This strange scene from the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere may have confirmed a theory about the White Walkers


The mysteries of the White Walkers are becoming more clear.

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven.

In our weekly roundup of small details you may have missed, we noted the mysterious vision Bran had of the Night King and his army. The scene showed a bleak cloud making its way across the land. And in the center of the storm was the Night King, White Walkers, and thousands of wights.

While it’s hard to tell exactly where the storm was taking place, one detail seemed confirmed: The Night King was causing the storm.

In the books, Sam Tarly and other characters try to determine an important question — do the White Walkers (or Others) appear when it’s cold, or does it get cold when they appear?

Here’s how Sam worded it in George R.R. Martin’s books: “The Others come when it is cold, most of the tales agree. Or else it gets cold when they come. Sometimes they appear during snowstorms and melt away when the skies clear. They hide from the light of the sun and emerge by night … or else night falls when they emerge.”


The storm on the season seven premiere.

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Also in the books, Craster’s wives (the group of Wildlings who live in a cabin beyond the wall) refer to this phenomenon as the “white cold.”

Now, however, the show seems to have given confirmation that the White Walkers are bringing cold with them, not just conveniently showing up when it happens to get cold outside.

We saw hints of this on the “Hardhome” episode from season five, as well. When a White Walker entered a burning hut, he walked right through the flames. The fire seemed to cool to his presence, almost as if he were a walking fire extinguisher.


A White Walker on season five.

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A similar effect happened on the season six episode, “Home,” when the Night King attacked Bran, Meera, Hodor, and the Three-Eyed Raven. The Night King and his ice cronies walked right through the line of fire that was holding back the wights.

But most of all, Jon Snow already said it best on the season six finale: “The true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm.”

Read through more of the small details you might have missed in our round up here.

“Game of Thrones” season seven continues on Sunday at 9 p.m. with “Stormborn.”