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Episode 4 of Game of Thrones left many loyal readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books, scratching their collective heads. Many things in this episode traveled so far off of the path laid out in the books, that it was almost like a completely different show, all together.
First off let me say this, I absolutely loved this episode. As a person who has read the books at least four times, I was taken by surprise at the big reveal at the end of the show. The boot to the head was the reveal of a “King” White Walker, who turned Craster’s baby into a White Walker. Now, as if that wasn’t a big enough kick to the face, learning the identity of that kingly looking White Walker, just about blew me out of my seat!
HBO revealed in their weekly synopsis of the episode (Probably by accident), that the King White Walker was in fact the legendary and infamous, Night’s King. This screen capture was taken by a forum user on the ASOIAF forums, and it quickly spread throughout the internet. HBO later adjusted their synopsis, and it no longer calls the King Walker, the Night’s King.
So, who is the Night’s King? Well, I am glad you asked!
The Night’s King was the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, who fell in love with a female “Other”. He was said to be a Stark, and was eventually defeated by his brother, the King in the North. Before his defeat, the Night’s King took his “Other” bride to the Nightfort (the first Night’s Watch castle) and ruled as the King of the Night’s Watch for 13 years, where it was said he made sacrifices to the Others, much like Craster did with his baby boys.
Not much is else is known about the Night’s King, except that he fled the Nightfort with 12 of his most loyal men. If you look back at the ending of last night’s episode, you will see 12 blurred out figures standing with the King White Walker. If the accidental leak of the Night’s King by HBO isn’t enough, the 12 blurred figures standing with King, definitely convinced me.
The Question now is, does HBO embrace this happy accident? Or, will they go on as if nothing ever happened. I don’t suspect we will see the Night’s King in future episodes, but I could be wrong. Either way, this is an exciting turn of events, as the Night’s King reveal is something that hasn’t happened in the books, as of yet.
What were your thoughts on last night’s episode, in particular the Night’s King? Let me know in the comments below. Check back later today, as I will recap episode 4 and talk about the Bran/Jon Snow differences, from book to show.