There are three episodes of Game of Thrones left to play out. Three. Ugh. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appeared as guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live Saturday night to discuss the final season. In that interview, they made a comment that has got some people believing that the White Walkers may not be as defeated as we think.  

Benioff and Weiss answered several questions in the interview and gave some insight into their past, present and future with the series. Three questions stood out. Kimmel asked, “Did Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) know Arya (Maisie Williams) was going to kill the Night King?” they answered, “Possibly.” Personally, I think it’s obvious that Bran knew. But, sure. “Possibly” was also the answer to “Will someone take the Iron Throne?” And, again, I say yes. But, when Kimmel asked them, “Have we seen the last of the White Walkers?” the answer was, “Yeah, we’re not going to answer that.” And, the internet went wild.  

Josh Wigler at The Hollywood Reporter posted an interesting theory. He thinks that the walkers may not be done. That the baby the Night King turned in season 4 was the only living example (with Craster’s other sons) of the Night King transformation. All of the other wights were already dead when they were wighted. He also points to the two creators’ commitment to following through on long arcs that they set up in early parts of the series. It’s a good argument and definitely something to think about. 

My personal theory on those babies was that they were the actual White Walkers. The generals with the white hair that were not the half-decomposed zombie people. Those guys were destroyed with the Night King…and even if they’re not the babies, or previous babies…they are definitely not the same type of being as the reanimated giants, wildlings, northman and Viserion.  

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I am of the belief that the walkers are done in this series. If the walkers make another appearance, it’ll be in some kind of sting/cliffhanger in the final minutes of the finale episode. THAT is totally possible. Those babies are definitely hanging out there, unexplained. But, I think that there is so much to wrap up, narratively, with the living that we will spend our last three episodes playing the game of thrones.  

What do you think? 

Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO. 



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