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«Game of Thrones»: The Night King’s real identity

The Night King is invading Westeros. We don’t know much about his origin or goals. But everyone fears him. Who is behind those shimmering blue eyes. This is our theory.

What if «Game of Thrones’» Night King isn’t even the first Night King in Westerosi history?

A question without many leads or any possible end. But if we really think on it and combine the question with the prophecy of a prince, everything will seem a lot clearer.

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Azor Ahai is the Night King.

It almost needs to be this way. This edgy-headed blue-eyed creature leading legions of undead in battle against Westeros is simultaneously the figurehead of an entire religion. A faith which teaches its young to fear the Night King. This is clear if we take one idea absolutely factually: there must always be a Night King.

Who is the Night King?

The first time the Night King opened his icy blue eyes was ten-thousand years ago, when the Children of the Forest created him. Bran Stark learns this at the beginning of «Game of Thrones’» sixth season. Back then, the Children living in Westeros, little wood-dwelling humanoids, were being threatened by the First Men. Lacking in both numbers and technology, they beg the Old Gods for help.

They answer. They either send or give the Children the knowledge to create White Walkers themselves. Then White Walkers possess the power of raising corpses as mindless Wights. For every Westerosi that falls, a Wight takes their place on the opposing force. This would certainly be useful in evening the playing field against the First Men.

One being controls this horde: the Night King. Once a man of flesh and blood, the Children of the Forest rammed an obsidian dagger into his heart. He lost his free will, his rosy complexion and his voice. He closed his eyes. When he opened them again, they’re blue. The Night King was born.

Control – this could be the most essential point. Not just during wartime. But also in peace. White Walkers must be led, the Wights’ thirst for blood controlled. Forever. What if, without the Night King to guide them, the Armies of the Dead ravaged the land of the living with an even stronger malice, destroying the creations of the Old Gods?

Therefore, there must always be a Night King.

The first account of a Night King and White Walker attack dates back about eight-thousand years. It took two-thousand years from the Night King’s creation to his first attack.

Two-thousand. Why didn’t he attack earlier?

Azor Ahai’s role

The children must have used an ugly and imprecise magic. Maybe even a slowly corrupting kind – like a curse. They could have also made a mistake during the ritual. It can’t have gone any other way. The Children had managed to broker a peace with the First Men – shortly after creating the Night King, but long before his icy speer taught humanity fear and let their blood flow.

White Walkers weren’t necessary anymore. The Children probably commanded the Night King to bring his Army of the Dead north and stay there. Forever.

For two-thousand years the Children’s curse tortures the Night King. A few years before he begins the Long Night the last bit of humanity inside him disappears. Maybe he’s even forgotten that he once used to be a man. Led by the curse he goes to destroy entire kingdoms, to cover the world in an eternal winter.

Then comes Azor Ahai a legendary warrior chosen by the Lord of Light to banish the darkness. Wielding his sword Lightbringer he led the armies of First Men and Children of the Forest.

Azor Ahai and his blade, Lightbringer
Jordi Gonzalez Escamilla

He manages to push the Night King and his White Walkers back to the North, allowing humanity to construct the Wall. It gets enchanted by the magical abilities of the Children of the Forest, to protect the realm of the living from the grey North. This is what legends say at least. Azor Ahai is never mentioned again. He could’ve died of old age. Or fallen in battle. I believe there’s a reason why the old scholars never wrote about him again:

he was not with the living anymore. But he didn’t fall either.

If there always must be a Night King, then his death didn’t stop the invaders. On the contrary, it only fully unleashed their frigid doom. A catastrophe. To stop them, a new Night King is needed. A hero, willing to sacrifice himself for Westeros. One who has nothing left to lose.

Azor Ahai.

To forge Lightbringer, he had to murder his beloved Nissa Nissa: as he plunged its blade through her heart, her fiery soul was bound to the steel. This gave Lightbringer the power to kill the Night King. But now his foe is dead, Azor Ahai has nothing waiting for him anymore.

Azor Ahai has to forge Lightbringer in living flame: Nissa Nissa.

What if he wanted to end his suffering with an obsidian blade obtained from the Children of the Forest? His warmth was replaced by cold, his eyes passing from brown to blue. Maybe Azor Ahai disappeared due to claiming the Night King’s throne. The Wights and White Walkers would have bent the knee. Under his control.

I’ll continue down this rabbit hole. Eight-thousand years after the first attack of the White Walkers: the curse or ill-fated ritual of the Children of the Forest has consumed the last thing tethering Azor Ahai to his humanity. Azor Ahai is no longer a warrior of Light, but a soldier of darkness.

Azor Ahai is the new Night King.

