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‘Game of Thrones’ Battle of the Bastards Was Fought with a Rubber Sword

Valyrian Steel is hard to come by, after all.

Kit Harington in "Game of Thrones."

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With nearly 100,000 votes from fans, last week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on IMDb. As such, director Miguel Sapochnik’s staging of the genuinely epic conflict over Winterfell, the Starks’ ancestral home, has already entered the conversation as being perhaps the HBO drama’s greatest hour yet. Not every single aspect of “Battle of the Bastards” holds up to closer scrutiny, however — namely a quick shot of Jon Snow’s sword.

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Longclaw, as the blade is known, is made of Valyrian steel — the strongest, most precious material in all of Westeros. Since that doesn’t actually exist, certain concessions had to be made in the name of both safety and reality. My experience with swords is limited, but I’m pretty sure they don’t usually flop around like rubber.

Valyrian Rubber

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