Earlier this week, Game of Thrones aired its Season 7 finale, and since then, it’s all I’ve been able to talk about — and same seems to go for the rest of the world/internet. The season closed out with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally acting on their feelings, Sansa and Arya took care of their Littlefinger problem, Jaime walked out on Cersei, and The Wall was destroyed by Viserion, breathing a blue, icy fire.
It was a lot.
It’s also taken me roughly four days to realize that there was something wrong with the episode, and no, I’m not talking about the fact that Cersei and Bronn won’t share screen time now, or probably ever. There’s a small detail that slipped right by me, and now it’s all I can think about.
During the meeting at the dragon pit, a visibly freaked out Euron asks if these things, these White Walkers, can they swim? Jon tells him that no, they cannot swim and he’s like, “Okay, bye guys, this has been fun, but I’m out.”
The White Walkers can’t swim, cool. We saw this during “Beyond the Wall,” when the ice cracked and many of them fell into the icy water — this also saved our heroes for a little bit, as they were seemingly out of harms way on their ‘lil rock island in the middle of the lake. As far as I can tell, none of the White Walkers got out of the water and then like, dried themselves off with a nearby towel.
And, as Jon reminds Euron, they can’t swim, so Euron takes to the ocean so…
How did the White Walkers and Wights get the metal chains around Viserion to pull him out of the water?
Forget even trying to figure out where the hell those giant dragon chains came from, we will never learn. But in order to rope Viserion, and pull him out of the water, clearly these White Walkers/Wights had to jump into the water. They also had to get the chain around the dragon’s neck, by my count, at least three times. How did they do that if they can’t maneuver through the water?
It would make sense if these White Walkers fell into the water and then never came back out, sure. But in the water they had to do some work, and from what we’ve been told, they can’t swim. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to do anything underwater, but it is damn hard. Also, you can probably swim. So no, I can’t comprehend how these beings that can’t swim were able to rope a dragon underwater. As a child, and still even as an adult, I can barely get those weighted rings on the bottom of the pool, so a dragon is RIGHT OUT.
Something is amiss, and it’s going to bother me until Game of Thrones comes back. The undead army either can’t swim and this is a glaring plot hole…or they can swim, and no one knows this, and WESTEROS IS SO SCREWED.