Melisandre asks the Dothraki to raise their weapons and, with the help of Valyrian chants, light their weapons on fire to fight against the army of the dead. At the same time, catapults and trebuchets launch a flaming barrage onto the undead army. After the failed cavalry charge, the wights surge forth colliding with the armies of the living.
Daenerys and Jon fly over the battlefield on Drogon and Rhaegal respectively, and burning many of the wights with dragonfire in order to aid in the retreat. However, the Night King conjures a blizzard, causing the dragons and their riders to become lost and cutting off any further support for the defenders on the battlefield. Davos Seaworth tries to signal Daenerys with lit torches to light the trench.
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However, Daenerys and Drogon cannot see the signal. In an attempt to ignite the trench, archers shoot flaming arrows into it, but to no avail. The extreme cold and the wind extinguish the arrows. Men are sent out to ignite the trench with torches, but are attacked by wights. A group of Unsullied then escorts Melisandre towards the trench. After a few failed attempts, Melisandre ignites the trench, thus buying the living a few moments reprieve. At the Night King's command, individual wights fall into the flaming trench, building up enough bodies to smother the flames and allow the other wights to cross.
For the first time in years, dragons fight one another. Rhaegal and Viserion clash in the air, both taking heavy injuries.
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The Night King tries to kill Jon, but is knocked to the ground by Daenerys. Rhaegal is forced to land, being too injured to remain airborne. Jon falls off his mount as Rhaegal loses consciousness. Daenerys locates the Night King and attempts to kill him with dragonfire. To her shock and horror, he is left unaffected by the flames. Daenerys and Drogon retreat, narrowly avoiding being hit by an ice spear thrown by the Night King.
Seeing the Night King alone on the battlefield, Jon charges him, hoping to end the battle quickly. While Jon is forced to contend with the newly risen wights, the Night King makes his way to the godswood with the rest of the White Walkers in order to kill Bran.
Daenerys returns with Drogon, saving Jon from being overwhelmed by wights. Jon rushes off to pursue the Night King, more wights arrive and swarm Drogon. Daenerys is accidentally thrown off and left on her own as Drogon flies away, shaking off the wights still clutched to him. Jorah Mormont arrives in time to save Daenerys, and the two fend off the wights in the battlefield.
Jon struggles to get past Viserion, but is pinned down by the dragon's blue flame. In the godswood, Theon Greyjoy , Alys Karstark , and a group of ironborn and Karstark soldiers manage to hold off the wights and defend Bran. Eventually, only Theon is left standing. The Night King approaches Bran, who is now defenseless against him. The Night King grabs her mid-air, stopping her attack. Ned rushes in, but before he enters, Bran shouts at him.
While the Three-Eyed Raven is sleeping, Bran wargs into a weirwood tree on his own. He finds an army of wights, led by the Night King. He approaches the Night King, however, but he touches Bran, meaning they have access to the cave. Later, as they swarm the cave, Bran has a vision of Winterfell. While still in the vision, Bran hears Meera's cries to warg into Hodor and the Three-Eyed Raven tells him to listen to her. After Meera flees the cave with Bran, he has visions of past and future events. He sees him slayed by Jaime Lannister.
He sees the Mad King's daughter, Daenerys Targaryen , after giving birth to three dragons.
He witnesses the events of the Red Wedding and Hardhome , among others. Bran later discovered the truth of what was in The Tower of Joy; his aunt Lyanna, dying after giving birth to Bran's "bastard half-brother" Jon Snow. Bran discovered that Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen , visually stunning him. The Red Comet appears in the world's skies, but its significant is interpreted differently by different people. The appearance of a Red Comet in the sky soon after the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings is interpreted as a sign by many characters — but highlighting how "tricky" it can be to read meaning in natural events, different characters from different factions each interpret the arrival of the comet differently.
At Winterfell , Bran and his companions discuss the appearance of the comet and what people are saying about it: Some say that it means Robb will win a great victory in the south. Others say it is Lannister red, and indicates that the Lannisters will win and rule all of the Seven Kingdoms before long. A stableboy was overheard saying that the comet was the color of blood to mark the death of Eddard Stark. Osha the wildling woman says that stars don't fall for men, and the coming of the red comet heralds only one thing: that dragons have returned to the world.
Indeed, though they did not yet know it, Daenerys Targaryen had just succeeded in hatching three live dragons, the first seen in a century and a half.
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The warlocks try to distract Daenerys with a false vision of her husband Drogo and son Rhaego, both alive and well. She enters alone carrying a torch, and finds herself in an illusion of the charred remains of the throne room of the Red Keep in King's Landing — the roof collapsed and everything around the Iron Throne covered in snow.
