some kind of jerk, you don’t assume a movie like this is gonna be some massive hit -- even as good as you know it is. When I auditioned for the first How To Train Your Dragon 10-plus years ago, I certainly didn’t think I’d be here three movies and seven/eight years of a TV show later."

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Of course, now that the franchise will be concluding with the upcoming The Hidden World, Baruchel talked about the end with a sense of humor.  

"Now, saying goodbye, it’s thoroughly tinged with melancholy. I’m kind of flabbergasted and kind of surprised they haven’t fired me yet."

While all three were promising the series will conclude with a very emotional finale, Baruchel said that "you might as well get your tear ducts surgically removed" ahead of time.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World storms into theaters on February 22nd, 2019. In the meantime, be sure to check out SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.