The long-awaited Battle of Winterfell finally airs on tonight’s episode of trò chơi of Thrones. Whether you’re ready for it or not, the White Walkers and their army of wights have sầu arrived khổng lồ the northern stronghold, ready for combat. Before you watch them wreak havoc on the living, get lớn know their terrifying leader, the Night King.

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The icy villain has only made a limited number of appearances in GoT’s eight seasons and hasn’t spoken a single word on the show, yet he’s the biggest threat to lớn humankind in Westeros. Not much is known about the mysterious creature either, but flashbacks in Bran’s visions as the Three-Eyed Raven và tidbits from actor Vladimir Furdik, who plays the Night King, give us insight into lớn the character.

From his ancient origins to lớn his ominous motive sầu, here’s what we know so far about the Night King.

He’s after Bran.

Bran Stark, the Three-Eyed Raven, revealed that he’s the Night King’s target in Season 8, Episode 2. "He’ll come for me," he says. "He’s tried before, many times with many Three-Eyed Ravens." Thus, Stark volunteers khổng lồ lure his enemy into the godswood of Winterfell to be captured.

The Night King will be able khổng lồ find Bran because he left a mark on hyên ổn during one of his visions (Season 6, Episode 5). He grabbed Stark by the arm, leaving a scar on his skin. “He always knows where I am,” Bran says of the soto.

Before Season 8 premiered, Furdik also teased that his character was after a specific person. "People will see he has a target he wants to lớn kill, và you will find out who that is," the actor told Entertainment Weekly of his character"s upcoming storyline.


He wants to lớn erase “memory” & he wants revenge.

Once the Night King gets to lớn Bran/the Three-Eyed Raven, what will he bởi with him? The White Walker leader wants “an endless night,” Bran explains lớn his comrades in Winterfell. “He wants to erase this world & I am its memory.” As a refresher, the Three-Eyed Raven has the ability of greensight, which means he can see events in the past, present, và future anywhere in the world.

Samwell Tarly interprets the erasure of memory, or “being forgotten,” as the embodiment of death itself. "If we forget where we’ve been và what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore, just animals,” he tells Bran and his crew at Winterfell.

Furdik also told Entertainment Weekly of his character, "I think he wants revenge. Everytoàn thân in this story has two sides—a bad side và a good side. The Night King only has one side, a bad side."

He was created by the Children of the Forest.

The Children of the Forest, a race of mythical creatures who were the first inhabitants of Westeros, originally created the White Walkers lớn defkết thúc themselves against the First Men. In one of Bran’s visions, we see a group of the Children creating a White Walker (presumably the Night King) by tying a man khổng lồ a tree và plunging dragonglass inlớn his chest until he began to transkhung.

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No one knows who he was before becoming the Night King.

"Somebody made hlặng the Night King," Furdik told Entertainment Weekly. "Nobody toàn thân knows who he was before—a soldier or part of . He never wanted lớn be the Night King." t

That probably explains why the Children tied hlặng to lớn a tree when they first created him; it’s not like he volunteered khổng lồ become a White Walker.

He can reanimate the dead—và he may vì it in a big way in Season 8.

By now, GoT fans know the Night King can raise the dead (humans và animals, including dragons) as blue-eyed zombies called wights that fight for his Army of the Dead. He can also turn living babies into lớn White Walkers, as we’ve sầu seen hyên vị with Craster’s sons.

The Night King’s most memorable reanimation moment was after the Battle of Hardtrang chủ, when he instantly resurrected corpses on the ground simply by raising his arms. Furdik implied that his character may have another moment lượt thích that this season, but it’ll be much more intense.

“There’s also that moment when Jon Snow was on the boat và the Night King looked at hyên và raised his arms — there’s a similar & even stronger moment between Jon & the Night King this time,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly.

Furdik’s clue leads some fans to believe he might reanimate the dead in Winterfell, both those killed on the battlefield và those buried in the crypts (which includes late members of the Stark family).

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It’s unclear if or how he can be killed.

White Walkers can be killed by Valyrian steel và dragonglass (as Jon Snow và Sam Tarly have previously proven, respectively), but can the Night King be taken down the same way? He’s much more powerful than his fellow White Walkers.

Bran also noted that it’s unclear whether the Night King can be killed by dragonfire because no one has tried it before. In past episodes, we’ve sầu seen that hyên ổn (and other White Walkers) walk through regular fire unscathed, but dragonfire is said to lớn be stronger than regular fire, so it’s possible it’ll elicit a different reaction when aimed directly at the Night King.

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jons plan is to keep the dragons hidden near the heart tree so that when they lure the NK to lớn bran they can burn hyên ổn. bran doubts it’ll work.unbeknownst lớn them, the show has made a point of showing us several times that the NK can walk through fire just fine. even dragon fire.

— Aleister (
maybeimtheone) April 22, 2019

Watch the official trailer for trò chơi of Thrones Season 8 below.