When Beric, Tormund, and their crew found the Night King's disturbing signal at the end of season eight's premiere, fans immediately started delving into theories about what the symbol could mean for the rest of the show. Some fans are wondering if the symbol could be a hint to the way that the Night King has to be killed.
To say that the graphic burning death of the young Ned Umber was disturbing is an understatement. But the spiral symbol he is the center of is nothing new. It was first seen in the season one premiere, made of bodies of wildlings.
One elaborate Reddit theory explains how this could mean that this death was the key to killing the Night King.
This was not only a good fair of horror but also interesting in the sense that maybe House Umber will go down like this in the books too, with Big Jon in the place of Little Ned. pic.twitter.com/r4fckLraiH— A. Aleksandr (@SpinesandRoses) April 15, 2019
"I think the wight that beric killed is a representation of the Night Kings power," the theory begins. "The Weirwood symbol it was centered on indicates the Grand Weirwood located on the Gods Eye is the main source of that power. In order to shut off the night king, they will need to burn down the grand weirwood with a flaming sword. Im guessing Jon will be the one who pulls it off so Beric will eventually teach Jon how to get the firesword."
The theory continues and adds in how Bran may have to die for all of this to work. "The Three-Eyed Raven was meant to be an all-knowing library of knowledge, specifically created to house the memory for defeating the Night King. Its almost as if they knew the white walker concept would become lost to men and/or they couldnt trust even something like the citadel to keep the knowledge. So this would mean bran would be a shoe-in to die as well."
The theory ends by finalizing that "It will be along those lines [of characters like Beric and Daenerys dying] when bran finally reveals what Jon must do, and thats to take that Flaming sword and burn down the Grand Weirwood, knowing he will die in the process."