In Oathkeeper (Season 4 Episode 4):

We see Craster's last son, an infant, sacrificed to the others (white walkers). A white walker takes the infant, places him on a pedestal, then touches his face. The infants eye's then turn completely blue.

We know that...

Wights have completely blue eyes and are the reanimated corpses of humans and animals. But the white walkers themselves also have completely blue eyes and appear to be living beings, but not human.

So my question is this:

Was the infant killed and turned into a wight? Or was the infant turned into a white walker?

  • 5
    The book has no further information on the matter, and doesn't even have the scene you describe. – Kevin Apr 28 '14 at 22:17
  • 3
    Wow. This seems to be a case where the TV series contains a spoiler for us book readers... Like @Kevin says, we have even less info about Craster's sons in the books. – Andres F. Apr 28 '14 at 22:40
  • I was pretty surprised. I've done some research and apparently there are hints throughout the books that infer that this is what happens to them. But unless GRRM makes an other a POV character, it may be a while before we know more. – Memnoch Apr 29 '14 at 1:33
  • This has sort of already been asked: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/35191/2256 – TLP Apr 29 '14 at 3:47
  • Also: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/14052/2256 – TLP Apr 29 '14 at 4:02

It would be kind of an anti-climax if the infant just became a wight, after all that build-up. Any dead thing becomes a wight, so this long ride, the ice pedestal and ceremony would be overkill if all they meant to do was create a wight. So this is clearly something more.

I think this is the TV-show fleshing out the story from the books where it is merely implied that Craster and his sons have something to do with the Others (the White Walkers). I think the most clear hint in the books is the scene where Sam and Gilly are fleeing from Craster's, after the rogue Night's Watch men kill him and the Old Bear:

Gilly was crying. “Me and the babe. Please. I’ll be your wife, like I was Craster’s. please, ser crow. He’s a boy, just like Nella said he’d be. If you don’t take him, they will.”

“They?” said Sam, and the raven cocked its black head and echoed, “They They They”

“The boy’s brothers,” said the old woman on the left. “Craster’s sons. The white cold’s rising out there, crow. I can feel it in my bones. These poor old bones don’t lie. They’ll be here soon, the sons.”

This implies that Craster's sons are somehow turned into White Walkers. Which also presumably is why Craster and Craster's Keep is not attacked by the White Walkers or Wights. I believe Craster says something to the effect that he is a godly man, and does not need to worry about wights.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.