Game of Thrones: Heavy stench of the undead should have defocused enemy combatants

It is realistic logic that triggered the popularity of The Game of Thrones series.Death of central and loved characters has given the show edge over neat and happily-ever-after soapoperas.

Sometimes when show-runners of Game of Thrones slightly ignored factual errors, it provoked an immediate critical response from viewers as they analyzed and dissected every scene of the aired episodes.

But a perceivable problem for Jon Snow’s crusade against the undead Northerners, in the episode Beyond the Wall of season 7,is the idea to defeat the Wights during sword fights in the icy lake in the midst of horrible stench looming around their animated and crystallized bodies that could easily disorient the fighting skills of Westerosians.

The Night King is said to be 8,000 years old, but the origin of his armor,and if he ever had a wardrobe change, is unknown. However, he started animating corpses that are now known as Wights.

Cold weather cannot endlessly dampen odor of the dead, especially when they are a hoard of tens and thousands and also when they have been around for years wearing those rags.

The makeup team informed viewers in a behind-the-scenes video of season 5’s episode Massacre at Hardhome that the Wights needed hours of transforming to give a rotting look.

They said the makeup for the ‘super fresh’Wights, undead for a few days, needed basic touching, whereas category two called ‘mid-comps’ are Wights resurrected somewhere between six to 24 months. The third variety called ‘extreme green-screens’ required extensive cosmetic make-up since they were depicted as undead for two years and longer.

Like a man hulking weights at the gym generates unbearable sweat odor, in universal war scenarios, body odor is one of the weapons that can destabilize the enemy’s focus or at least could be an inescapable distraction. Usually wars last days and in some instances weeks. Men are bound to clap swords for hours during a single day. It was also common practice for warriors to relieve themselves during battle since no proper opportunity was available for answering nature’s call. Continuously battling in such circumstances proved to be fatal for even the mightiest of warriors.

Although it’s unlikely that the Wights sweat, their rotting bodies could smell far worse than those of unbathed sweaty men. They comprise of newcomers and several old bones which were converted several years back. It’s obvious the Wights have been lurking in the land of forever-winter with the same clothes in which they died and were revived by the shiny blue-eyed king.Naturally, the stench of their clothes is super strong and could easily be detected from yards away, which is enough to drive any mortal being insane.

It was strange to see Jon Snow and his gang fighting without holding their noses or even exhibiting disgust.Jon Snow’s gang could be deprived from the sense of smelling or maybe Westeros residents smell equally bad.

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2 Comments

  1. Matthew says

    I would suggest that is an interesting thought. However, being a microbiologist I would say that the main component of the smell of the undead would come from decay and that is a microbiological process. At the temperatures that are meant to occur Beyond the Wall there would not be decay of the bodies, as the microbes that essentially eat dead flesh do not function below freezing. If someone had body odor just before they were killed and turned it seems likely that they would smell for a little bit and as the molecules disperse, no new body odor molecules could be made. They make a similar point in the book when they try to bring a Wight hand to King’s Landing and it decays on the way, the cold keeps the dead bodies preserved, and their smell frozen.

  2. Adil Zahoor says

    GOT summed up in a striking manner.
    Loved it

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