Game of Thrones
In honor of tonight’s blustery cold Super Bowl, today’s Countdown Characters are the White Walkers (The Others). White Walkers are a thing of myth in Westeros, a bedtime story told to children, in order to scare them into being good boys and girls. However, the Others are more than just myth, and soon the entire kingdom will know the very real horror that is the Long Night, and the Walkers that come with it.
Eight thousand years before Robert Baratheon’s rebellion against the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, the White Walkers poured over Westeros bringing death with them, and reanimating the ones they killed. It took a combined effort from the peoples of the seven kingdoms to end the Others’ reign of terror in the first Long Night, and it may take such a coming together again, in order to stop them this time.
After the White Walkers were defeated, Bran the Builder erected the Wall, and placed the Night’s Watch there, in order to watch for their return. Throughout the many years since they first appeared, the people of Westeros have forgotten the terror of the Others. They are thought to have been myth and fairy tells, included in the same stories as ‘Grumpkins and Snarks’.
The White Walkers made their return in the first season of Game of Thrones, when they killed rangers from the Night’s Watch. The threat of their return became very real, when two rangers from Castle Black, reanimated and attacked the Lord Commander, Jeor Mormont. If not for the intercession of Jon Snow and his direwolf, Ghost, the Old Bear would have been killed by the wights.
When a White Walker reanimates a corpse, it is called a Wight. White Walkers also command powerful ice magic, and wield weapons made from the rare and magical ice from the place of their origin. The only known weaknesses of the White Walkers is fire and Dragon Glass. When a Walker is attacked by Dragon Glass, it will shatter and turn to dust. Unfortunately for the people of Westeros, the obsidian forged weapons known as Dragon Glass is rare, and very few are known to exist.
The White Walkers are on the march in season 3, and both the Wildlings, and the men of the Night’s Watch are fleeing back to the Wall. What do you think will happen in season 4 with the Others? Let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there, let me know who or what you would like to see as the next Countdown Character.
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