In season 8 of Game of Thrones, the entirety of this epic fantasy series builds up to a climactic battle between the living and dead. Viewers waited nearly a decade for this battle and book readers had waited 23 years for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen to finally face the Night King. The resulting Battle For Winterfell was…disappointing. Besides the entire episode being difficult to see, the actual writing of the episode was a mess.
The human battle strategy was also nonsensical: They rode the Dothraki to their certain deaths out of range from their archer support. Then they waited behind the walls of the castle protected by a small fire that the undead wights could easily pass by piling their bodies on top of it. Meanwhile, eight guys protected one person who contained all the knowledge of human history. Why didn’t they build a moat? Why didn’t they plan for their own dead soldiers being reanimated by the Night King as we’ve seen happen before? Why didn’t they use the dragons? Why didn’t Bran do anything at all? Why did Jon just yell at a dragon?
All valid questions that no one in the writers’ room bothered to ask. Here we are nearly a year later, and fans are still finding major plot holes with the episode. Recently, on Reddit, a fan asked a pretty valid question that, so far, I’ve not seen pop up:
On Dragonstone we see that there is plenty of dragonglass (s7e4), but for some reason, no one thought of making dragonglass arrowheads, think about it. In Season 3 we see Sam kill a white walker with a dragonglass dagger, so we know that dragonglass is an effective choice for killing white walkers and wights. 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. With the arrows they could easily kill zombie Viserion too. Can someone explain why they didn’t?
None of the people who responded to the post could explain why the humans never made dragonglass arrows. One user even points out that Jon found a bunch of old dragonglass arrows earlier in the season—meaning it was both possible, and effective to use them as weapons like this.
The closest thing to an answer that fans got to is that when you shoot an arrow you don’t get it back—but considering Dragonstone was on a “mountain of dragonglass” it seems like they didn’t really need to conserve ammunition. Or, at the very least, they could use them in specific situations.
In the end, the Reddit thread comes to what’s the most likely conclusion: That the show had kind of given up on actual writing at that point. Let’s just hope that George R.R. Martin can do it better if he ever gets around to writing his own books.