The Army of the Dead is at the door and Winterfell is all set for battle. But with all the security going on outside, there might be a weak link the living side has not considered. There are dead people inside Winterfell, and there is a strong possibility the Night King can raise them.
Yep, we are talking about the crypts of Winterfell. A Thousand of years worth of dead Starks buried there, it’s fertile ground for the Army of the Dead for scoring recruits.
Scared much? Let us notch up the ominousness here – all of the North’s women, children, elderly, and people otherwise incapable of fighting will be down there, ‘safe’ from open battle. That sure looks like a massive loophole in the battle plans.
Now, most of the dead Starks buried in the crypts should be bone and dust by now. Also, no one really knows how close the Night King has to be to wake the dead up. So there’s a chance that this is all just theory-mongering.
But unfortunately, there are also signs throughout Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 and in the Episode 3 preview that point towards an unexpected attack from inside Winterfell.
‘The Dead are already here.’
Around the 0:24 mark in the Episode 3 preview, Daenerys tells Jon Snow that ‘The Dead are already here’. Now, that’s not new information. If by ‘here’ she means they have reached Winterfell, Jon and everybody else knows that already. So why does she sound so panicked?
The reason may be that ‘here’ is not the borders of Winterfell but inside it. Specifically, the crypts down under, because that is the place most likely to cause an influx of dead people from inside.
Everybody thinks the crypts are ‘safe.’
Throughout the runtime of ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’, people keep referring to the crypts as a safe haven. Gilly and Ser Davos are seen telling refugees to go down into the crypts when the time comes, and that they’ll “be safe there”. Gendry tells Arya to be in the crypts, a suggestion she scoffs at. Evidently, both of them think of it in terms of a hiding place.
But in the Game of Thrones world, safety is an illusion. And every time a character has felt safe in some knowledge, that has been turned to dust. Remember the Red Wedding? That too was considered safe, because of the Starks’ supposed guest rights. The repeated mention of the crypts as a safe place hints there is a high chance it is not safe at all.
What awaits down under
If the dead in Winterfell crypts do awaken, it will present a horrific situation for the defenders. One, most of the people hiding in the crypts will die and join the Undead Army. That will significantly increase their numbers. Two, the defenders will have to fight against their own family.
There’s nothing in the show to suggest that Catelyn and Robb’s remains were returned to Winterfell. But Eddard Stark’s was. Among the most recent dead Starks, there also lie Lyanna, Brandon, and Rickard Stark, Eddard’s siblings and father respectively. All of them could be among the resurrected dead.
Jon has just learnt that Lyanna was his mother. Arya saw the beheading of Ned. How will the Stark children deal with having to fight against their dearest ones? The preview also has a shot of Arya running through the passages of Winterfell, visibly frightened and disturbed. What horror could evoke such a response in Arya, a seasoned assassin and one so familiar with death?
For the answers, we will have to wait for Episode 3. For now, this seems like a frighteningly plausible theory.
Does Melisandre’s ‘Green Eyes’ prophecy predict Arya killing Daenerys?
“You will shut many eyes forever – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” So said Melisandre of Asshai when she met Arya Stark for the first time. This prophecy has played out since then, with both ‘brown eyes’ (Walder Frey) and ‘blue eyes’ (Night King) succumbing to Arya’s blade. Fans have long predicted the green eyes to signify Queen Cersei. But the equation changed with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ when another pair of green eyes became very important – Queen Daenerys Targaryen.
In an unfathomably shocking act of madness, Daenerys Targaryen torched thousands of innocent King’s Landing civilians in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, and as such established herself as the most devastating villain of the series ever.
Before Dany’s Mad Queen twist, Cersei was being regarded as the ‘Mad Queen’, mainly for blowing the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire in Season 6, but also for her general ruthlessness and murderous ways. The Lannister Lioness’ green eyes are quite famous and have been referenced multiple times in the books and the show.
Now, Cersei has been on Arya’s kill list since Season 2 and she even came to King’s Landing with the purpose of killing her. Melisandre’s prophecy in Season 3 also included green eyes, so many fans thought Arya will fulfil this target next. That expectation was strengthened when Arya left Winterfell on ‘unfinished business’ in episode 4.
But Sandor Clegane turned Arya back from that path and she went on to survive the burning of the city by just an inch. With Cersei now dead and Arya witnessing Daenerys’ carnage first-hand, it is all too possible that the significance of ‘green eyes’ has changed for Arya.
