“Fear is for the long night when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die, all in darkness. That is the time for fear when the white walkers move through the woods. Thousands of years ago there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts. And women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks.” – Old Nan to Brandon Stark 

The History of The Long Night

Eight thousand years before the conquest of Aegon Targaryen there came a winter known as the Long Night which lasted almost an entire generation. People starved as the crops and fields lay buried under dozens of feet of snow. The White Walkers descended upon Westeros from the farthest north, the polar regions of the Lands of Always Winter. The White Walkers sought to bring an end to all life and to cover the world in an endless winter. This resulted in a conflict to end the Long Night known as the War for the Dawn. 

Long Night is Coming Again

The Wall protected Westeros from the White Walkers and the Night King for 8000 years. But in the Game of Thrones TV show, the Night King recently required a weapon of mass destruction, an undead dragon Viserion. The Night King managed to break the wall with the help of magical powers of Viserion.

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The Night King on the Undead Viserion

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Viserion Breaks The Wall

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The Wall Breaks

The army of the dead and the Night King are now marching towards Castle Black. The men of Night’s Watch won’t be able to fight against the army of the dead as they are just a 100 or even fewer in number. After taking over the Castle Black, the Night King and his army will march towards Winterfell.

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Army of the Dead Marching Towards Winterfell

Long Night is Coming. The Great War is here.