Others: what do we know about the white walkers?

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  • Xuất bản 01 Th10, 2015
  • The Others, or white walkers, are one of the biggest mysteries in Game of Thrones / ASOIAF. What are white walkers, and what are wights? How can white walkers be killed? And what do they want?
    This video contains major spoilers for Book 5 / Season 5, including spoilers from the show that aren’t in the books.
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    7:56 George Martin has said that Westeros and Essos are not connected (SSM 1207). That was back in 2002, though - maybe he hadn't written the Yi Ti and Five Forts stuff yet...

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  • TBG
    TBG Năm trước +493

    *bill Wurtz esque jingle* molotov cocktails

    • Ole
      Ole 29 ngày trước

      Just saying this is canon now on invention and alchemy

    • Ole
      Ole 29 ngày trước

      TheNecromancer6666 the others are fucking insane

    • TheNecromancer6666
      TheNecromancer6666 3 tháng trước

      A Ta K with a flamethrower?

    • Cal
      Cal 7 tháng trước +2

      @Elias Rais-El-Fenni it was likely a random typo. bill wurtz doesn't capitalize any part of his name of VN-plus but there is always a chance of autocorrection

    • Elias Rais-El-Fenni
      Elias Rais-El-Fenni 8 tháng trước

      not to be that guy, but why did you capitalise the "W" and not the "B"?

  • KeV B
    KeV B 5 ngày trước

    TURNS OUT we know nothing, because s8 sucked shit

  • Douglas MacArthur
    Douglas MacArthur 5 ngày trước


  • Oscar Wind
    Oscar Wind 6 ngày trước

    Looks like Wildfire is needed

  • Pedroalí Tovar
    Pedroalí Tovar 8 ngày trước +1

    I want peace, but I want war between the Others and the humans

  • Sudip Bose
    Sudip Bose 13 ngày trước

    What are the Others?
    They are cock sucking, cunt kissing failures.

  • Megan
    Megan 18 ngày trước

    I died at 'Rickon could ride in on a unicorn'

  • Jack671975
    Jack671975 Tháng trước

    8:40 you were so close to predicting the ending.

  • XDfibet
    XDfibet Tháng trước

    wow looking at this video after watching the rest of the game of thrones is insane.

  • Peregrination
    Peregrination Tháng trước

    Rickon riding in on a unicorn, lol. Finally, this is the page/screen time he should've gotten.

  • schmelly beans
    schmelly beans Tháng trước

    yeahhhhhhhhhh no.

  • Mousa Ibrahim
    Mousa Ibrahim Tháng trước

    Maybe that’s where arya reaches in the end. She says “what’s west of westeros” maybe she turns around the world and finds essos.
    I think that the world of game of thrones has really good ideas for prequels, it’s not as plain and simple as the walking dead’s universe where if it has one more spinoff it ruins the whole show for you. The game of thrones universe has too many stories and storylines for only one show or make them go generation after generation. It’s better if they tell the tale of wight walkers and how the became in one prequel or aegon’s conquest in another, that’s why I think it’s a good idea to make game of thrones prequels.

  • That Guy
    That Guy Tháng trước

    This is more like Tom Cruise playing an accountant, haha. Kudos for all the nice editing work. But the comedy is a bit weak here, because it's basically only one joke done over and over, so it is a bit long for such a thin premise.
    The other thing is that the character is only commenting what we just saw in a sarcastic manner, it gets old quick and it's not about funny writing. You gotta come up with more, a different angle, escalate it etc..

  • Notorious1503
    Notorious1503 Tháng trước

    What if jon or dany kills there love and offers then to the others or someshit

  • JohnThe Champ
    JohnThe Champ Tháng trước

    0:19 no Jon, you know nothing

  • Michael Boggio
    Michael Boggio Tháng trước

    It's not gonna be your classic good versus evil conflict - benioff,
    'cept you just did exactly that you stupid sh**

  • nightsage217
    nightsage217 Tháng trước

    Who knows. I heard once Bran meant to be a night king. House Stark is a double sided gate keepers; promise 'the others' constant feed of male child & poor nightwatch fodders, and when the house stark under attack, they will open the gate and let the white walkers in. Give them Bran, they give support.
    The wall is not to bar the white walkers, it meant to bar the men from expanding territory. The white walkers are mighty awesome, but they dont repopulate as quick as men realise burning corpses is the best deal.
    I like this theory a lot, because it made John the most unstable & interesting variation here; and the wildlings are in fact the real night watch.

