The Battle of Winterfell Sets Up Game of Thrones Prequel Series

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After The Battle of Winterfell Game of Thrones has three episodes left, but the franchise is almost certain to continue on HBO for years to come. HBO is developing few spin-off series, out of which one has gone to the production line which is set thousands of years earlier when the White Walkers first invaded Westeros. That period of darkness, shrouded in myth before writing came to the Seven Kingdoms, was known as The Long Night, which was also the name of the episode with the Battle Of Winterfell. It was a fitting title since Game of Thrones sacrificed its own story to help set up the prequel.

The Children of the Forest made the Night King from one of the First Men, but that’s all we ever learned about him. Even Bran’s comments about how the Night King had tried to kill many Three-Eyed Ravens over the years revealed more about his position than it did the White Walker leader. Despite the Night King clearly having a personality and experiencing human emotions like arrogance and revenge – that smile at Daenerys amidst dragon fire – we never truly learned his motivations or why he waited so long to return. He clearly wasn’t a mindless killer, but the show paid no mind to his reasons.

The living’s greatest weapon against the Night King, Bran, also proved insignificant to the Great War, despite his incredible powers. Forget warging into a dragon or a wight giant, the Three-Eyed Raven never even bothered to go back in time and learn how the living defeated the White Walkers the first time. He never used his omniscience to look back at the Battle for the Dawn where the Last Hero is said to have stopped the Walkers long ago. Rather than use his knowledge of history, Bran was merely bait for a trap.

However, the sheer lack of answers here are all great for the prequel. Since we already know how that show will end, the fun will be in what we still don’t know:

–Who the Night King was before he was transformed
–How the living beat the White Walkers without killing their leader
–If anything we’ve heard about the first Long Night was true
–If Azor Ahai/the Last Hero was real
–How any of this connects to what we just saw on Game of Thrones

If you were hoping the prequel would be able to tell a compelling, original story despite having the same enemy we just saw Arya destroy, “The Long Night” was the best thing that could have happened. Game of Thrones didn’t rely on the past during the Battle of Winterfell, so there is still lots of unexplored, unknown terrain. And when we get to the end of the prequel, hopefully it will enrich what we just saw. Unfortunately all of that’s possible because Game of Thrones neglected to tell its own story entirely. We shouldn’t need to go back thousands of years to get relevant answers that should have been answered today.

 

This Fan Predicted The Ending Of The Battle of Winterfell A Year Ago

Be honest, were you as shocked and surprised by the ending of the latest Game of Thrones episode as everyone else?

Few could have seen that Arya Stark would smash the Night King down into tiny ice cubes after some nifty knife work. However, it looks like someone actually did. Ages ago, in fact.

A Reddit user known only as ‘Pulsar1977‘ appears to have correctly called pretty much everything that happened in the most recent episode, as well as a few other significant details.

Before we get into it, this person is pretty big on Game of Thrones lore, and has obviously read the books. That probably helped them be as accurate as they were.

In the archived post dated 10th August 2017, Pulsar explained: “In Season 7 Episode 4, a lot of emphasis was placed on the catspaw dagger that almost killed Bran.

“Why is this dagger so important? As I was wondering about the significance of this, a crazy idea came to mind. Bear with me for a moment:

“Is the dagger Lightbringer?”

Lightbringer is the sword wielded by the ‘Prince Who Was Promised’ or ‘Azor Ahai’ in case you’re not immediately aware.

Pulsar continued: “Now, of course the prophesy speaks of a sword “made of living fire”, but prophesies should never be taken literally.

“The hilt is made of dragon bone, which could account for the “fire” aspect. And the hilt also contains a ruby. Now, Melisandre’s choker also has a ruby, so it seems that rubies are associated with the Lord of Light. Ergo, Lightbringer.”

So far, so good.

Later on in the post, the real truth starts flowing.

“One question remains: why did Bran give the dagger to Arya? Of course, she could pass the dagger to Jon or Dany, but let’s assume that she doesn’t.

“Does this mean that Arya is Azor Ahai? Based on the prophesies, that seems unlikely. She doesn’t fit any of the criteria directly. Then again, with her face-changing abilities she’s quite adaptable.”

In the last paragraph, Pulsar concluded: “In the show, this encounter was instead given to Melisandre. Obviously, we know that Arya is associated with death, being an assassin and all, but perhaps she is connected to death in a deeper way.

“Will the Night King be the last name on her list? Finally, it would be ironic that “no one” will save the world.”

Bloody hell. That’s some pretty good going.

Did you call it? What do you think is going to happen next?

 

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