Game of Thrones Fans Think Season 8 Premiere Might Have Revealed the Night King's Identity

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While we can’t predict everything that will happen in the final season of Game of Thrones (though plenty have tried) we don’t need a Magic 8-Ball to know that the Night King will likely be one of the main antagonists. The character is still mysterious, and although we don’t know exactly why he’s commanding a huge army to destroy the Seven Kingdoms, we might have gotten some insight into his identity in the season 8 premiere.

In the latest episode, titled “Winterfell,” we are briefly reintroduced to a boy, Lord Ned Umber, who earns the title after his family dies in the Battle of the Bastards fighting for Ramsay Bolton. The 10-year-old lord pledges fealty to Jon Snow when he returns to the North, and is instructed to return to his house in the Last Hearth to get reinforcements.

When we next see him, he is found dead by Tormund Giantsbane, stabbed through a wall by the White Walkers. His body hangs in the middle of a spiral symbol made up of limbs. In the terrifying scene, the boy springs back to life as a wight and is set on fire, also setting the spiral ablaze. As reported by ComicBook.com, fans have zeroed in on the spiral, which has popped up in the show many times before, theorizing that it could suggest the Night King is a Targaryen.

Fans on Twitter have compiled the times that the White Walkers made a spiral and compared them to the spherical Targaryen symbol. This could suggest that the Night King is marking places with his original house sigil.

Another clue that backs up this claim is the fact that the Night King is able to ride Viserion, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, whom he killed and reanimated last season. As only Targaryens can ride these creatures, it’s easy to speculate that the undead leader might be one.

While many others believe the Night King could actually be a Stark, some are banking on the villain’s identity being revealed in the final season. He has a specific mission, and we’re dying to find out what that is.

Isaac Hempstead Wright Explains Bran Stark's Intense Staring in Game of Thrones

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Helen Sloan, HBO

There's always been something off with Brandon Stark's empty stare that we see so often in Game of Thrones. This week, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright explained exactly how he pulls it off.

The 20-year-old went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared a few of his experiences from working on the show, including accidentally dropping a spoiler in his math class and the interesting sex ed talk he was forced to have with his mom given his tender age when he began filming the show.

He also talked about his "intense stare"—and his preparation for the role may not be as deep as you think.

"I'm kind of getting good at this sort of intense stare," the star began. "But it's actually aided by the fact that I'm completely blind when I'm on set. I don't have my glasses, and I don't have contact lenses."

"How thick are the glasses?" Kimmel asks him, to which Hempstead Wright replies, "They're not that thick, but I need them to see."

He recalled another time when his vision problems aided his character. In season 7, while filming a scene with Sophie Turner (a.k.a. Sansa Stark), he recalled Turner making a comment along the lines of "Isaac, your stare is like—you're staring into my soul!" to which the actor replied "I can't see you!"

Actors—they're just like us.

Richard Madden Shared a Hilarious Throwback Photo With Game of Thrones Co-Stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen

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Charley Gallay, Getty Images for Netflix

Richard Madden may not have held the title of King in the North for long on Game of Thrones, but his memories of his time on the series—and the lasting friendships he forged—live on. Madden, who played Robb Stark, was famously killed off in season 3’s penultimate episode, “The Rains of Castamere” (a.k.a. The Red Wedding episode). But he has continued to champion the series, and his former colleagues, in the years since his premature demise. People spotted his latest tribute to his Game of Thrones days: a #TBT Instagram post that serves as a stark (no pun intended) reminder of just how long we’ve all been watching the epic HBO series.

The image features Madden with co-stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen—each of whom is almost recognizable—after taking a ride on the Wheel of Belfast following their first read-through of Game of Thrones’s pilot episode. Which means that Madden’s caption that the photo is about 10 years old is pretty spot-on; the original pilot episode filmed in Northern Ireland in 2009, which would make all three of the actors about 22 years old at the time.

The show's actors have remained tight even after Madden’s brutal on-screen murder. In June 2018, Madden was a guest at Harington and fellow Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie’s wedding. Just a few months later, the 32-year-old actor—who won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his Netflix series The Bodyguard—was there to support his on-screen little sister Maisie Williams when she made her stage debut in I and You at London’s Hampstead Theatre. Which means that Madden might know more than any of us do in terms of how Game of Thrones will end, and could have been on to something when he predicted that ultimately, "[I]t’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead.” Hey, it could happen!

[h/t People]

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