“The Night King is not stupid.”
This is the name of the now-viral Game of Thrones season-eight theory posted less than 23 hours ago by Reddit user Qp0n that’s garnered over 11,000 “up” votes...and after reading through the lengthy explanation, we have to agree. (And then shout some of our favorite four-letter words at the sky.)
Basically, the theory, which is garnering serious attention because of its bulletproof reasoning, posits that the Night King isn’t going to just waltz into Winterfell with his Army of the Dead and his ice dragon like we all expect. Daenerys still has two dragons, Winterfell is equipped with loads of dragonglass for weapons and they’ve got (almost) all the armies in the world readying for the big face-off.
The Night King, being a rational (undead) being, isn’t going to risk the loss of ice dragon Viserion and the chance of defeat against TWO dragons (which would probably end badly for him). Instead, he’s going to already be at King’s Landing by the time half of the Army of the Dead reaches Winterfell (the other half will bypass the Stark fortress and continue on their way south). Glaring hint numero uno: Bran’s not freaking out, and he’s supposedly able to see everything (past, present and future). So if Bran’s good, we’re good.