Viserion's death on the Game of Thrones episode "Beyond the Wall" was absolutely devastating. But his death and the fact that the Night King turned him into his very own ice dragon also tells us something important about a huge Game of Thrones fan theory about Tyrion Lannister.
Daenerys previously heard a prophecy that there are three heads to the dragon, which many took to mean that three people would ride Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal. Dany, of course, would ride Drogon. With Jon Snow's Targaryen parentage confirmed and his meeting with the dragon going so well, it's assumed he'll ride Rhaegal, who's named after his father and Dany's brother Rhaegar.
That just left Viserion. Until Viserion's untimely death, the biggest theory was that Tyrion was the third head of the dragon. Tyrion got along very well with Viserion and Rhaegal when he met them for the first time in Season 6. Many suspect that the dragons only get along that well with true Targaryens. And it's long been suspected that Tywin wasn't Tyrion's true father, which is why he hated him so much. Tywin would always go on about how Tyrion wasn't really his son.
And back when they were alive, the Mad King Aerys was obsessed with Tyrion's mom. The theory is that he raped her and she wound up having Tyrion. That would make Tyrion a secret Targaryen and a potential dragon rider.
But now that Viserion is the Night King's ice dragon, that theory seems to have been blown to smithereens. Instead, the Night King is the third head of the dragon.
It does make sense for the Night King to be the third head of the dragon. The books and show's entire theme is ice and fire. And now Dany's fire-breathing dragons will face off against the Night King's ice dragon. Then there's the other dragon rider: Jon Snow. Because he's both a Stark and Targaryen, he can be considered both fire and ice.
Now the question is: What will happen when the fire and ice dragons face off? How will Dany react to seeing a zombified Viserion? And can he be taken down? We know that anything the Night King creates will die with him. So will they be able to kill the Night King? Leave your comments below!
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