Is this thing a wight or a White Walker?

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Major spoilers for "Beyond the Wall" (Game of Thrones, S07E06)

In "Beyond the Wall" (Game of Thrones, S07E06) we see the newest member of the army of the dead ...

Viserion, one of Daenerys' three dragons, was killed and we see the Night King himself resurrect the beast, and we see it wake up with blue eyes.

Usually, from what we have seen (particularly in "Hardhome" (Game of Thrones, S05E08)), a dead thing can be resurrected as a wight from a distance, remotely, and any White Walker can cause the turn.

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—Night King resurrecting dead wildlings remotely, by merely lifting his arms, "Hardhome" (Game of Thrones, S05E08)

But a White Walker is exclusively created by the Night King touching the victim (again, from what we've seen), other than the way the original White Walker was created.

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—Craster's newborn baby being transformed into a White Walker by having the Night King touch him, "Oathkeeper" (Game of Thrones, S04E04)

Just looking at these two different methods of resurrection, the way Viserion is resurrected seems much more similar to the White Walker type than the way wights are made. It's possible that turning dragons is an entirely different puzzle, even to a wight, so the Night King had to see this through, personally, and touch him.

The difference between a barely conscious, telepathically controlled drone of a wight and a seemingly more conscious, self-aware and powerful White Walker is significant enough that it warrants having an answer.

Is Viserion a wight or a White Walker?

Best Answer

Pretty sure it is a wight.

To my knowledge or understanding -

Wight = dead thing that Night King or Night Walkers raise from their dead state.

Night King - first White Walker, created while still living my the magic of the Children of the Forest and dragonstone through the heart.

Other White Walkers - male babies sacrificed by wildlings, alive, to the Night King and transformed.

The main difference being that none of the White Walkers were killed before transforming.

I could be completely wrong about the non-King White Walkers, but that was always my impression/understanding.

Since the dragon was dead, it would be a wight.

EDIT: Please note Lethal Carrot's update with the script and the speculation about the eyes. It looks like that answer is more accurate than my own conjecture about how this works.

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How do wights become White Walkers?

Perhaps most terrifyingly, the White Walkers are able to reanimate corpses of fallen men, turning them into wights. Wildlings have taken to burning their corpses to prevent them from being added to the White Walkers' increasingly massive army.

What are wights called?

A wight is a reanimated corpse, either human or animal, raised from death by the use of necromancy. Wights raised by the White Walkers were often referred to collectively as the Army of the Dead, or simply as the dead.

What is wight in Game of Thrones?

Wights are dead men or creatures resurrected by Others through necromancy, seemingly when touched by the cold that accompanies them. Anyone who falls against the Others must be burned, or else the dead will rise again as their thralls.

Are the others and White Walkers the same?

White Walkers, also known as Others in the books, are not dead but instead are a sort of magical humanoid life form. On the show, we know they were created from men thanks to a flashback Bran had showing the Children of the Forest making the Night King by plunging a dragonglass dagger into his heart.

Game of Thrones 7x6 Jon kills another White Walker

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Answer 2

White Walker

With the release of the official script for Episode 7 we see that he is indeed a White Walker Flyer.

A massive chunk of the Wall breaks free ahead of Tormund. The ice dragon glides away, and we get our first clear look at him, and at the Night King on his back. He's done the same thing to Viserion that he did to Craster's sons. Only those were babies, and this is a dragon.

Game of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 7, "The Dragon and the Wolf" - Official script

Although we don't know for sure I'd say it is a White Walker.

A White Walker is created by the Night King placing his hand on the subject, like with Craster's baby boys:

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—Craster's newborn baby being transformed into a White Walker by having the Night King touch him, "Oathkeeper" (Game of Thrones, S04E04)

Also compare the eyes of the White Walkers and the wights:

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—A wight which I believe is from Hardhome, "Hardhome" (Game of Thrones, S05E08)

As you can see a wights eyes are a lot cloudier than the sharp clue of a White Walkers.

Now compare those of Viserion's:

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—Viserion opens his eyes after the Nights King touches him, "Beyond the Wall" (Game of Thrones, S07E06)

As you can see his eyes more closely resemble a White Walker than a wight.

Answer 3

I think we can say from the latest episode that

Viserion was a wight, not a white walker, otherwise, he would have shattered like the other white walkers, instead of crumbling and collapsing like the wights.

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