In S08E01 of Game of Thrones, we see this message:


We have seen this several times, the symbol drawn with horse heads, the stones around the Weirwood where White Walkers are created and in some caves, drawn by Children of the Forest.

Do we know the meaning behind this symbol? Does it or something similar occur in the books as well?

Related over on movies.

  • I've removed the spoiler to hide the image because the question doesn't make much sense without showing you the image and the spoiler in the image is what is burning in the middle which you can't see here.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:05
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    It's the wheel Dany wants to break. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:33
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    @PaulD.Waite She better hurry up before it breaks itself!
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 16, 2019 at 9:43
  • I don't know anything. I would just like to let everyone know that I noticed/believe the Targaryan sigil looks quite similar to this. And it's the only southern sigil with 8 things rotating out of a common center to form an outer circle. Thank you for your attention. Apr 16, 2019 at 11:08
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    Roughly translated to: "knock, knock bitches"!
    – Möoz
    Apr 19, 2019 at 10:07

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TL;DR: The White Walkers copy it from the Children of the Forest, but we don't know their exact signification

A movie.stackexchange answer already cover quite well the topic. This symbol is a common pattern amongst White Walkers, but also Children of the Forest.

According to David Benioff, we don't know the meaning of this spiral symbol.

One of the things we learn from these cave paintings is that the White Walkers didn't come up with those images. They derived them from their creators, the Children of the forest. These are patterns that have mystical significance for the Children of the Forest. We're not sure exactly what they signify, but spiral patterns are important in a lot of different cultures in our world, and it makes sense that they would be in this world as well.

As for the books, as far as I remember, they are not present.

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    Thanks. You have my upvote. I will wait if someone conclusively answer it from the books before I accept your answer.
    – user65648
    Apr 15, 2019 at 23:56
  • @C.Koca I don't think the symbol appears in the books at all.
    – Amarth
    Apr 16, 2019 at 15:32

We finally know the meaning of the spiral pattern left by the Night King

In a recent interview to the New York Post, writer Dave Hill, who wrote Game of Thrones S08E01 Winterfell answered this specific question

And finally, what can you tell us about the spiral the White Walkers create with Ned Umber’s body and severed arms? This pattern has appeared a lot on the show.

As we saw with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the spiral pattern was sacred to the Children of the Forest, who created the Night King by sacrificing a captured man in a spiral “henge of stones.” The Night King then adopted the symbol as a sort of blasphemy, like Satan with the upside-down cross.

So, we now know what the Night King's message was with this and the other spiral patters the White Walkers leave behind. To put it in words (NSFW text)

Fuck the living

However we don't know what was it's meaning from the perspective of Children of Forest. Maybe we will get that in the prequel

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