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"Game Of Thrones" Actually Revealed Something Huge In Season 8, Episode 2

Bran revealed something big in Season 8, Episode 2.

The Night King — a silent, all-powerful evil — has been the most mysterious character on Game of Thrones since he was first introduced.

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His identity and his mission has been the subject of much speculation and theorizing by fans. Is he secretly a Stark? A Targaryen? Is he after Jon? What does he want with Bran? Is he Bran?

Well, Game of Thrones gave us an answer in Season 8, Episode 2 — but it might not be what some fans were expecting.

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What the Night King and the White Walkers want in the end is pretty simple, really — nothing. Literally, they want to reduce the world of humans to nothing.

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Death and destruction is their only aim — going as far as obliterating every trace of humanity's existence with the end of the Three-Eyed Raven, mankind's "memory."

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This is why the Night King is so bent on coming after Bran. Not because he is him, and not because he necessarily holds the key to his defeat — not in any straightforward way, anyway. Instead, Bran's existence as the Three-Eyed Raven prevents the Night King from achieving his ultimate apocalyptic purpose.

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It might seem a little anticlimactic after all the theorizing, but it wouldn't be the first time Game of Thrones fans have thought a plot would be way more complicated than it actually is.

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(Remember the Spy Talisa theory? How about Tyrion is a secret Targaryen?)

It makes total sense, considering everything we've previously been told. After all, the Night King was originally created with the sole purpose of killing humans.

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Long ago, the Children of the Forest were at war with men and losing, not because men were more powerful, but because they had strength in numbers. The Children created the ultimate weapon that would turn those very numbers against them. Only at some point, they realized they couldn't control the White Walkers, and they made a pact with men in order to prevent the Night King totally destroying the world.

But the Night King never let go of the purpose they gave him.

The creators of Game of Thrones have long flagged this as the Night King's motivation. Back in 2016, D. B. Weiss told Deadline that the Night King was just "death":

"I don't think of the Night King as a villain as much as, Death. ... The Night King doesn't have a choice; he was created that way, and that's what he is. In some ways, he's just death, coming for everyone in the story, coming for all of us. In some ways, it's appropriate he doesn't speak. What's death going to say? Anything would diminish him. He's just a force of destruction."

It seems like this is all we will learn about the Night King this season — and perhaps it's all we need to know. After all, what's more terrifying than uncontrollable and unexplainable death?

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