Every theory you need to remember from ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 – Mashable

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Beware, for this post is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Seasons 1-7.Valar morghulis, friends. You've just entered Mashable's Citadel, where we are Rewatching for the Throne, dissecting Game of Thrones season by season to prepare for the final six episodes beginning on April 14.  SEE ALSO: Everything to remember from 'Game of Thrones' Season 1 Here are all the best Season 4 theories, unanswered questions, unresolved plots, and forgotten tidbits you need to remember before winter comes for the endgame in Season 8. Who can forge Valyrian steel? Season 4 opens with Tywin melting down the Stark family Valyrian sword Ice down into two swords for House Lannister (later named Widow's Wail and Oathkeeper). This is a subtle reminder that Valyrian steel — the only thing that can kill White Walkers — is not only extremely rare, but also that only a few people in the world know how to re-forge it. Tywin tells Jaime he hired a blacksmith in Volantis, but in the books it's actually Gendry's mentor, Tobho Mott, who possesses the rare knowledge and magic needed for this skill. Since Gendry returned to the show in Season 7, a long-standing theory is that ....

It's also probably where they kept Craster's transformed sons (and any other sacrificed humans) safe, raising them to maturity or until they're more battle ready. What this Season 4 scene with the baby at the alter gave us a glimpse into is how the White Walkers aren't just some mindless evil. They have their own rituals, history, needs, and even culture in a sense. Inarguably, it proved their goal isn't just the destruction of all humans because, actually, they seem to need humans (alive humans, since the zombie-like wights are different) in order to create more of their own kind.  This culminated in a fan-favorite theory that the White Walkers' real goal is to protect themselves from extinction, either due to the return of a threat like the dragons or to a dwindling numbers of human sacrifices to keep their population strong.  In general, there doesn't seem to be a lot of White Walkers left. The most we've ever seen together is in this Season 4 scene, where twelve stand in the background as the Night King performs the transformation. .

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