Can Walkers Be Killed

Carole Stephens
• Thursday, 24 December, 2020
• 7 min read

Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” will have plenty of battles, including more spats with the Night King and his White Walkers, a group of monster ice people that lead an army of the undead. In a flashback in Season 6, we learn that the magical Children of the Forest first used Dragon glass to create the Night King thousands of years ago, when they were at war with the First Men.

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Sam well Early (John Bradley-West) first discovered a cache of Dragon glass weapons north of the Wall at the Fist of the First Men, and it was Sam that first managed to, somewhat accidentally, kill a White Walker with an obsidian dagger. Likewise, when the army of the dead assaulted the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven in season 6, Me era Reed jabbed a Walker with an Obsidian-tipped spear and was shocked when that turned him into a million tiny pieces of ice.

Dragon glass is hard to come by, but as it turns out, there’s one place in Westeros where the stuff is available in large quantities: Dragon stone. The small volcanic island and its castle were previously held by Stands Marathon (Stephen Village).

We know from the trailers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 that Daenerys will be landing at Dragon stone when she finally makes it across the Narrow Sea to Westeros. So with Dragon stone in play, there’s at least a possibility that the Seven Kingdoms will be able to get hold of enough Dragon glass weapons to stand a chance against the White Walkers before the big battle.

For a while, it seemed to the Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Sam and the rest of the Night’s Watch that Dragon glass was the only way to kill a White Walker, and weapons made of the stuff were in extremely short supply. But when the Night’s King attacked Hard home, the willing city north of the Wall, Jon discovered that his Valerian steel sword Long claw was also capable of killing a White Walker.

Jon’s Long claw is one; Brien ne of Earth (Gwendoline Christie) has another called Oath keeper; Sam stole the Early family Valerian steel sword Hearts bane and took it with him to Old town. In the Song of Ice and Fire” books, there are other Valerian steel swords, but we haven’t seen them factor into the show yet.

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Regular steel swords can damage the undead, but even dismembered, wights can continue to fight. In this list, we take a look at what kind of fan theories, both wacky and realistic, folks have come up with that might reveal both the past and the future.

HBO The idea here is that the Mad King Aeries raped Joanna Lannister (in the books it's said that he had a thing for her) and that's where Tyrion came from. So Twin's total hatred for the dude has deeper motivations than just that Joanna died giving birth to him or that he's a dwarf.

The standard story of Robert's Rebellion says that events were set in motion when Hangar Targaryen kidnapped Leanna Stark. In fact, this one was confirmed in the Season 7 episode “East watch,” when Gilly discovered the files of High Seton Maynard, who served under the Mad King.

At this point that Jon and his Valerian steel sword is the one who will lead human forces into battle, and to victory, against the White Walkers. And even Melisande believes it -- though only after years of claiming it was Stands and accidentally leading him to ruin.

We're learning a lot about the rules of the White Walkers in Season 7, but one fan theory posits the Night King was actually created much later, as a means of stopping them. Given that some think the last hero is the Westeros version of the Razor Thai myth, this idea would add some twists to the Night King as a character.

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One eagle-eyed Editor put together a theory suggesting that Davos fulfills at least a good chunk of the prophecy. The Faceless Men are surely going to have a big part to play in the endgame of “Game of Thrones” considering Arya's whole arc these past two seasons, but they haven't been directly involved at all so far.

Disbanded has ridiculous language skills and a nearly-always-consistent tone of voice -- these are Faceless Men traits. Like Versa, dear ole Peter Relish probably feels like he has nothing to lose now, with Katelyn long since dead and her daughter apparently spurning his advances after he got her into that horrific mess with Ramsay.

After that face he made at Santa in the season 6 finale, it would likely surprise exactly no one if he marched the Knights of the Vale south and attempted to form a union with Versa. There's gotta be a reason why Sam is going to start season 7 down at the Citadel instead of the places where stuff happens.

There's a line of thought that when the Night King touch Bran in his dream while he was up at the Three-Eyed Raven's cave, it made it, so the Walkers could pass any magical barrier separating him from them. HBO With no children left to protect and war looming with Daenerys, it sure is easy to envision Versa going full psycho this year.