    Screw children of forest. They are dead-dead.

  • Ti Bot
    Ti Bot Tháng trước

    I wonder if the ancestors of the wildlings were not left on the other side of the wall as sacrifices to the Others, as part of the pact: humans get the lands south of the wall, and the Others get "renewable" sacrifices they can turn into Others. Ygritte makes it sound like the Wall just "happened", but whoever was North at the time must have known about the Others and not be too eager to linger in their domains.

  • Michael Daley
    Michael Daley 2 tháng trước +2

    "Its not gonna be that simple"
    They certainly subverted your expectations by making it simpler than that.

  • janosrock
    janosrock 2 tháng trước

    9:15 my sweet summer child....

  • VODProductions
    VODProductions 2 tháng trước

    but it did

  • Popalupa
    Popalupa 2 tháng trước

    One interesting tidbit is that Michelle Clapton (the costume designer on the show) said this about the White Walker armor: "I wanted it to look like they’d been found, they were something else and they bent them to create armor - so the idea was that they were from some ancient civilization and they had just been bits they found." Also, several of GRRM's works involve people mistaking advanced technology for magic. This probably doesn't mean anything (it definitely doesn't mean anything in the show), but it's still interesting.

  • iEatFurries
    iEatFurries 2 tháng trước


  • Reno Thomas
    Reno Thomas 2 tháng trước

    10:26 Bahahahahahahaha that statement aged poorly, I guess he just kinda forgot

  • chrisi bach
    chrisi bach 2 tháng trước

    The SovietWomble? 18:19

  • Kookie Oppa
    Kookie Oppa 2 tháng trước

    Ah, back when we were young, naive, and curious. Such memories. The fandom has gone to shit huh?

  • White Alliance
    White Alliance 2 tháng trước +2

    Nothing. They mean nothing. Assassinated by a house of black and white amateur who left without getting all her fukkkn training and too stupid to outrun a measly dragon! Fukkin waste

  • Lucky TheDog
    Lucky TheDog 2 tháng trước


  • SAMAC Studios
    SAMAC Studios 2 tháng trước +3

    This video hasn't aged well (for the show)

  • d tczyk
    d tczyk 2 tháng trước

    Soviet Womble is a patron??

  • Stoneryoda 937
    Stoneryoda 937 2 tháng trước


  • Killer Queen
    Killer Queen 2 tháng trước +1

    I'm from the future and I just wanna say LOL

  • Mark
    Mark 2 tháng trước +1

    This 18 minute video makes more sense than all of Seasons 7 and 8.

  • Justin
    Justin 2 tháng trước

    Well for what its worth, we know they weren't that big of a deal.

  • Kartoffel Senpai
    Kartoffel Senpai 2 tháng trước +1

    Wow. Watching this after season 8 is fucking disappointing

  • YSG 024
    YSG 024 2 tháng trước +1

    “Except things probably won’t be that simple”... *Well that’s where you’re wrong*

  • Apacalypsyagon M.
    Apacalypsyagon M. 2 tháng trước

    If it's not to be that simple then why did the show try so hard tp set it up that way?

  • Wasteland llama
    Wasteland llama 2 tháng trước

    "Things probably won't be that simple"......
    Oh no

  • 321Puca
    321Puca 2 tháng trước +1

    I really like the idea of there being a 'flipped' version of the map where the ice lands are at the bottom and the walls to the east and west lead to westeros and essos

  • Trustworthy McLegitimate
    Trustworthy McLegitimate 2 tháng trước +1

    The Others seem to be the innocent party here. if there was a peace deal, The land north of the Wall should belong to the Others, and humans that make sacrifices. The humans forgot about the deal. The unwelcome humans should fcking leave the lands north of the Wall.
    The Others I think are NATIVES to the continent, just like the Children of the Forest. The Pact made between humans and the Children, well the humans didnt honor it, because humans are sh¡t.
    Not hard to believe that humans would also go back on their Pact with the Others. The humans, dishonorable sh¡t creatures that they are, spread tales of how EVIL the Others are.
    "EEERMEGERD, the Others are KILLING people" yeah? Because the humans dont do that to each other, right?
    The Others didnt kill Ned. They did not commit the Red Wedding Massacre. They didnt cut women and children in half on the road to Harrenhal.
    But its ALWAYS so much more fcking offensive when OTHER people who dont look like you commit crimes.
    I almost want the Lovecraftian God monster creature that is Bran to rule Westeros. Its what Humans fcking deserved.

