Game of Thrones may be set in a magical realm with fictional creatures that have make-beileve powers, but the science behind the stories is sometimes not far from reality. For example, there are species on Earth that share a surprising number of similarities to the crazy critters from Game of Thrones.

Take the hyperthermophilic bacterium Pyrodictium, which grows in deep-sea vents and can withstand temperatures as high as 400 °C. The Targaryens, then, may just be another example of a hyperthermophile.

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