Interestingly, Daenerys’ eyes were not even supposed to be green. In the books, they are purple, and in keeping with the unusual physiological traits of Valyrian Dragonlords from whom Daenerys is descended. But Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys in the show, has green eyes. Although she wore purple contacts in the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones, that idea was discarded in the main show and Clarke stuck to her natural eye colour.
If the show follows the books in terms of major plot points (and Daenerys’ death should be a major plot point) then the Arya-killing-Daenerys-because-of-prophecy scenario is unlikely, because book Daenerys does not even have green eyes. But the show has introduced many plot twists – so this is not totally implausible either.
What do you think of this theory? Will Arya fulfil the ‘green eyes’ prophecy by killing Daenerys or some completely different end awaits the ‘Queen of Ashes’? Tell us in the comments!
Here’s what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” had a lot going for it. So many happenings and so many deaths in just one episode, but it ended with a scene that baffled quite a lot of users. We saw Arya make her way through the destruction in King’s Landing, and find a white horse, whom she rides out of the city. Here’s what it could mean for the show, and the series finale.
White Horses have been used as a symbol in storytelling for a long time now, for both good and bad things. However, fans are speculating that this particular bit might be pointing towards a Bible verse that talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The passage says:
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
Arya and death have danced for a long time in the show, and it seems like the show is hinting that Arya will have a final battle with death in the series finale. We saw who brought death in “The Bells” — Daenerys Targaryen, and it feels like could be the second bit of foreshadowing that Arya could be responsible for Daenerys’ death, after the ‘green eyes’ clue.
It also connects to both Arya and Daenerys, as Ned Stark used to ride a white horse, and so did Daenerys, at the beginning of the show. Maybe it’s things coming together for Arya and Daenerys, both of whose fathers were murdered in King’s Landing.
Either that, our we will get our expectations subverted again. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
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We might finally get to see Cleganebowl in the next Game Of Thrones episode
Fans have been waiting for the Clegane brothers to clash for so many seasons now that it would be heartbreaking if they passed that up completely. But fret not fandom. There are several hints that Cleganebowl is well and truly coming, and might actually happen Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5. Read on!
The last time we have seen Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane and Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane come face to face was the Season 7 finale. Hound did not miss the opportunity to remind Mountain that the fight is still on. The Mountain didn’t respond except glowering menacingly but then he hasn’t been very talkative for some time, has he? But that scene was the first time the makers openly acknowledged and gave credence to what up till then have just been theories.
Hints galore in episode 4
The first three episodes of Season 8 had been preoccupied with the Dead. But Sandor Clegane is right back on track with episode 4. He says “there is only one thing that will make me happy” when Sansa talks to him, which is a clear indication to facing his brother. The next time we see the Hound he is striking out alone on a horse. Arya catches up with him and they share some good old warm and fuzzy insults.
Sandor then again says, “I have unfinished business in King’s Landing.” He is not interested in the war; he would have left with Jon Snow’s army then. So why is he going to King’s Landing? Obviously, to face his no. 1 nemesis and elder brother Gregor.
It’s even by supported narrative logic. The Mountain protects Cersei, and it would be necessary to eliminate him before anyone gets to her. Now Arya is obviously going to King’s Landing, and both Cersei and Mountain are on her List. It makes sense for Arya and Hound to team up again to execute their revenge.
What is Cleganebowl theory?
The Cleganebowl theory goes back beyond the show, it started with the book series fans. Sandor and Gregor’s enmity begun back into their childhood, Gregor would bully his little brother endlessly and once pressed his face onto a hot brazier over a small fight about a toy.
The fire burned away one whole side of Sandor’s face, made him a complete cynic, and gave him a deep-seated fear of fire that made him defect from the Battle of Blackwater and would have done the same in Battle of Winterfell except for Arya and Beric. Hound has repeatedly said that he considers killing the Mountain to be his destiny. It was the one thing that kept him standing through all injuries and hardships. He is not the cold-hearted cynic he once was, but the hate still burns.
Right from Season 1, we are told that Sandor has vowed to kill his brother one day and by Season 7 it has almost become a destiny. Even the actors Rory McCann (Hound) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Mountain) have been hyping about it off-screen. As Game of Thrones completes its journey in just two more episodes, Cleganebowl seems imminent.
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