At the end of Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 4, viewers were surprised to see a new type of White Walker; one with what appears to be a crown growing out of his head. Readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series guessed that it was the legendary Night’s King, who is mostly treated as a figure of myth in the books and has yet to be seen. This was seemingly confirmed by HBO, who referred to the character as “the Night’s King” in their official episode recap before later changing it to “a Walker.” So, who is the Night’s King?
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The Night’s King is a mythological (or not) figure in Westeros, mentioned mainly in Bran Stark’s storyline. Bran mentions the story a couple times, that back a long time ago, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch took a White Walker (WW) as his bride. After their consummation, he gave his soul to her (we can take this as he became a WW, judging by what we saw in the episode) and declared himself a King, with his castle at the Night Fort, where he enjoyed sacrificing babies to the WW.
The Night’s King was eventually defeated (but apparently not killed) by the joint forces of the King in the North, who was the Night King’s brother, and the King Beyond the Wall. Since the Night’s King’s brother was King in the North, we can assume that the Night’s King was a Stark. There is also a rumor that his first name was Brandon, so you can connect the dots here and figure out which character is likely going to have a showdown with this spooky king at a future date. Better keep working on your magic, Bran