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Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

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The Night King made his biggest move ever in 'The Dragon and the Wolf', and the fans are in shock!

The final episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones ended with the Night King finally breaching the Wall. But, the biggest question that remains to be answered right from the opening scene of the first season was – What is the motivation of the Night King and who is he? We’ve got many speculations here:

Identities of the Night King:

All we know is that the Night King is the leader of the White Walkers, who first appeared in Season 4. We all first saw a glimpse of his in Bran’s weirwood vision and finally in the Land of Always Winter, holding the last son of Craster offered to him by Night’s Watch mutineer Rast, and converted into a White Walker.

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

Since then, the Night King has made major appearances in multiple episodes in the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons, alongside various main characters like Jon Snow, Dolorous Edd, Tormund Giantsbane, Brandon Stark, Meera Reed, the Three-eyed Raven, and many more. And, in the final season, he finally breached the Wall, with undead Viserion as his mount.

Night King is a First Man

In the episode ‘the Door’ of the sixth season, Bran witnesses a vision of the creation of the Night King by the Children of the Forest. He sees Leaf plunge a dagger of dragonglass into the chest of a first man, thus creating the Night King.

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Bran then steps out his vision and asks Leaf, “It was you? You made the White Walkers.”

“We were at war. We were being slaughtered. Our sacred trees cut down. We needed to defend ourselves,” replies Leaf.

“From whom?”

“From you. From men.”

Up to this part, we can understand that the White Walkers were created as a weapon of destruction by the Children to be used against the first men who had invaded their homeland and were cutting down their sacred weirwood trees.

Night King is the ‘Night’s King’ from the books

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

Night’s King is a legendary figure who appears only in the book. He was the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, who fell in love with a female White Walker. He then brought her back to the Wall and the duo ruled over it for thirteen years declaring themselves the king and the queen. Old Nan believes him to be a Stark of Winterfell.

The dark years of his reign ended when Brandon the Breaker, the king of Winterfell and Joramun, the King-beyond-the-Wall, joined forces. According to the author George RR Martin,

“… in the books, he [Night’s King] is a legendary figure, akin to Lann the Clever and Brandon the Builder, and no more likely to have survived to the present day than they have.”

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

This isn’t the case in the TV series. However, the TV series did give us some clues. In the episode “Oathkeeper” we can clearly see the Night King approaching for Craster’s son, while his twelve companions stay in the background. So, it is possible that the Night King is the 13th Lord Commander from the Age of the Heroes?

Night King’s motivation:

Why is the Night King back? What does his want? – there are several questions to be answered in the TV series since the opening scene of the first episode. There are a few possible reasons for the others to return:

Craster’s 99th son

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

Craster was a wildling who lived beyond the Wall along with his daughter-wives. He made some strange offerings to the White Walkers, giving all his new-born sons to them. He had successfully offered his 98 infants but Gilly, one of his daughter-wives declined to give away her son and escaped his keep with Samwell Tarly. Later, a Night’s Watch mutiny broke out and Craster was killed. His 100th son was eventually offered to the others by Rast. Is it possible that they are back for Gilly’s son?

A Broken Pact:

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

We all know the story of the pact which was made during the Age of the Heroes that ended the war between the Children of the Forest and the First Men. We also know that the White Walkers were created by the Children at the peak of the pact. But, have we been misled since the very beginning of the story?

We all know that the Wall was constructed by Bran the Builder, a long time ago to keep the others and whatever else lies beyond it away. What if this story was wrong? What if the White Walkers themselves built the Wall to keep away from the realms of men? If this theory is to be believed, Will, Gared, and Ser Waymar Royce were slaughtered beyond the Wall because of this reason. Also, the Wildlings too were reuniting to cross the Wall for the same reason.

The Return of Magic:

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

Game of Thrones is a world where magic exists in all religions especially the religion of R’hllor. Even the actual name of the series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ promises a clash between the two mighty forces of nature: Ice and Fire. Could the birth of Dragons be the reason for the others to return? But, they have long existed in the Valyrian freehold for thousands of years, haven’t they?

Return of the Prince/Princess who was promised:

Speculations and theories on Night King’s possible identities and motivation

The religion of R’hllor believes that the last time, the others were defeated at the hands of a legendary figure named Azor Ahai or the prince who was promised. Up to this point in the story, we’ve been lead to believe that it is either Jon or Daenerys. So, it might be possible that the Night King believes them to be a threat to his kin as a whole.

Night King wants to avenge his creation

We all know the fact that the Children created the Night King, subjugating him to a life of immense torcher. Also, in George’s world, nothing is purely good or evil. It is entirely possible that the Night King wants to avenge his creation as we don’t exactly know his back-story.

We expect that the final season of Game of Thrones will definitely tie some loose ends and will answer these questions soon. So, who do you think is the Night King and what is his motivation? Tell us in the comments section.







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7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.

 

1. We have a Dragon in the trailer

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.

 

2. Blackfyre

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen.  Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.

 

3. Dark Sister

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.

 

4. Catspaw dagger

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer.  The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.

 

5. Tourney at Horn Hill

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.

One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.

We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

 

6. Stark sigil

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.

 

7. New Iron Throne

HBO releases House of the Dragon teaser trailer

It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.

As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.

According to George R. R. Martin, this is the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne

 

What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.

You can also join our newly created Telegram group to talk about the show/books and interact with other fans.

 







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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

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Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.

Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:

Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”

This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.

What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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