Did The Night King Set Up Daenerys and Jon Snow on ‘Game of Thrones’?
The White Walkers seemed remarkably prepared for the task of spearing a flying dragon and trawling a frozen lake for the carcass, don't you think?
First of all, the wights have moved at a snail's pace toward Eastwatch, while Jon has managed to go from Hardhome to Castle Black, to Bear Island, to Winterfell, to Dragonstone, and then back beyond the wall in the same time it's taken the army of the dead to move about 50 feet.
However, the fact they were able to move so quickly on Jon's band of wight hunters — and then do a javelin toss even an Olympic decathlete would have trouble replicating — suggests it isn't arthritis that's slowing these guys down.
They're biding their time.
Also, the Night King seemed to sense Bran when he warged into a raven to spy on the undead ruler. That has some people thinking the head wight may have a touch of the greensight, too.
If so, he would have seen Jon coming and he would have also known he'd send for Dany and her dragons three.
It's interesting that there was the Night King with just these one, two, three spearmen, right? It's possible the only thing that went wrong with their plan is that they only got the one dragon.
But aside from the Night King's spectacular aim, we gotta wonder about those chains. As in, where did they come from?
I love how the Night King just had those chains at the ready for such an occasion. #GameOfThronesAllison Keene (@keeneTV) August 21, 2017
So apparently there's an Ace Hardware beyond the wall? Those were some heave duty chains to retrieve a load like that #GameOfThroneskylebrochill17 (@kylerup) August 21, 2017
Jokes aside, it's quite possible they were so prepared to drag the lake for dragon corpses because the entire exercise of surrounding Jon and his men was meant to lure Dany and her babies north.
But the problem might be that we're still expecting this show to make sense, when if we're honest it has had some giant logic fails from the get go.
Such as, seriously, how is Varys trotting all over Westeros and half of Essos like he's got a jetpack?
If Dany's dragons can all of a sudden travel at the speed of a 747, we guess undead soldiers just have giant chains lying around.
We know, we know — it's a little silly to debate realism on a show with two live dragons and now one undead one.
But if the white walkers are that tactically capable, we don't think even a united realm can beat them.
We doubt the series finale will resolve any of these questions for us, but we'll keep an eye out.
The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale airs Sunday, August 27, at 9 p.m. on HBO.