Game of Thrones: Here is why Bran’s bait plan is going to fail

Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations
Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations /
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Vladimir Furdik as The Night King – Photo: HBO via HBO Media Relations /

So where is he then?

He will be off to King’s Landing that’s where. While the rest of the White Walkers and the wights deal with the Army in the North, the Night King is flying south with the Ice Dragon, a.k.a dead Viserion, to wreak havoc on King’s Landing and raise a second Army of the Dead in the South.

Now, before you go casting me off to one side as talking nonsense, hear me out for one minute.

When last week’s episode ended, we didn’t see the Night King. Everyone else was there, but not him. Now, yes, before you get smart, he could have been in the air on Viserion and therefore out of shot. That is fine, but then why didn’t we hear him?

No flap of wings, no screech of the Ice Dragon, nothing. It wasn’t even noisy either before you try and say he could have been drowned out by the noise. It was deftly quiet. Conclusion, he is isn’t there.

Another point to remember is one of Bran’s vision back in Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood.” Not all of Bran’s vision has come to pass yet, one of them being the shadow of a dragon fly over King’s Landing. The assumption has always been it is Danerys on Drogon, but maybe it is the Night King on Viserion?

And finally, Game of Thrones likes pulling off symmetry and connections to past seasons. How many times have we seen a battle take place, only for it to be a diversion? With the bigger, more important battle take place elsewhere.

Rob Stark did it when he captured Jamie Lannister. He left a small force to fight for Tywin Lannister while he took the bulk of his army in the other direction to defeat and capture Jamie Lannister. The Wildings did something similar in Season 4, Episode 9, “TheWatchers on the Wall.” While the main force hit The Wall front on, another, much smaller force came up behind them.

It’s an age-old military tactic, sacrifice some of your forces in order to draw attention away from your main objective and that is what I think is happening here. While the battle rages on at Winterfell this Sunday, the Night King has gone South.

Of course, the Night King has an advantage nobody who tried this before he had. He can sacrifice as many of forces as he wants. After all, all he needs to do is raise them from the dead…..again.

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What do you think? Am I onto something? Share your thoughts just below.

Game of Thrones Season 8 continues Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.