'A Song Of Ice & Fire' Carries New Meaning In Game Of Thrones Season 8
A Song of Ice and Fire holds a new connotation in Game of Thrones season 8.
The premiere of Game of Thrones season 8 might not have said much about the rest of the series’ arc but it sure has left a handful of hints for many of its facets including a new potential meaning of the "ice and fire" that is so integral to the series: what happens when forging dragon glass.
For viewers, the series may be called Game of Thrones, but as for readers, the famous title A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin holds quite a lot than the show itself. While plenty has been modified from page to screen, the significance of ice and fire is still its topmost emblem. It frequently pops up in the marketing, the fan theories, yet few seem to be quite clear what, exactly, the designation actually refers to.
The foremost thing considered when talking about Ice and Fire is a vision that Daenerys has in the House of the Undying. This prophecy sees Rhaegar talking about a newborn child, named Aegon, saying:
"He is the prince that was promised, and he is the song of ice and fire".
This forecast could connect to the myth of Azor Ahai (also remembered as the Prince that was Promised) as well as to Jon Snow, who is now revealed as Aegon Targaryen. Other possibilities include the assumption that "Ice and Fire" suggests to a Stark and a Targaryen - first Lyanna and Rhaegar, and now Jon and Daenerys (considering that Jon still counts as a Stark thanks all that his real lineage).
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Yet the ultimate theory says that it isn't about a particular character, but about the battle between group that represent or is close to fire (dragons, dragon glass, and potentially Valyrian steel, given the relation between Valyria and fire magic, the Targaeryns, and, all their history with fire breathing dragons) versus the chilling Night King and his icy zombie armies.
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But now the first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 has another moment that references ice and fire otherwise – although the scene is no good than a fleeting TV spot. When Gendry is in the forges at Winterfell, he is seen busy with molding weapons out of dragon glass. However, unlike metal, when it is heated it transitions into blue coloration, before all cooling to black.
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The phenomenon isn't something that happens with obsidian in reality, so it's only a mere visual effect added by Game of Thrones. Nevertheless, it still connects to ice and fire. The blue tone is strongly associated with the White Walkers (and their blue eyes), who was first created with a dragon glass weapon by the Children of the Forest.
The shot that features the contrast between the glowing red metal container and the blue of melted dragon glass couldn't be a clearer reference - but how much of a hint is it giving to the fans?
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It's possible that there is more to the dragon glass than meets the eye (which, in turn, could be important to the plot of the final season). In that sense, this could well be the first indication that is hinting its connection to the Prince that was Promised. While several other characters have Valyrian steel swords (and even a flaming sword), perhaps this insinuates that Azor Ahai can only use a blade specifically made of dragon glass.
Of course, it remains to be seen if it really means something primal to the rest of the story or if it is just another cool shot that connects back to so much of the ice and fire extravaganza, or merely a reminder that dragon glass weapons are being forged, not just metal ones, or to make understand its magical nature and importance against the White Walkers. But as always, Game of Thrones never seems that certain as it claims to be.