‘Game of Thrones’: The Real Reason Jon Snow’s Plan to Kill the Night King Will Never Work

Warning: spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 2 ahead.

Even though some fans were annoyed by the lack of action in the second episode of the final series of Game of Thrones, there were a few subtle moments during the episode that helped set the scene for that final battle against the Night King and his army of zombie soldiers. You had to be paying close attention to pick up on these hints—but if you were, the foreshadowing for the final standoff is there.

While most everyone was obsessing over Arya Stark’s sex scene, a few perceptive fans noticed one detail that could prove disastrous for our brave band of heroes. While friends, enemies, soldiers, warriors, and regular folks all congregate in Winterfell waiting for the Night King’s army to arrive, fans are more than a little annoyed at Jon Snow’s lack of intelligence about the nature of the Night King. Shouldn’t the rightful heir to the Iron Throne know better?

Ahead, check out the one detail that Jon Snow is forgetting.

Night King
The Night King | HBO

Their plan to defeat the Night King is destined to fail

Game of Thrones fans are mentally preparing for plenty of character deaths and, in keeping with the brutal nature of the show, they realize that no one is safe. Even the characters themselves are acting like it’s the end of the world—which in a way it is.

But perhaps the riskiest part of the coming war is the group’s strategy for defeating the Night King. As Dany, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Sansa, and other key characters gathered in the War Room of Winterfell, Bran revealed that the Night King knew where he was because he left a mark on him and now can track him. Creepy right? So Bran volunteered to act as bait to lure the Night King straight to them.

Winterfell | HBO

Their plan of attack against the Night King has a fatal flaw

Here’s the issue that fans pointed out: if they put Bran in the godswood, protected by Theon and a carefully concealed dragon, it still won’t be enough to beat the icy villain. And why’s that? Because the Night King can’t be killed by fire.

Bran Stark
Bran Stark | HBO

Anyone following alone probably noticed that the Night King has been subjected to fire—including dragon fire—on multiple occasions, yet he’s still alive. The plan to destroy him using fire has no chance of working now if the Night King has this immunity.

How can Jon defeat the Night King?

But just because fire won’t kill the Night King, it doesn’t mean defeating him is impossible. It’s reasonable to believe that Dragonglass or Valyrian steel will be enough to take down this powerful leader, which in turn would eliminate his entire army of underlings in one fell swoop.

Killing the Night King with weapons means getting close enough to engage in combat, which will be dangerous for anyone who attempts it. That’s why GOT fans are predicting a long and dramatic conclusion to the series with plenty of difficult deaths.

Still, some will hopefully survive to rebuild the world. They just won’t get there by fighting ice with fire.