Game of Thrones: Will the Night King return with his long lost Queen?

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There are only two episodes of Game of Thrones left and things are definitely not going to end well, especially if the theory about the Night King and Queen are true.

Spoiler Alert! Big spoilers ahead if you are not caught up on Game of Thrones

In light of the two most recent tragedies driving the war between Westeros’ two queens (why did they have to kill sweet Missandei?!), there have been several thunderous rumors, and by rumors I mean episode leaks, and fan theories trying to guess what might happen in the final two episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones.

Despite his death in “The Long Night,” many theories continue to surround the Night King and his possible resurrection. I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought the death of the White Walkers was way too easy.

Most of the backstory within Game of Thrones is about the Night King and the creation of the White Walkers, and it seems strange to wrap that story up in just the third episode of the season while the final battle is about whoever gets to sit in an uncomfortable chair.

Granted, lots of things from the books have been changed or deleted for the series. Lady Stoneheart is just one example, but there’s another character from the books that fans have been waiting for and that is the ominous Night Queen.

In “A Song of Fire and Ice,” the Queen of the Night is mentioned in the history of the Others as a female White Walker who captured the heart of the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. One night during his watch, the Lord Commander sees and falls in love with an unnamed woman described as having “skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars” and skin like ice.

He brings her back to the Nightfort and name’s himself the Night’s King. For 13 years, the couple ruled over the Night’s Watch, secretly performing human sacrifices to the White Walkers, until they were eventually defeated by the Free Folk and House Stark.

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In a shift from the book, the mysterious Queen is never mentioned in the series, however, some fans believe her character has been secretly foreshadowed for years and she’ll make an appearance in the final episode.

By now, I’m sure most people are aware of the episode leaks that have swarmed the internet, and I’m not going to spoil anything except for one thing, so SPOILER ahead.

According to one of the leaks, Bran has a vision in an upcoming episode where he discovers that there must always be a Night King, mirroring the “there must always be a Stark in Winterfell” comment the Northerners have uttered in the past, and Jon apparently travels back to the wall. 

Spoiler over.

Does this mean there will be another Night King? If the series is tricking us with the impression that the ending will be a generic battle for the throne as the clues generously planted by George R.R. Martin throughout his novels go ignored, then the White Walkers should make a comeback soon. Only this time, they’ll have a Queen.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 — photo: Helen Sloan/HBO — Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site /

Is Daenerys the Night Queen?

Naming Daenerys as the Night Queen is hardly a new theory. Fans have been linking Dany to the stories of both Nissa Nissa, the wife of Azor Ahai, and the Night Queen for years. However, in the winding down final season, that theory is looking more and more likely.

The “evidence” for this theory started way back in Season 2 when Dany had a vision of the Iron Throne while in the House of the Undying where she entered an ice-covered room and looked upon the Iron Throne covered in snow. Her hand hovered over the chair but never made contact, she never got to touch it.

This may have been a clue to Jon’s Targaryen heritage or a sign that Dany will never be Queen of Westeros but there’s a chance it was a foreshadowing of her own future. She won’t sit on the Iron Throne, but will she sit on another? It would certainly be a twist if the Dragon Queen born of fire and blood rules a world of ice and snow.

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 /

Since the Season 7 finale, fans have become convinced that the Night King was a Targaryen, even though it’s been already implied that he was a Stark. Why do people think he was a Targaryen? He had white hair, rode a dragon, wasn’t burned by wildfire and his creepy sigil loosely resembled the three-headed dragon sigil of House Targaryen.

Why do people think he was a Stark? He was living in the North, was seemingly defeated in the past by the first Stark, and it was confirmed in Season 1 when Bran’s nurse/caregiver told him the Night’s King was the brother of the man who defeated him, Brandon Stark. There’s also the connection the Starks have with winter as if they were born for it.

So was he a Stark or was he a Targaryen? In any other show it probably wouldn’t matter, but every small detail in “A Song of Fire and Ice” eventually leads to something.

Is it possible that the Night King wasn’t one or the other but somehow both? This could be argued against because of the Westeros timeline. The Night King was created by the Children of the Forest roughly 6,000 to 8,000 years before the Targaryens conquered Westeros.

However, this doesn’t mean Targaryens weren’t around, they just weren’t Targaryens yet. They had ancestors and it’s quite possible that these unnamed ancestors might have crossed paths with the Northerners at some point. Luckily, we already have a Targaryen/Stark hybrid ready for succession, and an angry Queen made to rule beside him.

Jon belongs in the North and was resurrected by the Lord of Light for a reason. For years, he’s been the hero to the show but it’s since been made clear that he was never meant to kill the Night King, that honor went to Arya. So why was he brought back? Was it to restart an unstoppable cycle of death and ice? Winter is coming and there’s no stopping it.

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The White Walkers might not be completely gone

The White Walkers were destroyed with the Night King in a big ice explosion and everyone in Winterfell celebrated their big win with lots of ale, but I don’t buy it.

Magic exists in this world so anything is possible, and the Walkers could return. The First Children were the original creators but who’s to say someone else won’t make more. Will a decent ruler bring peace to the Seven Realms only for a bunch of white zombies to rise from the ground again and murder them all?

Well, if the lack of response given by the showrunners means anything, Westeros is in big trouble. Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, were discussing the final season together on Jimmy Kimmel Live when the two were asked if the Walkers might return for which they responded, “Yeah, we’re not going to answer that.”

They were asked other questions to which they gave vague answers to, but when it came to the undead, they kept silent.

It’s unlikely that a series full of surprises will end with the battle for the Iron Throne because that’s just too clean-cut easy. All the prophecy’s about promised princes, the extreme build-up to the Long Night, and all the backstory about the White Walkers and Night King would have basically gone to waste for an hour and a half episode where the Night King dies because he didn’t notice Arya’s knife switch hands.

Then we have all the prophecies surrounding the fate of either the Targaryens or the White Walkers that have yet to go anywhere. The prophecy of the three-headed dragon symbolizing three-living Targaryens not to mention all the times Bran saw visions of the yet to come future but because he doesn’t believe in spoilers wouldn’t tell anyone.

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I’m probably reading too much into everything, but I can’t believe George R.R. Martin and HBO would have such an ending where the characters fall so perfectly into their too perfect foreshadowing, especially Dany who spent all this time working against being a tyrant only to become one anyway. Nothing on this show is predictable, except its own unpredictability.

Even if the Walkers don’t return and Dany doesn’t become the Night Queen, something wild is bound to happen in the series’ final moments. This is a show that remains determined to hurt you no matter what.

The next episode of Game of Thrones airs on HBO Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. There are only two episodes left and all men must die!