What Ice Dragons Would Mean For 'Game Of Thrones'

by Caroline Redmond

In the Game of Thrones universe, the existence of ice dragons used to be a concept known only by book-readers. But as Season 7 is coming to an end and things are heating up (or cooling down in this case), this dragon theory could be working its way onto the screen as well. These icy mythical creatures were originally thought to only be characters in Old Nan's stories, but the presence of ice dragons could mean big things for Game of Thrones and its characters.

The ice dragon theory has been floating around the GoT universe for a while but has gained momentum as this season has progressed. Lately, Dany is appearing to be more and more invincible because of the power that her dragons command. But, because this is Game of Thrones and nothing can be easy for the characters, it is clear that some large obstacle is coming for Dany and that obstacle could very well be an ice dragon.

The concept of this icy beast has been tossed around in the books. George R. R. Martin's World of Ice and Fire book which is essentially an encyclopedia of all the history of GoT, explicitly mentions the ice dragons describing them as:

"Colossal beasts ... said to be made of living ice, with eyes of pale blue crystal and vast translucent wings through which the moon and stars can be glimpsed as they wheel across the sky. Where as common dragons (if any dragon can truly be said to be common) breathe flame, ice dragons supposedly breathe cold, a chill so terrible that it can freeze a man solid in half a heartbeat."

This chilling description proves that ice dragons are a force to be reckoned with and would have a huge impact on the show's plot. As for what their presence on Game of Thrones would mean for the characters — the ice dragons could be an ally for the resurrected Jon Snow to ride into battle next to Dany's fire-breathing dragons, basically completing the song of ice and fire that the books are based on. Last week, we got to see Jon connect with Drogon, alluding to Dany's dragon being able to sense that Jon was a Targaryen, so it is possible that if ice dragons were to make an appearance there would be a similar meeting and the dragon would be able to sense Jon's northern blood as well.

The more realistic theory is that ice dragons on GoT would spell big trouble for Dany and everyone who doesn't have pale, blue wight and white walker eyes. Earlier this season, fans saw Drogon tear through the Lannister army with relative ease. After seeing the sheer amount of destruction that just one dragon caused it's easy to imagine just how powerful all three dragons could be. All fans of Game of Thrones know that things can't be that simple, so there needs to be an obstacle presented that would challenge Dany's apparent domination. This could be an ice dragon controlled by the Night's King. A white walker-esque ice dragon surely would present major problems for Dany's fire dragons and would make the final living vs. dead battle much more interesting.

There are many theories about how the ice dragons would be created, some of the most popular include one of Dany's dragons dying and being raised as a wight or that there is one sleeping inside the Wall that will be released if the Wall is knocked down.

It's hard to believe that we only have two more episodes of this season of Game of Thrones left but this shortened season is delivering big punches every episode and the appearance of an ice dragon might be the thing to get fans through the long night (aka the time between Seasons 7 and 8). There is so much speculation surrounding if ice dragons even exist, how they are created, and what their presence would mean on the show, but as we see Dany continue to gain power, it's only a matter of time before she's stopped cold in her tracks.