If there’s one character that left us even more depressed as Game of Thrones came to a close that is the Night King. Not because of some sappy backstory or due to some of the series’ trademark betrayals and revelations – but because he was mostly wasted as a character. Could we see and learn more about the Night King in Season 2 of House of the Dragon? Maybe.
The ominous villain revealed in Season 4 was supposed to be the Big Bad of the series but ended up a mere afterthought in the show’s final season. Those of us who wanted some sort of fulfilment of the Azor Ahai prophecy – or for John Snow to play any role at all in the end – were left disillusioned with how the series treated its iconic wights. Fortunately, we now have House of the Dragon.
Since its beginning, fans have flocked to House of the Dragon to get their fix of what Game of Thrones should have been. With Season 2 already on the way to its Summer 2024 release, fans might have another reason to look forward to the new chapter in the war between the Greens and the Blacks. Namely, a rather “undead” reason.
Recent social media posts have revealed the wights might be making a comeback in House of the Dragon Season 2. Though small, eagle-eyed fans caught a makeup reference board with Undead written over it. This is important because, so far, House of the Dragon has steered clear of the whole undead saga.
Still, while nothing is confirmed yet, introducing the wights or the White Walkers – let alone the Night King – would come with a set of difficulties for the Game of Thrones overarching narrative. For starters, this is a prequel, so we don’t expect any sort of surprise wight invasions any time soon for House of the Dragon.
Season 2 will introduce a key character that might explain how the undead might play a role in the show, however. Enter Alys Rivers, a Green ally and a witch with a powerful gift for premonitions. While it was Aegon the Conqueror who had the dream of the wights and the Night Walkers, Alys could take the role of the seer in the series to introduce the undead threat to the world of House of the Dragon.
Something important to keep in mind here, however, is that Alys can see the future. Mind you, House of the Dragon takes place 200 years before Game of Thrones, but that still wouldn’t reveal much about the Night King’s backstory. It could, however, provide more info about how he managed to amass such a massive army of the undead, and maybe even show some of his early brushes with the wildlings up in the North.
House of the Dragon Season 2 will bring more of the North to this prequel series. With the Night Watch set to make a triumphant return to the series lore, fans can expect more info on the customs and legends of the North to emerge in this season. Though shorter than Season 1 by two episodes, Season 2 could establish how the Song of Ice and Fire would eventually come to pass – and reveal some more vital info on the entity that, by all means, should have been the series greatest villain.
Born in Venezuela – and still living there – Tito Pernalete loves all things geeky and sci-fi. He studied Social Communications in college: an odd career choice for a confessed introvert. Though he has experience as a director of photography for some short films, Tito has been a writer for most of his adult life, with a particular interest in movies/TV and tech in general. When he's not playing Elden Ring or binge-watching a horror movie marathon, you can find him planning his dream trip to Japan. His favourite film is RoboCop, but he also has a soft spot for cheesy 80s horror flicks and anything made by Wes Anderson.