“There’s only one war that matters and it is here.”
The minute we stepped into the Game of Thrones-verse we have been intimidated that Winter is Coming! But, it took exactly full five seasons (and five books) to come. And since a really long time, we were teased that The Great War too is round the corner, which we think is pretty much in the vicinity.
The journey till now hasn’t been easy and the ones who have survived through the plot-twists and turns are now doing all in their might to win the Iron Throne. But you know Jon Snow is pretty much the only ruler, out of the rest, concerned about the human race and everyone’s survival.
He had seen things other didn’t (until the sixth episode of season 7). With the season finale, we are guessing Jon, at the meeting at King’s Landing, will present his case and unite them all to go Beyond the Wall and fight the only war that matters.
Seeing how shrewd and chalu The Night King is, we are pretty sure defeating him and his army of the dead will be one helluva challenge.
But there are only a few ways to kill ’em. Here’s what we know so far.
Dragonglass kills them:
It is like their kryptonite. Dragonglass was used to make the White Walkers, it is what can cause their deaths too. Even kill the wights. The substance is also known as obsidian, a form of volcanic glass. And it can be mined at Dragonstone, which is where Stormborn Daenerys has taken the seat.
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Dragon fire can melt them all. We saw Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal take down the wights in the sixth episode of season 7. They blew them up and that was one way to end them.
Valyrian steel is one of the few known substances that can kill White Walkers. It being a White Walker-killer is not widely known, apparently not even to the White Walkers themselves (Remember how it came as a shock to the WW who was killed by Jon Snow in season 5?).
We know Jon’s sword, Longclaw (gifted to him by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont) can kill WW and the wights.
So the question that now arises is, how many Valyrian steel weapons are there? Let’s have a dekko.
1. Ned Stark’s Ice
This greatsword has been in House Stark since generation and was last held by once- King in the North, Lord Eddard Stark. After he was beheaded by Ilyn Payne using the same sword, on charges of treason on King Joffrey Baratheon’s command, the sword was in possession of the Lannisters.
Interestingly, Tywin Lannister had the sword melted, after the Red Wedding where House Stark was defeated, into two swords. One he gave to Joffrey and another he gave to his son Ser Jaime Lannister.
While evil Joff named his sword Widow’s Wail, Jaime’s sword is known as Oathkeeper.
Currently, Oathkeeper is weilded by Brienne of Tarth after Jaime gave it to her.
And after Joffrey’s death, Widow’s Wail is used by Jaime himself.
It is the ancestral sword of House Tarly, and is right now weilded by Samwell Tarly. He took it with him before leaving for Oldtown.
3. Lady Forlorn
According to the books, it is the ancestral sword of House Corbray. But on the show, there’s no major reference yet.
4. Catspaw Blade
This is the Valyrian death dagger with a handle of dragonbone that triggered the Game of Thrones. It was found in the hands of the assassin who came in to murder Bran Stark in season 1. It belonged to Petyr Baelish, but he said that he had lost it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister (which started this whole drama).
Littlefinger apparently recovered it from Ned’s chambers, and years later gave it to Bran (in season 6). Bran then gave it to Arya, who now carries it along with her ‘Needle’.
So Jon, Jaime, Brienne, Sam and Arya are the ones easily capable of killing of the wights and the White Walkers.
In addition to all this, according to the books, there are three lost Valyrian steel swords —Blackfyre (Aegon the Conqueror’s sword), Dark Sister ( Visenya Targaryen’s sword) and Brightroar ( of House Lannister).
Sadly, after the doom of Valyria, only the ancestral swords and heirlooms are the forms of Valyrian steel spread across Westeros. How many in Essos? No one knows.
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