“Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode 10 can only be summed up in one word: glorious. With Cersei’s triumph over her enemies, the proclamation of the New King in the North, and Daenerys Targaryen sailing to Westeros — it was everything fans hoped for in a season finale and more.
However, missing in action in “Winds of Winter” were the Night King and the White Walkers. The last time we saw our frozen friend he was busy slaughtering the Three-Eyed Raven and the Children of the Forest, and Hodor.
After the triumphant finale, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss sat down with Deadline and talked about the show. They talked about the Walkers and the Night King and how they view them as well as their plans.
The Night King
D. B. Weiss explained that he doesn’t see the Night King as a villain. He views him as some supernatural force compared to Death. He was stripped of his humanity and no longer has a choice between good or evil.
The Night King is now nothing more than a destructive force in Game of Thrones.
The White Walkers And The Wall
In the finale, Benjen Stark explicitly revealed that the Wall is not just a physical structure. According to him, beneath the exterior of ice and stone, strong magic was carved into the Wall itself to prevent the passage of the undead.
This magic might not the same as the one in the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven that causes wights to shatter. Earlier, two of Benjen’s companions were brought into the Wall did not shatter but were later reanimated.
The Wall’s magic might not prevent the passage of the undead per se but instead wrestles the control from the White Walkers. There could be other non-magical ways to breach the walls as the wildlings proved in season 4.
Whether “Game of Thrones” Season 7 will feature Daenerys Targaryen’s War of Conquest or the conflict Beyond the Wall is unclear.
Our guess is Daenerys will get the spotlight this upcoming season while “Game of Thrones” season 8 will feature the Long Night.