We’ve speculated on Jon Snow’s allegiance to the Starks, how the series will end and whether or not Cersei is actually pregnant, so when it came to figuring out exactly how the upcoming battle will play out, we can’t help but wonder what the intentions of the Night King really are.
It’s a theory that’s been floating around the internet since the airing of episode two — and the more we think about it, the more it makes sense. The theory suggests the Night King will skip Winterfell altogether, splitting his army and taking half of it south to King’s Landing. By the time the leaders in the North realise, he’ll be able to take control of King’s Landing — and their 1 million people and 20-thousand strong army.
The evidence is pretty solid. Firstly, we still haven’t seen the Night King this season. This could mean he’s already veered from his army and headed south. Plus, with way more people to kill and make into undead zombies in the South, his army would grow much faster than it would while battling Winterfell. Considering Winterfell is home to two dragons and a whole lot of prepared people (with Valyrian steel), he probably knows there’s less of a chance of keeping his dragon if he takes on Winterfell first.
Secondly, he’s already marked Bran (and that’s a whole other theory with its own twists and plot turns) so doesn’t really have to worry too much about where he is, because, as Bran confirmed in episode two, will know where he is at all times regardless.
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Thirdly, there have been various visions predicting this as the outcome. Way back in season two, Daenerys had a dream of the Iron Throne covered in snow and the Palace destroyed. In season four, Bran had a vision in which a dragon flies over Kings Landing. And although the dragons have visited Kings Landing before, it does make sense that Bran’s vision was connected in some way to the Night King, considering their special connection.
And while we aren’t exactly concerned for Cersei and her potential impending death by zombie, we don’t want to see our favourite characters die in vain at Winterfell while the Night King grows his army by the water.
This story originally appeared on marie claire Australia