Sooo from the very first episode of Game of Thrones nearly a decade ago, we are introduced to White Walkers and the mystery surrounding them has continued to grow.
Led by The Night King, the White Walkers seem to have one sole mission: turn all of the living in the dead and have a permanent winter. Part of me hates that.
The reason I fell in love with this show wasn’t that I wanted to watch some sci-fi zombie thriller. I have watched a grand total of zero minutes of The Walking Dead in my life. The idea of the dead coming to life has never been interesting to me. Although, every river has a bend. This one doesn’t. I’ll never give a shit about zombies.
What made Game of Thrones so fascinating was the political drama and palace intrigue surrounding the Iron Throne and the dominos that fall into place that lead men and women to behave a certain way.
With a show built on interpreting people’s motives and watching the chess moves that people play to gain and maintain power, I needed The Night King to have a reason or an actual goal outside of ‘kill everything’ like a 7th grader listening to Tyler The Creator in 2010.
Here’s what show creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss said about The Night King’s motives back in a 2016 interview with Deadline:
I don’t think of the Night King as a villain as much as, Death. He is not like Joffrey, or [Ramsay]. He’s not really human anymore. To me, evil comes when you have a choice between that and good, and you choose the wrong way. The Night King doesn’t have a choice; he was created that way, and that’s what he is. In some ways, he’s just death, coming for everyone in the story, coming for all of us. In some ways, it’s appropriate he doesn’t speak. What’s death going to say? Anything would diminish him. He’s just a force of destruction. I don’t think we’ve ever been tempted to write dialogue for the Night King. Anything he said would be anticlimactic.
Oh. How interesting. The Night King is death. What a fun character. Glad I spent all of these years invested in all of these characters only for their demise to come at the hands of a generic villain with no real purpose outside of just existing.
In episode 2 of season 8, we learned a little bit more about what The Night King’s plans are specifically. He wants to kill Bran or, he wants to kill The Three-Eyed Raven, I reckon.
And he want to kills the Three-Eyed Raven because Bran knows all of history and The Night King wants to destroy history. Here’s what Sam said when they were all sitting around the war strategy table:
“That’s what death is, isn’t it? Forgetting, and being forgotten. If we forget where we’ve been and what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore. We’re just animals. Your memories don’t come from books. Your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with Bran.”
What Tumblr page did the Game of Thrones writers snatch this from? Are these Lana Del Rey lyrics? This is what The Night King wants? To take man’s ‘stories’? Cute.
The only saving grace to this lame ending is that The Night King is riding in on an ice dragon and we’re about to see the longest battle n the history of television so fuck storylines, at least for one more week.
Let’s gooooo. (The Night King is super dumb and this show better stick the landing.)