Neil deGrasse Tyson applies science to Game of Thrones


Game of Thrones season 7 might be over and done, but that hasn’t stopped Neil deGrasse Tyson from trying to dissect it with science.

While some Game of Thrones fans may have nitpicked their way through some of season 7’s larger plotholes (I’m looking at you stupid wight hunt), or slow storylines (I’m glaring at you Winterfell), famed scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson is plying his trade to put the show through its paces. Although, in a fantasy like Thrones, I’m not sure science should apply at all, but let’s have a look, nonetheless.

In a series of tweets, Tyson passed judgment (good or bad) on some of season 7’s scenes. For instance, instead of asking where the Night King acquired the chains his army used to drag Viserion’s body from that frozen lake, the scientist, of course, applied physics.

Tyson did approve of some Game of Thrones “science” as he dissected the Drogon and Dany enter the Dragon Pit scene.

He also liked how Drogon exited, stage…up?

Because how dragons use their wings (forelimbs or not) to fly, is super relevant to a fantasy show where ice zombies roam a frozen wasteland and can raise the dead by simple thought. But hey, who am I to argue with such a brilliant scientific mind as Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Finally, Tyson was intrigued by the blue fire breath used by Viserion to drop the Wall, versus the orange fire used by Drogon.

Well, Mr. Tyson, Blue Dragon used to be alive, and when he was, he had fire breath. Now that he’s dead (or undead) and in the employ of the Night King, his breath is blue and it apparently disables thousand-year-old spells woven into a magically huge Wall that kept White Walkers and the army of the dead from crossing over into the realm of the living. #Science

Next: The 35 Best Moments from Game of Thrones Season 7

See? Science can be fun!

H/T Screen Crush