Fire sword or no, Beric's output is limited. In the skies, a dogfight—well, dragonfight—ensues, with the Night King making the unconventional choice to attack from below. Recalling her prophecy to Arya sparks the lady of Winterfell into action when all seems lost. Although archers man the walls with direct overwatch of the fire-ditch, neither they nor the dragons engage the unmoving undead. It's cheating. But the allies placed their batteries of trebuchets all along the lines, between the cav squadron and the infantry units. Using engagement area development, they could have used the time they had to incorporate a network of complex obstacles in front of Winterfell to slow and disrupt the waves of the undead. And her most idiotic move, akin to J.R. Smith in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, is trying to burn the Night King alive. As a last-ditch emergency effort, witch lady Melisandre finally activates the fire. © 2020 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. If not for the valiant efforts of Jorah Mormont, Dany would be gone and Cersei would be knocking back another wine with a Cheshire Cat smile. Sad trombone. The wights do a lot of damage in this episode. Gendry lasted longer, we hope. Look, there's an obvious case to be made for Arya Stark who, despite having the fourth worst efficiency of the long night, was still the most effective killer and one of the key keys to victory. Only truly in battle for 58 seconds, her one kill is worth 20 kills -- can you imagine the damage that giant wight would have done just roaming through the inner keep? Samwell Tarly, even with four valiant kills, would be the team water boy. And behind them, an anti-personnel ditch with chevaux de frise—anticavalry spikes—served as a protective obstacle before the outer wall of Winterfell. She wanted to fight, she just made a lot of bad decisions. The hardest, fastest rule we stuck to when putting this together was the idea the dragons would be excluded. He also, stupidly, charged at the Night King with his pike and missed embarrassingly but for his courage, he lands in the starters. Did you see him just sitting down to cry at the end? Take the Dothraki cavalry. ... Sheer numbers, as well as one devastating sortie by the Night King and his dragon, are sufficient to breach the wall. The biggest battle since the Battle of the Bastards happened on Game of Thrones Season 8, and this one promises to be even more epic. Lady Lyanna Mormont neutralizes one enemy giant with a targeted strike on its ocular network, but falls in the attack herself. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Melisandre can have our Coach of the Year award. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. [Note: I am just one humble man slowly scrolling through 77 minutes of prestige television so there's bound to be some sort of error here. I wanted to see Headless Eddard. She's got other things to deal with, like the accidental incest. Seeing as they get overrun, we're OK making that assumption, and are willing to commit to the idea that at least a hundred thousand wights invaded Winterfell on the Long Night. Finally, the allies have established an obstacle between themselves and the undead. At a crucial juncture in the battle, when almost everything was lost, Theon showed he had real balls, taking out 20 wights in the Godswood. Cersei … As part of this action, the dead in the crypts and castle also come back to life as enemy combatants. So 2,200 × 5 = 11,000. We think we can, but we've been cautious here. We did not attribute any of their kills to Dany or Jon, their riders, because the dragons are the equivalent of a video game hack. Wired may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Probably not. Get in the game. Trade him for a single chicken and feed it to the Hound. She leads the pack with 22 kills, the majority of those coming in a scene atop the battlements, where she uses the dual-blades that Gendry forged to dispatch wight after wight. At the outset, Daenerys Targaryen maintains two dragons for direct support to the ground defense and for air interdiction against the Night King’s single zombie-ice-dragon. You can really see the duo teaming up to exchange stories about the war, their ladies and the fact that it's really easy to confuse the two of them in the darkest TV battle ever filmed. However, both sides have achieved their end states: The Night King has isolated Bran, while the allies have drawn the Night King out from amongst his forces to stand alone. Understanding his value as a target—he’s a good intelligence officer—Bran volunteers himself as bait to trap the Night King. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions. The battle —what there was of one—is basically over. Prior to the Battle of Winterfell, Daenerys had approximately 10,000 Northerners, 10,000 Knights of the Vale, fewer than 8,000 Unsullied, and fewer than 100,000 Dothraki (a number … She makes a single kill in melee combat but spends a lot of time on Drogon, putting her personal KPM at 0.15, the lowest of all. At this point in the action, the ground fight is so obscured by bad weather that the fire-breathing air support cannot see the signal from the walls to ignite the anti-personnel ditch. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. What follows is our Battle of Winterfell box score, a breakdown of TV and film's longest (and darkest) battle in history as if it was a major sporting event with a suite of analysts and data guys. The Dothraki horde had a better showing, and were present for almost two minutes. Extrapolating, let's just say there are three wights for each Unsullied, which seems like a pretty conservative estimate. Bran just spent the whole game on his galaxy-brain-iPhone watching reruns of Lost's disappointing finale, so the sooner we trade him out, the better. Drogon and Rhaegal were, undoubtedly, the MVPs when they battled outside Winterfell's gates, mowing down wights (and wight giants) with ease. A no-go zone. At this critical moment, Arya Stark follows the commander's intent: to neutralize the Night King. On top of this, characters like Theon and Bran, in the Godswood of Winterfell, were not engaged in battle the entire time. You have warrior badasses like Lyanna Mormont up against Samwell Tarly, a man who is probably a better reader than fighter. Look, we can't argue with that logic. Who else but Arya could be the MVP? The undead quickly breach the first line of defense, then slam into the Unsullied, who fight a rear guard action to allow a rear passage of lines for the surviving infantry to attempt to flee to safety within the castle walls. This is a round five, championship-belt-on-the-line KO. During the first encounter when they charge the Unsullied in a tidal wave, there appear to be around 12 wights across four Unsullied. From several early scenes, we can see the entire Unsullied squadron. We need to talk about Daenerys Targaryen. And as Sunday night’s Battle of Winterfell showed, it's particularly ineffective against an endless army of the undead. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in episode three of Game of Thrones' eighth season. They have zero confirmed kills, but surely they had some small victories outside Winterfell? The last bench spot is a tough one, but we're going with the Hound. We also aren't going to come at this from the bad guy's side, except for looking at two major villains: the Night King and the giant wight that broke into Winterfell. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories.