Is Daenerys Targaryen immune to fire?

  • Twice in the books Daenerys has been in situations where it is reasonable to expect that she would have been burned to death, or at least seriously injured, yet has come out unharmed.

    The first time was when she stepped into the funeral pyre of Khal Drogo, which resulted in her dragon eggs hatching. The second time is in A Dance with Dragons, when she is exposed to Drogon's fire.

    In both instances, all that happens to her is her hair is burned away.

    I can't be certain, but I believe there may have been references in the first book to her touching burning coals and other hot materials, as well.

    Is this a trait shared by other Targaryens? Her brother certainly wasn't immune to molten gold, and while a number of Targaryens were fascinated with fire (Aerion Targaryen died from drinking wildfire, believing it would turn him into a dragon), I don't recall seeing mention of any Targaryen shrugging off fire.

    Is Daenerys' apparent immunity explained anywhere?

    Ever thought it was because Daenerys got hit by dragonfire and not just regular fire? Dragons are strongly connected with magic, it's possible right that their fire has magical properties, right? Or that it just burns super hot. Take Harrenhal for instance, the dragonfire melted the stone but Dany only got blisters from the same thing. She could just have a high tolerance and stone melting heat could be a threshold but it also might be because the dragonfire has magical properties. Food for thought, cause I don't actually know and find this question fascinating to think about.

    @Kathy The funeral pyre was not dragon fire though.

    Isn't she also supposedly a new Azor Ahai, chosen warrior of R'hllor? If that's the case, she might have have some extra protection from the fire god until she completes her task (preventing human extinction at the hands of the White Walkers).

    Wildfire is not actual fire, it's a chemical concoction and so would be poison.

    Let us also not forget that a TV show needs to be more visual than a book. You can explain a lot in a book to achieve subtlety that must be more blatant and fantastical to come across in a show. I'm seeing a lot of stuff in comments and answers that are forgetting this reality of adaptation to TV.

    FWIW: In the first book she steps into a hot bath and the servant tells her it's still way too hot (or something like that), but she doesn't notice anything unpleasant.

  • Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Official Word of God says:

    Lastly, some fans are reading too much into the scene in GAME OF THRONES where the dragons are born -- which is to say, it was never the case that all Targaryens are immune to all fire at all times.

    Source: The Citadel: So Spake Martin - Egg and the Targaryens

    Also this:

    Granny: Do Targaryens become immune to fire once they "bond" to their dragons?

    George RR Martin: Granny, thanks for asking that. It gives me a chance to clear up a common misconception. TARGARYENS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO FIRE! The birth of Dany's dragons was unique, magical, wonderous, a miracle. She is called The Unburnt because she walked into the flames and lived. But her brother sure as hell wasn't immune to that molten gold.

    Revanshe: So she won't be able to do it again?

    George RR Martin: Probably not.
    Source: A question about Daenerys Targaryen in a Song of Ice and Fire (spoilers) - Forum - DakkaDakka

    Wow. You won't get a much better answer than straight from the author. Good catch, Jimmy!

    Except even George Martin was wrong...she did it again. I'm gonna go with the explanation that the hatching of the dragons shed some lasting, fire-retardant magic on her.

    @xr280xr this may very well be a place where the book and show split. There are good reasons to believe that the season 6 scene will not occur in the books.

    Notice though, GRRM did not answer the question: "Do Targaryens become immune to fire once they \"bond\" to their dragons?" Viseries (or however you spell him) had no dragon. Also the Targaryen dragons grew smaller over time, becoming less the beasts they were, less powerful and ultimately extinct. All the accounts of recent Targaryens with bad experiences concerning fire are about Targaryens without dragons. Dany has dragons. GRRM did not answer the actual question at all.

    @user1129682 he answered by saying she probably wouldn't be able to do it again, which means at the time he linked the fire immunity, to the dragon hatching.

    @CyberClaw: He didn't link anything and "probably" is everything but a definitive statement. Meanwhile we saw her on TV touching hot iron and walking out of a burnt down building. Also, right off the bat in GOT, she takes a bath in water apparently so hot that a maid makes a remark about it. There is precedence before and after. Heat does not harm her even remotely as much as others. 1. She did it again. 2. Whether she is absolutely immune remains to be seen.

    @user1129682, yeah I'm well aware of her fire immunity since. My point was George R.R.M. said she probably wouldn't do it again. At the time (in 2000), he intended for her fire immunity to be linked to the dragons hatching, and a one time deal, otherwise he wouldn't be so sure if she'd do it again or not. But the interview is from 2000, and obviously since he shifted towards a more fire immune Dany in general.

    I have to differ, respectfully, with GRRM -- Daenerys is immune from flame and heat.

    In addition to the other flaws pointed out with this quote, molten gold is not fire.

    Silly fans, reading a lot into **a person walking into a huge pyre, staying until it dies out, and coming out unscathed**... I think GRRM is being straight-out inconsistent here. There's no way she would have walked into the pyre if she had not already known she was immune to fire, which could only happen if she experienced this immunity beforehand. Dany is immune to fire and has been since birth. The pyre was pivotal in that others learned it as well. That doesn't say other Targaryens are immune too - of course, a lot of theorizing can be done about why Dany has this ability.

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