These ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Could Kill the Night King
The Night King is one of the most fascinating (and terrifying) figures on Game of Thrones. And if they’re going to survive, our favorite characters are going to have to figure out a way to defeat him.
There’s a good chance we’ll see the Night King go down before Game of Thrones ends. But the question is who will be the one to take him out? In theory, almost any character could do the honors. But in reality, there are very few who have the strength, the manpower, the cunning, and the weaponry to pull it off.
Here are our best bets for who will kill the Night King in Season 8, from least to most likely — our first choice may surprise you!
7. Arya Stark
Since Season 1 of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark has been telling us she wants justice for those who’ve wronged her family. Well, Daenerys is family — even if she doesn’t know it yet. And what better way to welcome Dany into the fold than killing the creature that murdered one of her children?
Arya is now equipped with a unique skill that might be able to help her get close to the Night King. It’s possible that she’d be able to use her powers as a faceless woman to transform into a white walker and go after him.
But she may also be too busy crossing off the rest of the names on her list to bother with the Night King. So, she’ll probably leave that murder to somebody else.
Next: A-warging he will go.
6. Bran Stark
There’s a popular fan theory that Bran is the Night King. That’s been more or less debunked. But what if the youngest remaining could manage to kill him, instead?
He could, feasibly, warg into someone else’s body — say, a soldier, or even a White Walker — much like Arya. And if he could take control of someone with access to the Night King, he could easily take him out, too.
But it would be anticlimactic to see one of Game of Thrones’ biggest villains get murdered by proxy. And there are other characters with a much more personal vendetta against the King.
Next: This character could have a lust for revenge.
5. Tormund Giantsbane
Let’s get this out of the way: We don’t even know if Tormund is actually alive. In fact, the last time we saw him, he was standing on the Wall as the Night King and his ice dragon were burning it down. So, he definitely seems dead.
Still, fans have speculated he’ll survive. If he does, he’ll definitely be hankering for some vengeance. After all, Wildlings don’t let go of grudges very easily. And Tormund is one of the strongest and most skilled fighters on Game of Thrones. If he managed to get his hands on a Valyrian blade, he could stand a chance.
It would be cool to see Tormund destroy the Night King. But it would be even cooler to see him go down at the hands of some other characters.
Next: This character could turn from ally to a monster foe.
The Night King didn’t just kill Daenerys’ dragon, Viserion. He turned him into a monstrous creature — an ice dragon. Now that he’s undead, there’s no way of knowing for sure what he’s capable of (though breathing icy fire is clearly in his wheelhouse).
When he was alive, Viserion proved to be loyal to his mother. He may still carry that allegiance, and turn on the Night King. That would be exactly the kind of poetic justice that Game of Thrones is known for. But it would mean that some of the Night King’s biggest foes wouldn’t get a say in how he dies — and that wouldn’t be very much fun, would it?
Next: This character knows something about how to kill the Night King.
3. Jon Snow
The King in the North has wanted to kill the Night King since he learned of his existence. Jon Snow made it his mission in Season 7 to track down the white walkers’ leader and try to get rid of him. And it’s pretty clear he’s not going to give up without a fight.
Jon has won virtually every battle he’s fought (and escaped the ones he hasn’t). He knows a thing or two about the cold and about how to exterminate the undead. And now that the Night King has destroyed the Wall, Jon has even more reason to take their fight to the finish.
But, when it’s all said and done, he may also have a reason or two to let another character take their revenge on the Night King.
Next: Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.
2. Daenerys Targaryen
When the Night King killed Viserion, Daenerys was understandably devastated. It wasn’t long before she vowed to do everything she could to stop him and his army. Game of Thrones is at its best when it allows its characters to exact revenge on those who’ve done them wrong. So it would only be fitting to see the Mother of Dragons make sure the Night King paid for killing her child.
Dany has plenty of resources at her disposal: from an enormous army to fight back his minions to a wealth of dragonglass. And she seems like the most logical character to bring about the Night King’s end.
But a small detail from the series’ fourth season could be a hint that someone else is fated to kill him, instead.
Next: This character’s nickname could be more prophetic than we ever imagined.
1. Jaime Lannister
He’s called the Kingslayer because he put an end to Aerys Targaryen. But Jaime Lannister may have more regicide up his sleeve before Game of Thrones is over.
A Reddit user pointed out that in Season 4, we saw that Jaime’s page in the Book of Brothers is largely empty. And it would take an enormous undertaking for him to earn a place amongst his fellow Kingsguards. That act could be once again taking up his sword and ending the Night King and his army.
Since we saw Jaime riding off on his own at the end of Season 7, it’s feasible that he’s off to join Jon and Daenerys’ fight. He’s longed to prove his bravery, and his honor, and taking down the Seven Kingdoms’ foe could be how he finally finds recognition.
We’ll find out when Game of Thrones returns for its final season in 2019.
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