While we can’t predict everything that will happen in the final season of Game of Thrones (though plenty have tried) we don’t need a Magic 8-Ball to know that the Night King will likely be one of the main antagonists. The character is still mysterious, and although we don’t know exactly why he’s commanding a huge army to destroy the Seven Kingdoms, we might have gotten some insight into his identity in the season 8 premiere.
In the latest episode, titled “Winterfell,” we are briefly reintroduced to a boy, Lord Ned Umber, who earns the title after his family dies in the Battle of the Bastards fighting for Ramsay Bolton. The 10-year-old lord pledges fealty to Jon Snow when he returns to the North, and is instructed to return to his house in the Last Hearth to get reinforcements.
When we next see him, he is found dead by Tormund Giantsbane, stabbed through a wall by the White Walkers. His body hangs in the middle of a spiral symbol made up of limbs. In the terrifying scene, the boy springs back to life as a wight and is set on fire, also setting the spiral ablaze. As reported by ComicBook.com, fans have zeroed in on the spiral, which has popped up in the show many times before, theorizing that it could suggest the Night King is a Targaryen.
Fans on Twitter have compiled the times that the White Walkers made a spiral and compared them to the spherical Targaryen symbol. This could suggest that the Night King is marking places with his original house sigil.
Another clue that backs up this claim is the fact that the Night King is able to ride Viserion, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, whom he killed and reanimated last season. As only Targaryens can ride these creatures, it’s easy to speculate that the undead leader might be one.
While many others believe the Night King could actually be a Stark, some are banking on the villain’s identity being revealed in the final season. He has a specific mission, and we’re dying to find out what that is.