What The White Walkers Do With The Babies

What The White Walkers Do With The Babies

One Game Of Thrones mystery revealed Craster gave his newborn babies up the White Walkers, but what did they do with the children?

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.

In Game of Thrones, Craster’s sons were given to the White Walkers, which is just one of the many things that led sworn brothers of the Night’s Watch to detest the Wildling Craster, even though he was one of their few allies beyond the wall. The mystery behind Game of Thrones’ babies is just one of the many compelling story arcs in the show. Based on George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series “A Song Of Ice And Fire,” Game of Thrones became the definition of event television, bringing Martin’s complex characters and stories to life with a cinematic sheen. Meanwhile, HBO’s House of the Dragon, which takes place centuries before the events in Game of Thrones, is based on Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” which details the history of the Targaryen family. Currently, it’s unclear whether or not House of the Dragon will include more details about what Game of Thrones’ White Walkers planned to do with Craster’s sons.

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Craster’s Keep functioned as a sanctuary for the Night’s Watch, but it came at the cost of the crows having to tolerate how Craster ‘married’ his daughters and continuously bred children from incest. Craster is just one of the many sordid characters that kept viewers anticipating the next episode of Game Of Thrones. That said, in the eyes of many viewers and critics, the series failed to stick the landing. Seasons 7 and 8 featured reduced episode counts and often placed spectacle over characters and paying off years worth of intricate storytelling. The final season was considerably particularly disappointing and is likely to remain a point of contention among the fanbase for some time to come.

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Game of Thrones’ last season finally brought the Night King and his army of the undead to the forefront, resulting in a huge battle sequence that saw the Night King getting killed by Arya Stark. The White Walkers were often portrayed as a shadowy threat during earlier seasons, and season 3 revealed that the Wilding Craster gave up his male children – born of incestuous relationships with his own daughters – as sacrifices to the Walkers in exchange relative peace in the Haunted Forest.

The Night King Turns Craster’s Sons Into White Walkers

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The conversion of Craster’s sons into White Walkers is the only way the Night King and his brood can procreate. Indeed, even during the Age of Heroes, the Night’s Queen bore no children for the mysterious 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, also known as Night’s King. As for why Game of Thrones’ babies, and not adults, are candidates for being turned into White Walkers, this is likely because infants are easier to mold into whatever the Night King wishes. In Game of Thrones, what happens to Craster’s sons could be a metaphor for indoctrination at a young age.

Game Of Thrones Wasted The White Walkers – On Purpose

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The final fate of the Night King is one of the most spectacular red herrings in the history of fantasy, reducing the White Walkers – a series-long threat – to a midseason distraction. That said, it’s notable how no one else central to the main plot died in “The Longest Night,” and how the White Walkers were killed by just one person. This is because the White Walkers were a deliberate diversion from Daenerys Targaryen’s descent into villainy. However, Game of Thrones fumbled its initially clever use of a red herring because of the rush to make the last 2 seasons. The White Walkers also suffered from being such a malevolent hidden presence early on, with their appeal as villains hinged on their mystery. Once the mystery was gone, the White Walkers were just another hive mind. Although the White Walkers successfully drew attention from Daenerys’ final fate, particularly through their sinister genesis near Craster’s Keep, and plans for Westeros, their potential was wasted.

Will White Walkers Be In House Of The Dragon?

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White Walkers will most likely not be appearing in Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. The timeline of the spinoff unfolds around Aegon’s Conquest, specifically 200 years before the events in the original HBO series. making it unlikely that the narrative will cross over with the events leading up to the Night King’s creation. House of the Dragon focuses on the Targaryens who, unlike the Starks, have no history with either the White Walkers or the Three-Eyed-Raven. While Game of Thrones’ babies were at risk of being turned into White Walkers, the infants in House of the Dragon will face other dangers (including giant, fire-breathing lizards). And this is the Game of Thrones universe, so no character can breathe a sigh of relief just yet.

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