In the S08E03 episode of Game of Thrones, we see Daenerys on her dragon standing against the

Night King

and the dragon throws flames at them.

This character survives without harm (even smiling a little).
How is that possible?

This should kill even regular people. But he is a White Walker. It should be even deadlier for him.

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    He is not a white walker, he is the white walker. He is much more powerful than his minions, he can raise the dead, so it's plausible that he is immune to fire. Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 22:21
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    Also, we've not seen any instance of any White Walker be killed by fire, so how would you assume that?
    – Möoz
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 22:26
  • @Möoz Because he is all coldy and icy. But I see it was foolish now.
    – TGar
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 22:36
  • Related: Why didn't dragon fire burn and kill the Night King?
    – TARS
    Commented May 1, 2019 at 20:47

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So, why didn't dragon fire kill the Night King? Well as we heard the Three Eyed Raven say in the previous episode no one had ever tried it so there is no evidence it would ever work. Add to that, that the Night King is something more powerful than the White Walkers themselves and things go differently. For all we know the White Walkers could be killed by it and it is just the Night King who is immune to it.

As @Virusbomb has said we've also seen fire part when the White Walkers come near so whilst dragon fire is stronger than normal fire we could draw a parallel here too.

Fire parting for the White Walkers

It's worth noting that the weapons we know of that can kill White Walkers are dragonglass and Valyrian steel and they are not forged in dragon fire. Thereofre, we can't draw any relationships between these items to make a theory.

Dragonglass is forged in the fires of the earth i.e. it is volcanic in nature.

"Obsidian," Maester Luwin insisted, holding out his wounded arm. "Forged in the fires of the gods, far below the earth. The children of the forest hunted with that, thousands of years ago. The children worked no metal. In place of mail, they wore long shirts of woven leaves and bound their legs in bark, so they seemed to melt into the wood. In place of swords, they carried blades of obsidian."

A Game of Thrones, Bran VII

Note that the art of forging Valyrian steel was lost in the Doom of Valyria, though some smiths can still rework it.

"Nor I, my lord," said the armorer. "I confess, these colors were not what I intended, and I do not know that I could duplicate them. Your lord father had asked for the crimson of your House, and it was that color I set out to infuse into the metal. But Valyrian steel is stubborn. These old swords remember, it is said, and they do not change easily. I worked half a hundred spells and brightened the red time and time again, but always the color would darken, as if the blade was drinking the sun from it. And some folds would not take the red at all, as you can see. If my lords of Lannister are displeased, I will of course try again, as many times as you should require, but—"

A Storm of Swords, Tyrion IV

However, it is mainly said to be forged with spells rather than dragon fire.

The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke. Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.

A Game of Thrones, Bran I

  • Is it much different if we consider novels instead of the show? Is there any evidence this would have gone different in A song of ice and fire?
    – bracco23
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 12:54
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    @bracco23 There is no undead dragon in the books as the show is ahead of the books so there is no evidence either way yet.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 12:55

Wights are the zombies that can be killed when burned. White Walkers are able to withstand and even extinguish flames around them, we've seen this happen a few times before.

First when they attack the Cave of the Children of the Forest in the far north. The Children of the Forest attempt to stop the Night King by lighting a ring of fire that is then put out by him walking towards it.

Second at Hardhome when a different White Walker walks into a burning room and the flames die out.

Third at the frozen lake during the Wight hunt, the Night King again steps through a ring of burning fire and it is extinguished.

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    Dragon fire is not normal fire though..
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 8:32
  • @TheLethalCarrot Yeah, it's all weird and icky.
    – Möoz
    Commented May 1, 2019 at 3:38

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