The Night King doesn’t speak much. Well, he actually doesn’t speak at all. But the actor who’s played the powerful White Walker for last two seasons of “Game of Thrones” does, and he said that he’s coming for someone very specific when he leads the Army of the Dead in their invasion of Winterfell.
Of course, actor Vladimir Furdik wouldn’t actually say who that someone is, so we’re all left to wait until “Game of Thrones” returns for its eighth and final season next month to find out.
“People will see he has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is,” Furdik told Entertainment Weekly in an interview. According to Furdik, however, many of the show’s fans who he has spoken to have one character on their wish list, and it’s not who you think: “Many people ask me: ‘Can you please kill Jon Snow?'” he said. “It’s very interesting.”
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We wouldn’t blame Furdik if he held a grudge against Kit Harington’s former Night’s Watch Lord Commander. Before he took over the role of the Night King in Season 6 — Richard Blake initially played him in the season 5 “Hardhome” episode — Furdik played another White Walker in that fateful battle. And it just so happened to be the one that Jon Snow killed with his sword Longclaw, which shattered him into a million icy pieces.
We’ll presumably find out who that special someone is during the heavily-anticipated “Battle of Winterfell,” when literally just about every major “Game of Thrones” character will face off against the White Walkers in what has been teased as the most impressive battle sequence in the history of TV or film.
Furdik also added that the Night King is out for revenge this season.
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“Somebody made him the Night King. Nobody knows who he was before — a soldier or part of [nobility]. He never wanted to be the Night King. I think he wants revenge.”
But even if Jon Snow isn’t the one that the Night King is looking for, Furdik said that another big moment is coming between them. “There’s also that moment [in “Hardhome”] when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms — there’s a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time.”
Read his full interview in Entertainment Weekly here.
“Game of Thrones” returns for its eighth and final season April 14 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO