Fans had predicted the coming of an ice dragon in Game of Thrones, but now that it's here, is this exactly what they had in mind? The Night King resurrected Viserion from an icy end, which made for a memorable final scene—but the rest of "Beyond the Wall" was heavily criticized by fans for its seeming illogical inconsistencies. However, a new set of theories could help explain some plot holes and redeem this episode as an all-time classic.
The Night King may be the most mysterious figure in Westeros, and naturally, there are dozens of Night King fan theories to consider when figuring him out. However, this latest act may have finally shed light on one of the Night King’s many abilities: predicting the future. It’s an ability that definitely exists in this universe, and the Night King having precognition provides "Beyond the Wall" with a far more sensible plotline. It also makes the Night King into an even more terrifying menace.
The White Walkers Never Showed A Hint Of Surprise At The DragonsPhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
The White Walkers have consistently displayed an icy demeanor. The Night King is particularly cold, never showing the slightest hint of emotion. However, the audience has seen White Walkers show fear before, in the face of Valyrian steel and dragonglass weapons. When Daenerys and her dragons showed up and started decimating hundreds of his troops, the Night King hardly flinched.
Instead, he grabbed his ice-javelin from a fellow White Walker, calmly strode forward, took careful aim, and threw. When Viserion screeched and fell, pouring blood over the ice, the Night King watched without moving. His actions and reactions were so matter-of-fact, it was as if he already knew how the scene would play out.
The All-Too-Convenient Chains Had To Come From SomewherePhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
Fans groaned when they saw the slain Viserion being dragged out of the frozen lake, pulled by gigantic chains. Where did the army of the dead even get these towing supplies? Eagle-eyed viewers noted that an old dock or boat appeared to be sitting on the edge of the lake, and that was likely the source of the chains—but still. Talk about a convenient right place at the right time.
Again, this makes a lot more sense if the Night King planned on this happening, and sprung his trap at a location that had the necessary dragon-hauling equipment close at hand.
The Presence Of Jon, Beric, And Thoros Could Have Tipped Off The Night KingPhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
Even if the Night King foresaw Daenerys and her dragons arriving north of the Wall, the question is still: how? Reddit user deamonx12 thinks it may be as simple as A Song of Ice and Fire. Two members of the ranging party, Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion, have been resurrected by the power of the Lord of Light, and Thoros of Myr is a Red Priest.
It could be that the Night King simply associates fire magic with dragons, and correctly assumed the two were linked in some way. However, this doesn’t really explain the degree to which the Night King seemed to be prepared for these events.
Bran Stark And The Night King Are Clearly Linked, As Are Their PowersPhoto: Game of Thrones/HBO
There is an obvious connection between Bran Stark and the Night King. The Night King has the ability to scatter Bran’s flocks of warged ravens, and the two have repeatedly locked eyes in Bran’s visions. In fact, in one such vision, the Night King physically grabbed Bran by the arm—something that only the Three-Eyed Raven had been able to do up until that point.
Reddit user Damisu thinks the common denominator between Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, and the Night King is the ability known as “greensight." In the book series, this is identified as the ability to see the past, present, and future through visions. Jojen Reed also shared this gift, as do the Children of the Forest and others who are blood of the First Men.