The Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer is here and it is as epic as we hoped. Before you start your next rewatch, however, consider taking a look at the recent promotional images that recently hit the web.
Before the trailer dropped, Entertainment Weekly released a bunch of covers for their Game of Thrones issue including one featuring the entire cast.
One of the images is that of the Night Walker. It is the only cover in the bunch that's tightly focused on a character's face.
While it seemed like a mere portrait at first glance, upon closer inspection, you will notice something odd about his eyes.
Charlie Schneider of Emergency Awesome pointed out that his pupil resembled a seven-pointed star, which led him to believe that the Night King might be a key to further deconstructing the idea of the Faith of the Seven, which has always been an overarching theme in Game of Thrones.
The seven-pointed star is a representation of the seven beliefs of the Seven Kingdoms. However, it has always been understood that there is only a single entity for worship; it just happens to take different forms as interpreted by seven different set of believers.
There are a lot of theories that delved into the concept of the many faces of beliefs in Westeros. If it is indeed just one primal form, the question becomes about what form it takes. This is the first time that it has been hinted that the Night King might be it--the all-powerful being in the flesh.
Based on this new piece of evidence, the Night King could end up being one of two characters.
First is the Stranger, which represents one of the seven aspects of the single deity that believers rarely pray to. With a black oval face and a shadow with stars for eyes, he represents death and the unknown.
He may also end up being The Great Other, the god of darkness, cold, and light. Truth be told, this sounds more like in the Night King's wheelhouse.
If this is who he was all along, it would mean the Night King is a key to the purpose that Melisandre has been seeking all this time.
Are we truly on to something or are we just reading into this design too much? Whatever the case, fans will soon learn when Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 24.