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Why Jon's reign will bring Hope & Dany's won't... Or How the Dragons’ Colors foreshadow the Fate of the Realm
I was thinking a long time about the fact why GRRM made Rhaegal a green dragon. For Drogon, his coloring is clear: black and red as representation of the Targaryens. Viserion, I thought, was going to be Jon’s: he is cream and golden, but often referred to as the white dragon, a color closely related to Jon. And his name is Viserion, like Jon was thought to be his father’s Visenya to fulfill the three-headed dragon prophecy. How wrong I was I realized when Viserion became an ice dragon / wight.
So, here’s my theory about how the dragons’ colors foreshadow the fate of the realm if their respective „dragonriders“ win the war and become King/Queen of Westeros:
Viserion is cream and golden, but better known as the white dragon. After becoming a wight his eyes get that icy-blue color. His new rider is the Night King (a king, as foreshadowed by the golden color). If he will win the war, Westeros will probably turn into a snowy ice desert, populated by ice wights. The entire real will become what was once only north the Wall, a place that gives a foretaste of what is to come under his rule. An eternal winter and the end of humankind.
Drogon is black and red, the personification of the Targaryen sigil. His rider is Dany. If she wins, she will secure her rule through „fire and blood“ against any opponents, like she displays in The Queen’s Justice. (And that there will adversaries to a Targaryen restoration in Westeros is clearly foreshadowed as well.) By doing that, she will probably burn down some parts of the realm and is going to be ironically exactly the „Queen of the Ashes“ she said she doesn’t want to be.
Rhaegal is green and bronze. Bronze is associated with the First Men and the Crown of the Kings of Winter, a reference to Jon, the new King in the North. But what about the green? Green is a symbol for hope, nature, recreation… and spring. We all know what the final book is called: „A Dream of Spring“. Together with it’s former title „A Time for Wolves“ (which I allow to play with and create: „A Time for Wolves to dream of Spring“…), I dare to say that the wolves/Starks with Jon leading the way will rebuilt the realm and start a new era in Westeros.
Even the dragons’ flames represent that:
Viserion’s now icy-blue flame -> ice and wights
Drogon’s red and black flame -> fire and ashes
Rhaegal’s yellow and orange flame with veins of green -> spring associations
The interesting part is that the dragons are not necessary to let these scenarios happen:
The Night King can kill all remaining humans with his army, turn the people into wights and the realm into ice.
Dany’s Dothraki won’t resist their culture: This is a horde of about 100.000 men (and only men, we never saw a female dothraki in Dragonstone or on the ships, or am I wrong?) who will want a woman (probably several). How many westerosi lords or common people will give their daughters voluntarily to them? And Dany promised them a conquest and land in Westeros. How many lords will share their land or are willing to deal with the sacking and raping hordes? That’s a formula for a new civil war that will lead to fire and ashes.
Jon, on the other side, is the only one whom a dragon won’t help to achieve his kind of reign, since „dragons do not plant trees“. I think that tells us that he is the only one to not happily use „his“ dragon, like Dany and the NK are doing. He will be rather hesitant to mount one of these „Gorgeous beasts“. For me, that foreshadows the extinction of the dragons to enable a new dawn and a new spring for humankind. Jon will have other help: his people (the North, the wildlings, even the Vale and probably the Riverlands) and, certainly, his family. (And we all know who is associated with symbols of recreation/reconstruction, aren’t we? ;) )
To sum up:
Night King = Viserion = white & icy-blue = ice desert, winter & wights
Dany = Drogon = red and black = fire and ashes
Jon = Rhaegal = green = spring, hope and reconstruction