CAUTION: FULL SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK AND TV SERIES BELOW
Last Sunday's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones ended with an extended scene in White Walker territory, something that had only been teased up to this point in the series. The show then introduced viewers to someone that could quite possibly be the leader of the White Walkers and we stood witness as he turned Craster's last born son into one of his own. Well, after the episode HBO released the official synopsis in it's Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide for "Oathkeeper" and with it came a very interesting bit of information regarding the identity of the aforementioned White Walker leader. Read it below:
Courtesy of HBO via Reddit user dmahr. Click HERE for the full screenshot.
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.
This synopsis has now been edited to read "a Walker" in place of "Night's King." Now, we must wonder, was this just a simple typo on HBO's part or did they accidentally reveal something that even readers of George R.R. Martin's books have not learned yet? Up until now, the Night's King has not been mentioned on the TV series, but readers of the book series have heard him mentioned in stories told by Bran Stark. It is rumored that the Night's King was a Stark of Winterfell and was also named Bran. However, he has yet to appear in the books. Check out the video below where he is also mentioned:
Now, while this is exciting for all fans, it may not be as exciting for fans of the book series as this might mean that the TV series could potentially begin revealing details that have not been realized in the books yet and with no release dates in sight for The Winds of Winter & A Dream of Spring, it could also potentially mean the television series will conclude before the final two books are released.
What do you all think of this development? And the possible introduction of the Night's King? Sound off below.
Also, here's a new Dany still from the last episode:
In the wake of the Red Wedding, how does the North pick up the pieces and with their greatest enemy seemingly crushed, where does that leave the Lannisters. Daenerys Targaryen now has an army but is she ready to take back her homeland. Does Jon Snow turn south to seek revenge or remember his duty along the Wall?
Game of Thrones returns May 4.