The cave painting from «Game of Thrones’» seventh season point to this. Jon Snow shows them to the Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen. In a cave on Dragonstone, an island next to Westeros, that is made up almost exclusively of obsidian. Here the Children of the Forest painted the Night King as he first appeared to them eight-thousand years ago. White Walkers by his side. What’s interesting is that the Night King’s image doesn’t resemble the creature that is currently wreaking death and havoc. This new Night King doesn’t have a beard.

The Night King back then (bearded).
The Night King today.

The differing display could be sheer coincidence. Nevertheless: it could just as well not be.

The prince that was promised

About five-thousand years ago, a prophecy was written in the archives of Asshai. It tells of the darkness returning, and that Azor Ahai will be reborn as a promised prince. His will be the Song of Ice and Fire.

This fits.

If we believe the Night King is controlled by a curse, then this could mean that he commands the Dead until this curse has completely consumed his humanity. His soul is then freed from the ice, but it needs a new body: Azor Ahai will be reborn through a prince that was promised. In the mean time the soulless Night King creates an Army of the dead.

When this happens, a new Night King must keep control of the Wights and White Walkers. There must always be a Night King. And it must always be the prince that was promised. He will vanquish the current Night King and take his place. But just like Azor Ahai, he too will be corrupted by the curse. His soul will also be freed and reborn in a new warrior taking his place: a warrior of fire, to be transformed into a soldier of ice. An eternal cursed circle.

The Song of Ice and Fire.

A symbol of duality that still remains singular. Suddenly the name of the series of novels «Game of Thrones» is based on – «A Song of Ice and Fire» – has a completely new meaning.

What does this mean for season eight?

Jon Snow could be our promising candidate for the promised prince. Be this due to his origin, combining Targaryen and Stark blood: ice and fire. Again a singular duality. It would be up to him to defeat the Night King and take his place. A tragic end for Jon Snow’s character.

If Daenerys Targaryen simultaneously takes the Iron Throne, however, it would solve the main conflict of Westeros. A bittersweet ending that fits «Game of Thrones» like a glove. After all, George R. R. Martin himself, author of the series, promised us a bittersweet end to the Song of Ice and Fire.

You can watch season eight from 14/4/2019 on RTS 1. One episode will be shown per week, always on Monday morning at 3 a.m. In English, of course, with French subtitles.

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Luca Fontana, Zurich

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I'm an outdoorsy guy and enjoy sports that push me to the limit – now that’s what I call comfort zone! But I'm also about curling up in an armchair with books about ugly intrigue and sinister kingkillers. Being an avid cinema-goer, I’ve been known to rave about film scores for hours on end. I’ve always wanted to say: «I am Groot.»


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User marcsoler

Valar Morghulis

User Luca Fontana

Valar Dohaeris.

User xcrookedxedgex

Habt ihr euch zu diesem Satz mal mehr Gedanken gemacht.
Valar Morghulis -> All men must die
Valar DOhaeris -> All men must serve

Welche "Bediensteten" hat der Night King? Richtig die Toten. Es wird darauf hinaus laufen, dass alle Sterben und der ewige Winter über Westeros, Essos und Sothoryos einbrechen wird.

Das ist jedenfalls meine Theorie :D

User madotha

Also wäre A Dream of Spring ein Einzeiler und somit wirklich nur ein Traum? :P

User xcrookedxedgex

Jetzt stell dir mal vor, die Buchreihe würde enden à la "Nach 3 Wochen im absoluten Tiefschlaf wacht Bran auf. Neben ihm sein Schattenwolf mit blutiger Fratze. The End. "

User stormwid

Hat der George ein wenig viel Warcraft gespielt? Erinnert ja sehr an den Lich King.

User vikingjunior

Genau das selbe gedacht :D

User Luca Fontana

«There must always be a Lich King.»

User Binärsprachler

Wollte auch schon fragen, was war zuerst da? Lich King oder Night King?

User Mische

Die Bücher gibt es schon länger als Warcraft 3.

User Yadan

War der Held von WoW / Lich King Tirion genannt ?

User easterfreak

Spannender Artikel!

User adr1vn

Lange haben wir gewartet, ich freue mich unbeschreiblich! :D

User Sanja.Peric

3 Tage ^^

User adr1vn


User bumi84

Meine Theorie ist etwas wilder, geht aber in eine ähnliche Richtung: es ist ein Teufelskreis.
Einige Fantheorien meinten ja schon, der Nicht King sei Bran the Builder, also der erste Brandon Stark. Und dass der junge Bran ebenfalls so heisst, ist kein Zufall.

Bran wird geboren um als three eyed raven heranzuwachsen, reist als solcher in die Vergangenheit, hält sich dort zu lange auf und bleibt dort stecken. Als Bran the Builder. Er ist es dann auch, der von den Kindern zum Nght King gemacht wird, überfällt Jahrtausende später Westeros, löscht den ganzen Kontinent aus und begräbt diesen unter einer fetten Eisschicht.
Tausende von Jahren später hat sich das Land erholt, es ist Sommer. Westeros wird von Essos und den umliegenden Kontinenten neu besiedelt, es werden neue Kinder geboren und das ganze beginnt wieder von vorne: ein neuer Brandon Stark, ein neuer Night King, ein neuer Krieg, eine neue Eiszeit.

