After the new episode of Game of Thrones, “Oathkeeper”, on Sunday, I’m pretty sure everyone had the exact same in their head after watching the last two minutes: what the hell just happened? Well, honestly, we’re not totally sure. But, the people over at i09 caught an incident that may clear up a few questions. Due to a fault in HBO Go, they somehow managed to spoil possibly more than just future episodes of the show, but may have also spoiled parts of the books yet to come!
Possible spoilers below!
HBO Go (hopefully accidentally) published the White Walker’s name as the Night’s King. Now, this might not mean much to the non-readers, but the readers will know that he is a major figure in the folklore of Westeros. The obvious question to begin with is why did that one White Walker (the supposed Night’s King) have a crown thingy on his head? Well, there’s a (sort of) simple explanation that may or may not be connected to him on The Wiki of Ice and Fire:
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.
In the books, Bran Stark recalls that Old Nan used to tell him stories about the Night’s King. She had said that she believed that he was a Stark and was named Bran as well, being young Bran’s namesake.
If the Walker is in fact the Night’s King, then that means that all the stories are true. All the stories and legends told in the land of Westeros might actually be true. Do you realize how frightening that is? They tell stories about some scary ass things lurking around. Just saying. If all of the legends and tale are true, this could obviously have a major impact on basically everyone. If the Night’s King is real, then I bet that the Horn of Winter (a horn that, when blown, can destroy the Wall) and the Dragon Horn (when blown can control dragons) aren’t fictional either, which could both cause major chaos if they fall into the wrong hands. In whatever case, HBO Go quickly removed the name and haven’t said anything about the incident. Could this HBO accident mean that we now know a plot detail for the upcoming not-yet-released books in the Song of Ice and Fire series?