'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Why the White Walkers are victims rather than evil

The 'Game of Thrones' franchise will finally reach its end game this April, but are the blizzard-powered villains all that they seem to be?


                            'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Why the White Walkers are victims rather than evil

'Game of Thrones' is by far one of the most successful books ever converted to a live-action series, maybe alongside 'Lord of the Rings' (I feel the hate mail populating my inbox already).

The fantasy epic has enjoyed a successful, award-winning run on TV for the past seven years, and most of us may not know what to do with our lives once the series ends in April this year.

The series has introduced us to a whole host of lovable, hateable, and sometimes eerily relatable characters across its seven season run till date, including the White Walkers.

 

These frigid characters were believed to be just myths by the people of South Westeros, until they tore through the Ice Wall and killed many a (arguably) fine warrior.

The White Walkers were created through the use of untested magic by the Children of the Forest in order to protect themselves from the barrage of human invasions that were plaguing their lands.

But their creations turned on them as well. 

Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik as the Night King in 'Game of Thrones'. Source: IMDB
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik as the Night King in 'Game of Thrones'. Source: IMDB

What we've seen so far:

While we know that the humans in 'Game of Thrones' reflect (ever so slightly) our violent nature, and also on our OCD of having to control anything and everything, but no one till date is actually sure of the intentions of the White Walkers.

Though they seem to take orders exclusively from the Night King (the first Walker, and their leader),  individual White Walkers seem to have a mind of their own, but they're not contesting for the Ice Throne like us petty humans, thereby showing purpose in their motives other than just bloodlust and greed.

But again, the real reason for them moving so deep into Westeros is still not known.

The Children of the Forest performing their first White Walker Conversion in 'Game of Thrones'. Source: IMDB
The Children of the Forest performing their first White Walker Conversion in 'Game of Thrones'. Source: IMDB

All we know is that a pact was made between the Children of the Forest, and the First Men, after centuries of warring that took them nowehere. Well, of course, the First Men (unsurprisingly) broke the pact, which led to the creation of the White Walkers by the Children of the Forest.

Why the White Walkers may just be the good guys?

With the George RR Martin style of storytelling, we are ensured of characters that are multi-faceted, who always fall in the grey area between good and evil (think Jaime Lannister).

The White Walkers never asked to be created in the first place, and the first man to be converted into a White Walker was through shoving a dragonglass shard into his chest (ironically, the way to kill a White Walker is by killing them with dragonglass or Valerian steel).

While it may just seem that these blue-eyed, icy warriors are just out for retribution, the White Walkers are actually victims of a greater war and they might be trying to end their 8000-year-long agony instead of going for all-out revenge.

And as far as humans go, they didn't keep their word with the White Walkers, by curtailing their supply of babies from Craster, wherein no new White Walkers could be created, thus forcing the White Walkers to cross the Ice Wall to survive.

Drogon being converted into an even more formidable undead foe in 'Game of Thrones. Source: IMDB
Drogon being converted into an even more formidable undead foe in 'Game of Thrones. Source: IMDB

Given the sheer gruesome atrocities that humans commit in the series, it would really be a pleasant surprise if we find out that the White Walkers are actually the good guys. After all, they seem to be focused mainly on the Starks of Winterfell, who, in my previous article (if the theory holds true), may just be the cause of this series of unfortunate events.

'Game of Thrones' and all our favorite (albeit ruthless) characters will return on 14 April for the season finale and will be available on HBO, but for now, fans can preview their exciting official teaser 'Crypts of Winterfell'.