Why The Night King In Game Of Thrones Is Almost Definitely A Stark

  • Published: 13 March 2019
  • Game of Thrones' Night King is a terrifying villain. But he may have a connection to one of Westeros' most noble families: House Stark. In both the books and TV series, there are plenty of hints indicating that the Night King could actually be a Stark.

    To understand the connection between House Stark and the leader of the Others, it's important to understand the beginnings of each. According to The World of Ice and Fire, the Long Night was a winter that lasted for an entire generation, thousands of years before the story we know takes place. During the Long Night, the Others terrorized the First Men, the humans who had settled in Westeros. After much fighting with the Others, one of the First Men reached an agreement with the magical beings called the Children of the Forest, and joined forces with them to repel the Others.

    No one knows for certain who that person was, but it's hinted that this legendary hero was Bran the Builder, the first Stark, who helped establish the Night's Watch. Bran would go on to work with the Children to build the magically-protected Wall to help defend against the Others.

    Though this battle and the wall's construction was the first interaction between the Starks and the Others, it was far from the last.

    Before we go any further, there's an important distinction to be made between two key figures: the Night King, and the Night's King.

    The Night King is the leader of the White Walkers in the Game of Thrones TV series. The Night's King, however, is someone briefly touched upon in the Song of Ice and Fire books.

    The Night's King was a human, and the 13th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. To give you an idea of how long ago this was, Jon Snow is the 998th Lord Commander. Or, was. Briefly.

    While serving as Commander, the Night's King fell in love with a mysterious woman, and together they began making human sacrifices to the Others. After 13 years, with the help of House Stark, the Night's King and his otherworldly wife were both defeated.

    The similar names have led some to speculate that the two may be the same person. But when asked about the possibility, George R.R. Martin asserted otherwise.

    So, that's that. They're two different people. But they also may be deeply connected, by a lot more than just their similar names.

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    The beginning of House Stark | 0:16
    The Night King vs. The Night's King | 1:13
    The Night's Queen | 2:23
    The Stark connection to the Others | 2:56
    A blended family? | 3:29
    Sign of the Stark sigil | 4:25
    Themes of complex legacies | 4:55
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Comments • 1 301

  • Looper
    Looper   6 months back

    Well, do you think so?

  • Road 35
    Road 35  3 weeks back

    I guess we’ll never know

    • Дмитрий
      Дмитрий  1 months back

      Night King is ...Puitin....

      • Nicole Julianne
        Nicole Julianne  2 months back

        I wish they make a movie about him .

        • Chris MCMLXXXII
          Chris MCMLXXXII  3 months back

          How can it be hinted in the books when the Night King is not a character in the books?

          • TheLaughinAssassin
            TheLaughinAssassin  4 months back

            But the targarians don't burn, could he be both too? Maybe that's why he stared at Jon snow for so long...makes sense.

            • ALOK MEHTA
              ALOK MEHTA  4 months back

              Laughing on all the theories out there

              • KHVLID CH
                KHVLID CH  4 months back

                The nighking in the book was a stark, the book explains he was a lord commander of the nightswatch and he slept with a female white walker and fell in love turning his heart cold as ice thus becoming the nightking. And from the numbered lord commander it said it was a stark from generations before

              • mrsun9775
                mrsun9775  4 months back

                😅 ... its nothing ... sadly ☹️

                • Judy Simon
                  Judy Simon  4 months back

                  and in the end it didnt matter

                  • elmoaf
                    elmoaf  4 months back

                    yup, he's a targaryen proof on the long knight

                    • The Programmer of video games
                      The Programmer of video games  4 months back

                      he's not a targaryen for christ sake,do you even pay attention to the show you watch?

                    • elmoaf
                      elmoaf  4 months back

                      he is unburned like danarys

                  • SAITAMA
                    SAITAMA  4 months back

                    nope a girl killed him

                    • ingion1
                      ingion1  4 months back

                      you will be so rich next week with final episode on air when ur video will reach billions. will you marry me then?

                      • Black Hole
                        Black Hole  4 months back

                        LOL!!! 😂😂😂😂😂

                        • Eric Draven
                          Eric Draven  4 months back

                          This video hasn't aged well :)

                          • inspiration is you
                            inspiration is you  4 months back

                            I'm damn sure night king is in love with him 😀😀😁😁😂😂😂

                            • Lhak So
                              Lhak So  4 months back

                              4:39 it looks like they couldn’t where they didn’t walk because of the destroyed wall all fallen and not because it’s a house sigil 😂😂

                              • Robert Wiscott
                                Robert Wiscott  5 months back

                                Targeryans are not immune to fire. The night king was one of the first men. The families we know now were thousands of years in the future. This is a stupid video.

