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‘Game of Thrones': Children of the Forest, White Walkers and Westeros’ Ancient History

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So much happened in Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” — from the crowning of a new king of the Iron Islands to Tyrion and Varys’ encounter with a red priestess to, oh yeah, that whole Hodor thing — that you may have already forgotten about the incredibly significant piece of history that was revealed for the first time.

It’s fine, I get it. This season of “Game of Thrones” is moving at a crazy fast clip, and we’re all in mourning right now. But in the bigger picture, we got what might be the biggest reveal we’ve ever seen on the show, and one that was news even for those folks who are obsessive readers of the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels.


I’m talking, of course, about the origin of the White Walkers, which we witnessed in one of Bran’s forays into the past with the Three-Eyed Raven.

It turns out that the Children of the Forest were responsible for the creation of the White Walkers. We see a group of them in the very distant past — more than 10,000 years by the “Game of Thrones” calendar — shove a piece of dragonglass into a man’s chest. The man’s eyes turn blue, and this is the first ever White Walker.

When Bran wakes up, he confronts one of the Children he knows in the present about it. She tells him that they created the White Walkers as a weapon in their war against mankind, which had invaded their territory in Westeros.


This war is one we know about from “A Song of Ice and Fire” lore. It took place in what is known as the Dawn Age, 12,000 years before the events of the show. At that time the Children of the Forest were the main residents of Westeros, and no men lived there. But the group called the First Men — that’s a title we’ve heard a million times on “Game of Thrones,” usually as part of the king’s longwinded title, with no explanation — crossed over from Essos and attempted to claim Westeros for themselves. The First Men arrived by way of the Arm of Dorne, which was a land bridge that once connected the two continents at the far southern end of Westeros.

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