Angry Staff Officer is scathingly critical:
Take the Dothraki cavalry. Putting that squadron forward of the main line of infantry was doctrinally correct, but the allied commanders did not put it to proper use: screening the allied lines and gaining active intelligence on the enemy. Instead, the Dothraki are ordered forward into an attack before the enemy situation is even known. This move, sometimes known as a â€œCuster,â€ predictably ends in ruin for the Dothraki cavalry, who get chewed up and spat out in an unsupported frontal attack.
Robert Farley blames Team Alive’s lack of Dead-Fighting experience, and notes that Team Dead also made mistakes, particularly overlooking their opponent’s possession of Faceless-Trained Special Forces.
Team Dead entered this battle with massive advantages in every category other than cavalry and dragons. It destroyed Team Aliveâ€™s cavalry and the bulk of its infantry in short order, and also reduced the formidable fortification of Winterfell. Team Dead nevertheless made mistakes, failing to develop a coherent plan for defeating Team Aliveâ€™s dragons and failing to anticipate the lethality of Team Aliveâ€™s special operators. The inexperience of Team Alive in waging battle against the dead was palpable, but Team Dead also lacked experience fighting a battle of this scale against a multifaceted force of the living. Unfortunately, the â€œlessons learnedâ€ department of Team Dead likely crumbled to dust shortly after the Night King.