In Game of Thrones S08E03 we see Ghost charging with the Dothraki to fight the dead army, but could he kill them?

If no, how could he be useful in that charge?

  • in case you didn't notice them, there was a few dozens of wight between Winterfell and White Walkers
    – Kepotx
    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:30
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    Thanks to Plot Armor he survived a flood of Wights while Dothrakis on Horses couldn't. Bran's direwolf died with like 10 - 20 Wights around him, but the Plot Armor in this season saved him as well. Apr 30, 2019 at 11:05
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    @DeepakKamat, being post-production CGI wolf he stopped existing when charged into darkness, and only appeared back after the dawn.
    – user28434
    Apr 30, 2019 at 13:27
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    @user28434 as a post-production CGI wolf myself, I can confirm this as 100% true. Apr 30, 2019 at 13:40
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    @KeineMaster Profile pic checks out!
    – Möoz
    May 1, 2019 at 3:33

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To drop this to an answer, from comments...

I think we can assume Ghost can kill wights, though not White Walkers.

White Walkers can be killed only by dragon glass or Valyrian steel.

Wights, on the other hand, we have seen killed many times by more 'simple' mechanical means - blow them up, decapitate them, or otherwise heavily dismember. [1]

We have on the odd occasion seen that a surviving hand can move on its own but I think that has only happened when it was 'just' dismemberment, ie the rest of the wight was still 'alive'.
I checked the wight at King's Landing (S07E07) - that was in 2 halves & still both halves moving, then the hand was removed & that kept moving. Jon killed it with dragon glass [whilst telling everyone it was that or fire, even though we've already seen otherwise at Hardhome (S05E08).]

[1] Arrow in the head; trod on or pulled in half by a giant; couple of sword-thrusts through the body; axe in the back - all these from Hardhome.

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    I suppose they might not be killed by being dismembered, but maybe making them harmless is enough.
    – JAD
    Apr 30, 2019 at 12:56
  • This may end up being inconclusive. It is said they can only be killed by those three, yet in the books dragon glass did nothing, it needed regular steel. The TV seems to change its mind over time. The wights were shuffling zombies until Bran got to where the Children were, then suddenly they were speed-merchants.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 30, 2019 at 13:17
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    Are you sure about that first part? Dragon glass appears to work against wights (see Small Paul), but it shattered on the armour the wight was wearing. Dragon glass might be super effective, it's still just dragonglass.
    – JAD
    Apr 30, 2019 at 13:20
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    I don't think fire can kill White Walkers - even Dragonfire
    – gardenhead
    Apr 30, 2019 at 14:17
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    @Tetsujin there is evidence against WW being vulnerable to fire. During Hardhome we see one step through flames to attack Jon.
    – JAD
    May 1, 2019 at 11:21

Wights can be killed by fire, dragonglass or valyrian steel. Ghost has none of those, so is useless.

Note that the same went for the Dothraki until their Arakhs were set on fire.

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    Plot armor was very high in this season. Sam survived, Mormont survived until he protected Dany till the end, Jaimie, Brienne, Tormund, Ghost, Jon etc. Very bad writing and not Game of Thrones at all. Apr 30, 2019 at 11:08
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    Wights can be killed by 'simple' mechanical means, blow them up or decapitate. We've seen it many times. White Walkers need the 'special' treatment, not wights.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 30, 2019 at 11:50
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    @Tetsujin doesn't your comment an answer then?
    – Neyt
    Apr 30, 2019 at 12:13
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    @tetsu, didn't we had simple hand, and body part moving on the flood back when Jon was visiting the Northmen? Or is my memory playing trick again? Apr 30, 2019 at 12:25
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    @Möoz how do you know ghost can't breathe fire? Should I put that in the answer?
    – JAD
    May 1, 2019 at 6:23

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