Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 spoilers ahead.
Those of you who have seen Episode 4 already must be very impressed by the capabilities of medieval projectile weapons like crossbow and scorpion. However, I can't stop wondering if these depictions are anywhere close to reality.
In Episode 4, Bronn walks into a room with Jaime and Tyrion. During tense standoff, Bronn fires the bolt, and then reloads the crossbow, using one hand (not even full arm) in about one second. How that is possible?
Euron Greyjoy uses ship-mounted scorpion very efficiently against Dany's Rhaegal and later her ships. I didn't notice if his fleet had multiple scorpions, but even if it had, the whole encounter looks incredulous.
- Scorpion is able to hit aerial target hundreds of yards away with deadly force
- Scorpion is able to hit such target with deadly accuracy (Euron had hardly missed any shots)
- Scorpion is able to get reloaded in a span of several seconds
- Scorpion's projectiles appear to be more devastating than pirate era cannonballs.
My understanding is that the above is very hard to do even with a modern rifle. For a scorpion, which fires projectiles at considerably slower speed, accurate targeting of a distant aerial target should be outright impossible. Euron could be a better marksman than Lee Harvey Oswald, but the weapon supposed to have its limitations.
Should I worry about those things, or just sit back and enjoy the show?