The 'Game of Thrones' Blue-Eyed Giant Theory Explained

Find out details surrounding the blue-eyed giant theory in 'Game of Thrones,' plus, how it relates to the season finale

Gabrielle Bernardini - Author

Apr. 9 2019, Updated 5:40 p.m. ET

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The HBO series Game of Thrones has become a worldwide phenomenon, and after 10 years of filming and eight seasons (including the upcoming one), fans (including us) will sadly have to say goodbye to our favorite show. Spoilers pertaining to the HBO series are well guarded secrets, but that doesn’t stop die-hard fans from theorizing. 

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Viewers around the world have eagerly been waiting to watch what popular theories will come to fruition since the show’s inception in 2011, which is based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice.” However, approaching the final season has fans trying to prematurely answer: Who will die? Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Is Bran the Night King?  

While many have attempted to guess the outcome of these popular questions, some theories still fly under the radar. One that has certainly peaked our interest during the Game of Thrones run is the blue-eyed giant theory.  

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What is the blue-eyed giant theory in Game of Thrones? 

It may surprise some fans, but there has been a long-running theory that the entire show is taking place inside the eye of a blue-eyed giant. Yes, we’re serious. Bring your mind back to Season 1 when a comment was made by Robb Stark (RIP) to his younger brother, Bran. 

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The former King of the North told his baby bro about a crazy tale that Old Nan once told him, saying, “One time she told me the sky is blue because we live inside the eye of a blue-eyed giant named Macumber.” Bran simply replied: “Maybe we do.”  

Most of us didn’t think much about the dialogue as it seemed insignificant at the time and just words between two siblings. 

However, in Season 4, the idea of a blue-eyed giant was once again mentioned. "Some believe the king choked," Tywin Lannister told Oberyn Martell after the death of King Joffrey Baratheon. Oberyn replied, "Some believe the sky is blue because we live inside the eye of a blue-eyed giant." 

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Most of us can agree that the dialogue is seemingly meant to be taken metaphorically and not literally. But one Reddit user theorized what this old tale could mean, writing, "I don't believe the blue-eyed giant is something that literally holds all of Westeros. I think the myth is another homage to the Night King. Season 7 had promotions focusing on blue eyes, adding some mystery to the tale and focusing on the power the Night King has." 

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The fan continued, "I believe the name Macumber belongs to the Night King. In his eyes, we all are his as he can command the dead. The only evidence I have of this is as stated before, Old Nan had been correct with all of her stories, and blue eyes have played a prominent role in the show. The Night King is the one responsible for giving all of the eyes the brilliant blue color we've seen.”

The GOT Reddit user concluded, "Perhaps they all do live inside the blue eye of a giant, just a metaphorical giant... One with immense power and ability to make you his own."  Have the writers been foreshadowing what's to come since the very first season?

 Find out when Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.  

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