I noticed some "White Walkers" break into ice chips and others do not; some only fall down and are immobile. Why is that?

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White Walkers "shatter" and Wights fall down.

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White Walkers (also known as Others in the books) are inhuman beings with mystic powers. They are not dead but instead are a sort of magical humanoid life form. White Walkers have the ability to turn dead and decomposed bodies into wights. "Wight" is a catch-all term for the reanimated corpses of humans. Thus, only "some White Walkers" shatter into chips, because the ones that don't are not White Walkers.

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    Also the corpses of giants, horses May 1, 2019 at 22:55
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    The dragon collapsed, I don't think it shattered.
    – Glen_b
    May 2, 2019 at 3:30
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    Dragon shattered after TNK got killed May 2, 2019 at 4:11
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    The Night King and the White Walkers have always shattered like Swarovski crystal when they die and there is no corpse remaining afterward. Just a pile of ice crystals. Wights do not shatter like that, they simply fall to the ground and there is an obvious corpse remaining. Sometimes parts will fall off when they die, especially if the wight was already damaged or was just a skeleton held together only by the magic that animated it. When the dragon died, it absolutely did NOT shatter into ice crystals. There was obviously a dead dragon on the ground in front of Jon Snow.
    – krb
    May 2, 2019 at 7:48
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    Scene proof that Viserion didn't shatter May 2, 2019 at 10:00

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