Game of Thrones fans have a rough understanding
of the Night King’s origins and mission, there’s still so much to dig into as to why he did
what he did, whether he might rise again, and just how he planned to take over the world
beyond Winterfell. The Night King’s story begins with the story
of Westeros. Before the First Men came, the Children of
the Forest lived in harmony with the giants. Though they forged no metal, they developed
dragonglass — or as we know it, obsidian — into useful tools and arrowheads, and
developed their unique magic. Unfortunately for them, the First Men invaded
the Children’s land across a then-intact land bridge from Essos. They brought bronze, masses of people, and
a thirst for conquest. Though the Children’s magic was strong enough
to shatter the land bridge and separate the two continents, it proved no match for the
sheer numbers and sturdy metal weaponry brought by the First Men. In a last-ditch attempt to save their way
of life, the Children drove a dragonglass dagger into a captured First Man, and used
their magic to transform him into an undead being of ice. The Night King, first of his kind, had been
born into a world utterly unprepared for his bottomless bloodlust. “It was you. You made the white walkers.” “We were at war.” Though the Children and the First Men did
ultimately end their hostilities, the Night King and his undead disciples, known as White
Walkers, had become creatures of entirely alien purpose. Game of Thrones never supplied any specifics
as to when the Night King turned his forces against warm-blooded life, nor even how long,
precisely, their icy reign lasted. What is known is that the Night King and his
army of undead invaded northern Westeros, and an entire generation suffered and died
within the seemingly endless winter they brought. This became known as the Long Night, marked
by the failure of crops, massive casualties by the sword, starvation, and sickness alike,
complete darkness, and the destruction of organized settlements. It was, in the end, the closest the Night
King ever came to succeeding in his goal of wiping out all life — and, as Bran Stark
later pointed out, all memory of life as well. Though the Night King and the White Walkers
never advanced beyond Westeros, their terror became legendary. They were ultimately pushed back to the polar
wasteland through an enormous, conjoined effort of magic, luck, and engineering referred to
as The War for the Dawn. Bran the Builder, an ancestor of House Stark,
erected a 700 foot-tall barrier known as the Wall through a powerful blend of magic and
science so that the blue-eyed menace might never return. Millennia passed, during which the Night King
and the Walkers became a long-ago threat, a distant peril, and, finally, a story meant
to frighten children in the dead of night. Perhaps this was an intentional ploy on the
part of the Night King, whose immortality meant he could wait a long time for his opportunity
to strike. The Long Night had given way to the dawn,
and the Night King bided his time for 8,000 years. At some point in the decades before the events
of Game of Thrones, the Night King demanded a tribute from the Wildlings: male infants. As revealed in the season 4 episode “Oathkeeper:”
they were taken to the Lands of Always Winter, laid upon icy altars, and turned into White
Walkers by the Night King himself. The process is apparently simple, yet notably
enigmatic. It’s a notably different process than we see
when the Night King raises corpses as wights, but we never learn how often it was done,
if every Walker had the power to do this, nor how many human infants were turned over
the course of the 8,000-year retreat. Like so many things about the Night King and
his subjects, this horrifying element would remain a mystery. Once he had gathered whatever number of corpses
and infant sacrifices that he thought would be enough to conquer Westeros the Night King
sent out his forces to harass, murder, and generally terrorize the Wildlings. One especially horrible manifestation of this
campaign makes up the first scene of the show’s very first episode. Recall the Night’s Watch deserter beheaded
by Ned Stark, the artfully arranged circle of corpse parts, and the dark shadow that
would be all the audience saw of the Walkers until the season 2 finale. Westeros remained largely ignorant of the
threat — but some were not so lucky. The Walkers were making a statement, and the
Night King showed no interest in pulling back as the rumors grew. In fact, it’s likely that he was very purposefully
looking to sow that sort of fear. As the Wildlings grew more terrified, the
Night’s Watch grew divided as to how to deal with them. Dissent festered, culminating in Jon Snow’s
murder and the mutiny against Lord Commander Mormont. The humans had been turned against themselves,
and all the Night King had to do was be there to turn the corpses into his army. Years passed over the course of the first
five seasons of Game of Thrones while the Night King gathered his strength. The Night’s Watch came to understand the White
Walkers as a clear and present danger, finally realizing that they were up against thousands
of corpses raised to fight against the living. It all came to a head in Season Five’s “Hardhome.” Hardhome was the closest thing the Wildlings
ever had to a city. It’s where Jon Snow, Tormund Giantsbane, and
a handful of Nights’ Watchmen and like-minded Wildlings traveled to urge its denizens to
join them in the fight against the Walkers. But their best-laid plans went belly-up when
the Walkers attacked just as the Wildling boats set to sail to the Wall were beginning
to fill. An avalanche of wights overran the crude settlement,
slaying thousands in a savage surge of brutality. In the midst of the slaughter, Jon Snow discovered
Valyrian steel’s resiliency against Walker ice magic — and, immediately after, its
ability to shatter the beings themselves. Those fighting on the side of the living might
