This Is How the Night King Got Those Massive Chains and Ruined All of Our Lives
Let's address the most frustrating mystery of 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 so far.
[This article contains minor spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 7.]
If you're here, it's probably because you're wondering just how the Night King got ahold of the chains he used to pull Viserion out of the water. Since Game of Thrones' Season 7 penultimate episode aired on Sunday, this has been the biggest question on fans' minds. The White Walkers are, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere. All they have at their disposal is an army of quickly decaying zombies, some ice weapons, and a zoo of wight animals. It's not exactly 10 minutes to the nearest Home Depot. What's wrong with this picture?
If Quora user Ralph Lengler is correct, the chains were actually one small part of a larger plan the Night King had for a while. As a matter of fact, Ralph alleges, the wily King knew Daenerys would ride her dragons to the north for a long, long time, and there were signs of this even before she arrived.
When Jon Snow, Tormund Giantsbane, Beric Dondarrion, Jorah Mormont, and Thoros of Myr are attacked by the first, smaller group of White Walkers, one ever so conveniently remains animated even after their leader is eliminated. While Jon and crew are pleased and thinking they have the wight they went out to capture, it's his scream that signals the rest of the White Walkers to attack.
It's also true that, of all the men north of The Wall that day, it's gifted Thoros of Myr — the one guy who can actually provide medical assistance via badass magic — who's targeted. Lengler continues:
If the ill-fated venture was actually a conspiracy to capture Dany's beloved Viserion and turn him into a wight, thus giving the White Walkers an even better chance of winning the war, the chains sort of become an afterthought. They likely would have been collected long ago from a Wildling town like Hardhome for future use.
Even if they weren't collected from Hardhome, they easily could have been stolen from another long-wrecked ship or even from the dock seen near Viserion's body as he's being pulled up at the end of the episode.
After reading Ralph's theory, however, we're less focused on these details and more so on the Night King. If he truly set the whole fiasco up, Jon, Daenerys, and friends have one hell of a battle ahead of them.
Here's hoping Brienne and Tormund hook up by then, 'cause there's a good chance it'll mean the end of Westeros as we know it.
Game of Thrones Season 7 airs August 27, 2017 on HBO.