Halfway through the last season of Game of Thrones, we put together an after-action analysis of the major military engagements driving the plot of the series in the season’s two central episodes—”The Queen’s Justice,” in which the forces allied against Queen Cersei got seriously pasted, and “The Spoils of War,” in which Daenerys Targaryen, her dragons, and her Dothraki rapid response force swept down on the Lannister army’s wagon train and turned it into a macabre cookout.

Now we’re halfway through the final season of the series, and we’re at a similar pivot point. The second episode of the season—”A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”—laid out the somewhat awful strategic position of the combined allied forces under the command of Daenerys Targaryen and her Warden of the North, lover and likely nephew Jon Snow. And in the most recent episode—”The Long Night”—that situation reached its climax and conclusion in what could set the record for the least number of photons registered in a film or video production of its length ever.

As we were writing this, we were beaten to the punch by one of our favorite military Twitterati and bloggers, Angry Staff Officer, a master of fictional tactical interpretation, in his excellent but perhaps slightly misguided analysis for our sister publication, Wired. It’s definitely worth reading, and you should do so right after you read this—unless you have not seen the episode and are averse to spoilers. In that case, come back and read both once you’re ready.

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