- This article was the Main Page Featured Article from 11 August 2012 to 25 August 2012.--Opark 77 (talk) 00:21, August 11, 2012 (UTC)
The word 'wight' should not be capitalised, as it is a pre-existing term (rather than a proper name, such as White Walkers). It is not capitalised in the books either.--Werthead (talk) 19:38, August 16, 2012 (UTC)
"Sapient" not "Sentient"
How many times do I have to repeat myself on this? "Sentient" means "capable of sensing pain" - dogs are "sentient". Plants are not sentient. Arguably, insects might not be "sentient" but just following predetermined sets of behavior pattrns.
"Sapient" means human-level intelligence, i.e. capable of speaking.
The problem is that science fiction stories, particularly Star Trek, got it wrong and used "sentient" to describe alien races half a century ago....and subsequent science fiction just perpetuated the error by continuing to use "sentient".--The Dragon Demands (talk) 17:59, April 25, 2013 (UTC)
Sentient is still the proper word. Sentient means capable of sensing in general, not pain specifically, as well as the ability to be conscious, to be self aware. Yes, dogs are sentient.
Sapient implies a higher order of thought beyond that. Sentience is a prerequisite to sapience.
As the wights are essentially zombies, the question is first one of sentience. The question is whether or not they're even capable of thought on the level of a dog, or if they are more insect-like in that regard. It's actually pretty clear they're probably not sapient, but they may be sentient.
GRRM's comments that Beric Dondarrion is a wight of a sort are interesting, but we won't categorize him as a "wight" on this page. Not yet anyway. Jon Snow might not even be the same thing (the whole Ghost warging thing). Or how Benjen Stark is sort of stuck halfway and still has his consciousness.
TV-Wights and Dragonglass
....Dave Hill recently said in an interview with BuzzFeed that they made a decision that Dragonglass kills TV-Wights even though it doesn't in the books, citing this happened in episode 6.5 "The Door". ...Did we see that during the Battle at the Cave of the Three-eyed Raven?--The Dragon Demands (talk) 02:08, July 22, 2017 (UTC)
- I'm not sure if we see it during the battle scene, but Bran theorizes (correctly) that the Children used a shard of Dragonglass to stop Benjen from turning into a wight by plunging it into his heart. - 07:13, July 22, 2017 (UTC)
Is Viserion officialy considered an Ice Dragon in universe, as is listed on a few pages here? Or is he simply considered to be an Undead/Wight Dragon? Can we get some clarity on this? Harbinger141 (talk) 08:11, August 29, 2017 (UTC)
As it stands now it's up in the air IMO. We just don't know enough about him yet. From reading the History of Westeros book (which doesnt necessarily tarry with the show, but has info on Ice Dragons), they're a lot larger than conventional dragons, able to disappear into water (i believe they roam the further reaches of the Shimmering Sea), breathe ice/cold, and are pretty much considered a purely magical being. Even then, there's sifficiently little information on them. Dragons, I'm under the impression, are more or less considered physical creatures, albeit massive and explosively powerful ones. However, in show, i think its relatively safe to say it's as close as we're going to get to an Ice Dragon.