Game of Thrones season 8 may see Sam Tarly and Gendry discover the means of forging new Valyrian steel, crafting from it weapons to use in battle against the Night King and his army of the dead. There hasn't been any Valyrian steel created in centuries, not since The Doom destroyed that ancient civilization, but Sam does have a book detailing weapons that can harm the undead.
With the final season of Game of Thrones fast approaching, it's anyone's guess just how the epic series will conclude. There are certainly some things which are expected to happen in Game of Thrones season 8, like the Battle of Winterfell and a fight to wrest control of the Iron Throne from Cersei. Beyond those broad strokes, however, most details about the HBO series' final season are being kept tightly under wraps. This secrecy has led to dozens upon dozens of theories, including this one about Sam and Gendry being the key to forging the first Valyrian steel swords in centuries.
A new crop of Valyrian steel swords could give a real advantage to those fighting against an enemy as seemingly invincible as the White Walkers. And while Sam and Gendry may not appear to be crucial players in this final battle, they may actually be two of the most important characters if they can figure out how to forge new Valyrian steel. Here's how it could happen.
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Valyrian Steel Explained
Valyrian steel is unlike any other material in the world of Game of Thrones. It's an extremely durable material and is resistant to fire (with a possible exception for dragonfire). Blades forged with Valyrian steel are sharper and lighter than any castle-forged steel, never losing their edge. Valyrian steel blades also have a distinct ripple pattern to them that comes from the thousands of times the steel is folded back on itself during its forging.
In addition to dragonglass, Valyrian steel (also referred to by some as dragonsteel) is the only other material known to be capable of killing White Walkers. Similarly to when Sam slays a White Walker with a dragonglass dagger in Game of Thrones season 2, Jon also kills a White Walker with his Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw in the season 5 episode, "Hardhome".
Valyrian Steel Hasn't Been Forged In Centuries
Along with being so renowned, Valyrian steel is also incredibly rare and expensive. As its name implies, the steel was originally forged in Valyria, the ancient civilization from which the Targaryens are descended and who first bred dragons, using them along with other magics to conquer much of Essos. The Valyrian Freehold spanned from Pentos in the east to Old Ghis in the west and lasted for centuries until The Doom - a devastating event that shattered the peninsula, sending Valyria and its neighboring cities into the ocean. The cause of The Doom is unknown, but many believe it was a result of all 14 of Valyria's volcanoes erupting at once.
When Valyria fell and was consumed by the Smoking Sea, all their vast knowledge was lost - including the means of forging Valyrian steel. Legends say that magic spells and possibly even dragonfire were a part of this intricate process, but no one has successfully forged Valyrian steel since The Doom. There are a few skilled blacksmiths who can manage to re-forge blades from already existing Valyrian steel - as seen in the Game of Thrones season 4 episode, "Two Swords" when Tywin Lannister has the ancestral Stark sword, Ice, melted down and re-forged into Oathkeeper and Widow's Wail - but even that remains an arduous and complicated process.