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In S08E06 of Game of Thrones, we see Drogon burn down the

Iron Throne.

Why did he do that? Did he grow a conscience and see that it was a source of evil?

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    There is a theory going around which I think is a joke so posting as a comment. Drogon saw the knife in Dany & assumed she went to sit in the chair made of knives & got herself stabbed. So he took revenge by melting it – KharoBangdo May 20 at 10:21
  • Was it the writers saying "we really, really aren't going to make any more of this"? – AJFaraday May 20 at 11:05
  • @KharoBangdo That is not a joke. I even thought that is the reason for burning the iron throne – Nog Shine May 20 at 11:07
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    Drogon knew Bran Stark has his own chair designed. So, there's no need of iron throne. So he burnt it. ;-) – Nog Shine May 20 at 11:08
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Lazy writing and symbolism (Daeron explained the symbolism in his answer).

A couple of in-universe explanations:

  1. He was going to incinerate Jon but at the last second decided against it. He already generated the fire and had to release it, the Iron Throne was simply in the direction of his fire breath by coincidence.

  2. Dragons are very smart, he realized that his mother died because she was chasing the Throne and burned it in rage.

Edit


After watching it again there were two separate fire breaths, Drogon first released the fire he was going to burn Jon with without harming the Irone Throne and then destroyed the throne on purpose with a separate fire breath.

This means the first option is wrong and leaves only the second.

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    Or your first line. – Juha Untinen May 20 at 8:26
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    Your answer would be better if you just edited it to remove the first option. – OrangeDog May 20 at 13:41
  • Indeed. If you think part of the answer is no longer valid, you should edit it to keep only the valid/correct parts. The answer should stand as if it were always the best version of itself. – V2Blast May 21 at 10:41
  • There is no indication that he wanted to incinerate Jon at all. He was just shown furious and we expected that he might burn Jon(because we knew what he did, but Drogon did not). It is not clear if it was his intent at all. – Kami Kaze May 21 at 14:36
  • @KamiKaze It sure as hell looked like it. He moved towards Jon, looked directly at him, and started to generate fire. At the same moment Jon also looked like he knows he's going to be incinerated, shame you weren't there to tell him there was no indication. – Oleg May 22 at 3:15
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It symbolized the end of monarchy.

Here's a nice little summary.

The red-tinted dragon then unleashes a powerful stream of flame aimed right at the very thing that has been such a point of contention since season one. He succeeds in melting all the swords down to a bubbling, molten puddle. Just as Tyrion says later on in the episode when discussing why Bran would make a good king — "Sons of kings can be cruel and stupid as you well know . . . that is the wheel our Queen wanted to break" — Drogon succeeds in symbolically erasing the idea of a monarchy, whether purposefully or not.


The Meaning Behind Drogon's Fiery Symbolic Gesture in the Game of Thrones Finale - PopSugar

As to whether or not Monarchy is actually gone, in the quote above it is to be interpreted that an elective monarchy is not a monarchy. Here is Tyrion's quote.

(Tyrion) From now on, rulers will not be born. They will be chosen on this spot by the lords and ladies of Westeros to serve the realm.


Game Of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 8 (The Iron Throne)


Speculation:
As far as official statements go, there has been no explanation as to Drogon's intentions in melting it. It looked to me like he was trying to send Jon a message; if Dany couldn't have the throne, no one could.

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    An elective monarchy is still a monarchy. – Charles May 20 at 2:52
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    You described what he did and what it symbolizes, not why he did it. – josh1978 May 20 at 6:14
  • @Charles It would be better to say "hereditary monarchy", yes. But in normal speech, "monarchy" and "hereditary monarchy" are essentially synonymous. – Luaan May 20 at 7:32
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    @josh1978, he did it because the Script says so. All that happened this season happened for this reason only. Because most of events have no meaning in-universe. – user28434 May 20 at 11:26
  • How much did Tyrion know about the situation at that point? He was a prisoner the whole time, right? – JJJ May 20 at 14:22
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Dareon's answer nails it in terms of symbolism. My guess on an in-universe answer is that Drogon has spent so much time linked to Dany, he knows the throne was the object that led her to her death. (Pure speculation, mind you!)

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According to the script, Drogon did intentionally spare Jon, but the Iron Throne was just collateral damage as part of his rampage.

He looks down at Jon. We see the fire build up in his throat.

Jon sees it as well. He prepares to die.

But the blast is not for him. Drogon wants to burn the world but he will not kill Jon.

He breathes fire on the back wall, blasting down what remains of the great red blocks of stone. We look over Jon’s shoulder as the fire sweeps toward the throne– not the target of Drogon’s wrath, just a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration.

We look through the blades of the throne as the flames engulf it, and blast the wall behind it.

However, just as Daeron's answer states, that doesn't mean that despite Drogon is NOT consciously aware of its symbolism, that it wasn't symbolically written this way for the story's benefit.

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