Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!
The latest episode of Game of Thrones has divided people into love it or hate it. But one thing that can’t be denied is shit seriously went down.
We’re at that time now where things are speeding up enough that it feels like things are being rushed, it feels like things aren’t being thought out.
It certainly felt that way a little bit this week, with normally smart people making an awful lot of silly mistakes in a short space of time.
But what if that isn't true? What if all this makes sense? What if them chains actually came from somewhere logical?
Well, one fan has good news for you.
Quora user Ralph Lengler has some thoughts on the whole episode, and he thinks it was all part of The Night King's plan.
The seeds for this episode have been planted as far back as last season, where we saw Bran get out-seered when The Night King touched him and brought destruction upon The Three Eyed Raven's cave (R.I.P. Hodor).
We were even reminded of it in last week's episode, when Bran was warging from a bit of a distance using the birdies.
The Night King knew he was being watched and broke Bran's hold over the avian spies merely by looking at them.
(It's also worth noting that they were stood on what looked like that same patch the unlucky sods ended up fighting on in this episode.)
So we can assume that The Night King has fairly strong warging abilities.
This is crucial for our fan theorist Ralph, who had this to say:
If you then watch episode 6 and you keep in mind that the Night King is the most powerful greenseer in Westeros, you realize that the Wight Polar Bear attack wasn’t random. It was meant to kill Thoros, the only red priest in Westeros with a proven track-record of bringing back the dead.
Wasn’t it super-convenient when Jon & Co. attacked the White Walker patrol, that one wight in this patrol was reanimated personally by the Night King and didn’t decay when Jon killed the White Walker?
He also goes on to say that The Night King has practised with his ice-javelin as it's not hard to hit a moving dragon from such a distance.
This is the only bit of the theory I'm not keen on, it just doesn't seem very Night King to have a couple of dummy runs at throwing this big fuck-off javelin.
Anyway, now we get to the chains!
And now you’re asking where he got the chains from? Look, if you can prepare an ambush of this magnitude and a dragon-killing missile, and you practice how to use it, wouldn’t it be just basic due diligence that the Night-King’s lieutenants also think about sourcing the chains?
Those chains look like anchor chains from (sunken?) ships captured when they overran the Wildling towns like Hardhome.
That actually makes perfect sense, I'm convinced on that one.
It just shows that there are ways to justify these things in the Game of Thrones universe, and just because it isn't spelled out in a show that is running on less and less time doesn't mean that it isn't logical.
Basically, just sit back and enjoy the show, and let the good folks like Ralph explain things for us.