Game of Thrones Fan Theory Argues The Night King Built the Wall


Game of Thrones is full of mysterious characters, but one could make an argument for the Night King being the most inscrutable of them all. Since next to nothing has been revealed about him on the show—all we know is that he was a member of the First Men, transformed into a White Walker by the Children of the Forest after they stuck dragonglass in his heart—fans are left to theorize about who he was and, perhaps more importantly, what he wants. But one Redditor has concocted a pretty impressive theory about the Night King: that he's responsible for building the Wall.

User DanGliesac argues that the Night King built the Wall after the battle against him during the Long Night. This time period, which took place thousands of years before the War of Conquest (also known as the Targaryen Conquest), is when the White Walkers originally came to Westeros.

The idea is that since the Night King brings winter wherever he goes, and possesses great powers we don’t even know the extent of yet, he would’ve been the most likely creature to create the great ice wall. And his reasoning would’ve been simple: to keep out the Children of the Forest, the First Men, and anyone else who could be a potential threat to his people. While Westerosian history books claim that Bran the Builder was the one who built the Wall, it was Bran's people who wrote those stories. As such, the theorist concludes:

“After this happened, in an attempt to salvage the failure of not being able to kill the [Night King] I think the story was spread that the ‘good guys’ were the ones that put up the wall to stop the [Night King] from coming back when it was really the complete opposite.”

Fellow Redditors were quick to show their support for this theory, with one person adding that, “[The Night King] probably made a deal with Brandon the Breaker: he makes the wall, Brandon and the Children write the spells so he can’t get back.”

This theory would make sense with the recent reveal that the Night King is after just one person in the final season. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vladimir Furdik—the actor behind the steely-eyed character—promised that, "People will see [the Night King] has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is.”

If the Night King built the Wall for protection, it would make sense that he’s now only trying to break through it, thousands of years later, because of someone in particular. Who that person is, however, is still up for debate.

Look Back at All 23 MCU Films With the Infinity Saga Box Set Trailer

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Marvel Studios

While there had been plenty of popular Marvel movies prior to 2008’s Iron Man, everything changed when Robert Downey Jr. stepped into the role of Tony Stark and began the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that came the Infinity Saga, the culmination of all 23 films of phases one, two, and three of the MCU, concluding with the bittersweet Avengers: Endgame earlier this year. While fans are no doubt excited to follow Phase 4 with all the new, exciting films to come, nothing will ever be the same again.

Now that it’s all over, Marvel Studios is releasing an Infinity Saga box set of all the MCU films so far, and according to, the upcoming release has also come with an emotional trailer. After debuting at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer, fans can now see the trailer on YouTube. 

The trailer features the biggest moments in the Infinity Saga leading up to Iron Man snapping the universe back into place, and sacrificing himself in the process. “What a world—universe, now,” Tony’s voice narrates. He’s got that right.

With Phase 4 of the MCU not picking back up until May 2020 with Black Widow, buying this box set might not be a bad idea. A release date has not been announced yet.

El Camino, the Breaking Bad Movie, Is Coming to Theaters

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Doug Hyun/AMC

On October 11, Netflix will unleash El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on the world at midnight. But for those Los Pollos Hermanos-loving fans who want the theatrical experience, Entertainment Weekly reports that the film will also screen in cinemas across 68 cities from October 11 to October 13.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he filmed the movie—his feature film directorial debut—in CinemaScope 2.39 wide-screen format, making it an ideal film to watch in a theater. “Every time we’d put out a new season of Breaking Bad, we would have a premiere in a big movie theater,” Gilligan said. “I always thought, ‘This thing, it looks like a movie. It doesn’t look like a show.’ I really want to be able to share that with fans.”

Not much is known about the Jesse Pinkman movie, which filmed in secrecy last year. However, during this Sunday’s Emmys broadcast, a longer trailer will be released.

Here’s what we do know, though: Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter he worked with a fairly high budget and was able to film outside of Albuquerque. Ten “familiar” Breaking Bad characters will make appearances, including Jesse's beloved pal Badger. No matter what, the movie—whether watched in theaters, on your couch, or at your desk—will be an epic event.

To find tickets, click here and type in your city. Several shows in NYC are already sold out, so it’s best to purchase tickets sooner rather than later.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]