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Neil deGrasse Tyson May Have Just Solved A 'Game Of Thrones' Mystery Using Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson May Have Just Solved A 'Game Of Thrones' Mystery Using Science
Updated 8 months ago

***SPOILER ALERT: This contains crucial plot points from Game of Thrones Season 7***

The seventh season of Game of Thrones left us wondering how Westeros could possibly survive the upcoming finale in 2019. The Night King, riding one of Daenery's dragons (who he earlier killed and turned into an undead servant of evil), shot fire at The Wall, which is mostly ice and stone, until it finally collapsed and allowed his army of the dead to march into Westeros. While many people had guessed the season would end this way, it didn't stop fans from questioning the physics of how a dragon, shooting fire at the middle of a wall of ice, would be able to topple a massive structure that had stood for centuries.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist and host of Cosmos, explained how it might be possible:

But he also had some problems that you might have missed. 

While fans were questioning where the White Walkers got their gigantic chains, not many noticed this:

Still, Tyson had nothing but glowing reviews for the dragons' design:

He's seen some truly awful flight designs in the past:

GoT fans loved this scientific perspective on the fantasy series:

The finale's director, Jeremy Podeswa, confirmed Tyson's analysis an interview: 

It’s funny because people really accepted the green fire [of wildfire], which burned down the Sept [of Baelor] and the sea battle in the earlier season. I think that fire can have many different manifestations. I think that the ice dragon fire is clearly still fire because it does melt the Wall and tear it down, but it had a particular quality because it’s coming from an undead dragon. So what the chemical nature of that is and the chemical nature of fire would actually be different coming from a non-sentient being...But obviously, an ice dragon is going to have an icy kind of fire but it’s still fire.

Tyson alluded to GoT to support NFL players who took a knee during the National Anthem on Sunday:

Thanks for the science, Neil! Maybe next you can explain Bran and all his Three-Eyed Raven nonsense.