Game Of Thrones Theory About The Night King Has Fans Worried
So, are we all caught up with the latest episode from the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones yet? If not, here is a warning - this article contains some spoilers. Don't read on if you're not up to speed.
Certainly don't watch the trailer for the third episode, which is here, by the way...
Righto, here we go.
As is always the case when any episode comes out, the internet goes into overdrive coming up with fan theories and speculating as to the fate of our heroes in the battle to come.
Most of these theories are - with the best will in the world - nonsense. However, this one might actually stand up to scrutiny.
Episode two saw all of the characters in wistful mood. Most of them are going to die in either a battle with the Night King and his army of the dead or (if they win that battle) the final war for the Iron Throne.
That's enough to put anyone into a contemplative mood.
Anyway, at the end of the episode, the army of the dead arrived at the gates of Winterfell. It looks as if after all these years, it's finally on.
However, there is a theory that the Night King isn't even going to show up to his own party, preferring instead to head south for a dual-pronged attack on the armies of the living. Clever tactics, if true.
Here's the thing, at the end of 'Knight of the Seven Kingdoms' we saw the terrifying skeleton army, headed up by the White Walkers, but no Night King.
Also absent - interestingly - was the zombified dragon formerly known as Viserion that now acts as the Night King's skeletal steed.
Now, it's not easy to miss a gigantic ice dragon being used as a runabout by a terrifying blue bloke, so that gets us to thinking - are they there at all?
Remember all those years ago when Bran Stark had those visions of a dragon flying over King's Landing? Well - this could be it.
He saw this in season four, then again in season six. He also saw a vision of the throne room sitting covered in snow and ice. He's not the only one, either.
Daenerys Targaryen also witnessed a snowy, destroyed throne room when she was tripping out in the House of the Undying in Qarth back in season two. Sure, that could have just been winter arriving south, but it could also mean that the Night King has arrived.
If true, this means that Bran's plan to lure out the Night King and sever the head of the army of the dead is fatally flawed.
If he's buggered off to King's Landing, the chances of killing him and helping to end the war quickly will be scuppered.
Let's be honest, the battle was never going to be over quickly anyway, was it?
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