  • Cure4Living
    Cure4Living 2 tháng trước +1

    10:26 oh how hindsight makes fools and liars of us all.

  • Destroyer of Realms
    Destroyer of Realms 2 tháng trước

    14:00 it was built over millenia with every other Lord Commander raising it higher than he had received it.

    That was in the golden days of the wall not the piss-shit rapers and poachers exile spot we have now.

  • Ásþór Loki Rúnarsson
    Ásþór Loki Rúnarsson 2 tháng trước +1

    It's weird watching this after season 8

  • tcrain9
    tcrain9 2 tháng trước +1

    Just noticed 3:27 he quotes Sam from AFFCOK. Must have been quoting the gay porn parody A Feast For COK

  • Andrei Cristi Moga
    Andrei Cristi Moga 2 tháng trước +3

    Fans 4 years ago: yea, it will problably not end with the Goodguy Hero slaying the Baddie in an epic battle, but that's even better
    Fans now: OMG, why didn't Jon Snow kill the Night King?! He was The Hero That Will Bring The Dawn! awppokpoawfd worst ending ever
    But, to be fair, the end of the Night King and of The Great War was pretty bad. The story could have been handled better, and SUBVERT EXPECTATIONS in some other way. So many inconsistencies and lacks and disconnections and unnatural actions that I fell through one of them and broke all my heart.

  • Patrick Gonzalez
    Patrick Gonzalez 2 tháng trước +3

    *Curb your enthusiasm music*
    "The story ends with a giant goodguys vs bad guys plot line."

  • T Rex
    T Rex 2 tháng trước +1

    Watching this now, can we all agree that Alt Shift X should have written the last two seasons?

  • Deirdre TeW
    Deirdre TeW 2 tháng trước +1

    Rickon riding in on a unicorn 🦄, gold!😂

  • Shawn Patrick Higgins
    Shawn Patrick Higgins 2 tháng trước +3

    What could be more predictable than the good guys beating the bad guys in an epic battle(s) ?! 🤦

  • RaspWillow
    RaspWillow 2 tháng trước

    "Does it really make sense for this story to end with a war?"
    Turns out, nope. Not really.

  • florix 78
    florix 78 2 tháng trước +1

    I think their was pact between the first men and the others including baby giving and a partition of the territory, the wall was created to materialize this frontier. not to keep the other north but to keep the men south.
    The night's watch was created to uphold this pact (giving babies and protecting the frontier).
    But after some times the others migrated upper north or became more scarce for wathever reason and some first men wandered north of the wall and became wildlings. Breaking the pact with the others.
    The starks as well would be fed up with giving babies.
    This would create tension with the night's watch.
    The starks and the wildlings would ally to destroy the night's watch. Killing their leaders. But the starks couldn't resolve to kill every men of the night's watch (genocide bad etc) so they changed their purpose to "protect us from the others if they come back". And created the story of the night king to justify themselves.
    Then the starks would change the whole story saying that they created the wall, that the night's watch always had this purpose etc...
    And hundreds of year later the only ones that now the truth are the starks. Ned took it into his grave before telling his son Robb or maybe he did but Robb took it into his grave as well.
    But know the others are back and they don't take lightly the breaking of an oath...

    • florix 78
      florix 78 2 tháng trước

      @Rain lol thks!

    • Rain
      Rain 2 tháng trước +1

      you should've written S8

  • B.U.V. 82
    B.U.V. 82 2 tháng trước +2

    Had this video in my suggestion box and I think watching it might just make me sad now. Please GRR ... finish the books.

  • Suncho
    Suncho 3 tháng trước

    I have been watching videos of this channel ever since GoT finished (i was never much into the theories, because there are two kind of them - the first the stupid ones, that can never be true, like "this all happened in a dream". the second ones are the smart ones, that are really possible, and a lot of them could be true, which in turn will "spoil" the story for me) But after the dreadful season 8 of this show, that seemed like was made from completely different team - one that have never seen or read anything from GoT or aSoIaF, i have been so hungry for some proper storytelling that i watched this.
    and let me say, this guy (and his team, if he has any) is far better storyteller than those people who headed the s8 in HBO

  • Suncho
    Suncho 3 tháng trước +5

    "it's not gonna be your classic good-versus-evil conflict"
    GoT season 8: yeah, the white walkers are just your regular dark lords that just want to see the whole world dead and erased from memory.
    I wonder how he feel about the show, i mean really. he would say one things in interviews for several different reasons, like not wanting to put them on a bad spot, or being paid to speak only neutral and good things, or whatever else. but i highly doubt that was his intention for the white walkers.