Weit hergeholt, aber wer weiss was Martin sich den ganzen Tag über so alles einwirft ^^

User Luca Fontana

Ist aber auch ein interessanter Ansatz ^^

User JoelTheFeuz

Ist zwar eine nette theorie, aber wie wir Grorge R.R Martin kennen gibt es keine grossen plotholes in seiner geschichte.
Und wenn der "neue" Night King nach dieser Theorie am Anfang noch Menschlich ist und in Ihrem Sinne handeln kann, könnte er einfach die Armee der Toten sterben lassen/vernichten und sich dann aufopfern, so gäbe es keinen Night King und keine Untoten mehr.
Trotzdem ein spanndender Gedankengang

User Luca Fontana

Sehe ich genauso. Allerdings ist Magie in «Game of Thrones» keine exakte Wissenschaft. Weit davon entfernt sogar. Magie ist hässlich, bizaar, ungenau und geht oft schief (siehe Beitrag von Dominik von letzter Woche über das Wetter). Der Night King kontrolliert die Armeen der Toten. Das muss nicht bedeuten, dass er sie auf Wunsch sterben lassen oder vernichten könnte.

Vielleicht haben die Alten Götter die Macht des Night Kings bewusst aufs Kontrollieren begrenzt. Gerade weil die Alten Götter sich an so einem Kreislauf erfreuen würden. Wie wir wissen sind die Götter in «Game of Thrones» alle ein wenig blutrünstig :).

User Sanja.Peric

Ich glaube, Melissandre wird den neuen Lightbringer durch das Stossen der Klinge in ihr Herz schaffen. :)
mit dem der Night King getötet wird

User Luca Fontana

Oh – DAS ist eine Möglichkeit, die ich noch nicht bedacht habe. Wobei ich meine, dass der, der Lightbringer erschaffen will, nicht irgendjemanden opfern kann, sondern dass es jemand sein muss, den er liebt. In diesem Fall vielleicht Jon, der Daenerys töten muss. Oder umgekehrt.

User Sanja.Peric

genau, hast recht, mal sehen was passieren wird :) Nur noch 2mal schlafen, dann ist es endlich so weit!

User nileshchorvada

Nice article but why I read this in digitec??

User mniceguy81

I think it is Azor Ahai who became The Night King and it will be John Snow who will be the new one The Night King and that Bran will help him So that the past does repeat itself

User Sanja.Peric

Tolle Theorie :)

User bkeleanor

ich muss sagen ich habe zu wenig aufgepasst bzw. es ist schon zu lange her. Ich dachte alle weissen wanderer haben dieselbe power. weshalb auch alle schergen zu staub zerfallen wenn der weisse wanderer der sie kontrolliert stirbt. die zu staub zerfallenen können dann auch nicht mehr zurückgeholt werden.

wurde nicht mal in einer folge gezeigt wie die weissen wanderer ein baby zu einem der ihren machen? ich glaube also nicht das der nacht könig die anderen wanderer kontrolliert er ist halt einfach der anführer aber es würde einfach ein anderer seinen platz einnehmen bis alle hinüber sind oder sie gewonnen haben.

User bumi84

Das war der Night King, mit dem Baby. Nur er ist in der Lage, aus lebenden Menschen White Walkers zu machen. Alle anderen (Toten) werden lediglich als Zombies wiederbelebt. Die restlichen White Walker fungieren als eine Art "W-LAN Repeater" :B .. heisst, sie verleihen den Zombies um sich herum etwas kraft, aber wenn ein Walker fällt, reisst das einige seiner Untergebenen mit.

User Luca Fontana

Das habe ich mir auch schon gedacht. Wir haben in der 7. Staffel gesehen, wie die Wights, die der getötete White Walker erschaffen hat, mit ihm gestorben sind. Daraus wurde der Schluss gezogen, dass wenn der Night King stirbt, die von ihm erschaffenen White Walkers (bumi84 hat's erklärt) mit ihm sterben könnten.

Aber eben. Könnten. Gesehen haben wir's nicht. Was, wenn sie nicht sterben, sondern erst recht entfesselt würden? Wenn dem so wäre, dann muss es immer einen Night King geben, der die White Walkers kontrolliert.

User larkhon

hmm... vielleicht wird jemand den Night King töten, wird die Situation noch schlimmer, und dann muss Jon den nächste Night King werden, um Westeros zu retten.

User bkeleanor

tja Bumi hatte recht. Wie langweilig.

User bumi84


User kingmosh

There must always be a lich king :))