‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8: Why The Night King Is Not At The Battle For Winterfell

Watching Jon Snow (Kit Harington) find out that he is really a Targaryen – and seeing how Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) reacted to the news – in the first two episodes of Game of Thrones’ Season 8 has been great, but the looming battle for Winterfell is something we’ve been waiting all year to see. While it will be super nervous watching our favorite characters go up against the white walkers, a new fan theory argues that the Night King will not be present to watch the fight unfold.

Jon Snow in the Battle for Winterfell in the next episode of 'Game of Thrones'
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) | Photo by: HBO

‘Jenny’s Song’ offered clues to the Battle for Winterfell

The biggest moment in the second installment of Season 8 was when Jon told Daenerys that he is actually Aegon Targaryen. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Daenerys’ full reaction as their conversation was cut short with the arrival of the white walkers and their army of undead soldiers.

Although Jon and Daenerys worked out a plan to isolate the Night King and potentially take him down, the episode ended before he showed up on the screen.

Instead, the installment cut to black after showing one of the other white walkers arriving just outside of Winterfell on horseback. The appearance confirms that the battle of Winterfell is finally here and will likely unfold in the coming episode.

According to Daily Mail, some fans are convinced that the Night King’s absence means that he will not be involved in the coming battle and has split up his army to achieve multiple victories at the same time.

Is the Night King headed to King’s Landing?

The theory argues that the Night King split his forces in half and took his portion to King’s Landing. The army of the undead is estimated to be around 100,000 men strong, which is enough to separate into two parts without any troubles.

If that is the case, then the Night King is about to march on the capital of Westeros, which is currently being held by Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her army of hired soldiers.

King’s Landing is home to over a million people and would be an easy target to take. After all, Cersei is not prepared for a battle with the Night King, who has a dragon of his own at his disposal. Sending some of his forces to Winterfell could also be a tactical way to cause a distraction and allow the Night King to safely travel south with little resistance. But is there any evidence to back up the fan theory?

An old vision could provide answers to the Night King’s plan

As fans might recall, Daenerys had a vision of King’s Landing back in Season 2 that could back up the idea that the Night King completely destroys the city.

In the vision, Daenerys walks around the Iron Throne and finds the palace deserted and covered with snow. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) also had a vision of a dragon’s shadow running across the city, which could have been the Night King flying into battle.

Isaac Hempstead Wright
Isaac Hempstead Wright | Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

If the theory is true, then the biggest question is why didn’t Bran see this coming? After becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran pretty much knows everything about everyone and would have likely seen what is about to transpire.

That said, he is also marked by the Night King, who obviously wants to take him out. If the Night King knows where Bran is hiding out, it is possible that he plans to confront him once his forces are even greater.

What about all of the dead Starks in Winterfell’s crypts?

Apart from the theory about the Night King, some fans believe that the white walkers will resurrect the deceased members of the Stark family. In last week’s installment, the show made it a point to say that the crypts of Winterfell are the safest place, which is why all of the women and children were directed there for safekeeping.

The only problem with that idea is that white walkers have the ability to raise the dead and could call up the bodies in the crypts to do their bidding. For the sake of everyone hiding under Winterfell, we can only hope that the theory doesn’t pan out.

Game of Thrones continues Sunday night on HBO.