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Game Of Thrones Revealed A Major Spoiler

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Game Of Thrones Revealed A Major Spoiler

The following is a spoiler for both the books and the HBO show. The spoiler here is for something in the story that hasn’t been encountered in any of Martin’s five published novels.

At the end of Episode 4 of this season’s  Game of Thrones, viewers were treated to one of the most intriguing scenes we’ve encountered in the show so far: A White Walker takes the last of Craster’s babies, and walks him to an icy altar where a crowned White Walker then lifts him up, touches his cheek, and turns the child into one of them, his eyes going from brown to icy blue.

But where things get really interesting is in the (now-changed) HBO synopsis of the episode.

“A White Walker claims the baby and rides to a city of ice,” the synopsis read. “The child is presented at an altar, where the Night’s King greets the infant and lays a finger on its cheek. The baby’s eyes turn White Walker blue.”

The synopsis has been changed to read “where a White Walker greets the infant and lays a finger on its cheek.” The mention of the Night’s King is gone, but not before the text was spread on reddit and across the internet.

The significance of the Night’s King is pretty huge. Long the subject of various Game of Thrones theories, the Night’s King is a legend told to Bran Stark by Old Nan at Winterfell. Here’s the summary of the legendary figure from A Wiki of Ice and Fire:

According to legend, the Night’s King lived during the Age of Heroes, not long after the Wall was complete. He was a fearless warrior, who was named the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Later he fell in love with a woman “with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars”, he chased her and loved her though “her skin was cold as ice”, and when he gave his seed to her he gave his soul as well.[1] (Her description matches that of the Others.)

He brought her back to the Nightfort and after the unholy union, he declared himself king and her his queen, and ruled the Nightfort as his own castle for thirteen years. During the dark years of his reign, horrific atrocities were committed, of which tales are still told in the North. It was not until his own brother, the King in the North, and Joramun, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, joined forces that the Night’s King was brought down and the Night’s Watch freed. After his fall, when it was discovered that he had been sacrificing to the Others (possibly in similar way to Craster), all records of him were destroyed and his very name was forbidden. It is likely this led the lords of the North to forbid the Night’s Watch to construct walls at their keeps, ensuring the keeps would always be accessible from the south.

What was once just a legend appears to be true, and now we have a direct link between the White Walkers and the Starks of Winterfell. The ancestor of Bran Stark and Jon Snow was a Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, transformed into a White Walker, and was eventually driven into the north via an alliance between wildlings, crows, and the King in the North.

Now the Night’s King is back, and he’s been transforming human babies into Walkers, just like he was transformed by his queen long ago. He’s even seen wearing black, similar to the Night’s Watch. It’s pretty fascinating, and something that certainly hasn’t been revealed in the books. It’s also probably canon, since it’s unlikely they’d change (or add) something so major to the show that isn’t true in the books (regardless of all the smaller plot tinkering going on.)

I am a little curious about his queen now, too. Was she a White Walker like all the rest? They don’t seem like the type of creature one would fall in love with—at least not before they just killed you. Is she something different?

And if the legend of the Night’s King is real, what other legends are true? Will the Horn of Joramun really bring down the Wall? What about Azor Ahai?

In the below HBO video about the Night’s Watch and the Free Folk, Ygritte mentions the Night’s King as well, meaning that HBO, in their original synopsis, was well aware of the significance of this character.

“We Free Folk have our stories, too,” Ygritte says. “About how one of your King Crows found something… cold in the woods, with bright blue eyes. How he brought her home through your Wall and declared himself Night’s King….”

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