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Who is the Night King, exactly?

The last time we saw the Night King, he was riding on top of ice-dragon Viserion and melting the Wall. In episode two, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, several characters mention that all women, children and men unable to fight will be hiding in the crypts during the battle, and that they will be safe there. Could it be that he's riding toward Kings Landing, and not participating in the battle?

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. The episode fulfilled a couple of long-awaited fan favorite 'ships, though in one case, not necessarily in the way you might have hoped. Another key piece of imagery is the shadow of a dragon flying over King's Landing, which with this theory suggests it's the Night King and Viserion. After all, Cersei is not prepared for a battle with the Night King, who has a dragon of his own at his disposal. In Season 4, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) has a vision in the episode, "Breaker of Chains", in which he sees the Throne room desolate and cloaked in a snow-like substance.

In the vision, Daenerys walks around the Iron Throne and finds the palace deserted and covered with snow.

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If the theory is true, then the biggest question is why didn't Bran see this coming? It all sounds extremely philosophical but as we know, Night King has other devious plans hidden in his sleeves.

Last Sunday also accounted for largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO, and the premiere was also the most-tweeted episode in "Thrones" history with more than 5 million tweets on the day it aired.

Most of these images show the defenders of Winterfell gearing up for battle, with Tyrion and Varys taking refuge in the crypts of Winterfell, Brienne and Jaime leading the defense outside the castle and the Stark sisters watching from above.

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