‘Game Of Thrones’ Writer Explains What The Night King’s Mysterious Symbol Really Means

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 20.04.19

The Night King has been the subject of much talk during the latest season of Game Of Thrones, which is weird because he’s yet to make an appearance.

We’ve already run over the 7 theories as to who he could be, as well as the way in which fans think he’ll be killed, but it’s the fact that he may well be a Targaryen that has really peaked our interest.


Let me explain:  We know The Night King was created by the Children of the Forest, as we saw during one of Bran’s flashbacks with the former Three-Eyed Raven.

However, the fact he can ride a dragon – something showrunners have said “only Targaryens can do” – has led some to believe the Night King, Jon Snow, and Daenerys are all tied by the same bloodline.


Then there’s the mysterious sigil which we saw once again when Ned Umber was dead.


This mysterious symbol is weirdly similar to the Targaryen sigil and over the course of the seasons we’ve seen this shape again and again and again, particularly with the White Walkers.


It’s baffled everyone.

But now, Dave Hill, who wrote the recent episode, spoke to the New York Post and offered some clarity.


Hill said: “As we saw with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the spiral pattern was sacred to the Children of the Forest, who created the Night King by sacrificing a captured man in a spiral ‘henge of stones’.

“The Night King then adopted the symbol as a sort of blasphemy, like Satan with the upside-down cross.”

Interesting – maybe we’ve been looking into it way too deeply.

Or maybe they’re just throwing us off the scent.


It wouldn’t surprise me.

Anyway, the next episode of the final season airs Monday morning at 2am. Thank god we’re off work.

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