‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Found a Plot Hole That Could Have Changed Season 8

It’s no secret that many fans disliked the final season of Game of Thrones. It has almost been a year since HBO premiered the show’s final season, yet fans are still obsessed over the way showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided to end the beloved series. In a new development, fans have stumbled across a major Game of Thrones plot hole that could have changed season 8 for the better.

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The cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Some background on dragonglass

To understand how the plot hole could have changed the final season of Game of Thrones, we have to take a look at the workings of dragonglass.

Dragonglass is a mysterious material in the Game of Thrones universe that was used to create the Night King and the White Walkers. As Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and other characters discovered, it also has the power to turn members of the Army of the Dead into ash.

The material was mentioned briefly in the first season before making a bigger splash in season 2. By the end of the series, Jon was mining dragonglass and forging it into weapons to defeat the Night King.

Valyrian steel is also an effective weapon against the White Walkers, but not everyone in Westeros has a blade forged from Valyrian steel. While Jon and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) did everything in their power to create weapons from dragonglass, their actions created a major plot hole in the series.

How ‘Game of Thrones’ used dragonglass incorrectly

Given its destructive power against the Night King and his army, it made sense that Jon wanted to mine as much of it as possible. The only problem is that his blacksmiths were only concentrating on making blades from the material when their talents could have been used to craft something else.

According to Independent, fans have since theorized that Jon and his army of blacksmiths should have been forging arrowheads from the large stockpile of dragonglass.

Jon discovered the dragonglass mine in season 7 of Game of Thrones and quickly worked out a deal with Daenerys to start extracting the material from the mountain. This gave Jon and his men plenty of time to mine a bunch of dragonglass for the coming battle with the White Walkers.

Since they were able to mine a large quantity of the material, it is puzzling that they did not have a lot of dragonglass weapons when the Army of the Dead came to Winterfell. It is also strange that they did not make a wider range of weapons from the dragonglass.

Could dragonglass have changed the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’?

If Jon’s men would have forged a slew of arrowheads from dragonglass, there is a chance their fight with the White Walkers would have been easier. After all, an arrow could have taken out a White Walker from a distance, not to mention what a volley would have done to the army.

There is also something to be said about taking down Viserion with a dragonglass arrow. The undead dragon was a force to be reckoned with in the battle, but they might have been able to take him down with a large arrow.

“Arrows would be a smart choice because they could kill wights/white walkers (and maybe even the Night King) without hand-to-hand combat and in one shot. They would have come in handy with massive zombie ice dragon, tbh. With the arrows, they could easily kill zombie Viserion too,” one fan wrote.

That said, they would have only been able to make a certain number of arrows from the dragonglass. Putting all of their efforts into one type of weapon could have backfired. Unfortunately, we’ll never know because the show never even considered this angle.

Fans are still angry about the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

There are still plenty of fans who were disappointed with the show’s grand finale. Although people will continue to debate about how their favorite character’s storyline ended, there is no denying that the final season felt rushed.

In light of the backlash, nearly 2 million people have signed an online petition to convince HBO to redo the final season. Even if the petition got 2 million more people to sign, it is highly unlikely that the network would ever remake the final season.

HBO is, however, moving forward with a Game of Thrones prequel series, which is currently in development.