The Ice Dragon Must Have Three Heads
Melisandre moved closer. “Save them, sire. Let me wake the stone dragons. Three is three. Give me the boy.”
-A Storm of Swords – Davos VI
You can read how we previously covered how the “stone dragon” is made of ice here.
Once inside Bloodraven’s tree, Bran began exploring the world outside his body and this is what was said:
Bran ate with Summer and his pack, as a wolf. As a raven he flew with the murder, circling the hill at sunset, watching for foes, feeling the icy touch of the air. As Hodor he explored the caves. He found chambers full of bones, shafts that plunged deep into the earth, a place where the skeletons of gigantic bats hung upside down from the ceiling.
-A Dance with Dragons – Bran III
As someone who studies medical science I can tell you that skeletons do not simply hang from the ceiling. Nor do the bones stay attached to one another once your tendons and tissues are gone. Newton has other plans for them. A dead “gigantic bat’s” bones would fall to the ground. Unless…
Unless it is not a gigantic bat.
Let’s look at Bran’s description of himself when he was flying as The IceBrandon:
There are different kinds of wings, the crow said.
Bran was staring at his arms, his legs. He was so skinny, just skin stretched taut over bones. Had he always been so thin? He tried to remember.
– A Game of Thrones – Bran III
When Bran was flying as Winter the ice dragon he saw basically only bones and skin. And ice dragons “skin” can be translucent that would be why Bran did not see the rest of their bodies through Hodor’s eyes.
Hodor saw gigantic bats, plural. I believe there are at least two ice dragons inside there.
The ice dragon must have three heads.
The Ice Brandon will be a monstrosity, many times bigger than Balerion The Black Dread. If someone is going to ride The ice dragon, it may be unJon the Nights King or Roose Bolton the Red King (skinflayned as unRobb Stark whose wolf was Grey Wind like the grey winds of the ice dragon, and whose head he has cut off to flay presumably). It may be that Winter the ice dragon may not be ridden by anyone, depending on what Bloodraven has in store. I do tend to think it will be ridden. Assuming unJon rides the IceBrandon, there are two more ice dragons for riding. Room for two unTargaryen wives.
I have two candidates in mind, both of whom have blood of the dragon. Jon Snow and Melisandre of Kings Landing.
Melisandre’s father is probably Bloodraven himself, and her mother is Shiera Seastar, making her Targaryen on both sides. I believe Jon Snow will turn into the Nights King. That may place him atop IceBrandon with his halfbrother at “the wing”, but it all depends on Bloodravens plans for them. If Jon does ride Winter the ice dragon, he becomes Aemon the Icedragonknight. That leaves two more dragons for his sisterwives:
They could possibly be:
- Val (Val hat tip to Cyvasse_Master)
- Melissandre [who may make herself look like Yigritte]
I doubt it will be unDaenerys.