Ice Dragons May Doom Westeros


“The Lengthy Night time” could also be behind us on Recreation of Thrones, however that doesn’t essentially imply that winter is over.

Warning! Spoilers for Recreation of Thrones lie forward!

Recreation of Thrones shocked followers final weekend by reducing the Battle for the Daybreak quick. The Night time King was killed and his whole military fell. So far as we will inform, the specter of the White Walkers is behind us, and what stays is Daenerys’ battle for the throne. Nonetheless, some followers suspect that magic will nonetheless play a job going ahead, particularly now that Jon Snow is aware of his heritage.

Enter: ice dragons. Ice dragons are talked about in George R.R. Martin’s novels, A Track of Ice and Hearth, the collection upon which Recreation of Thrones is predicated. These magical creatures hail from the far north, and are bigger than Valyrian hearth dragons like Daenerys’. Nonetheless, they’re prone to warmth and their whole our bodies soften once they die, so they’re much less distinguished all through the world.

Nonetheless, some followers are nonetheless dying to see ice dragons flip up within the story, particularly now that Jon Snow is exploring the implications of his true parentage. Because the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Jon is represents the union of fireside and ice. That is necessary symbolically, thematically and possibly within the plot as properly. The books make it very clear that each forces are wanted to beat the White Walkers and convey the world into stability.

Although solely three episodes are left, followers have one sturdy supply of hope that an ice dragon might nonetheless present up: Vermax. Vermax was a dragon that lived 200 years earlier than the principle storyline. He was ridden by Daenerys’ ancestor Jacaerys Valaryon, and was talked about extensively in Hearth and Blood, Martin’s newest e book, which got here out in November.

Unconfirmed reviews in Westeros say that Vermax laid a clutch of dragon eggs within the crypts of Winterfell, the place the dragon stayed to keep away from the chilly. Many followers are fixated on this imprecise story, particularly after spending a lot of final week’s harrowing episodes down within the crypts, and now that Jon is a identified dragon rider.

They counsel that these eggs could possibly be someplace in Winterfell, ready to hatch for a worthy rider. It could possibly be {that a} magical dragon egg influenced by the icy magic of the north would hatch into some form of ice dragon hybrid — an ideal steed for Jon Snow.

This principle is shaky, however it’s enjoyable to contemplate. For a lot of followers, it might be a extra apt growth of Jon’s Targaryen heritage than merely giving him a bond with Rhaegal. Nonetheless, after Jon and Rhaegal fell within the Battle of Winterfell, it’s unclear the place their relationship stands.

There are numerous fan theories concerning the supposed clutch of dragon eggs at Winterfell and ice dragons generally. Some followers imagine that the chilly pool beside the Godswood is the melted physique of an ice dragon, and a few speculate that there actually are dragons residing within the deep crypts beneath the citadel.

At this level, there is not any manner of realizing for certain how ice dragons might seem within the story or what they might imply for Westeros and the battle for the throne. Regardless of the case, if there are huge surprises like this in retailer, the present solely has three episodes left to disclose and develop them.

Recreation of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.


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