My mind is spinning.
One of the biggest mysteries on Game of Thrones right now is the Weirwood Tree symbol, that spiral pattern little Ned Umber was propped up on, which keeps appearing everywhere. No one really knows what it means—but according to a new fan theory fromReddit user zyuko22, it might be the key to killing the Night King.
How, you ask? Well, it’s a little complicated. Zyuko22 starts their theory by pointing out how Beric Dondarrion put a flaming sword through a wight in the middle of the Weirwood Tree symbol during last week’s episode. From here, zyuko22 makes several predictions and connections: that the Weirwood network is powered by a “Grand Weirwood Tree” located on The Gods Eye (more on that below), and that this specific tree is the source of the Night King’s strength. Following this logic, zyuko22 posits that the key to killing the Night King is burning down this hypothetical Grand Weirwood Tree with a flaming sword—just as Beric mimicked in the episode.
Zyuko22 can explain this better than I can. Here’s their exact theory:
“At first thought, I figured they will need to burn the Weirwood Tree to which the Night King was bound as the Children of the Forest created him. But after looking through that scene in [season six, episode five], ‘The Door,’ I noticed in the background that one mountain shaped like an arrow head. This would place that location north of the wall and contradict the other symbol that has been known to, The Gods Eye.
The Gods Eye is a geographic area located slightly northwest of King’s Landing. It’s said The Gods Eye is of great importance as it relates to the Children of the Forest and the Weirwood Trees. I speculate that this mysterious plot of lake/island combo houses the source of power that fuels Weirwood network. What I envision is some kinda tree of life, one I’ve been referring to as the ‘Grand Weirwood.’ The Children of the Forest draw their power from the Weirwoods, and since the children created the Night King, it would infer the White Walkers are powered by the same source.
Connecting it all, I think the wight that Beric killed is a representation of the Night King’s power. The ‘Weirwood’ symbol it was centered on indicates the ‘Grand Weirwood,’ located on Gods Eye, is the main source of that power. In order to shut off the Night King, they will need to burn down the ;Grand Weirwood’ with a flaming sword. I’m guessing Jon will be the one who pulls it off, so Beric will eventually teach Jon how to get the fire sword.”
This theory comes with a few devastating drawbacks, though. Zyuko22 thinks because “the fire from Beric’s sword started traveling along the spiral outlets” in last week’s episode, that means all things receiving power from the “Grand Weirwood Tree”—if it exists—would die, as well. This includes, according to zyuko22, Jon Snow and Beric. Here’s how they made that connection:
“I also think the Lord of Light is synonymous with the ‘Grand Weirwood,’ and uses these Weirwoods as a beacon to communicate with the physical world. In other words, I think even though these are two separately practiced religions, the god at the center of both is the same entity.
If true, then Jon and Beric would be vulnerable, as well. This is because the power keeping them from dying would then be cut off from the Lord of Light as the ‘Grand Weirwood’ is burned down.”
Jon Snow and Beric using a flaming sword to kill the Night King would be the ultimate battle of fire and ice. You can read more of zyuko22’s Reddit theory here.
Here’s hoping we find out the answers sooner rather than later. Game of Thronespremieres Sundays at 9:00 P.M. ET on HBO.