have learned something crucial about Valyrian steel, but it came at a terrible cost. While Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch were
battling the Walkers with sword and shield, Bran Stark was on a crusade of his own, learning
to harness his psychic powers. Emboldened, he entered a vision, only to be
spotted by the Night King, who was able to grab Bran’s arm across miles of distance and
brand it with his mark. “But he can’t get in.” “He can now.” Despite Hodor’s tragic sacrifice and the Children’s
magic, the Walkers were not stopped. Though the Three-Eyed Raven was able to pass
on his powers to Bran, he still fell to the Night King’s spear, along with many of what
might have been the only Children of the Forest left. In stripping Bran of his most important allies,
protectors, and teachers, he managed to further that goal considerably. As the Night King neared the Wall, Jon Snow
proposed something drastic: gathering a party of warriors to capture a wight that would
prove the truth of the threat to Queen Cersei and her skeptical court. Though the grizzled band was, in fact, able
to present the queen with a real-deal blue-eyed corpse, it came at tremendous cost. The Walkers and their army killed much of
the group, including Viserion, one of Daenerys Targeryan’s trio of dragons. The fact that Cersei didn’t join forces with
Daenerys and Jon in the war against the Walkers is cruel enough. But even worse, The Night King was able to
raise Viserion as an undead dragon, complete with the ability to breathe massively destructive
blue fire. Jon Snow might have accomplished what he set
out to do in the most literal sense, but on a much more important scale, this was yet
another victory for the Night King. The army of death had only grown in its size
and sinister capabilities. “The Night King is coming.” “The dead are already here.” It wasn’t long before the Night King decided
to put his brand new steed to the test. Leading untold thousands of resurrected corpses,
a host of mounted White Walkers, and a fearsome number of undead beasts, the Night King descended
upon the castle of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea with frozen fury. One fiery assault from Viserion was all it
took to pierce the wall — thousands of tons of enchanted ice, rock, and masonry fell beneath
the eerie blue flame, leaving a clear road through to Westeros. It was this shocking image that closed out
the seventh season finale of Game of Thrones: the last, best defense of the living, torn
asunder at last. The Wall, which had stood for 8,000 years,
had fallen before the Night King and his seemingly unstoppable army. All he had left to do was massacre his prey,
starting with Winterfell and all the living souls who dwelt within. The Night King advanced upon the North quickly. His first stop was the Last Hearth, the home
of House Umber. Though battered by the war and tasked with
maintaining a remote position between the unknown wastes and the comforts of Winterfell,
Umber was a proud house with a long and glorious history. In the aftermath of the Battle of the Bastards,
the house was headed by Lord Ned Umber, a ten-year-old looking to regain the honor lost
when his family backed the Boltons. “Will you stand beside me, Ned and Alys, now
and always?” Unfortunately, the Night King made that “always”
quite a bit shorter than it should have been. The Last Hearth was the Walkers’ first stop
on the way to Winterfell, and after slaughtering Ned Umber and his household, they left a grim
warning behind in the form of their characteristic spiral of body parts. Though Ned was prevented from causing more
carnage as a wight courtesy of a flaming sword, killing Umber stands as one of the saddest
crimes the Night King perpetrated. With the Wall breached, the armies massed,
a dragon risen from the grave and the living forces of Westeros getting their hands on
every ounce of dragonglass that they could, there was no more time for preparation. Instead, it was war. The Night King descended upon Winterfell like
a tempest, swallowing the fires of Dothraki warriors, trenches of flame and valiant charges
alike within his icy darkness. Beyond the mayhem and death that he brought
with him, the Night King had a mission: to find Bran Stark, the new Three-Eyed Raven,
and kill him. Bran knew this, and allowed himself to be
used as bait. The stakes were high — Theon Greyjoy died
in his efforts to protect Bran, the dead in the crypts and on the battlefields of Winterfell
were raised by the Night King’s powers, and Jon Snow resorted to facing Viserion with
nothing but a sword. Then, out of nowhere, came Arya Stark, honed
into one of the finest warriors alive. With one swift stab the Night King was slain,
along with all the creatures he’d created. The army of the dead was gone. An eternity of winter had been avoided. And the White Walkers, with the death of their
leader and progenitor, instantly became extinct. Thus ended the war audiences had been teased
with for years. With Arya’s devastatingly precise stab, she
vanquished the White Walkers completely. The Night King’s reign of terror lives on,
however, in the hearts of Game of Thrones’ principal characters. Jon Snow, free at last to live beyond titles
and great houses, cannot ever rid himself of the evil he stared down, and returns to
the Night’s Watch. Bran, elevated to king, is also tasked with
remembering what brought the Walkers about in the first place. Arya, off on adventures beyond the borders
of Westeros, will doubtlessly be followed everywhere she goes by the fact of her great,
world-saving deed. These, and many other characters, now live
in a Westeros that’s as much defined by the Night King’s absence as it was by his presence. The Night King might be dead, but his memory
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  1. What an excellent video with skilled editing, clever writing full of intellectual vocabulary and grammar as well as flawless voice work! This is so good it should be on the season 8 Blu-ray special features!

