It's strange that the Night King wasn't harmed when the dragon spit fire at him in Game of Thrones S08E03, because Valyrian steel killed him and what makes Valyrian steel different from regular steel is that it is originally made from dragon's fire. So it would seem that dragon fire would be more effective. Unless I'm wrong about this.

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    Same question over on SFF. Also I'm fairly sure it's unconfirmed if Valyrian steel is actually made with dragon fire, it's only a theory since it was made by people with lots of dragons.
    – Virusbomb
    May 1, 2019 at 19:39
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    Possibly with dragon fire, but most likely forged with magic.
    – user25738
    May 1, 2019 at 19:59
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    This is a perfectly fine question, right, so why the downvotes?
    – Joachim
    May 1, 2019 at 20:09
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    One thing we do have as a sort of clue is that fire has given way before him in the past, like during the assault on the (previous) Three-Eyed Raven's cave. He seemingly has some power over fire or resistance to it. It doesn't seem likely we will learn more about him, but one could speculate he has Targeryan blood in him. We don't know much about the original White Walker created by the Children, but we do know the Night King created all the other White Walkers in the TV series, seemingly from Craster's "sacrifices". May 1, 2019 at 20:59
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    He's very very cold
    – SCFi
    May 1, 2019 at 21:25

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Out of universe reason.

As explained in the inside the episode, if the plan worked, that would have been dull.

"We thought it was important that whatever the plan was it doesn't just work because that would be dull.

"There's no reason to know for certain that the fire wouldn't kill or destroy the Night King, but there's also no particular reason to believe that it would.

"Then a few moments after this happens, the Night King brings them a whole larger undead problem by taking all of their own who have been killed in the course of this battle and turning them into the enemy."

So, David Weiss believes that there is "no reason to know for certain that fire could kill the Night King."

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    What a terrible way of storytelling, then.
    – Joachim
    May 2, 2019 at 10:01
  • I completely agree. Maybe if there were clues that the Night King was a targaryen or something... May 7, 2019 at 13:10

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