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What's Skroth for SPOILERS?! They may spring like newly-risen wights within this list. So brace yourself, Winter Is Here! Seriously, catch up to the very latest episode before warging forward! 
 

First of all, we learn in "The Door" that the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers!! Let that sink in for a second. Bran learns this as he green dreams with the Three-Eyed Raven. Why? Because they needed protection from men as they killed the CotF and cut down their weirwood trees. Yeah, that happened. 

Also, let’s hear it for Old Nan. Without her, we wouldn’t have hardly any White Walker Game of Thrones theories. She was the Google of her time, recounting horrifying tales to the Stark children that would later serve as real-life guides and give clues about the future of House Stark and the coming war with the White Walkers. 
 
Most White Walker theories are tied directly to the Starks, with some believing that the Starks are descendants of the White Walkers aka the Others. One of the more wildly popular White Walker fan theories shuddered back to life when Melisandre (with the possible help of Ghost and other unknown factors) raised Jon Snow from the dead. His gasping for breath on the table certainly unearthed a long-held theory that the Lord Commander will become the next Night’s King. At the very least it’s one of those irresistible notions to fill in the days between episodes until the showrunners prove us right or wrong. 
 
Here’s another notion for you. What if the White Walkers are the good guys and they built the Wall to keep men out and prevent them from destroying what’s left of the giants, unicorns, and other creatures not widely accepted south of the Wall? What if they bring the Long Night to stop man (and woman) in their violent pursuit of the Iron Throne and their intolerance for the Others? Seems less like a theory now. 
 
Let’s look at some popular White Walker fan theories and see which ones are worthy of the Night’s King’s frosty touch and speak of them in whispered Skroth, the language of the White Walkers. 

The Children of the Forest Created the White Walkers!


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After sacrificing a man at a weirwood tree, the CotF tell Bran that they created the White Walkers to defend themselves against men. Also, check out that spiral from above with the weirwood tree in the center. Many minds blown. 

The Children of the Forest Created a Monster


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And they’ve clearly created something they can’t contain. And now they need Bran’s help. Also, RIP Hodor and Summer. Revenge for the direwolves! Revenge for Hodor!

Let’s Talk About That Knife


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We see Leaf sacrifice a man at the sacred weirwood tree. And she’s using… an obsidian or dragonglass knife. This explains why such a knife can kill them. 

Now We Know What Those Symbols Mean


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Now we know that the symbols belong to the Children of the Forest because they created the White Walkers. So that's what they were trying to tell everyone. Also, oops. 



The White Walkers Were Supposed to Be the Good Guys


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In a passage of A Dance with Dragons, Leaf explains that it’s man that is the problem. She tells Bran, “That was in the dawn of days, when our sun was rising. Now it sinks, and this is our long dwindling. The giants are almost gone as well, they who were our bane and our brothers. The great lions of the western hills have been slain, the unicorns all but gone, the mammoths down to a few hundred. The direwolves will outlast us all, but their time will come as well. In the world that men have made, there is no room for them, or us.” 
 
So are the White Walkers doing the world a favor and reducing the numbers of men so the giants, unicorns, and others can return? 

Thanks, Bran


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Warging on his own, Bran makes contact with the Night King, giving the latter the power to walk straight up to the Bloodraven and bring the wight army swarming into the cave. 

White Walkers Built the Wall to Protect Themselves


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The story goes that Brandon the Builder constructed the 700-foot-tall, 300-mile-long Wall 8,000 years ago. But this fan theory calls BS on that old chestnut. This entire fan theory by Naggers124 is worth a read. 
 
“Man won the War for the Dawn, and what's more - they started it. They grabbed their dragonglass spears, wielded their swords of fire, and breached a wall that was already there - the last line of defense put up by none other than the White Walkers themselves. But Azor Ahai struck North, and drove out the natives like the Americans driving out the Red Indians.Who else would be more suitable to construct a 700ft wall of ice than creatures that are themselves made from ice, and are known to be capable of wielding magical power far beyond the comprehension of man.
 
"The Wall existed far before the First Men came to the shores of Westeros, but what better way to extol the power and supremacy of humankind by claiming such a breathtaking monument as their own. Like Lann the Trickster, one simple act of deception has been able to establish a dynasty that has lasted for generations. The Starks are always friends to the Watch.
 
"The First Men have invaded the native's lands, settling cities like Hardhome, establishing clans like the Thenns and brazenly sending their ilk as far north as their bodies will let them. The greed of man has driven them away from their homes and into the Lands of Always Winter.
 
"And now the White Walkers want it back.
 
"It's not an invasion, it's a reclamation.”

Jon Snow Is the Next Night’s King/Last Hero


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Reddit user theDarkLordOfMordor has this theory that the resurrected Jon Snow will become the next Night’s King. Jon’s got his loyal band of men, Ghost, Longclaw, and the power of Melisandre, not to mention that the gods must have liked him enough to bring him back from the dead. This sounds familiar when we remember how Old Nan described the Last Hero: “He set out into the dead lands with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions.” 
 
This Redditor c_forrestor_thorne says it plainly, "Jon will become King on the Wall and to seal the peace, take an Other to bride, as did the Night's King of old. Not an easy or perfect or permanent peace, just a peace.” 
 
So when the Night’s King's lift his arms and raises the dead behind him, he might also be saying to Jon, “What’s up, homey?” Or “Soon, all of this will be yours?” Or “Welcome, brother.” Or will Jon have to defeat the current Night’s King in order to become the next one? Who becomes the Last Hero then?