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Winged Snake over Winterfell

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I was re-reading Clash and noticed this in the final Bran chapter:

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Yet as one smell drew them onward, others warned them back. He sniffed at the drifting smoke. Men, many men, many horses, and fire, fire, fire. No smell was more dangerous, not even the hard cold smell of iron, the stuff of man-claws and hardskin. The smoke and ash clouded his eyes, and in the sky he saw a great winged snake whose roar was a river of flame. He bared his teeth, but then the snake was gone. Behind the cliffs tall fires were eating up the stars.

This is after Winterfell is sacked by the Boltons. Some structures are set on fire. Bran is hiding in the crypts and sees the fires through Summer's eyes. Summer notices people being scared and things burning, and also this "winged snake" breathing flame. Like, where did the dragon come from? Was it really there, did Summer "imagine" it? Was Bran seeing something from the future that somehow freakishly coincides with the sacking that just happened? 

Soon afterward, Osha in the crypts says “We made noise enough to wake a dragon" (!). Could there have actually been a dragon that no one notices because people don't look up?

Could this possibly tie-into the shadow dragon Dany is told of by the Undying. Perhaps the Broken Tower in Winterfell is the site where the shadow dragon arises. That's just a theory though. 

Anyone have explanations/theories on this bizarre appearance of a "winged snake"?

Update:

There's a decade old thread on this here: 

Perhaps there are newer theories/suggestions? 

Edited by Ghost+Nymeria4Eva

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Could be Osha just doesn't know what a dragon looks like or it could be a wyvern. There's really not enough to guess. 

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On 6/24/2019 at 9:09 AM, namesarehard said:

Could be Osha just doesn't know what a dragon looks like or it could be a wyvern. There's really not enough to guess. 

Osha? No it's Summer, Bran's direwolf, who sees it. See the quote. It's one of Bran's wolf dreams. 

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On 6/25/2019 at 10:51 PM, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

Osha? No it's Summer, Bran's direwolf, who sees it. See the quote. It's one of Bran's wolf dreams. 

Oops. Well Summer definitely won't know what a dragon looks like.

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