When it comes to Game of Thrones‘ villainous Night King, we tend to focus on figuring out things like how he can be killed, and what his grand scheme is, or even who will eventually take him down. We never stop and think, “What do his eyes look like up close?” And while you may be scoffing at the very notion of staring into the Night King’s cold, blue murder eyes, it turns out there might be more to those peepers than meets the eye. (I regret nothing.)
First, let’s take a look at the eyes in question, shall we? Entertainment Weekly released their epic Thrones issue, along with 16 different covers featuring each major character of the upcoming final season, including our icy Big Bad. Once you get past the shivers creeping down your spine at the intense stare, you should notice something very off about his eyes — instead of having round pupils, the Night King has seven-pointed stars.
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Upon further inspection, you can see that he also has the same pupils in the show, though it’s harder to see in the middle of an action scene than when his face is blown up on a magazine cover. At this point, you’re probably wondering why this matters and how this could possibly have any importance in the series. It might not, but why would such a specific detail be added when it doesn’t mean anything? So: there are two very plausible theories that explain why those pupils could mean more than we think.
The first theory involves the legend of Symeon Star-Eyes, a knight from the Thrones books who is first mentioned by Bran (which has its own implications right there). As Reddit user kazebro explains, Symeon lost both his eyes and replaced them with “star sapphires.” Kazebro believes Symeon is a descendent of the Night King’s wife after Brandon the Builder takes her as his bride, but what if Symeon is the Night King?
We’ve already suspected that the Night King might be a Stark because the family is descended from the First Men. What if one of their own became the ultimate Other that did unspeakable evil? It would explain why Brandon destroyed all mention of the Night King’s name from history — the shame on House Stark would be immense. It would also explain why Bran and Jon have such a deep connection to the Night King, and why they feel such a sense of duty to take him down. He’s one of their own, gone rogue!
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Another theory might be a lot easier to grasp — in the world of Westeros, anyway. This theory hinges on the Faith of the Seven, which is the main religion in most of the Seven Kingdoms (the North still holds to the Old Gods of the Forest and the Iron Islands follow the Drowned God). Those faithful to the Seven pray to one god who has seven aspects: the Father, the Mother, the Maiden, the Crone, the Warrior, the Smith, and the Stranger. The Stranger is rarely prayed to because it represents death and the unknown, which sounds like the MO of Big Blue doesn’t it? We’ve theorized that the Night King is the true god of death before, and his seven-pointed star pupils (which mimic the Seven Pointed Star that symbolizes the faith) might just be the final piece of the puzzle that cinches it.
Of course, the only question that comes along with that theory is, how do you kill a god? Something tells us, no matter how many dragons or Valyrian steel daggers Jon Snow and company may have, it’s not going to be easy.