Game of Thrones brought its seventh season to an end back in August, and we still have a while to go before the show returns for Season 9. Luckily, we have plenty of material for theorizing, and plenty of unanswered questions to ponder. Famed astrophysicist (and buster of movie myths) Neil deGrasse Tyson has weighed in on one lingering mystery after the end of Season 7: why was dead Viserion's breath blue? Here's how Tyson sees the issue:
In the Season 7 finale, we saw the Night King ride on the back of the reanimated Viserion and use the dragon's breath to take down a big chunk of the Wall and open the Seven Kingdoms to an invasion by the army of the dead. The episode made it clear that the Night King was more formidable than ever on the back of an undead dragon; the episode did not make it clear why Viserion's breath was suddenly blue after he'd spent his whole life breathing red and orange. Well, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson in his tweet, the blue is due to Viserion's breath being three times hotter after reanimation than it was when he was alive.
Of course, that's assuming that what reanimated Viserion was breathing was fire. Viserion was clearly breathing out something intense, but we can't say for sure that it was really, really, really hot fire or something else entirely. That said, it should be noted that Viserion did not necessarily transform into an ice dragon when he was reanimated. Ice dragons in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series on white Game of Thrones is based are mythical creatures that breathe cold instead of fire. They are not resurrected regular dragons.
Basically, Viserion was probably breathing either super hot fire or some kind of cold substance. Game of Thrones hasn't exactly released a biology textbook explaining how dragons work, so we can't say how death would have affected a dragon's capacity for breathing fire. At least Neil deGrasse Tyson's post gives us one possible and quite logical explanation for the blue, if what Viserion was breathing down on the Wall was actually fire.
Interestingly, Neil deGrasse Tyson actually posted a string of Game of Thrones-inspired tweets, and it turns out that he's a fan of how the show has presented the dragons. Here's just one more of his dragon comments:
Given that we still have a long time to wait before Season 8, we should probably hunker down and prepare for months of theorizing and analyzing about Season 7. Some crazy theories really do come true, so it's worth pondering all that has happened so far. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in Game of Thrones news, and take a look at our breakdown of what we know so far about Game of Thrones Season 8. For what you can watch while we wait for more Thrones, take a look at our fall TV guide.