As stated in this answer about Game of Thrones fire can burn any Targaryen.

If that is the case, why doesn't fire hurt Daenerys?

In one of the episodes of season 1 or season 2, Daenerys says Viserys is not a true heir to the throne as he got burnt. Why did she say that?

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    The answer you linked is based on the books, but this is one of many times where the show clearly deviates from the books. Daenerys gets burned in the books and GRRM said outright that she isn't fire-proof. In the show, she holds the hot dragon egg that burns her handmaiden and her plot against the Khals revolves around her fire resistance. This ability is limited to her, however, as her brother and Jon both are affected normally by heat. – DKu Apr 21 at 20:27
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    Please limit your question to one question rather than multiple all scrambled together. – Daeron Apr 24 at 13:18
  • @Niffler I know what you did here. – Govinda Sakhare Apr 25 at 5:54

The answer to your first question is that we simply do not know. No explanation has been given for her apparent resistance to fire. We do know that this is not an ability imparted on all Targaryens, as both Jon and Viserys are affected by heat.

As for the line "fire cannot kill a dragon," this is misinterpreted to mean "fire cannot kill a Targaryen," adding to the confusion about Daenerys' fire resistance. This is not commentary on her own ability. Instead, she is refuting Viserys' previous claims to be "the dragon" -

No! You cannot touch me! I am the dragon! I am the dragon! I want my crown! Ahh!

Viserys also previously used the phrase "wake the dragon" when threatening Daenerys. At first she is frightened of him, but comes to recognize his weakness over time. When she says he wasn't a dragon, she is accepting that her brother was never what she thought he was.


Targaryens aren't fire-proof.

According to GRRM, Daenarys is special.

Granny: Do Targaryens become immune to fire once they "bond" to their dragons?

George_RR_Martin: Granny, thanks for asking that. It gives me a chance to clear up a common misconception. TARGARYENS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO FIRE! The birth of Dany's dragons was unique, magical, wonderous, a miracle. She is called The Unburnt because she walked into the flames and lived. But her brother sure as hell wasn't immune to that molten gold.

Revanshe: So she won't be able to do it again?

George_RR_Martin: Probably not.

As to whether Dany is completely fire-proof there is some further, very detailed reading over on Reddit.

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    But didn't she do it again with the old Dothraki wives? – David Grinberg Apr 21 at 23:50
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    @Niffier That does not answer my question. At least a second one. – Govinda Sakhare Apr 22 at 3:56
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    Daenerys' statement Viserys is not a true heir to the throne as he got burnt is conflict with GRRM's TARGARYENS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO FIRE! – Tejas Pandya Apr 22 at 6:41
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    @DavidGrinberg, that never happened in GRRM's books, and probably won't happen at all when books would be finished. – user28434 Apr 22 at 9:18
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    @DavidGrinberg - Being able to withstand enough heat to kill normal people might not necessarily mean being completely immune. Might be a sweet spot between when they die and when she starts taking damage when it's time to get out of Dodge. – PoloHoleSet Apr 29 at 20:58

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