Then she finds herself in another illusion in which she emerges from the Wall in a snowy storm and then enters a tent where she meets with Drogo and their son Rhaego. Aware of the illusion, she leaves and finds herself in a room with her chained dragons, and soon Pyat Pree chains Daenerys up as well. The warlock states that he intends to keep her prisoner forever. However, as the dragons are not muzzled, they are able to burn Pree to death at Daenerys's command.
The Dothraki are a very brave but also a very superstitious people, believing in all manner of omens and portents. Soon after they enter the Dothraki Sea, Jorah Mormont tells Daenerys about the strange " Ghost grass " that grows in the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai , how it glows in the dark and kills all other plants. The Dothraki believe that one day the ghost grass will spread out and cover everything, and that is how the world will end. One major prophecy of the Dothraki tells of the coming of a great leader, the " Stallion Who Mounts the World ".
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It is said that one day this great Khal will unite all of the Dothraki into a single khalasar as they have not been united since the Century of Blood and lead them to conquer the entire world. Daenerys takes part in a religious ceremony with the dosh khaleen , who interpret that her unborn son will be the "Stallion Who Mounts the World". After successfully eating the entire heart, the dosh khaleen prophesy that Daenerys and Drogo's unborn son, Rhaego , will be the Stallion Who Mounts the World.
After Drogo took a minor wound while raiding a Lhazareen village, he became gravely ill from infection and his life was in danger. The captive Lhazareen healer Mirri Maz Duur offered to treat him using blood magic , but she actually betrayed Drogo and Daenerys: she only healed Drogo enough to keep him physically alive but in a catatonic state, and when she said that she would use a life to pay for life, instead of using Drogo's horse's life she actually took the life of Daenerys's baby.
Mirri cursed Rhaego and he was stillborn, as well as horrifically deformed — covered in scales, with bat-like wings, and the flesh fell from his bones when he was touched. Mirri said she did this to prevent Rhaego from becoming the Stallion That Mounts the World and bringing the same suffering that Drogo brought to her village onto others. When Daenerys asked if Drogo would ever regain consciousness, Mirri sarcastically said, "When the sun rises in the west, sets in the east. When the seas go dry.
When the mountains blow in the wind like leaves. Red Priests, such as Melisandre, believe they receive visions of the future from the Lord of Light by communing with His flames. The Red Priestess Melisandre claims that she receives ecstatic visions from her god - R'hllor, the Lord of Light — by gazing into and communing with his holy flames. According to legend, when the Long Night cataclysm occurred 8, years ago, a winter that lasted a generation descended upon Westeros, and the White Walkers first appeared and attacked from the furthest north.
Similar tales of ancient conflicts are hazily preserved in various forms around the world; in the religion of the Lord of Light, it is said that a great darkness descended upon the world, which was eventually defeated by a hero known as Azor Ahai. As the Red Priest Thoros of Myr recounted:. Stannis Baratheon's flaming sword Lightbringer is meant to copy the legendary original sword. Melisandre says that the ancient holy texts of her religion prophesy that at the end of a long summer, a terrible winter will begin; darkness will fall upon the earth once again, and " the dead shall rise in the North.
And that sword shall be Lightbringer. Despite Stannis' defeat at the Battle of the Blackwater , she shared one of her visions with him to reaffirm his faith, gazing into her flames until he too claims he saw images of a great battle in the snow. Young Cersei pricks her finger with a knife, so Maggy can use a drop of her blood to tell her future.
When Cersei Lannister was a young teenager, she sneaked out into the forest outside of Casterly Rock one night with her tag-along Melara Hetherspoon to visit a reputed woods witch called Maggy who could read people's fortunes. Cersei entered Maggy's hut uninvited, but when Maggy woke and demanded that she get out, Cersei arrogantly pointed out that Maggy was on her father Tywin Lannister 's lands, and threatened that she would have her eyes gouged out if she refused her. Maggy relented, and asked for a taste of Cersei's blood - by having Cersei prick her finger with a knife, then literally letting her taste a drop of her blood, as part of her blood magic.
Maggy allowed Cersei to ask three questions, but mocked the prideful young girl that she wouldn't like the answers:. The TV series removed many of the prophecies given in A Song of Ice and Fire novels — up to and including the prophecy from which the actual title, "A Song of Ice and Fire", takes its name. Weiss have explained that they felt reluctant to introduce prophecies that would only pay off many seasons in the future, given that they never know for certain if the TV series will be renewed more than one or two seasons in advance.
