We all knew that as soon as the ‘Game of Thrones’ returns to the air, fans will be dissecting each and every episode. One scene that stood out inepisode 1 of season 8was young Lord Umber plastered onto the wall by the Night King as Tormund and camp reach him. Horrifyingly, he was killed and then his dismembered body was plastered in a spiral of severed arms left behind by the White Walkers. This is how many tuned in to watch the episode 1.
The spiral pattern has led many people talking about it being the Night King’s sigil. In fact, Beric Dandarion tells Tormund in the episode that it’s a warning from the Night King to us (humans).
In an interview with New York Post, the premiere’s writer Dave Hill revealed what the terrifying symbol means. He said, “As we saw with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the spiral pattern was sacred to the Children of the Forest, who created the Night King by sacrificing a captured man in a spiral ‘henge of stones’. The Night King then adopted the symbol as a sort of blasphemy, like Satan with the upside-down cross.”
If you remember, the sigil was also seen in the last season in the episode titled ‘The Spoils of War’, where Jon Snow shows Daenerys Targaryen the carvings on the walls of the caves beneath Dragonstone. The Children of the Forest had inscribed the designs there, which represent the period in which they united with the First Men, despite being at war with them, in order to defeat the White Walkers.
We also saw in season 3 when Jon discovered remains of the Night Watch’s horses laid out in the same pattern.
In the first episode of the series’ first season, the Night’s Watch also came across a group of Wildlings who had been slaughtered by the White Walkers, their bodies arranged in a similar manner.
Meanwhile, as part of another scene that had Jaime Lannister and Bran Stark meeting for the first time since season 1, Nikolaj who plays the Lannister revealed some interesting detailabout his character’s next move.
‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 episode 2 will return on Monday.