  • Mitchell Wisniewski
    Mitchell Wisniewski 3 tháng trước

    So much for that then

  • Jon Stamos
    Jon Stamos 3 tháng trước

    Imagine if you will, when Alt Shift X does more research on GoT than D&D

  • StitchGlitch Gaming
    StitchGlitch Gaming 3 tháng trước +6

    What are white walkers, and what are wights?

    D&D: Doesn't matter.

  • History Geek777
    History Geek777 3 tháng trước +1

    Watching this in 2019 after the end and how shit the series got and winds of winter still not released lol

  • Captain Average
    Captain Average 3 tháng trước +5

    "Jon may be the one who deals with the Others"
    Boye you thought 👋🏼

  • jett
    jett 3 tháng trước

    What happened to this guy's voice

  • George Dobson
    George Dobson 3 tháng trước +1

    Funny how it literally ends with a stupid war between good and bad

  • William Trinh
    William Trinh 3 tháng trước +1

    Man these videos did not age well. I’m so sorry

  • Run
    Run 3 tháng trước +2

    Arya stabs night king ending 8 seasons of buildup. Zero explanation afterwards

  • David Streicher
    David Streicher 3 tháng trước +4

    "Season 8 sends its regards."

  • Kimmy Pfeiffer
    Kimmy Pfeiffer 3 tháng trước

    i really wanted to see things from the night king's perspective and feel sorry for him and have it resolved differently than the good guys vs the bad guys

  • Nish Limbu
    Nish Limbu 3 tháng trước +1

    I like how the war with others in the past lasted for a generation while the war in season 8 lasted for one night

  • LaurAgony
    LaurAgony 3 tháng trước

    Martin shoult shut his fat ass about LOTR.And that s solid advice, don't you think?

  • Einar Blood-Axe
    Einar Blood-Axe 3 tháng trước

    The seasons make complete sense to me. Honestly its a just a slower, or larger or both, revolution around the planets sun. That would create longer summers and winters.

    • Rodrigo Nunes Malaquias
      Rodrigo Nunes Malaquias 3 tháng trước

      the weird thing isnt most that its long, its that is long and inconsistent, its not like 5 years each, some may last a decade or just a year and shit

  • Einar Blood-Axe
    Einar Blood-Axe 3 tháng trước

    Maybe the others were an ancient clan of humans thousands of years before even the first men came to westeros. Maybe they went further and further north in the chase of powerful ice magics and necromancy. Then they became something else all together, liches, necromancers so powerful that they died and ressurected themselves to maximize their power. It would explain why they can only create more through ritual and not intercourse.

  • Sumaita Saffoon
    Sumaita Saffoon 3 tháng trước +1

    Hello, sir, have you watched the finale? Haha

  • Fuzzy Dunlop
    Fuzzy Dunlop 3 tháng trước

    "The Others take our Onion." - Allard Seaworth, warrior poet.

  • frostieisme
    frostieisme 3 tháng trước +2


  • ThinkAboutItMan,InACosmicSortaWayWeAreAllAssholes

    A pointless diversion from the game of thrones according to dumb & dumber.

  • Matthew Vido
    Matthew Vido 3 tháng trước

    When they said the ending would be bitter sweet, I would've had no problem with the Night king winning Westeros and forcing the rest of the leaving to sail to Essos

  • ArgieGrit01
    ArgieGrit01 3 tháng trước +1

    "It's not going to be your classic good-versus-evil conflict"


  • Eustache Lamort de Gail
    Eustache Lamort de Gail 3 tháng trước

    9:14 "except things probably wont be that simple..." if only you knew...

  • TheLazy0ne
    TheLazy0ne 3 tháng trước

    Nothing and they don't matter!

