Game of Thrones season 8 Ned Umber death symbol explained: What does the spiral mean? [Royal TV]


 Season eight of Game of Thrones returned in earnest with plenty of reunions and unlikely characters brought together in the fight against the Night King The series saw Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) arriving at Winterfell to a muted response from the Northerners, while down South Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) began her plans to take over with the Golden Company in her service But the most troubling moment of the whole episode of the HBO series – titled Winterfell – came towards the end with the death of the young Ned Umber (Harry Grasby) What does the Ned Umber death symbol mean? WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1 Game of Thrones season eight, episode one saw the horrific aftermath of the young Ned Umber’s death  He was discovered at his home The Hearth by Edd Tollett (Ben Crompton) and Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) after the two parties stumbled across each other  Edd was coming from Castle Black while Tormund was making his way from Eastwatch after they encountered each other as well as the grisly remains of Ned  Ned had been killed and pinned to a wall with hacked off limbs fashioned around him in a spiral on the wall  HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8? However, he had been turned into a zombie and quickly awoke as the men approached, leading them to destroy the creature by setting fire to it  In the process, they set fire to all of the remains, creating a burning spiral which bore some resemblance to the sigil of House Targaryen This striking similarity could hint at the perpetual nature of the fight between ice and fire  The men realised this horrific work was created by the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) and he had left it as a message for others  The Night King and his army of the dead are continuing their journey down South as they plan to take over the Seven Kingdoms  The Hearth was simply their first stop on their path and it appeared the Night King wanted to make sure mortal men knew they had been here  GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 EPISODE TITLES Sadly, Jon had sent Ned back to The Hearth to gather horses and other supplies without realising he was essentially ordering the boy to his death  Ned’s death was even referenced in the new opening title sequence for Game of Thrones which showed the Last Hearth engulfed by ice as the Night King advanced  The spiral left by the Night King is significant because it shows the White Walkers are an intelligent race rather than just a group of monsters  This is also not the first time the White Walkers have positioned bodies into patterns Back in season one, members of the Night’s Watch stumbled upon a group of corpses laid out in such a way  In season three, Jon and Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) found more human remains at the Fist of the First Men laid out in a spiral similar to the one seen in the most recent episode  WILL THERE BE ANOTHER SERIES OF GAME OF THRONES? There could be many reasons for these patterns with some suggesting a calling card, while others think it could be a form of ritual and worship, and some have said it simply represents their journey South with winter now well and truly here  As of yet, there’s been no explanation about the significance of the patterns but season eight is likely to reveal more about the White Walkers than any previous run  So far, we know they are a mystical and ancient race with powers to control the elements and have already marched on Westeros before during the Long Night  We have seen them turning babies into White Walkers in some sort of ceremony, again suggesting they have sentience and a purpose  Game of Thrones season 8 airs on HBO in the US on Sundays 9pm ET and on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK on Mondays at 2am & 9pm BST This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about This article was written completely independently, see more details here.

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13 thoughts on “Game of Thrones season 8 Ned Umber death symbol explained: What does the spiral mean? [Royal TV]

  1. The Night's King does know how to send a really creepy message, (Kill the messager) I'm sure as hell that if it's was real, everyone will wet their pants by seeing that, or at least puke out. Imagine the smell of the demembered part, and after that burn flesh.

    Really creepy slaughter scene, and that's why I love it ! Hope the rest of the season will be the same.

    Necromancy ritual !!!!

  2. This video should be deleted. The music is terrible. It's game of thrones. Not tinkywinky goes camping. and Typo rly? This was a rly bad video

  3. I do not think it is a message from The Night King. It is from his enslaved generals indicating how he can be destroyed. Burn the Weirwoods, "Burn them All."

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