  2. Ned Stark deserved to die…how can you chop off someone's head when they're trying to warn you? 🙄And the Night King Should've at least made it to Kings Landing. Then a battle between the living and the dead and who ever wins is King/Queen.

  3. GoT spends 10 years warning that winter is coming…and it lasts one night and Arya kills the 8,000 year old Night King with a single stab.

    What a let down.

    Not to mention that Jon being a Targarian meant absolutely nothing. What horrible writing. Complete garbage.

  4. Completely ruined bad guy story. They spent so much time and effort to build up this character and then it was such a anti climatic ending. Arya should've at least done some kick ass water dancing fight chorography on par with oberyn fight against the mountain at least. I'm a big martial arts movie nut and just expected more in the final fight sequence.

  5. truth is they fucked it up!!! his story was rushed and totally messed up cos it had to be finished so quickly and they just made it up as then went along! and they made it the biggest disappointment in tv history!

  6. The most powerful thing in GOT…. Didn't even make it out of Winterfell…

    Killed by a 4ft flying teenage girl…

    Finally gets to Winterfell, died same night…

  7. The Night King is show only and we've learned all they're ever gonna teach us. There's nothing new to his story ffs. Smh n lol😂😂😂

  8. How in hell could Aria get past all the night Kings guards so easily? You'd think after all these years the writers could come up with an explanation.

  9. The truth is he was a useless character. All the build up was for nothing. There isn't a single thing the Night King did the entire series that mattered.

  10. So….
    who is the night king?
    Why is he doing this?
    Why does he want to really kill bran?
    No answers smh looper ur better than this didn’t even bring up what we all want even if u don’t know either educated speculation would have been nice to hear

  11. The worst f**** ending to one of the best shows of all time the last four episodes were terrible but the way they ended it the last episode was literally oh my God the worst thing f**** ever hey girl has who has nothing to do with this plot line all the sudden is apart of it and she kills him no she should have been the one who kills Cersei

  12. Who care about origin of the night king when he just being killed in one night and one stab.

    Even thanos can be dead when some one stab him while his sleep or in suprise like gamora did, but it will be boring dead.

  13. After how the show ended… i just tell any friends that ask if it’s worth watching, to pretend that little finger is the main bad guy, and after his immensely satisfying death, everybody lived happily ever after. 👍👌

  14. The writers said they wanted to change it up that’s why Jon didn’t get that last fight….so sad how a great series ended like a wet fart…

  15. I didn’t hate the ending but it could’ve been so much better. Like having them retreat and having the Night King advance to Kings Landing.

  16. Worst ending ever of all time. The first 7 season was amazing. Season 8 feels like a DLC. Well done fucking HBO. This video is better then the season 8. 😁xD.

  17. here is a theory I never heard before what if the night king is one of the children and that the children he was given are meant to be his successors as he was to the first nights king

  18. We have a perfect understanding of The Night King. He was supposed to be a basass villain but HBO began making the show too early so instead of completing the full story, the author just gave up to bask in his fame. He's basically the symbol of wasted potential. He's the 21st century Axl Rose.

  19. How the night king died and who killed him doesn't matter, what matters is that for nearly a decade of GOT hype the night king ended up being a totally shit villain that did virtually nothing to the story at all. No one cares about the origins of things that don't matter!

  20. Greatest threat in history bringing the longest most dangerous winter in history l. . – lol jk.

    -garbage season 8 writers

  21. whenever in doubt if the season was shit or not
    just remember the Night King grabbed Bran's arm and branded him for no fucking purpose at all.

  22. I was Honestly Shocked how the Show ended.
    Literally every other theory I heard from random people who are not writers is 100% better than what those 2 idiots came up with

  23. I go back and read the books whenever I think about how terrible the show ended just to feel better because I kniw George R.R. Martin will end it the right way

  24. Poor Night King …imagine waiting 8.000 years to conquer the world only to be killed in one blow by a small girl…what a joke

  25. I still think that the Night King transferred his consciousness into the Werewood net to survive because his eyes had the slight touch of whiteness like Bran’s eyes had when he went into the werewood net and I believe the Night King will rise again some time into the future

  26. This wasn't the 'truth' about anything.

    It was simply a recap about it.

    Plus it just made me sad of all the good plots that got wasted because the GoT writers are shit

  27. ARYA STARK was always meant to slay the NIGHT KING and WHO ELSE but JON SNOW could stop the MOTHER OF DRAGONS from her reign of TERROR!

  28. I guess I’m the fool for actually thinking this video would be something other than just a recitation of exactly what we saw on the show.

  29. ok… this video is stupid… this was a summary of what happened in the tv show regarding the night's king… not the truth about him… please give titles accordingly…

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