Game of Thrones fans have been in an uproar for the last few weeks over Sansa Stark’s wedding night, but the most recent GoT episode had fans riled up for a whole other reason. Even the most disgruntled Game of Thrones fans are singing the praises of “Hardhome,” particularly the return of the White Walkers and an epic battle scene that rivals anything on the big screen. But did this episode hint at what may be the eventual downfall of the White Walkers? TV series spoilers follow.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has been telling everyone who would listen that the real threat to all humans is the White Walkers, which very efficiently demonstrated that fact by annihilating a Wildling village during last Sunday’s episode. Game of Thrones fans already knew that dragon glass (obsidian) kills White Walkers, but “Hardhome” also revealed that Valyrian steel can kill them when Jon Snow used his rare Valyrian sword to dispatch one of the nastier White Walkers. But Vanity Fair has posted a very compelling theory that this episode hinted at a third possible way to kill White Walkers, and one that may be the key to their defeat. The key to that third weapon would be none other than Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
That may make some Game of Thrones fans scratch their heads trying to figure out the logic in that theory, but bear in mind that the two things that definitely kill White Walkers are dragon glass and Valyrian steel, which is also known as dragon steel. That makes two “dragon” weapons that kill White Walkers where their ordinary counterparts do not, such as your basic garden variety glass or sword.
While regular fire doesn’t kill White Walkers, what would happen if they were engulfed in dragon’s fire? Is this theory starting to click now, Game of Thrones fans?
Many have been speculating on the ultimate endgame for the series in book form and television, given the book series that Game of Thrones is based on is titled “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Some have speculated that the title refers to an alliance between Jon Snow of the north and Daenerys Targaryen of the south, with her fiery dragons and her ability to survive fire. But could it be that the title ultimately refers to the showdown between the icy White Walkers and Daenerys’ fiery dragons?
Those folks over at Vanity Fair just might be onto something.
Regardless, Game of Thrones fans are back on the bandwagon singing the praises of “Hardhome” and hailing it as possibly the best episode of any season. In addition to the epic White Walker battle scene, two Game of Thrones fan favorites, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Daenerys finally met and joined forces. They were also pleased that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was progressing in her Faceless Man training, Sansa (Sophie Turner) finally got some good news that her brothers aren’t dead, and perhaps best of all, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is rotting in a jail cell and got slapped around by her captors.
Game of Thrones fans definitely had much to be pleased about this Sunday, but the characters of Westeros are facing some grim times ahead, indeed.
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