  • Tolunay Avci
    Tolunay Avci 3 tháng trước

    Sovietwomble wtf

  • kieran10202
    kieran10202 3 tháng trước

    Maybe they were just people once, and their method of surviving the changing climate was to become one with the ice, and somehow this made them unable to reproduce without the use of the original humans. Perhaps they originated in Yi Ti. The doom of valyria was only a few centuries ago, perhaps the valyrians awakened them when they caused the doom, tying together the two ploylines: the Iron Throne and the long night.

  • Tsumi Shin
    Tsumi Shin 3 tháng trước

    Im here...after...nvm i dont wanna talk about it..

  • Felipe Morales
    Felipe Morales 3 tháng trước +3

    Oh, how simple we’ve become in 4 years.

  • Andrew Yaxley
    Andrew Yaxley 3 tháng trước


  • Scarecat
    Scarecat 3 tháng trước

    how didn't crasters son die of the cold?

  • Ser Bronn of the Fookin Blackwater

    Greetings from season 8. Wow this is depressing.

  • Sargon of Akkad
    Sargon of Akkad 3 tháng trước

    Aaaand they're dead

  • Greg Alman
    Greg Alman 3 tháng trước

    Greetings from May, 2019. You know nothing, Alt Shift X.

  • MrSilverKatana
    MrSilverKatana 3 tháng trước

    Another point that wasn't really touched on in this is the fact that all those Wildlings, Giants, and Children of the Forest we trapped on the other side of the wall and were refused entry to the other side. Especially if we are to believe that they all built the wall together it seems kind of strange to leave them trapped there and then refuse to let them in. Though if the theory of there having been some kind of truce with the Others then that could be a could reason for leaving them in what might have been agreed to as being their territory. Maybe part of the agreement was to leave people there so that the Others could regain number that they'v lost. If that's the case it wouldn't be strange for there to be an agreement of sacrifices to increase there numbers from those on and south of the wall as well, and maybe since the main castle that was used to oversee these secret offerings has since been abandoned and thus no offerings/sacrifices have been made on the south's part the deal might be considered broken for them so they're no longer keeping their end either of probably staying north of the wall.

    Part of me doubt it'll be that much but there's definitely some fucky stuff going on with how they left people north of the wall, the theories on the making of the wall itself, and with the fact that, if i'm remembering correctly, we were told that they do have an actual motive for what they're doing.

  • Warren Blyth
    Warren Blyth 3 tháng trước

    would be cooler if Jon was resurrected in the same fashion as Coldhands.

  • Communist Bear
    Communist Bear 3 tháng trước +2

    8:39 Dude what the Heck, you jinxed it

  • Ian Irwin
    Ian Irwin 3 tháng trước

    I was waiting to find out the Night King was/wanted in the show, but no it turns out he's just some chilly boi

  • Ovidiu Simion
    Ovidiu Simion 3 tháng trước

    What if Simeon Star-Eyes is the first Azor Ahai and was the one who made the Pact with the White Walkers ?
    Maybe putting "star sapphires" in his "empty sockets" means losing his humanity and becoming a "Prince of the White Walkers" (the Prince Who Was Promised) who agreed to sending human babies through the Black Gate every now and then ?

    A hero who is as twisted and unhuman as the other avatars of the gods (Patchface, Beric Dondarrion... and perhaps Jon when he'll be resurrected by Melisandre in the Winds of Winter).

  • Johannes He
    Johannes He 3 tháng trước +1

    Well. It is becoming painfully clear that the series and the books are very very very different stories now.

  • Penguindrummer
    Penguindrummer 3 tháng trước

    They be dead.

  • Simran Sinha
    Simran Sinha 3 tháng trước +1

    Looking back at this video makes me smh so hard

  • Johannes Pensel
    Johannes Pensel 3 tháng trước +1

    Damn this did not age well

  • Wrangle McDangle
    Wrangle McDangle 3 tháng trước


  • Mister Ree
    Mister Ree 3 tháng trước +1

    Don't worry Winter is over now so it doesn't matter XD

  • S R
    S R 3 tháng trước +1

    Personally I like the Lich King theory. Jon Snow, like the old Azor Ahai, realizes that there must always be a Night King, and so replaces him. Every ten thousand years or so a great hero must sacrifice themselves for humanity and replace the Night King, whose humanity has by then completely eroded through the ages. Then he goes up North and remains inactive for millennia.

  • Devon Hart
    Devon Hart 3 tháng trước

    And just like that there dead. Season 8

  • The h
    The h 3 tháng trước

    didnt age well this :(