This Is Comfortably The Most Bonkers 'Game Of Thrones' Fan Theory Yet

But also the one we most hope is true

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With the real world a fairly dismal place at the moment, there is refuge to be found not only in Game Of Thrones but also in the ridiculous plot theories surrounding it.

Yes, most of them are dreamt up on the message boards of Reddit. Yes, most of them get disproven five minutes into each episode. But in a universe as vast and bonkers as George R.R. Martin's, anything can happen and part of the fun is trying to guess what.

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All of which is a precursor to saying there might be ice dragons in the final episodes.

Here we go.

So 16 years before Game of Thrones, Martin wrote a book called The Ice Dragon. They crop up in GoT when Old Nan - the Stark babysitter who Jon Snow laughed out of town for (correctly) calling the existence of both direwolves and giants - says the line "cold as the breath of the ice dragon."

They are also referenced in the books by Maester Margate in The World of Ice and Fire, who describes them as "colossal beasts, many times larger than the dragons of Valyria... said to be made of living ice, with eyes of pale blue crystal and vast translucent wings through which the moon and stars can be glimpsed as they wheel across the sky.

"Whereas common dragons (if any dragon can truly be said to be common) breathe flame, ice dragons supposedly breathe cold, a chill so terrible that it can freeze a man solid in half a heartbeat."

The theory is that during the inevitable battle against end of game boss the Night King, some of these ice dragons will appear to take on Dany's dragons in a CGI wank fest the likes of which the world has never seen.

Quite why the Night King hasn't already summoned them and flown his backside over the wall to King's Landing we're not sure, but the ice zombies, for all their menace, do seem rather slow and ponderous chaps so maybe it just hasn't occurred to him yet.

Or maybe the theory is complete and utter rubbish. Still, in the words of one former Esquire contributor: isn't it pretty to think so?