So it was recently observed that HBO may have made a huge slip up about the White Walkers in their hit series ‘Game of Thrones’. This was such a large spoiler that even book readers were taken off guard as it was from a piece of the book series that hasn’t even been told yet. Most “spoilers” for the show so far have come directly from those who have read the novels, but this is new even to them!
So how did HBO mess up? Well the official synopsis of the last episode, ‘Oathkeeper’, originally was stated as follows:
While viewers saw that scene in the episode, what they didn’t realize was that the the Walker involved was the Night’s King. (Later, the Night’s King reference in the synopsis was changed to ‘a walker’.) So what is the big deal? Who is the Night’s King? Why does that even matter? Well this is a big one right here, because according to A Wiki of Fire and Ice this is who the Night’s King is:
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. (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.
So that is pretty big and quite the character to be introduced into the mix. One has to ask if HBO messed up on who the Walker was though I suspect this was more of an extremely early reveal. I wonder how they will work the lore into the story for maximum impact as the Night’s King hasn’t even been mentioned on the show yet.
What do you think of the big reveal? Are you in the books and thought this might be where they are going? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Comic Book Movie