I’d say the excitement was already at a high level before the first episode of Game Of Thrones season 8 dropped on Sunday night, but after people had watched it excitement reached dangerous levels.
First comes the outright shock, then comes the memes, and then comes the dissecting of the episode trying to work out what will happen going forward.
We’ve already discussed the theory that the Night King is actually a Targaryen, as well as that creepy scene with a dead Ned Umber who is set alight by Beric to reveal a very mysterious symbol.
According to Redditor zyuko22 – and a whole load of other people – this symbol is the key to how the Night King will eventually be killed.
They point out that we first see this spiral back when the Children of the Forest created the first White Walker, which circled a Weirwood tree, similar to the one in Winterfell or when Bran met the Three-Eyed Raven.
It was here that the Night King was created after a dragonglass shard was plunged into his heart.
But the Children Of The Forest and the White Walkers share another similarity – they have both inscribed the same symbol through various locations in Westeros: a circle with a line through it.
Fans think this symbol represents the Gods Eye, a lake in southern Westeros, at the centre of which is the Isle of Faces (which is mentioned numerous times in the books), the spot where the Children supposedly signed their peace treaty with the First Men.
So, zyuko22 theorises that the spiral represents the Grand Weirwood Tree, a kind of centre or “heart” of all the Weirwoods in Westeros, located in the Gods Eye. It is the source of all the magical power of the Weirwoods, and therefore the Children of the Forest – and by extension, the White Walkers – meaning it’s also the source of the Night King’s magical powers and in turn his one vulnerability.
After watching the first episode of season 8, and the bit when Beric puts his flaming sword into the Umber boy and the spiral bursts into flames, people think the scene was foreshadowing that they will have to burn down the Grand Weirwood in order to kill the Night King and defeat the White Walkers.
This symbol is basically foreshadowing the Weirwood ablaze:
In zyuko22’s words:
“So connecting it all, I think the wight that Beric killed is a representation of the Night King’s power. The Weirwood symbol it was centered on indicates the Grand Weirwood located on the Gods Eye is the main source of that power. In order to shut off the Night King, they will need to burn down the Grand Weirwood with a flaming sword.”
It makes sense that Jon would be the one to do it but you never know. And also – would destroying the forest also kill Bran, as he possesses the same magic?
It’s a wild theory – but foreshadowing is such a strong motif throughout Thrones history – and it makes a lot of sense if you ask me. Read it in its entirety below:
The reception to this theory since it was posted has been overwhelmingly positive, which is rare for fan theories these days.
Will it check out? I guess we’ll find out in 5 episodes’ time.
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