The last episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 had a lot of heated moments, but, what remains unforgettable was the appearance of Daenerys Targaryen’s ex-buddy Viserion as a cold undead flying dragon. This led to a lot of questions, some of which might now be answered since the Emmys has released the official script for the episode.
The David Benioff and D.B. Weiss penned script has been in the public domain since the nomination of The Dragon and The Wolf in the writing category of awards.
The main contention is whether the dragon, which got revived after Night King drove an ice-spear through its neck, is a zombie-like wight or an ice dragon, the cold rival to the fire dragon. Take a look at this Bustle article which claims that it is not an ice dragon.
The topic has become more confusing after we saw Viserion destroy the wall with a blue fire, which might have been cold or hot. This leads to two camps: Team Wight and Team Ice Dragons. It is obvious that Viserion is an undead wight dragon, isn’t it? Well, no need to jump to conclusions.
A discussion on Reddit referred to a passage from the script: “A massive chunk of the Wall breaks free ahead of Tormund. The ice dragon glides away, and we get our first clear look at him, and at the Night King on his back. He’s done the same thing to Viserion that he did to Craster’s sons. Only those were babies, and this is a dragon.”
Therefore, the script implies that Viserion is an Ice dragon, which clashes with the official description of the mythical monster in HBO’s episode synopsis:
To add another twist, A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin penned a book for young readers titled The Ice Dragon, which according to the publisher, is based in the universe of Game of Thrones novels. It is about a cold, winter-loving species of dragons that is completely different from the fire dragons.
Yet, this didn’t douse the discussion on Reddit. A section of fans believe Viserion is clearly a wight-like being or it could also be a dragon form of a White Walker, the mighty leaders who can create wights.
Another question that bothers fans is whether the dragon breathes ice or fire. Viserion is renowned for his fire-breathing powers and it has been addressed soon after the airing of the season seven finale, when the director Jeremy Podeswa informed the Huffington Post, “It’s certainly still fire — it has the ability to burn the Wall and melt snow. But it’s going to have a different kind of magical quality to it, because it’s coming from an undead dragon.”
The Emmys script might not change anyone’s thoughts, and maybe we are all wrong and Viserion will turn out to be a hybrid of ice dragon, wight and a White Walker.
We are not going sleepless about this dragon business, but, it gives us something to kill time as we wait for the final season of Game of Thrones to air next year. Maybe all questions will be answered then.