Moreover, they have been reluctant to rely on the audience to remember information mentioned one or more TV seasons in the past. Many of these prophecies are inherently spoilers from the books, so only a few major non-spoiler examples will be listed here:. Daenerys Targaryen 's visions in the House of the Undying in Qarth were drastically condensed from what she saw in the novels. In the books, Daenerys doesn't see a vision of standing in the ruins of the Red Keep , blanketed by snow. The TV series also invented the detail that she was tempted by a vision of Khal Drogo and Rhaego alive the producers said they included this because they greatly missed actor Jason Momoa and wanted to provide him with a cameo in Season 2 somehow.
Daenerys also sees a vision of a future which will now never be, of her son Rhaego as he would have been had he lived and grown to manhood: she sees a tall lord with the copper skin of a Dothraki but the silver-gold hair of a Targaryen , beneath the banner of a fiery stallion, with a burning city in the background. When Daenerys was in the House of the Undying, she saw a vision of the past, in which her eldest brother Rhaegar was sitting with his wife Elia Martell as they named their infant son " Aegon ".
Rhaegar says: "Aegon What better name for a king He is the prince that was promised , and his is the song of ice and fire. The dragon has three heads", and he picks up a silver harp and begins to play. So far this is the only time in the first five novels that the actual title of the book series has been referenced. It is not known what exactly "the song of ice and fire" is, though it seems to foretell the conflict between the White Walkers and their powers of ice, and the forces of life represented by fire — perhaps literally in the form of the reborn dragons being used to fight the White Walkers and their hordes of the undead which are very vulnerable to fire.
It is repeatedly mentioned that "The dragon has three heads" — the Targaryen sigil is a three-headed dragon, representing Aegon I Targaryen and his two sister-wives, who conquered and united the Seven Kingdoms for the first time. For a time it seems that Rhaegar thought he himself was the Prince, but later he thought it would be his children: noting that "the dragon has three heads" again referring to the Targaryen sigil , Rhaegar seems to have been convinced that the prophecy about "the" Prince actually referred to three people acting together.
Baby Aegon was Rhaegar's second child, following his daughter Rhaenys. It was said that he wanted a third child, but Elia's pregnancies were very difficult, and after her second child the maesters all said that another one would likely kill her. According to the theory that Jon Snow is actually Rhaegar's son by Lyanna Stark, Rhaegar had an affair with Lyanna because he was convinced that he needed to produce a third child to fulfill the prophecy. Moreover, given that the Targaryens used to practice polygamous marriages, Rhaegar might not have seen this liaison as shaming his current wife Elia - and given that the Dornish often openly keep paramours alongside their formal spouses, Elia might not have been opposed to it either.
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None of this has been confirmed, however, and much of it may have been misdirection by the narrative. Melisandre 's prophecies about The Prince That Was Promised also strongly match up with these descriptions. When Maester Aemon makes the connection, he explains to Samwell Tarly that in High Valyrian , "Prince" is actually a gender-neutral word like "leader" in English and can equally refer to a man or a woman. It is also mentioned that Aerys II Targaryen , the Mad King, was made to marry his own sister Rhaella Targaryen even though they didn't love each other, because his father heard a prophecy from a woods witch that the Prince Who Was Promised would be born from their line.
In all cases, the prophecy seems to indicate that the Prince Who Was Promised needs to be of the Targaryen bloodline. It is also more widely believed that only those who possess the blood of Old Valyria as the Targaryens do can bond with and ride dragons — and they do seem to be inherently more friendly around people with at least some Valyrian blood. If Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna, he may be one of the three heads of the dragon, though there is rampant speculation about who the third could be.
However, while she sees more vivid visions while at the Wall, she doesn't admit to others that what she sees is very confusing and she doesn't know how to interpret it. As the weather worsens, eventually Melisandre can't see many images anymore. She repeatedly implores the Lord of Light in her prayers to show a vision of the Lord's Chosen, because no news is reaching them about Stannis.
Melisandre stares into the flames, but all she sees are images of snow. Members of the Targaryen bloodline are noted for often having prophetic dreams. This extends all the way back to when the Targaryens originally fled from the Valyrian Freehold , motivated by the prophetic dreams of the Daenys the Dreamer, daughter of the family's leader Aerion Targaryen. Only a few years after moving to Dragonstone island, the Doom of Valyria wiped out their entire civilization and killed all other known dragons.
Daenerys herself has had several prophetic dreams throughout the novels. Even prior to her wedding day with Drogo, Daenerys frequently had dreams about dragons — even though she had never seen a living one.
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