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Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains how Dragonfire destroyed the buildings in King’s Landing

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Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5, “The Bells“, had a lot of big moments, the most important ones of which included Daenerys on Drogon, flying over King’s Landing, burning it to smithereens. We saw the buildings of the city perish with dragonfire, which left many fans wondering as to how exactly fire could destroy buildings with such ease. Well, now thanks to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, we have an answer. Read on!

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium talked to INSIDER about the science behind it all, explaining how the air inside the buildings is to be blamed:

“If you have a pocket of air and you rapidly and instantly heat it, it’s a bomb. That is what bombs are. They’re rapidly expanding air creating a shockwave.”

He continued:

“If you have a dragon, it’s not just layering flames. It has [aimed an] insertion of very hot air. That hot air will expand catastrophically and blow stuff down.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains how dragonfire destroyed the buildings of King's Landing

So, there you go. Tyson had previously also commented on Viserion and his blue flame fire. On another note, Tyson discussed how episode 5 disappointed him, and how he was expecting the “Scorpion” harpoons would be more effective against Drogon:

“I know the series is capable of deeper ideas than people killing people. But in a sense it was a climax. It was the battle everyone was anticipating. And you’re hoping the harpoons work.”

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joe J
joe J
2 years ago

The harpoons would have worked, but no one has ever seen the might and awesomeness of a dragon, you freeze in shock and awe. Forgetting you have to pull that trigger. Its called the Fight Flight or Freeze response. The phrase “fight or flight” was coined by Cannon (1927, 1929) in the 1920s to describe key behaviors that occur in the context of perceived threat. … Similar to the flight/fight response, a freeze response is believed to have adaptive value. In the context of predatory attack, some animals will freeze or “play dead.”

Hop David
2 years ago

Tyson did a handful of forgettable papers in the early 90s. Since then his thing has been flashy pop science and he often gets it wrong.

It takes time for heat to conduct through stone. And when stone does heat up it wouldn’t explode in one direction, away from the dragon.

Regarding the blue flame from the zombie dragon, it’s quite possible for blue flame to be cooler than red flame. The chemicals burned also determine flame color.

Game of Thrones is a fantasy. There shouldn’t be any attempt to give scientific explanations for the stuff that happens.

Jacob
Jacob
2 years ago

Tyson is an idiot. First of all, those are not harpoons, they are bolts. Secondly, you try and hit a moving target that is flying with a conventional projectile weapon. Even if they had mounted machine guns on the wall, it would not have guaranteed a hit. Only with the onset of heat seeking missiles and now laser technology, has anti air reached a point where it can be precise. Prior to that, the main source of anti air was lots of faster firing weapon emplacements, to throw as much fire at the targets as possible. The fact that they… Read more »

Philip
Philip
1 year ago

I guess this would make sense if the buildings were airtight and the dragon was breathing fire exclusively inside, otherwise I would imagine the inside and outside air would be similarly heated, thereby nullifying any pressure differential that would otherwise cause an explosion. Any pressure difference caused as the outside hot air cools would be mitigated by the fact that the stones would partially insulate the inside of the building from the heat (reducing the temperature difference significantly), and the fact that there were tons of holes in these buildings for air to flow in and out of (doors, windows,… Read more »

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