I wonder why none of Daenerys's dragons are attacking the Night King during the rescue operation in S07E06 of Game of Thrones. The group just found out that killing a White Walker also destroys the un-dead associated with him, so it seems to be very promising to attack the Night King. He doesn't seem to be protected by anything.

Maybe he can cast some magic spell, but with the knowledge of the characters it makes very little sense not to try.

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Because they didn't have time

Dany and her dragons arrive just as the wights have started to attack Jon and co who are getting quickly overrun. The plan is then to keep them safe, as it is a rescue mission, and keep the wights away from them.

Drogon attacks wights

The Dany and Drogon land to save the group whilst Viserion and Rhaegal are still keeping the wights off of them. At this point the Night King takes gold and spears Vicerion under the wing. The plan is then to fly away as quickly as possible before there are any other casualties.

But killing the White Walkers kills the wights?

True from what we are led to believe this is the case. However, neither Dany nor her dragons actually know this. The Merry Men have only assumed it is the case from when they attacked the scouting party and in the chaos of the rescue mission no one really had time to tell Dany.

You can watch the scene here:


Lets just get the circumstances in which this scene took place

Jon decides to travel beyond the Wall and capture a wight in order to convince Cersei for a temporary alliance. But during this expedition, the white walkers surround Jon and the others which is when Danerys had to rescue them.

Now what you're asking is why the dragons or anyone didn't try killing the Night King. Here's why

Why Jon and the ones on land didn't try killing the King ? They didn't have the means or the numbers to tackle the king, white walkers and the wights head on. And to even try would be foolish since they(Jon and the ones on land) would be crushed in seconds. To take the Night King, they would have to take on the entire army, (which is why they were forming an alliance with Cercei since they need the big numbers). The goal for the day was to go get a single wight and no one was prepared for a battle.

Why Dany and her dragons didn't try killing the King ? To Dany this was a Rescue mission, not an attack mission. She could have tried to kill the Night King, but her goal was to rescue Jon and the others. Killing the king is no mean feat even with three dragons with no thought out plan. That would put either her and the dragons at risk or Jon and the others at risk.

So finally the take away is that they were on an expedition and a rescue mission with a flight stance rather than a fight stance. If they got out alive, that information with a solid plan would work in their favour than them ending up killing themselves in the process. To try something as big as killing the Night King without a plan or preparedness might have resulted in unnecessary loss of the members most vital to this movement (Jon, Danerys, the dragons) which would be a bad move which is why they didn't attack the Night King right away

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    They didn't have the means or the numbers to tackle the king, white walkers or the wights head on. And to even try would be foolish since they would be crushed in seconds. They had three dragons up in the air. Three dragons vs an army of zombies? I'll take those odds. If we are speculating, a better speculation would be that Dany did not know who was the Night King and was focused on her primary objective, the rescue. When Rhaegal was killed, she realised who was the boss but she was so unnerved by the death (Which she believed near impossible) . that she just legged it to fight another day
    – Aegon
    Nov 13, 2018 at 9:15
  • I oppose those odds you state. If three dragons were enough why would they even try an alliance with Cercei ? She could just roast them all no alliance needed. That's not how a battle works. We did see how easy it was for the 'unprepared' Night to kill Rhaegal ? So I stand by my answer - it wasn't a battle, there were no plans, there were no numbers to tackle an entire army. Even if Rhaegal wasnt killed, Dany would not not have fought that day with no plans (they were leaving when Rhaegal was killed).
    – Anu7
    Nov 13, 2018 at 10:44
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    Aegon Targaryen destroyed the Ironborn with just one dragon. With 3 dragons, he destroyed the combined Armies of Lannisters and Gardeners. They don't need an alliance with Cersei but they do need a ceasefire so that Cersei doesn't take them in the rear, which is all what they went to ask for. The whole plot was ridiculous in any case, there's no point trying to build legs for the writers to stand on. As it is in the canon world: 3 Dragons > Any army. You may oppose it but that's how things stand.
    – Aegon
    Nov 13, 2018 at 12:46
  • And hey if you wish to discuss further, you might want to tag me. Otherwise I don't get any notifications
    – Aegon
    Nov 13, 2018 at 12:48

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