Posts Tagged ‘the White Walkers’

The Winter War to Come

Posted: February 13, 2018 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones, Opinion, TV
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Over on the Watchers on the Wall website is my latest feature article on Game of Thrones. It’s a long (like, really long) speculative piece on what might happen now that the ancient undead enemy is south of the Wall and has the opportunity to threaten the living.

Now that the article is published, I can finally read up on all of the set reports and other hints on what might happen during the season. I’ve been avoiding all of those things so I could write up my speculation in a spoiler-free way. You’ll have to trust me on this.

Littlefinger: Don’t trust him.
Me: Quiet you. Anyway, aren’t you dead?
Littlefinger: Am I? Hmmmmm.



Based on the climactic events at the end of Season Seven of Game of Thrones (if you’re reading this, I assume you know what happened) it seemed a good time to talk about the White Walkers, and what might be motivating them.

But you won’t find my thoughts here. I’ve posted them on the Watchers on the Wall website. Like I sometimes do.


This post will be talking about Game of Thrones¬†and specifically the institution of the Night’s Watch. If you haven’t read the books or watched the show, then spoilers will be throughout.


For thousands of years the Wall has stood as a glacial barrier between the Seven Kingdoms and whatever forces lurk in the far north. For presumably an equal duration the Night’s Watch has manned the Wall, vigilantly alert against the fall of the next Long Night.


Happy Holidays! This post will be talking about HBO’s Game of Thrones, the nearly finished adaptation of George “I’ll finish this when I’m good and ready” RR Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire. I’ll be talking about details from the most recent season, so if you’re not caught up with the show as of this date, there’s always a danger of being spoiled.


Spoiled? Feh! Nothing would spoil our idyllic and pastoral lifestyle! Let’s have some fun with blood magic and human sacrifices!

The Winter Solstice is the inspiration for celebratory holidays, based on the observation that the long, dark evenings will start to shorten and daytime will grow longer and longer.

Part of the informal celebrations of the season involves folklore character Santa Claus up in the North Pole with an army of helpful toy-making elves laboring away on surprises for all the good little boys and girls who aren’t on his naughty list. (No one talks much about the invasive surveillance network that old, bearded Santa Claus must be using.)