Game of Thrones season 8: Will Daenerys still have control over Viserion, even though he's been turned into an ice dragon?

There's a reason why Daenerys is called Mother of Dragons, and the upcoming season may just see the rise of Viserion again


                            Game of Thrones season 8: Will Daenerys still have control over Viserion, even though he's been turned into an ice dragon?

'Game of Thrones' has seen the death of many human and humanoid characters, but the death of non-human creatures tends to affect fans more than the death of their human counterparts, and the same holds true for Viserion.

While our primitive side may take joy in watching Viserion tear antagonists to shreds and set half of Westeros ablaze, our hearts go out to Viserion when we see him fall from the sky, having had his neck pierced by one of the Ice King's icicle spears, and plummets to his icy death at the bottom of a frozen lake.

Viserion was one of the three hatchlings who was "born" to Daenerys in the fires of a blood magic ritual, and shared a close bond with the Mother of Dragons.

Viserion is mostly cream in color and although Daenerys refers to him as her “white dragon,” his eyes and horns are gold and you can always tell the color of an unborn dragon by looking at its egg.

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) with baby Drogon.
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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) with baby Drogon.
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Daenerys named her dragons after the humans who played a pivotal role in her life. Drogon, her black dragon, who also serves as her mount, and is by far her largest dragon, was named after her late husband, Khal Drogo. Rhaegal after her oldest brother and Jon Snow's father, Rhaegar Targaryen, and finally, Viserion was named after her most hated brother, Viserys.

Although it's disheartening to see the fall of Viserion and his subsequent conversion into an ice dragon, it's also quite befitting of his name. Viserys turned on his sister by basically selling her hand in marriage to the Dothraki warlord, Khal Drogo, for forty thousand warriors, and while Viserion is more loyal to Daenerys than her own brother, his transformation into an ice dragon might just see Viserion turning on Daenerys in season 8.

Drogon setting the battlefield ablaze in 'Game of Thrones'.
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Drogon setting the battlefield ablaze in 'Game of Thrones'.
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But this is the Mother of Dragons we're talking about, and with the many characters being brought back from the dead, it may just be possible to bring Viserion back too.

'Game of Thrones' always finds a way to surprise its viewers, and Melisandre (The Red Priestess responsible for resurrecting Jon Snow) told Varys that she will come back once more to Westeros and Viserion might be the reason.

Another particular character that comes to mind is Benjen Stark, who was turned into a semi-white walker entity, wherein he wasn't alive nor was he dead, and like all things in 'Game of Thrones' he was introduced for a reason.

Benjen could just be the answer to bringing other White Walkers back, and subsequently, Viserion.

Viserion becoming an Ice Dragon in 'Game of Thrones'.
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Viserion becoming an Ice Dragon in 'Game of Thrones'.
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There is also the fact that we're not shown how much control Daenerys has over her dragons, and she may still hold authority even over ice-dragons. Fans are still hoping that Viserion can remember who Daenerys is, and since we know that Daenerys has no knowledge of Viserion's undead status, she's in for a big surprise when she meets him again, or rather, we may just be in for a surprise.

'Game of Thrones' season 8 will premiere on HBO on April 14.