I don't know so much about dragons, especially Game of Thrones's dragons, but the amount of fire dragon breathed in S08E05 seemed unreal to me, even for that magical dragon. So, was it logical in the Game of Thrones world?

  • Sorry, unlimited mana.
    – JAD
    May 14, 2019 at 6:40
  • I guess that for a dragon, fire is like saliva for humans: something its body keeps producing 24/7. All it takes then is proper feeding, which is likely done in the short periods of time when the dragon does not breathe fire and we can see it flying away. (Just to return shortly after for more rounds) May 14, 2019 at 11:47
    – StackOne
    May 14, 2019 at 17:30
  • In reality, Most dragons don't breath fire, however. Some dragons used to polish their teeth on certain rocks which had flammable material, which caused them to breathe fire when they exhaled when chewing food.
    – StackOne
    May 14, 2019 at 17:34

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Dragons have as much fire as the writers need them to have. So far, there has been no indication that it runs out, has a cooldown or something similar.

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    The power of plot, similar to Superman's wildly varying power levels May 14, 2019 at 7:53
  • Can it explained based on the book? I mean in the book can dragons run out of fire? May 14, 2019 at 9:03
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    @MehdiDehghani Not that I know of. A similar attack was made during Aegon's Conquest on Harrenhall, melting it's towers to the ruins it is now. No mention is made that Balerion was at its limits or something like that.
    – JAD
    May 14, 2019 at 9:10
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    @PoloHoleSet The explanation is simple: they're magic. May 14, 2019 at 15:18
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    When they need lots of fire like the huge amount of fire we see at the gates of King's Landing in 8x5, they have no problem. Yet when they need some dramatic tension, like when Drogon is being swarmed by wights in 8x3, he can only swish his tail and make noise rather than blasting fire at any of the approaching wights.
    – krb
    May 14, 2019 at 16:33

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