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If you haven't read A Song Of Ice And Fire books, don't worry. There is one George R.R. Martin work you can most definitely finish in between now and the Season 6 finale, and if this fan theory pans out, you'll be glad you did. The work is a short story called "The Ice Dragon," and while it doesn't explicitly take place in Westeros, the setting does seem pretty damn familiar.

So far in GOT, we know Daenerys's three dragons. They're pretty amazing, but they're also everything you would expect a dragon to be: scaly, ornery, fire-breathing. But what if there was another, weirder, more surprising type of dragon lurking somewhere in Westeros?

Here's What You Need To Know From "The Ice Dragon" Story:

George R.R. Martin wrote "The Ice Dragon" 20 years before ASOIAF, so while there's no proof that the two are linked, we also know that he already had ice dragons flying around his imagination by the time he started the series. While it doesn't include any of the same characters, he does give us a fantastic, 2-page description of the dragons. Here are some of the highlights:

The ice dragon was large, half again the size of the scaled green war dragons that Hal and his fellows flew. Adara had heard legends of wild dragons larger than mountains, but she had never seen any. Hal’s dragon was big enough, to be sure, five times the size of a horse, but it was small compared to the ice dragon, and ugly besides.

The ice dragon was a crystalline white, that shade of white that is so hard and cold that it is almost blue. It was covered with hoarfrost, so when it moved its skin broke and crackled as the crust on the snow crackles beneath a man’s boots, and flakes of rime fell off.

Its eyes were clear and deep and icy.

Ice dragon sibling #3 by TurnipBerry via Deviantart
Ice dragon sibling #3 by TurnipBerry via Deviantart

As you've probably already guessed, the coolest part about ice dragons — aside from being enormous — is that they breathe ice:

And when the ice dragon opened its great mouth, and exhaled, it was not fire that came streaming out, the burning sulfurous stink of lesser dragons.The ice dragon breathed cold.

Ice formed when it breathed. Warmth fled. Fires guttered and went out, shriven by the chill. Trees froze through to their slow secret souls, and their limbs turned brittle and cracked from their own weight. Animals turned blue and whimpered and died, their eyes bulging and their skin covered over with frost.

The ice dragon breathed death into the world; death and quiet and cold.

Here's What You Need To Know About Ice Dragons From ASOIAF:

Ice dragons are mentioned in the books as part of Westerosi legends. When Jon is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, he thinks about them a few times, always in relation to the Wall:

The wind was gusting, cold as the breath of the ice dragon in the tales Old Nan had told when Jon was a boy.


The road beneath the Wall was as dark and cold as the belly of an ice dragon and as twisty as a serpent.


The wind was blowing from the east along the Wall, cold as the breath of the ice dragon in the tales Old Nan used to tell.

The Wall, Game Of Thrones
The Wall, Game Of Thrones

One Redditor, AnakinGabriel, discusses the idea of ice dragons in relation to something Maester Aemon says about having been able to grow very old because of his time at the Wall:

The way he says this: "Fire consumes, but cold preserves. The Wall..." The Wall has been standing there for about 8,000 years, it's quite old, but it's still there. A lot of powerful magic must have been used so it could last that long. And we know that powerful magic is related to Dragons.

I've come across different versions of this theory in some forums. Some say that there is a Dragon inside the wall, others say there is Dragon at the base of the Wall... And... That the Wall itself is a very big Dragon.

So What Does This Ice Dragon Stuff Mean For Game Of Thrones?

One of the most mysterious parts about the prophecy of Prince Who Was Promised is the "his is the song of ice and fire" part. We know that Daenerys is a-shooin' to be the promised one, what with her already being the mother of (fire) dragons and everything. But where does the ice come in?

Daenerys Fire, Game Of Thrones
Daenerys Fire, Game Of Thrones

You might say that it comes from Jon Snow, who is part Stark (icy direwolf sygil), part Targaryen (firey dragon sygil). But that seems too figurative when compared to the fact that Dany has the actual ability to control fire. If there's an ice dragon lurking in the wall, it'll tie together the loose ends of the prophecy pretty perfectly.

Game Of Thrones will return this Sunday on HBO with Season 6 Episode 9 "The Battle Of The Bastards." Watch the trailer now:

Do you think there could be an ice dragon in the wall? Who do you think would ride the ice dragon? Sound off in the comments!

Sources: The Ice Dragon, A Dance With Dragons, AnakinGabriel via Reddit

Image Sources: Dragon Sibling # 3 by TurnipBerry via Deviantart, HBO


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