It goes without saying that the article that follows will be discussing Game of Thrones as if you have seen Season 8 episode 1. If you have not, then you’d better watch it first and then check back later. SPOILERS
In the close of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones we saw the young Lord Umbar dead and surrounded by pieces of what we assume are his people. When the boy dramatically awoke Beric Dondarrion ignited his flesh with flame and the resulting pattern you can see in the image above was formed.
If you are wondering where you have seen this pattern before then let me remind you with a few images below.
The left and middle images are created by the dead at different times throughout the show, the left was in episode 1 of the show and the middle image was after the attack at the Fist of the First Men in early season 3 if memory serves. The right image is actually from much later on in the show when we are first shown through Bran’s visions that the Night King was created at a Weirwood tree surrounded by a spiral pattern of stones.
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Fans have often wondered what this pattern means and whether it is something really important we are missing. Now thanks to the writer of episode 1 of Season 8 Nothing Lasts Dave Hill, we might just know. Hill was speaking with New York Post recently and here is what he said regarding the spiral pattern.
“As we saw with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the spiral pattern was sacred to the Children of the Forest, who created the Night King by sacrificing a captured man in a spiral “henge of stones.” The Night King then adopted the symbol as a sort of blasphemy, like Satan with the upside-down cross.“
So I guess it’s not really all that important in the grand scheme of the show, instead it just seems like a sigil of House dead. Probably the best way to think about this would be the real life example of the Nazi Swastika, an already existing piece of symbolism that was adopted by the Nazi’s and forever more associated with that ideology.
What do you think of Hill’s comments on the spiral, is that cool, or were you hoping for something more tangible? Leave your comments below in the usual spot.
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SOURCE: New York Post