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Game of Thrones season 8: What are White Walkers vulnerable to? What kills them?

The Night King (played by Vladimir Furdik) and his army of White Walkers have haunted Westeros for thousands of years in Game of Thrones. The army of the dead and their demonic leader return in season eight of Game of Thrones for an almighty battle against Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and the rest of the living, with the exception of the devious Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), of course. Here are all the ways White Walkers can be killed and what they’re vulnerable to.

What are White Walkers vulnerable to in Game of Thrones?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones seasons 1-7.

Game of Thrones season eight kicked off with episode one, titled Winterfell, and saw Jon Snow and Daenerys arrive in the North.

Jon Snow reunited with his Stark family and prepared his troops for the imminent war against the army of the dead.

Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) had informed everyone that the wall and Castle Black had been destroyed and the Night King and his army were on their way.

Preparations, therefore, had to be made in order to kill the White Walkers and Jon Snow did this by using materials he knew the dead were vulnerable too.

One thing White Walkers are extremely vulnerable to is Dragonglass, hence Jon Snow’s trip to Dragonstone to collect it in abundance in season seven.

The wights and the Night King are also at risk when it comes to fire and Valyrian Steel.


Game of Thrones: Jon Snow in Hardhome

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow in Hardhome (Image: HBO)

Jon Snow explained it best in the season seven finale, The Dragon and the Wolf.

After Qyburn (Anton Lesser) gives Jon the dismembered hand of the wight they transported to King’s Landing he says: “We can destroy them by burning them.

“And we can destroy them with Dragonglass. If we don’t win this fight, then that is the face of every person in the world.”

The former King in the North then demonstrates the use of Dragonglass by stabbing the wight.

Jon was also the man to discover his Valyrian Steel sword can be used to kill White Walkers.

In season five episode Hardhome, Jon manages to kill one of the Night King’s leaders in one swoop.


Game of Thrones: The Hound and Jorah capture

Game of Thrones: The Hound and Jorah capture a wight (Image: HBO)

He does this again in season seven episode Beyond the Wall when he and a select group of comrades go and trap the wight.

In season eight, Jon Snow has instilled the help of blacksmith Gendry (Joe Dempsie) to help mould the Dragonglass into weapons.

Game of Thrones fans witnessed Gendry manipulate the material in several different shapes, from arrowheads to a ginormous axe for The Hound (Rory McCann) in the season eight premiere.

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) even handed Gendry a diagram of a complex and deadly weapon she wanted fashioning for the battle ahead.

Whether it will be enough to destroy the Night King and his army will be discovered when season eight draws to an end in May 2019 on HBO and Sky Atlantic.


Game of Thrones: Jon Snow and Daenerys in The Drag

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow and Daenerys in The Dragon and the Wolf (Image: HBO)

Game of Thrones: The Night King

Game of Thrones: The Night King (Image: HBO)

For now, fans are eagerly awaiting the other potential storylines which could unfold as season eight continues.

Winterfell, the season premiere, saw a number of revelations and bombshells dropped on dozens of characters.

Daenerys stunned Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) by confirming she had killed his father and brother for their failure to bend the knee.

Samwell returned the favour in some ways by dropping the bombshell on Jon Snow that he was Aegon Targaryen.

The shock news about his real parents means he and Daenerys are related as aunt and nephew.

Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) finally bedded Cersei after spending most of season seven trying to.

It took him bringing the Golden Company mercenaries, led by Harry Strickland (Marc Rissmann), to convince her.


Game of Thrones: Gendry

Game of Thrones: Gendry (Image: HBO)

However, with Euron preoccupied, Theon (Alfie Allen) arrived in King’s Landing to free sister Yara (Gemma Whelan) from his clutches.

Yara headed back to the Iron Island while Theon headed back north.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) sparked a feud with Daenerys following her arrival in the North.

And if Daenerys thought her welcome was frosty, the episode ended with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) arriving to come face-to-face with Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright).

Needless to say plenty of drama awaits those in Westeros, alive and dead.

Game of Thrones season 8 continues on Sunday on HBO in the USA and on Monday on Sky Atlantic in the UK.


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