I've got to say, I think the entire strategy for the battle was dumb. Why face a numerically superior force head-on? The better idea would be to hold a defensive position with the ability to retreat selectively and then bring in your air power in contained pockets. Granted, Jon and the rest of them didn't have knowledge of the Korean War to lean on, but I can't believe anyone with a knowledge of cavalry though it was smart to drive straight at them. At the very least, they should have used the mobility of the cavalry to attack from their flanks, just like Stannis did against Mance Rayder north of The Wall. Moreover, they should have used their war machines (basically field artillery) prior to any charge to break the lines and soften them up. They did it simultaneously, negating any real advantage.Middle wrote:And now where do we go? There are still two dragons left, but the Dothraki badasses were all killed in 20 seconds. As were most of the unsullied (at least I think). As were the Knights of the Vale (at least I think).
I think we'll get a better idea of what capabilities Dany and Jon still have in the next episode. We'll hear how many unsullied are left (I'm guessing less fewer (thanks, Stannis) than 1000) and how many Dothraki (I'm guessing fewer than 100). There are probably still more Knights of the Vale, but to be honest, they could defend the North adequately by simply holding Moat Cailin at The Neck with fewer than 100 people and fortifying White Harbor to prevent attack from the sea. I suppose Euron could try and sail the Golden Company around the west coast and attack from the direction of Deepwood Motte (currently held by the North's biggest pussy, Lord Glover), but then he'd have to deal with sailing past the Iron Islands and a resurgent Yara Greyjoy. Personally I think Dany and Jon should hold back and wait and see what Cersei does next. Once her armies start moving, attack them in the field with Dragons and make them think twice about moving north. The biggest problem they really face in terms of time is that there are only three shows left to wrap it up.Middle wrote:Who are now actually left to battle the Golden Company and Cercei? And does that even matter anymore? Do we still need Cercei and Euron to be killed dead? Sure, but it somehow feels like an afterthought now that we've already battled death itself.