                                • Scott Summers
                                  Scott Summers  5 months back

                                  Wrong af!!! All you theorist need to Quit!

                                  • Ali Raza
                                    Ali Raza  5 months back

                                    Damn, their legacy. One of them died fighting the Thanos... so sad.

                                    • ognilouD driB
                                      ognilouD driB  5 months back

                                      Tony Stark shoulda killed him instead

                                      • Swagule Mihawk
                                        Swagule Mihawk  5 months back

                                        People should really stop treating the nk like a human, With the way he was shown, he's less a human and more of a force of nature. Like if Global Warming had a rep, it'd be him.
                                        His entire thing seems work on instinct and instinct alone. The moment he saw Jon again, the first thing he did was raise more undead. He refused to consider fighting because he'd seen him kill one of his white walkers already. Pretty much an upjumped zombie trying to kill the biggest source of brains. Bran.

                                        Then theres Jon... Screaming at dragons.

                                        • Swagule Mihawk
                                          Swagule Mihawk  5 months back

                                          Answer: Because he died like one.

                                          • Ginger Ninja
                                            Ginger Ninja  5 months back

                                            As a Northern born English Brit I must make this point. The word “Nan” is commonly used here, usually to refer to one’s Grandma, but also any old motherly figure. It is pronounced Nan (like van, ban or tan) so I’m not sure where the person in this video keeps saying “Narn” or whatever, it sounds very odd.

                                            • Ginger Ninja
                                              Ginger Ninja  5 months back

                                              Such a shame to think that we’ll almost certainly never know the answers to most of these questions now. :(

                                              • Joaquin Banuelos
                                                Joaquin Banuelos  4 months back

                                                I also wish the night king gave a soliloquy about his motivations and history before his death scene.

                                            • Subash Baral
                                              Subash Baral  5 months back

                                              Yeah right. Hahahhaha.

                                              • curt refs
                                                curt refs  5 months back

                                                Hahaha it's so funny that in reality the night king is just a typical cliché of a vilain being evil just to be evil and they completly ruined game of thrones in one episode hahahahahaha so funny xD lol
                                                Fucking morron

                                            • Lene
                                              Lene  5 months back

                                              The Night King IS Brandon the Builder himself. That would make so much sense. He must have become reactivated when Bran was born or conceived. It also makes sense that the children chosed the King to protect them. The wall must have been build to keep the first men OUT, not the other way around.

                                              • Ricardo Banderas
                                                Ricardo Banderas  4 months back

                                                How stupid are you? Brandon the Builder came AFTER the night king. Like, really, can't you use your brain for a second? Night king was created by the children of the forest as a measure to fight the first men, but the NK turned against their creators. Since both the children and the first men were about to be wiped out by the NK/white walkers, they decided to stop the war between then and joined forces to banish the NK/white walkers. After that, they created the Wall, in which Brandon the Builder was the overseer. This was explained many times im many different places, AND YET THERE ARE PEOPLE STILL MAKING NONSENSE THEORIES.

                                            • Olivier Kokkedee
                                              Olivier Kokkedee  5 months back

                                              He could resist fire... maybe a targaryan?

                                              • Robert Lucci
                                                Robert Lucci  4 months back

                                                Nope.. they came from Valeria.. not firstbmen

                                              • Ricardo Banderas
                                                Ricardo Banderas  4 months back

                                                @Olivier Kokkedee Shut it down with this NK secret targaryen nonsense. Dragons are magic creature with their magic dragon breath. NK is a magic creature and could just create a magic ice barrier.

                                              • Olivier Kokkedee
                                                Olivier Kokkedee  4 months back

                                                @Camila Cruz my family name didn't exist 8000 years ago either, but my genes from my ancestors did. Same goes for the targaryans

                                              • Kenki Ackermann
                                                Kenki Ackermann  5 months back


                                            • CPTDOOMED
                                              CPTDOOMED  5 months back

                                              Cant wait for the prequel series. Bring it on.

                                              • Diezel DD
                                                Diezel DD  5 months back

                                                Daenerys: “Fire cannot kill a dragon”
                                                Night King: stands there and smiles while drogon tries to burn him

                                                • Kary
                                                  Kary  5 months back

                                                  I love night king 💙

                                                  • aussenseiter2000
                                                    aussenseiter2000  5 months back

                                                    Well well well...

