Blocking White Walkers sword attacks. Feasible?

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In S7E6:

The Night King throws a big spear at Viserion, killing him.

Taking in account how big the spear is, how far he threw it and...

how difficult is to pierce dragon skin

...we deduce that a ballista would be needed to achieve such a throw.

That means that the Night King (or White Walkers in general) must be incredibly strong.

However in some episodes we see Jon Snow sword fighting white walkers and blocking their sword attacks.

If they are so incredibly strong, wouldn't be impossible to block a sword attack?



Best Answer

Observe that we have not seen the same character throw the ice spear and engage in sword combat. The Night King threw the spears, but we've only seen White Walkers in sword combat.

Notice how the White Walkers were carrying spears (the initial shot of the Night King when Jon and his Merry Men were stuck on the rock), but they were not throwing them.
If the Night King and his Walkers were all equally skilled at spear throwing, there would have been no reason for the Night King to throw them all. They could've thrown all of them at the same time.

There simply isn't any evidence (currently) to support your claim. And if your question about how the Night King specifically fares in sword combat, that violates the future works policy, because we simply cannot know at this time.




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Answer 2

how difficult is to pierce dragon skin

The dragon which was killed is Viserion, which is the smallest and therefore, the weakest amongst the three brothers. So, probably the same might not be able to pierce Drogon's skin.

As Dragon hide is considered very strong and thick from various SciFi literature, we can say that the Night King's spear must have contained very powerful magic or probably the Night King is very proficient at Javelin throw or in combat in general.

If they are so incredibly strong, wouldn't be impossible to block a sword attack?

Do not generalize the Night King with the White Walkers. It is a God-Human relationship. Night King is the one who created the existing White Walkers. So, he must be definitely exponentially powerful than the ones he created/resurrected.

Answer 3

In addition to what the other responses say about the Night King being superior to the others and a whole lot of magic, remember we also only see Jon Snow fight them using a Valyrian Steel blade, which is also magic, or at least must be slightly magic because it doesn't shatter against their blows like the blades of the other Night's Watch do.

It is therefore possible that in addition to resisting the magical properties of the White Walkers' weapons, the magic in the Valyrian Steel halts the momentum of the blow.

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