In HBO’s official synopsis for the April 27 episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’, it looks like they’ve accidentally spoiled the future of not just the TV show, but the series of novels, as well! If you want to find out what the White Walkers are all about, keep reading!
Someone at HBO is in trouuuble! While they’ve since edited out the major spoiler, HBO’s official synopsis for “Oathkeeper”, the April 27 episode of Game Of Thrones, contained information about the terrifying White Walkers that not even faithful readers of the Song Of Ice And Fire series are aware of! Read on if you want to get to the bottom of the mystery of the White Walkers, but trust us — this is a spoiler no matter how devoted a fan of George R. R. Martin‘s works you are!
‘Game Of Thrones’: HBO Reveals The Identity Of The White Walkers
First, let’s get right down to it. A savvy Redditor, dhamr, happened to screenshot HBO’s faux pas before it was quickly corrected. Here’s the spoiler:
‘Game Of Thrones’: The White Walker At The End Of ‘Oathkeeper’ Is The Night’s King
Now, we’ll explain why the seemingly tiny difference is such a significant spoiler. In case you missed “Oathkeeper”, or need a refresher, the baby mentioned is one of Craster’s sons — the ones bred by his daughter wives which were left out in the forest as a sacrifice. Until now, fans weren’t totally sure what the White Walkers were actually doing with these sons — though a fair guess was that they were eating them, because why not? At the end of “Oathkeeper”, as you see above, a White Walker takes the baby, touches its cheek, and the baby turns into a White Walker himself. (Itself?)
The Night’s King is “a legendary Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch,” according to A Wiki Of Ice And Fire. He was the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, who fell in love with a woman “with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars,” according to Storm Of Swords, the third book in the Song Of Ice And Fire series on which the 3rd and 4th seasons of Game Of Thrones are based. Even though “her skin was cold as ice,” he chased after her and gave her his soul when he gave her his “seed” (gross, sorry).
The Night’s King brought her home to the Nightfort — this is where Bran was holed up when he met up with Samwell — and declared her his queen, ruling the Nightfort for thirteen years, during which he and his queen ruled with a mighty, violent fist — the tales of which are still told as horrifying bedtime stories in the North. Only his own brother, Joramun, the King-Beyond-the-Wall at the time, could take the Night’s King down, after which the Night’s watch were freed from his rule.
‘Game Of Thrones’: What Are The Implications Of The Night’s King Spoiler?
Later, it was discovered that he had been sacrificing to the White Walkers, much like Craster would years and years later, and mention of his true name became forbidden.
Furthermore, Old Nan, servant of Winterfell who used to take close care of Bran Stark, once told him that the Night’s King was actually a Stark of Winterfell and hints that his name, too, was Bran.
Now that it has been accidentally confirmed that we are dealing with the Night’s King, we know that this immortal enemy is back to terrorize the North and Beyond-the-Wall… just as Bran is heading ever north in search of the three-eyed crow and his true heritage. Is it Bran’s mission to take down the Night’s King once and for all? Are all the legends told throughout Westeros true? After all, dragons were just a long-gone fairy tale until Daenerys hatched three! Could the Horn of Joramun — which has been called a Wall-destroyer but dismissed as only a legend — be real? Are Jon Snow and the remaining Night’s Watch in more trouble than we could have imagined? The implications of this HBO-released spoiler are huge.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? What does this spoiler mean to you? Are you upset that this was revealed, or are you only more excited about the possible theories? Let us know! (But try not to go tooo far beyond the scope if you’ve read the books — let’s try and keep it fresh and exciting for viewers who haven’t read the books yet!)
— Amanda Michelle Steiner
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