                                                    • Rasit Badak
                                                      Rasit Badak  5 months back

                                                      Oh ok

                                                      • InstalloGaming
                                                        InstalloGaming  5 months back

                                                        Not anymore.

                                                        • Kristijan Ponjevic
                                                          Kristijan Ponjevic  5 months back

                                                          You didnt said that NK was first white walker so you got subscribe...
                                                          Most of the people said that NK as we know it today was first WW, which is not true

                                                          • Robert Summers
                                                            Robert Summers  5 months back

                                                            This didn't age well.....Considering the Dragonbreath he took to the face...I'd say the Night King was a Targaryen...

                                                            • Eric Draven
                                                              Eric Draven  4 months back

                                                              Does it matter. It is a stupid scene that doesn't tell you anything about character,they just filmed it,because it looks cool. If he was,as you say, Targaryan,then after the fire,he would be naked.

                                                            • A Penny for your Thots
                                                              A Penny for your Thots  4 months back

                                                              He existed before they arrived

                                                            • Harry O'Sullivan
                                                              Harry O'Sullivan  5 months back

                                                              TheBlacki5000 dragonglass would have cured him, Arya used Valyrian steel I believe

                                                            • TheBlacki5000
                                                              TheBlacki5000  5 months back

                                                              but it could also suggest that he couldnt be harmed anywhere else than the point where the dragon glass was. I mean just a few seconds before he fell hundrets of meters from the dragon and not having a single scratch

                                                            • Douglas Qin
                                                              Douglas Qin  5 months back

                                                              not All Targaryens Are unbrunt. There are Targaryens burn to death in history, Dany might be the only special one

                                                          • Hugh Jass
                                                            Hugh Jass  5 months back

                                                            Well this aged poorly

                                                            • shishkebab
                                                              shishkebab  5 months back

                                                              Make a theory why HBO wrote one of the best build up villains into a bag of fresh dogshit

                                                              • Neil Dazley
                                                                Neil Dazley  5 months back

                                                                Ramenfresser is that a hint of disappointment there?

                                                            • Chibby
                                                              Chibby  5 months back

                                                              Yeah, definitely dead...

                                                              • AJ Nathanson
                                                                AJ Nathanson  5 months back

                                                                So this video is wrong

                                                                • Хришћанин и Толкиновац

                                                                  Unfortunately, doesn't matter in the show.
                                                                  Even if he is, he was oldest Stark and finally died.

                                                                  • DGX Gamer
                                                                    DGX Gamer  5 months back

                                                                    I bet you feel dumb right now

                                                                    • Ali Sadiq
                                                                      Ali Sadiq  5 months back

                                                                      Because he is branden stark

                                                                    • J Gee
                                                                      J Gee  5 months back

                                                                      This aged well

                                                                      • Boris Markovic
                                                                        Boris Markovic  5 months back

                                                                        Night king is a Targaryen

                                                                        • Gabriel Mendoza
                                                                          Gabriel Mendoza  5 months back

                                                                          The nigh king is a Targaryan. 1st only targaryans can ride dragons. 2nd he is not effected by fire. He is wearing dragon scale amor...... maybe.

                                                                          • Govindra Raghubansi
                                                                            Govindra Raghubansi  5 months back


                                                                            • Iceaganctor
                                                                              Iceaganctor  5 months back

                                                                              Who else came here after season 8 episode 3?

                                                                              • Abdullah Bashmail
                                                                                Abdullah Bashmail  4 months back

                                                                                @Eric Draven troll

                                                                              • Corbyn Hull
                                                                                Corbyn Hull  4 months back

                                                                                @M Dontquit it's just because he was so cold it's cancels it out

                                                                              • Eric Draven
                                                                                Eric Draven  4 months back

                                                                                Apparently,his outfit was also made from the Targaryen skin,because it didn't burn ether. But the truth is,he is the next incarnation of Avatar. You can see him bending air and water to create a storm and he bend fire from the dragon so it would not burn him.

                                                                              • T T
                                                                                T T  4 months back

                                                                                There was no valyrians in westeros during the time night king was made and house targaryen didnt exist. Even house stark wasnt founded yet

                                                                              • Douglas Qin
                                                                                Douglas Qin  5 months back

                                                                                @M Dontquit Not all Targaryens are unbrunt I suppose,since only Dany got that name and there are Targaryens burn to death in history