By: Larissa Harah
So what do we really know about this frosted man of magnificence? Book-readers will know that the Night’s King has only been mentioned by name thus far, but this week’s Game of Thrones episode - Hardhome gave us an even more intriguing look into the man leading the White Walkers.
The Night’s King lived a long, long time ago. During the Age of Heroes if you’ll recall, which was around about the time construction of the Wall had been completed, 8000 years ago. The legend tells that he was a fearless warrior, named the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
He somehow fell in love with a woman who had “skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars”, skin as “cold as ice” and apparently when you get into the love-making with one of these otherworldly women? Well, the way they put it: “when he gave his seed to her he gave his soul as well.” So they’re essentially some form of soul sucking creature, just like that evil ex-girlfriend we’ve all encountered one way or another.
Story has it, he brought her back to the Nightfort, founded their unholy union and then declared himself the King and the cold woman his Queen. The pair then ruled the Nightfort as their own castle for thirteen years using the Brothers of the Night’s Watch as their minions under some crazy mind-control magic. Other things this guy can do: point a nail into a baby and make it a Wight. Or for those who have seen the Hardhome episode already – raise the dead. And not just raise the dead as in Thoros of Myr raising Beric Dondarrion from the dead, but raising the dead like pouring water into a bag of powdered sea-monkeys and watching them come to life in their thousands. Not forgetting the sass with which he stared Jon down with!
But eventually all good things must come to an end. The King in the North (rumoured to be the Night King’s brother - cue the Stark conspiracy theories) and Joramun – the King Beyond-the-Wall joined their forces together and the Night’s King was ultimately defeated. In the aftermath of their victory, they discovered the Night’s King had been sacrificing people to the White Walkers, perhaps Craster-style. So all records of his existence was destroyed and it became forbidden to speak his name.
Now that the Night’s King has demonstrated some of his strength it is clear he is not one to be trifled with. But what does that mean for the Night’s Watch? Or more specifically, Jon Snow? Now that Valyrian Steel is a proven White Walker killer, does that make him a marked man? Until the next episode, next season, next book – we’ll just have to continue to speculate. Until then, friends.