I’m so glad I caught up on GoT before season 8 came out. It’s been so much fun speculating what will happen next with all the characters, and none of us having any spoilers whatsoever.
Something we haven’t considered, though, is that the White Walkers are the protagonists of our story. Hear me out. The humans are clearly scared of them because they look different and are difficult to kill. But why do the humans know this? Because they’ve tried to kill the Walkers over and over again. The first time they saw them they judged them for having icy skin and bright blue eyes, and chopped their arms off and shot arrows at them because they were scared of these magical beings. I honestly don’t blame the WW’s for being kind of pissed.
Furthermore, we don’t ever see things from the White Walkers’ perspectives, so we don’t know what their intentions for going to see the humans were in the first place. Maybe they were going to warn them about another big threat. Maybe they wanted some new friends and thought the people on the other end of the wall looked nice and warm, so decided to wander over to socialize. Or maybe it’s just pretty darn fun being a White Walker, so the Night King is trying to help the humans enjoy the life of the Walkers too. The people are always shivering and wandering out in the cold, after all. It must be nice being pre-frozen and just boppin’ around town in light armor or even without a shirt in some cases.
All I’m trying to say is maybe, just maybe, we are rooting for the wrong team tonight. We all know there’s going to be a big battle in episode 3, and sadly everyone has already taken the side of the humans. Whether you’re a Jon Snow kind of guy, or you still love Dany, you’re probably rooting for one of the people to take the iron throne. Nobody has considered that the Night King or one of his hands might deserve to rule. I’m just getting kind of sick of all the same theories going around, and I think we need to open our minds and remember to not judge a book so harshly by it’s cover. The White Walkers can’t help what they look like, and the Night King may have resting bitch face, but this does not by any means make him a bad guy. He’s just misunderstood and tired of living his life beyond the wall.
All I’m saying is that the show made me absolutely hate people like Jaimie Lannister and Theon Greyjoy, and now the J-man is one of my favorite characters and I have pitied Theon ever since he started trying to redeem himself to Sansa Stark. The character development GoT is so wonderful that someone you once hoped would just get kicked from the show sometimes becomes a person you are rooting for, and vice versa. Making us like the White Walkers after being taught by many of the beloved characters on the show that they are the “bad guys” would be difficult, but I certainly wouldn’t say it’s impossible. So, to add a little bit of spice to the Internet, I’ll go ahead and argue that the Night King might need to take the iron throne and bring peace to the world — once and for all.
Disclaimer: I am by no means a GoT expert. I binged the entire series in the span of 3 weeks so that I could enjoy the final season live with everyone, and probably didn’t catch several monumental events when I multitasked by watching at the gym or while taking a shower. I got Podrick mixed up with Ramsay more than once, so I clearly rushed through and missed a few things.