WARNING: Massive SPOILERS ahead for Game of Thrones Season 7. And, quite possibly, for Season 8...
One of the biggest villains in Season 7 of Game of Thrones was the enigmatic Night King. In true GoT style, fans have come up with a seemingly endless amount of Night King fan theories and White Walker fan theories in general, but just who is the Night King? When you're dealing with one of the best drama shows out there, any twist is possible.
Is it possible he's a long-lost Stark ancestor who got trapped north of the Wall? And what's behind his resurrection of the dragon Viserion? Other fan theories about the Night King suggest that he's one of Eddard Stark's lost kids, and that he's functionally immortal. Let's find out everything we can about the Night King, before winter takes us all into icy oblivion.
Is The Night King An Ancient Stark?Photo: Game of Thrones/HBO
People have been speculating that the Night King is a Stark for a long time, and we've got some compelling evidence. For one, in the books, the Stark family nanny Old Nan tells Bran that the Night's King (his title in the books) was a Stark—named Brandon, in fact.
Even the Stark family slogan, "Winter Is Coming," could be a reference to a Stark Night King's alliance with the Others. Redditor ThouCantTouchThis elaborated on this suggestion, noting the strange mental connection between Bran Stark and the Night King, particularly the fact that both have ties to wargs.Is this plausible?
Why Jon Snow Is The Only One Who Can Take Down The Night KingPhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
This theory from Redditor frowat requires that we accept a simple fact: the Night King can see the future. As evidence they cite that,
"when Bran sees the NK and his army using ravens, he's at the spot where Drogon and Dany land to rescue the gang; the NK's slow, precise movements even when aiming the ice spear, almost as though they’re rehearsed in advance; the NK knows to attack Hardhome exactly when Jon and the Night’s Watch are there."
So, if that's the case, why did his second ice spear miss Drogon? Because, Jon told Daenerys to take off with Drogon. See, after Jon was betrayed by his brothers, his "script" ended, and the Night King became unable to predict his actions. Jon's influence, therefore, can change the timeline. Jon, therefore, will be the only character in the series able to catch the Night King unawares, and ultimately defeat him.Is this plausible?
The Night King Is A Greenseer, Just Like Brandon StarkPhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
It seems obvious the Night King knew Daenerys would come north, and he was well-prepared to take her dragon. Perhaps, then, he knows what's going to happen in the future. Redditor frowat suggested he knew when Jon and the Night's Watch would be at Hardhome. And, perhaps, as user Elvis_burrito suggested, he has similar abilities to Bran.
Both are greenseers, which would explain their unique mental connection.Is this plausible?
Bran Stark Has Secretly Been The Night King All AlongPhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
One of the most popular fan theories is that Bran Stark is the Night King. Redditor turm0il26 posited that Bran will decide to go back in time to stop the White Walkers. The Three-Eyed Raven once told Bran that he'd never walk again, but he would fly. This meant he would fly not only as a raven, but also through time.
Bran will travel back in time to tell King Aerys to "burn them all." Everyone in King's Landing? No—the White Walkers. Or the dead bodies, lest they rise as wights. This, of course, backfires when Aerys starts raving like a Mad King who wants to blow up an entire city.So Bran has to go back even further, to become Brandon the Builder. He will then construct the Wall to keep the White Walkers safely north of Westeros.
Redditor sephelutis speculates that Bran will then go back even farther, to attempt to convince the Children of the Forest not to make a First Man into the Night King. Alternatively, he will warg into that very man to prevent his transformation.
Then, because it's notoriously easy to mess up during time travel and leave your friend holding the door, Bran would end up becoming the Night King. That would explain why only the Night King, not other White Walkers, can see Bran.Is this plausible?