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There's A REALLY Good Theory About The Night King Going Around And It Will Wreck You

The Battle of Winterfell may not end up being what we expect. H/T Mashable

Before we get going here, a fair warning: Spoilers lie ahead. So if you want to go into Episode 3 of Game of Thrones as blank as Bran's stare...

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Just bookmark this for later!

For the rest of you, let's talk about the Night King and the upcoming Battle of Winterfell.

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'Cause you know things are not gonna end happy.

So, I recently read this popular Reddit theory about the Night King's ACTUAL plans to take over Westeros and, TBH, it gave me chills. Basically — according to redditor qp0n — THE NIGHT KING WILL NOT BE AT THE BATTLE OF WINTERFELL...

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...BECAUSE HE'S ON HIS WAY TO KING'S LANDING.

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And ohhhhh, I am VERY into this theory.

🔥🔥🔥 Here's why it checks out: 🔥🔥🔥

First of all, it was probably no mistake that at the end of the last episode, we did NOT see the Night King, but only his White Walkers, leading the army of wights.

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No sign of Viserion either!

In fact, we haven't seen the Night King AT ALL so far this season.

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Just SIGNS of his movement and his army.

The Night King isn't stupid — he knows it does not make sense to challenge TWO dragons with his one wight dragon.

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Why risk losing Viserion in a battle with Drogon and Rhaegal?

And his army of White Walkers and wights is definitely big enough to split up, even in part.

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According to Daenerys in Season 7, Episode 7, "The Dragon and the Wolf," there were at least 100,000 in the Night King's army — and this was before they broke through the Wall at the end of last season. Since then, we know they've killed everyone at the Last Hearth (Season 8, Episode 1), so it's definitely bigger. PLUS the Night King could've resurrected many more along the way.

In fact, the Battle of Winterfell would be the perfect "distraction" for him to travel relatively unnoticed down to King's Landing.

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They'd definitely make it there before anyone at Winterfell realized what was happening.

Plus, strategically, it would make more sense to go to King's Landing — home to over a million people, as we learned in Season 7 — to raise an EVEN BIGGER undead army.

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PLUS the Golden Company's 20,000 men, 2,000 horses, and ZERO elephants (LOL).

Now, let's jump WAY back to Season 2, Episode 10, "Valar Morghulis." Remember how Daenerys had a vision of the Throne Room at King's Landing, destroyed and covered in...SNOW? This may have very well been a vision of the future we're talking about.

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Was she experiencing a post–Night King King's Landing? And was this vision telling her/us she'll never sit on the Iron Throne? MAKES SENSE TO ME.

And then, in Season 4, Episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose," Bran had a vision of a dragon's shadow flying over King's Landing.

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As well as visions of the same snow-covered Throne Room that Dany saw, the Night King looking at him through ice, and many other things we've already seen come to pass. Could this actually have been the Night King riding Viserion?

And finally, since Bran was "marked" by the Night King, there really is no RUSH for the Night King to get to him first.

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He can track him down later...after destroying King's Landing.

I will say, the one silver lining is that Cersei sent Bronn north in the first episode this season, so there's a chance he'd spot the Night King, Viserion, and the army heading south.

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But would he race to Winterfell or back to King's Landing first? My money's on Winterfell...or, at least, what will be left of it.

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