In “Book of the Stranger,” Daenerys staged a repeat of the final scene of Season 1, when she
emerged from her husband’s funeral pyre unharmed, unless you count her clothes, which were burned away (In the books, her hair is burned away as well). Fire, as she said back when her brother was killed, cannot kill a dragon.
producers are concerned, Daenerys is a superhero, and her superpower is that she can’t be burned. That’s consistent with what we’ve seen before on the show. Beyond the scene at Drogo’s funeral pyre, there’s a moment in the pilot episode where she takes a scalding hot bath without batting an eye, and a later moment where she picks up a dragon’s egg that has been baking over hot coals, and finds that her hands are not burned. And then this latest scene happened. This clinches it: on the show, Daenerys is fireproof all of the time.
“I feel a list of titles coming on.”
That may not be the case in the books. Author George R.R. Martin was a little more coy when talking about
Lastly, some fans are reading too much into the scene in GAME OF THRONES where the dragons are born — which is to say, it was never the case that all Targaryens are immune to all fire at all times.
And then, there’s this chat with George R.R. Martin, recorded back in 1999:
TARGARYENS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO FIRE! The birth of Dany’s dragons was unique, magical, wonderous, a miracle. She is called The Unburnt because she walked into the flames and lived. But her brother sure as hell wasn’t immune to that molten gold.
There are a few theories out there that explain why Dany’s first close encounter with an inferno was unique—some think that the death of Mirri Maz Duur served as a blood sacrifice that somehow granted Dany temporary immunity to fire. But in any case, this supports the idea that, in the books, Dany does not have blanket immunity to fire.
But on the other hand, that chat keeps going:
not? I’m not sure if Martin was thinking about a certain chapter from
when he gave that interview, but there’s a scene in that book that muddies the waters a bit. When Drogon descends on Daznak’s Pit and starts eating people, Dany jumps in and tries to tame him. In the process, she gets close enough to his flames for her hair to get burned off. It’s unclear if Drogon engulfs her in flames, but you’d figure that if she was close enough for her hair to get singed away, she was close enough to sustain burns on other parts of her body.
Only she doesn’t. When we catch up with Daenerys later, on the Dothraki Sea, she’s fine, except that her hair is gone. While it’s open to interpretation, it seems like, in the books, Daenerys’ immunity to fire also kicked in during her reunion with Drogon.
In short, there’s no guarantee, at least based on the text, that Daenerys’ fire resistance was limited completely to the events at Drogo’s funeral pyre. And who knows? Maybe the recent scene at Vaes Dothrak was something that Martin told the producers about—the show may be beyond the books, but Martin and the showrunners are still in contact.
At the least, the show did not contradict itself in the final scene of “Book of the Stranger.” It might not have contradicted the books, either, although we need more information to be certain.
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Below is from a ADWD. It appears as though even Drogon’s breath did not burn her. I guess it depends on the definition of “Fire Resistant” and ” Fire Proof”!
Only the birth of her dragons amidst the fire and smoke of Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre had spared Dany herself from being dragged back to Vaes Dothrak to live out the remainder of her days amongst the crones of the dosh khaleen.
The fire burned away my hair, but elsewise it did not touch me. It had been the same in Daznak’s Pit. That much she could recall, though much of what followed was a haze.
With all due respect to George R.R. Martin he hasn’t finished writing the story, so her “superpowers” are open to interpretation until he finishes.
D&D have made their minds up, some will disagree, but until GRRM writes it, then their guess is as good as anyone’s.
The scene suits the show. It moves things along. It isn’t as supernatural as Jon coming back from the dead. But it does set her up as the foil to the WW’s cold.
I’m sure the books will have a more in depth, detailed, lengthy, ideas, but the show will always be quick and fast.
Personally I liked the scene. It pushed Dany to the front again. Like most I was expecting Drogon, or the boys, to save her. But no, she went back to basics and did what she has done before, she created a “big” moment. Its why so many have followed her in the past, and its the exact opposite of sitting on a throne hidden away from everyone.
A wise man once said: “The books are the books and the show is the show”
Dany isn’t going to accept the 7 year hiatus on Slavery that The Dwarf has made. How will she react toward Tyrion?
Tyrion has political know how, giving Danys rule some breathing space was priority #1. Figuring out step #2 comes after the Harpy threat has been dealt with. Doing nothing would risk further attacks like the burning of the ships.
If Varys spies gives the unsullied the information they need to unroute the locals, now unfunded, and a hoarde arrives unannounced to either of the cities days later, the resulting carnage will topple the wise masters forever.
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