To the casual fan, the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere might have seemed like a borderline dull affair. A savage opening sequence and a decent closing montage bookended an otherwise uneventful episode: no big battles, no shocking deaths, no groundbreaking revelations. That is, except for one tiny — well, OK, giant revelation that showed up right after the opening credits. After the final notes of the theme song, we watched the Night King trudge along with his army of the dead. And who did we see among them? Three monstrous wight giants. The erstwhile Thrones fan might have thought "Hey, whoa. Giants. Alright." But to the serious Thrones-head, this brief moment has sparked a debate that is almost as hot as the "Jon Snow: alive or dead?" discussion of 2015–2016. The question on everyone's minds is:
Was That Wun Wun? Is Wun Wun Now A Wight In The Night King's Army?
The simple answer to this question is yes. "WHAT!" you say. "Are you crazy?! That makes no sense!" I, too, was a doubter at first. But after much careful consideration and conversation, I've come to the conclusion that it most certainly IS Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun, the same giant that fought at the Battle of Hardhome and lost his life when Ramsay shot him through the eye at the end of the Battle of the Bastards. Let me explain why from every possible angle.
1. It can't be Wun Wun because Wun Wun died at Winterfell, and the Night King hasn't reached Winterfell yet. There's no way they dragged Wun Wun's body all the way north of the Wall.
True, the Night King hasn't reached Winterfell yet. But this scene of the wight army wasn't taking place in real time, it was one of Bran's visions (you can tell by the fact that the very next shot is warg-eyed Bran, a common technique for linking related scenes on Game of Thrones, as you might remember from the R+L=J revelation). And Bran sees not only the past, but the future as well. We know this from what the Three-Eyed Raven told him, as well as from Season 6 Episode 6, "Blood of My Blood," where he saw Cersei's wildfire explosion before it took place.
Some eagle-eyed fans have also pointed out that the area where the Night King and his band of cadavers are marching doesn't look very North of the Wall. In fact, if you look closely, it kind of looks like they're walking on grass. After all, the White Walkers aren't restricted to staying where there's cold weather. They bring the cold. They bring the storm.
Watch the whole clip again for yourself:
This scene is far more meaningful as a vision for the future. If it were unfolding in present time, all we would have gained from this is the knowledge that the Night King's army is big and bad (which we already knew), and that they have three giants now (OK, cool). But as a vision of the future, we're learning that not only is the Night King's army increasingly formidable, but they will eventually be SOUTH of the Wall (if there's any Wall left to be south of, by then). Not only that, but if the Night King has in fact reanimated Wun Wun, it means that he is able to reanimate anyone and anything, not just those that died by White Walker magic. This means that anyone is eligible to return as a wight, and in fact, might be likely to. Wight Ned Stark and wight Rickon would be downright tragic, and wight Hodor is perhaps the most likely of all...
2. But Jon Snow burned Wun Wun's body, along with the rest of the dead after the Battle of the Bastards.
Did he? Did he, though? Did you see him burn the body? Did you even hear him give an order to burn the bodies? No. In fact, he explicitly ordered Rickon to be buried in the crypt instead of burned. Who's to say he didn't order the other bodies to be buried as well. Yes, he should know better than to leave dead bodies lying around where the Night King can snatch them, but what is it they always say about Jon?
While the passage of time has always been something of a question mark on Game of Thrones (right, Varys?), it doesn't seem like all that much time has passed between the Battle of the Bastards and the Season 7 premiere. Even if they did plan on burning Wun Wun and the rest of the dead, perhaps they haven't gotten around to it. Plus, it was raining and wet during the Battle of the Bastards, and they've been having wintry weather. Perhaps they weren't able to burn the bodies. Either way, there's absolutely no proof that Wun Wun's corpse was ever disposed of in a Night King-proof way.
OK, fine, but that still doesn't change the fact that Ramsay shot Wun Wun in the RIGHT eye, and this wight giant is missing his LEFT eye. Therefore it has to be a different giant we haven't seen before.
The Night King is one powerful SOB. He can bring people back from the freakin' DEAD by the truckload. Who's to say he wouldn't have raised up Wun Wun and replaced his holey mortal eye with a nice shiny wight one and let the other one go to crap like his nose and the rest of his face? The emphasis on having a one-eyed giant at all seems to point more strongly toward this being Wun Wun than someone else.
In addition, it's not Benioff and Weiss's style to give us brand new wights when they could give us people that we've seen before. Case in point: Karsi. Karsi was one the wildling leaders that fought and died at the Battle of Hardhome. When Karsi was killed, we saw her raised again as a wight almost immediately after. And that wasn't the last time! Bran saw wight Karsi in that mega vision from the beginning of Season 6, Episode 6, "Blood of My Blood." It's just not good storytelling to introduce a brand new, dead, one-eyed giant this late in the game when we already have a perfectly good one in play.
If none of this is still enough to convince you, let me leave you with this last bit of evidence: Wun Wun and the Wight Giant #1 were both played by the same actor, Ian Whyte.
I rest my case. Now, go ahead. @ me.
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