A lot of little details in the Song of Ice and Fire” books that make rising Westeros super villain Euro Grey joy even spookier haven't made their way into the show yet, but they still could. One is a series of clues that suggests Euro could be a warlock like those that Any encountered in Earth at the House of the Undying.

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What if, going back further, the “whispers” that the Mad King Aeries Targaryen heard were simply Bran trying to talk to him, and it was actually he who set in motion the events of the show? The events of season 6, episode 5 -- in which Bran sees a fleeting vision of the Mad King -- seem to indicate this is very possible.

After Episode 6 of Season 7, “Beyond the Wall,” fans thought they caught sight of something weird going on with Long claw, Jon Snow's Valerian steel sword. When Jon emerges from the frozen lake, some say it looks like the eyes on the sword's wolf head pommel open.

Bran the Builder is a legendary figure who led the effort to put up the Wall 8,000 years before the events of the show, after the Long Night in which the White Walkers invaded the first time. The particulars of how this would work are not known, but this is a good one. In the Song of Ice and Fire” books, Katelyn Stark doesn'tts day dead after the Red Wedding.

Since Katelyn stayed dead in the show, the idea here being that in a bit of creative license in the adaptation, Arya will function as Lady Stone heart instead. And fans believe that before the story of “Game of Thrones” ends the two will meet and finally have it out in a battle to the death.

This is a fan theory reaching back years thanks to the Song of Ice and Fire” books, but with Gentry's return in Season 7, it's suddenly very relevant. Gentry apprenticed under Too Mott, a master armorer from Color, and he's the guy who turned Ned Stark's Valerian steel great sword Ice into two smaller swords -- Brien ne of Earth's Oath keeper, and King Joffrey's Widow's Wail.

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So while Gentry might not be able to make new Valerian steel blades, he can still work with the stuff, a skill that is almost nonexistent in Westeros. Fans have expected two other people to ride Any's dragons into battle alongside her, much like the Targaryen did when they first conquered Westeros.

But the events of the penultimate episode of Season 7 has confirmed a longstanding theory -- that the Night King would kill one of Deanery's dragons and turn it into a wight. In this list, we take a look at what kind of fan theories, both wacky and realistic, folks have come up with that might reveal both the past and the future.

Yes, Valerian steel can kill White Walkers in much the same way as Dragon glass. In the episode, Jon Snow battles and destroys a White Walker with his Valyrian-steel sword Long claw, given to him by the previous Lord Commander.

In this the TV show has progressed beyond the plot of the books, since George Martin hasn't yet shown us a battle with the Others where they are defeated by Valerian steel. The only two examples we have of weapons that can kill White Walkers are those made from Valerian Steel and those from obsidian/dragon glass.

In season 3, episode 8, “Second Sons”, Sam stabs a White Walker with a dragon glass dagger and kills it. In season 6, episode 5, “The Door”, Me era Reed kills a White Walker with a dragon glass spear.

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In season 5, episode 8, “Hard home”, Jon kills a White Walker with his Valerian steel blade Long claw. In season 7, episode 6, “Beyond the Wall”, Jon kills a White Walker again with Long claw when the merry men capture a wight.

These are the only White Walker deaths we have seen yet though it is speculated that dragon fire can also kill them. The Night King acquired a powerful new weapon on “Game of Thrones” season seven when he resurrected one of Daenerys' dragons.

After the Doom struck Valeria, decimating the population and culture, and after dragons went temporarily extinct, there was no way for people to craft new Valerian steel in Western (though they can reforge existing blades). We haven't seen this theory tested on the show, but it makes sense to think dragon fire could kill a White Walker.

More: Game of ThronesHBOTVBI Graphics Chevron iconic indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. There are a few different levels of soldiers, from lowly wights to the ruling Night King, that all need to be dealt with in different ways.

But the easiest way to wipe out huge swaths of wights is to kill the White Walker that created them in the first place, so they’ll all drop dead (or re-dead) immediately. Only problem is, there are way more wights than Walkers, so it’s a little harder to get to the freaky ice people.

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So since he already has some inside of himself physically and appears to be doing just fine, it’s got us thinking that maybe dragon glass isn’t going to have any effect on him. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

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